News round-up: AMC & Foxtel take Drive shows; Voot strengthens comedy offering; Banijay Germany forges influencer pact

Kings Of The Wood

AMC & Foxtel take Drive shows

AMC Networks International Southern Europe and Australia’s Foxtel have struck separate deals with UK-based production-funding and distribution agency Drive for a combined 70+ hours of factual content.

The agreement with AMC Networks International Southern Europe sees the business acquire over 44 hours of content from Drive’s factual catalogue including true crime series Made For Murder and A Killer’s Mistake, produced by FirstLook TV, Voltage TV’s Osama bin Laden: The Inside Story and Madeleine McCann: Investigating The Prime Suspect, produced by Screendog.

The package of series’ and one-off documentaries will air on AMC Networks International’s Spanish and Portuguese networks including Canal Historia and Crime + Investigation.

The deal with Australia’s Foxtel, meanwhile, will see Drive supply 28 hours of programming including newly released factual entertainment format Kings Of The Wood from Ricochet Productions, Auschwitz Untold produced by Fulwell 73 and October Films’ Trains That Changed the World.

Ben Barrett, Drive co-MD, said: “As our catalogue grows with new and returning series, specials and factual entertainment formats it allows us to provide key clients like AMC and Foxtel with larger packages of content.”


Voot strengthens comedy offering

Viacom18-owned Indian VOD service Voot has taken exclusive streaming rights to comedy shows, season two of Brochara and season three of Baked – Teen Tidaga, Sab Bigada.

Brochara is a slice-of-life comedy exploring the nuances of male-bonding and friendship, while Baked – Teen Tidaga, Sab Bigada follows the reunion of three friends after seven years.

Chanpreet Arora, head of AVOD (Voot), Viacom18 Digital Ventures, said: “Keeping up the momentum and strengthening our libraries with a focus to appeal to the younger audience, with web series like Brochara and Baked, we continue to expand our content offerings to bring delightful comedy, light-hearted, fun and relatable content for our existing while also attracting a newer set of users.”

Banijay Germany forges influencer pact

Banijay Germany has struck a new partnership with Austrian start-up, an all-in-one solution for influencer marketing.

The firm aims to further professionalise influencer marketing by combining its storytelling and talent relationships with’s technology, platform and content creator expertise.

Marcus Wolter, CEO Banijay Germany, said: “ is the best platform to connect brands with influencers and therefore, a great fit for us to build on our offerings in this important space.”

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