News round-up: Prime Video & ABC pick up ‘Summer Memories’; Abacus shops Andrew Tate doc; Netflix & NITV kids’ co-commission

Summer Memories

Prime Video, ABC & Showmax think on ‘Summer Memories’

Prime Video for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, ABC Australia, and Showmax for Africa have picked up the first season of animated series Summer Memories following deals with Canada-based distributor Wildbrain.

The 2D-animated series is created by Adam Yaniv and produced by A&N Productions, Aircraft Pictures and Yeti Farm Creative. It is aimed at kids 6-12 years old and follows the adventures of best friends Jason and Ronnie as Jason looks back on the most pivotal summer of his life.

Caroline Tyre, VP of global sales & rights strategy at WildBrain, said: “Summer Memories is an original, irreverent and laugh-out-loud series with lots of heart, which we’re finding is a genre in-demand from buyers and viewers around the world.”

Dan Reed

Abacus to shop Andrew Tate doc

Abacus Media Rights has acquired worldwide sales rights (excluding the UK) to Amos Pictures’ feature documentary (In)Famous: Andrew Tate, which examines the rapid rise of controversial social media influencer Andrew Tate. Helmed by Dan Reed, the producers secured full access to Tate and will document the build-up and aftermath of his recent arrest and seek to unravel the many allegations that have been made.

The documentary was commissioned in the UK by Channel 4.

Jonathan Ford, managing director at Abacus, said: “This is a must-see film from the masters of powerful factual film-making which reveals the huge influence that social media can deliver on a global scale with limited controls or filters.”  

Eddie’s Lil’ Homies

Netflix & NITV kids’ co-commission

Netflix and National Indigenous Television (NITV) in Australia have co-commissioned an animated television series inspired by the children’s books Eddie’s Lil’ Homies.

Production has commenced in South Australia and Victoria and the show will air simultaneously on Netflix and NITV. The 10 x 12-minute comedy series follows eight-year-old Eddie and his two best friends Lottie and Tal as they navigate the complex and often fantastical waters of childhood.

Produced by Sophie Byrne Eddie Betts and Anna Scullie, the series has been developed and financed with principal investment from the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, along with production support from Coles and the South Australian Film Corporation.

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