Sales round-up: US networks strike Flame deals; Back2Back adds series

Unsolved – Flame Distribution

US networks strike Flame deals

North American broadcasters including Blue Ant Media Inc, CBC and BBC America have picked up a raft of shows from Flame Distribution.

Blue Ant has added Family Court Murders (4 x 60 minutes), For Love Or Money (5 x 45 minutes), Unsolved (10 x 45 minutes) and Taken (S1 – S4 52 x 30 minutes) for its free-streaming, ad-supported (FAST) channels CrimeTime (Canada) and TotalCrime (US).

Additional titles Blue Ant Media has picked up for its growing slate of FAST channels include one-hour doc specials ETOA – A Kokoda Track History, Titanic’s Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster, Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Built America, Fidel Castro: An Unauthorised Biography and the three-part docuseries Scotch! The Story Of Whiskey.

Canada’s public broadcaster CBC has added shows including Outback Rabbis, A Girl’s Guide to Hunting, Fishing and Wild Cooking and Rhod Gilbert: Stand Up To Shyness for its streamer CBC Gem, while Flame’s first deal with BBC America sees the US broadcaster bag Life In Colour With David Attenborough (3 x 40 minutes plus the 1 x 45-minute ‘making of’ special).

Quest engineers Back2Back pre-buy

UK network Quest has pre-bought Back2back Productions’ science series, Engineering Repurposed.

The 10 x 60 minute show, which has funding from Paul Heaney’s BossaNova Media, looks at the structures, machines and gadgets that have been transformed from their original purpose into something completely different. BossaNova sells globally.

Fellow UK channel Really has ordered a third season of Unexplained: Caught On Camera, which is also from UK-based Back2back.

The show uses a clip-show format to explore UGC footage, from poltergeist activity caught on mobile phones to ghostly apparitions on CCTV systems and car dash-cams. Canadian distributor Boat Rocker Media sells globally.

In other deals, Back2back has also pre-sold the fifth season of The World’s Deadliest Weather (13 x 60 mins) to BBC Earth and M6 France. The new season, which is distributed internationally by Drive, features archive and user-generated footage of extreme weather events from across the planet.

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