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Market digests Depardieu food doc series

A culinary-themed documentary series starring French actor Gerard Depardieu launches at MIPTV next week. Internationally the show will be titled Bon Appetit: Gerard Depardieu’s Europe, and is sold by France-based distributor Balanga. The 10x52mins series is known in France as A Pleines Dents!, and comes from producer Laura Briand and Les Films d’Ici 2. Arte […]

Buyers embark on Indian Summers ahead of UK TX

A raft of international broadcasters have picked up big-budget UK drama Indian Summers ahead of its launch on Channel 4 in the UK this weekend. All3Media-backed New Pictures made the series for UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 and US pubcaster PBS. It debuts on Channel 4 this Sunday in a 9pm slot. All3Media International is […]

News brief: More broadcasters unlock The Code

AMC Networks’ Sundance Channel has acquired Australian drama The Code for its channels in Asia and the Middle East. DCD Rights distributes the political thriller, which launched on ABC in Australia last September. Internationally, it has already been picked up by channels including Arte in France, BBC Four in the UK, DirecTV in the US […]

$1.5m presales for Zed’s Annihilation

A doc series that sheds new light on the rise of Hitler has secured US$1.5 million in presales from a variety of broadcasters. Annihilation will broadcast throughout the world in January to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of prisoners at Nazi war camps following deals with distributor Zed. Those attached are France […]

Arte and BBC join forces for Obama doc

French cultural channel Arte and UK public broadcaster the BBC are joining forces to make Barack Obama: Inside His Presidency, a new four-part documentary about the US president. With the French title of Barack Obama, le Temps du Bilan, the series will follow Obama’s presidency and the key events during his tenure since taking office […]

Creatives speaking: Gilles Bannier on Paris

Gilles Bannier was lined up to direct The Tunnel, the Canal+ and Sky remake of hit Scandinavian drama Bron (The Bridge), but he put that to one side after a call from the producer of Paris, a new drama series from Engrenages (Spiral) writer Virginie Brac. “I heard it was written by Virginie, and her […]

News brief: Broadcasters buy ZDF’s Carthage special

Wales’ S4C, SBS in Australia and New Jersey public station WNET have all prebought Carthage’s Lost Warriors, a documentary special about South American settlers. The 1x60mins doc is produced by German pubcaster ZDF, its commercial arm ZDF Enterprises and arts and culture channel Arte. It examines the hypothesis that under attack from the Romans, some […]

Germany’s SET shops at Selfridges

German pay TV broadcaster Sony Entertainment Television has acquired both seasons of ITV Studios’ period drama Mr Selfridge. The deal means ITV Studios Global Entertainment has sold the show into more than 150 territories. The second season recently launched to a 22% and 6.8 million consolidated viewers in the UK on ITV. ITVSGE has also […]

Dutch channel buys Sinai Desert kidnap doc

A Dutch public broadcaster has become the latest to acquire The Sound of Torture, a chilling documentary about refugee kidnappings in the Sinai Desert. Esther Van Messel, CEO of the film’s distributor First Hand Films, told TBI pubcaster Vara has acquired the 1x52mins doc (aka Journey Story), which comes from Israel’s Trabelsi Production and satcaster […]

Servus, Globosat investigate Planet Ice

Austria’s Servus TV and Brazil’s Globosat have prebought Planet Ice from Zodiak Rights. The doc series is billed as a “spectacular journey to some of the world’s most outstanding glaciers” and employs filming techniques such as drones that can reach 6,500m. It includes interviews with leading glaciologists, who offer opinions on the future of glaciers […]