News brief: Portuguese net bags banking pre-sales

Portugal’s TVI has acquired 14 titles from French distributor Java Films following MIPCOM last week. Among the package is Banking Nature, a 1x90mins/1x52mins show about the commercialisation of the natural world by the likes of Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. The show, from Via Decouvertes, has also pre-sold to Arte. Other titles included in the […]

Arte buys Alex Gibney’s Catholic Church exposé

Arte has acquired Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, the Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) directed film about abuses of power in the Catholic church. The film is produced by Jigsaw, a joint venture between filmmaker Gibney and distributor Content Media, with HBO, Wider Film Projects and Below […]

EBU experiments with CERN science series grants

The European Broadcasting Union and major particle physics lab CERN have handed out a pair of grants to help companies including Baby Cow Animation develop multiplatform projects that inspire children’s interest in science. The EBU’s Eurovision and CERN, which is best known for creating the particle accelerator the Large Hadron Collider, launched the competition in […]

French documentaries singled out

Despite European public channels closing documentary slots and growing competition from hosted factual and reality series, the French single doc industry is finding success by diversifying and while presales are tough to secure, emerging territories are seeking international copro partners. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly explores the market. At MIPDoc in April, five out of the ten most […]

Global nets board animal extinction doc

Eleven international broadcasters have pre-bought Gambling on Extinction, a new 1x52mins doc about illegal endangered animal trading, TBI has learned. ZDF and ARTE in Germany and France, DR in Denmark, SVT in Sweden, VRT in Belgium, TG4 in Ireland, TVP in Poland, Czech TV, TV3 Catalunya, TVI in Portugal, Yes Doku in Israel and SBS […]

All3Media sells Rome and Ancient Egypt series around the world

All3Media’s sales arm has shopped Lion Television factual special Meet the Romans and Ancient Egypt: Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings to various international broadcasters. Franco German cultural channel ARTE has picked up the Egypt series and Viasat has taken pan-Scandi and CEE rights to the 2x1hr show. Meet the Romans, meanwhile, […]

Raft of broadcasters buy Gabriel Byrne drama Secret State

Numerous international broadcasters have acquired Secret State, the political drama that stars Gabriel Byrne and Charles Dance, TBI has learned. The four-part miniseries is produced by Shameless producer Company Pictures, which is owned by super indie All3Media. Its sales arm, All3Media International, is selling the it internationally and AMC/Sundance Global has taken the show for […]

News brief: Arte launches content on Dailymotion

French cultural channel Arte is to take its first step into subscription VOD with a new deal with video-sharing site Dailymotion. Thebroadcaster is making its international politics-focused magazine programme Dessous des Cartes available via the Dailymotion site for €3.99 a month. Subscribers will have unlimited access to 185 editions of the show, which will be […]

Raft of deals for Prisoners of War, the drama that inspired Homeland

Keshet International has sold the scripted format rights to Prisoners of War, the drama that was the basis for Homeland, to Weit Media, which will make a local Russian version of the format. The programme sales arm of Israeli broadcaster has also sold the original Israeli version of the drama, Prisoners of War, to SBS. […]

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