News round-up: Blue Ant to shop ‘Stormy’; UKTV revives ‘Bergerac’; Harbour Rights deals

Stormy (Source: Blue Ant Studios)

Blue Ant to shop ‘Stormy’

Blue Ant Studios has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Stormy, the Peacock documentary about Stormy Daniels.

The 1 x 120-minute or 2 x 60-minute doc, from producer Erin Lee and producer/director Sarah Gibson tells Daniel’s story as the porn star deals with the fallout of allegations she had an affair with former US president Donald Trump.

“Our team is thrilled to have international rights for this sought-after documentary produced by two renowned filmmakers who specialize in portraying the stories of women exploited and harmed by the legal system,” said Lilla Hurst, global head of acquisitions & content strategy, Blue Ant Studios.

UKTV revives ‘Bergerac’

UKTV has commissioned a reboot of crime drama Bergerac for streamer UKTV Play and FTA channel Drama.

Banijay UK label BlackLight TV will produce the 6 x 60-minute series, written by Toby Whithouse, alongside Brian Fillis, Catherine Tregenna and Polly Buckle.

Bergerac will be based on the original series created by Robert Banks Stewart, which starred John Nettles and ran for nine series on the BBC between 1981 and 1991.

The modern re-imagining will honour the iconic detective drama, but with a contemporary twist, as Bergerac is thrown into a knotty, high-stakes police investigation and challenged to his very core.

“It’s a rare honour to bring back a show as beloved and iconic as Bergerac. Our mission was always to respect the show’s history and legacy, while making it impactful and relevant for a modern-day audience,” said Whithouse.

Harbour Rights deals

Cineplex in Thailand, Canal+ in Myanmar and NHK in Japan have acquired factual packages from Harbour Rights, with titles ranging from wildlife to history programming.

Shows heading to Cineplex, in a 30-hour package, include Charles III: The Making Of A Monarch, Power Couples, High Tech Airport, Beyond The Far Side and Earth Attacks.

Meanwhile. Canal+ has picked up a 60-hour package, including Master Of Savour, Dream Girl: The Making Of Marilyn Monroe and Shipwrecks: When History Resurfaces.

NHK has taken The Angel’s Line, while CCTV9 & CCTV10 have acquired Realm Of The Ants and Loneliness Of The Leopard, respectively.

DAAI TV in Taiwan took Miyabori and Music’s Superpowers.

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