Deals round-up: Amazon & HBO Max snag ‘The Tourist’; Italy goes Beyond; CBC & Blue Ant unveil ‘Evil’ doc

The Tourist

Amazon, HBO Max & Naver snag The Tourist

NPO in the Netherlands, VRT in Belgium and HBO Max in the Nordics have picked up rights to BBC drama, The Tourist.

The six-parter is from All3Media’s Two Brothers Pictures and stars Jamie Dornan as ‘The Man’, an enigmatic character, who after an epic car chase in the Australian outback wakes in hospital, hurt, but somehow alive and with no idea of who he is.

The show was commissioned by BBC One in association with Aussie streamer Stan, with HBO Max confirmed as US broadcaster and ZDF as the German broadcaster.

Recent deals struck by All3Media International will now see the show sold to RTE (Ireland), COSMOTE (Greece), France Télévisions (France 3).

France Télévisions Outre Mer -1ere has acquired the series in a pan territory deal covering French-speaking countries and HBO Max has acquired the series in a pan territory deal covering Nordics, CEE, Iberia and Middle Eastern multinational DBS provider OSN has acquired the series.

TVNZ has acquired the series in New Zealand, BBC Studios has taken the six-part thriller in a pan territory deal covering Asia for BBC First, BBC’s premium SVOD service. South Korean VOD Platform, Series On by Naver Webtoon has acquired the series.

Amazon Prime Video has acquired the series in Canada and digital deals with iTunes and Google Ireland have been done in the UK. These deals follow a previously announced presale with Pumpkin Film in China.

Italy goes Beyond with deals

Italian broadcasters La7, Sky Italia, Discovery Italy, AETN Italy and Got Game have collectively acquired more than 500 hours of content following deals with distributor Beyond Rights.

La7 has acquired the topical documentary The Prince and the Paedophile (1 x 60-minutes), BriteSpark Films’ investigation into the extraordinary friendship between Prince Andrew and American multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

Sky Italia has taken 290 new hours of property and lifestyle franchise Love It Or List It, including four seasons from the original series and seasons from Love It Or List It: Vancouver, Love It Or List It: Quebec and Love It Or List It: Australia.

Discovery Italy has taken a 103-hour, multi-genre package that includes true crime titles such as Fatal Vows (series 1 &2: 23 x 60-minutes) and Deadly Women (series 5: 19 x 60-minutes).

AETN Italy has picked up the latest two seasons of Forbidden History – season six (11 x 60-minutes) and upcoming season seven (8 x 60-minutes) – which lifts the lid on some of history’s great mysteries.

Got Game, a new digital channel created to bring exciting content to the gaming world, has meanwhile acquired 105 hours of science and tech programming from Beyond Rights, including Myth or Science (6 x 60-minutes), How Hacks Work (30 x 30-minutes) and Superhuman Science (13 x 30-minutes).

Sarah Bickley, Beyond Rights’ SVP sales for Italy commented: “We are delighted that our extensive factual catalogue can meet the needs of so many key broadcasters at the same time in such an important territory as Italy.”

CBC & Blue Ant unveil ‘Evil’ doc

Canadian pubcaster CBC has commissioned Evil By Design: Surviving Nygård.

The three-hour docuseries explores allegations of Peter Nygård’s 40-year reign of terror featuring first-hand accounts from the survivors who tell harrowing stories of abuse, some of whom are speaking out for the first time.

Based on investigative reporting from CBC News and the audio series from CBC Podcasts, Evil By Design, this new documentary series examines the culture that kept allegations of Nygård’s predatory behavior hidden, while spotlighting the whistle-blowers who seek to bring him to justice.

The CBC original documentary series will premiere on 17 March 17 on CBC TV, the free CBC Gem streaming service.

Evil by Design: Surviving Nygård gives a voice to powerful stories describing decades of abuse by Peter Nygard and the brave women who search for justice,” said Blue Ant Studios SVP Development and Production, Jennifer Harkness.

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