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BBC in Deep Water with Australian drama deal

BBC Four has prebought Australian crime drama Deep Water. The four-parter launches on SBS as part of the Australian pubcaster’s autumn schedule and will launch on BBC Four later in the year. The show is loosely based on a crime wave that swept Sydney in 1980s and 1990s. It is produced by Australian indie Blackfella […]

DCD renews Open University deal

UK-based distributor DCD Rights has renewed a deal with the Open University and will continue to distribute its factual programming. The deal with the content arm of the distance-learning university gives DCD almost 250 hours of documentary content to add to its catalogue and sell internationally. Nicky Davies Williams, CEO at DCD Rights said: “The […]

DCD Rights adds Passion exec in drama plan

DCD Rights has hired Philippa Chuter, who was working at rival UK-based distributor Passion, as part of a wider push into drama acquisitions. She is taking on a new role as senior acquisitions executive at the DCD Media sales business, having previously been acquisition executive at Tinopolis Group-owned Passion. This will free up head of […]

MIPTV Hot Pick: Real Detective

  True crime programming is increasingly informed by the pacing, tone and production values seen in the scripted world, and DCD Rights’ big launch for MIPTV is Real Detective, a new factual series inspired by HBO’s hit cop drama True Detective. Real Detective is a factual series heavy on the drama reconstruction, with up to […]

Sony Crime channel, Nine get Real Detective

Sony’s new UK crime net, True Crime, and Australian free-TV broadcaster Nine have both acquired Real Detective, the True Detective-inspired docudrama. The show is distributed by DCD Rights, which sealed the deals. The 8x60mins series has well known actors,including Michael Madsen (pictured), re-enacting a real-life case that defined a detective’s career. The real detective opens […]

US SVOD service lands Oz drama, Brit comedy

Acorn TV has picked up Australian legal drama Janet King: The Enemy Within and UK comedy Very British Problems for its US streaming service. Acorn, which is owned by Agatha Christie company RLJ, programmes its service with drama and docs from international markets. Janet King, which is produced by Screentime and distributed by DCD Media, […]

TV’s Big Questions: are the main markets still relevant?

Distribution is changing. The Frank brothers have created a digital rights trading platform, TRX, which sits alongside others from the likes of Screen Hits. With these, online screening rooms, Skype and other new ways to connect, the folk running TV markets must be concerned. Outgoing NATPE boss Rod Perth (left) offers a robust defence of […]

Mumbai Railway journeys to global nets

British documentary series Mumbai Railway has been acquired by broadcasters around the world. Distributor DCD Rights has shopped BBC Productions-produced four-parter Mumbai Railway, in which four presenters explore the world’s busiest railway in India, to Viasat Explore and MTG World in Scandinavia, the Baltics, central and eastern Europe, Russia, CIS and sub-Saharan Africa; SBS in […]

Exporting in Asia

ATF is the biggest TV market in Asia. Ahead of the trip to Singapore, TBI checks in with some of the distributors and execs attending for the first time, and finds out what some of the regular attendees are expecting from the market this year The Asian TV Forum & Market (ATF) is the pre-eminent […]

MIPCOM Hot Pick: Deals in the Desert

It is fair to say Bahraini television documentaries are not ten a penny, and also fair that even fewer of those make it to the international market. Deals in the Desert is one series that breaks the mold. The 13x30mins series comes from JEO Productions, whose CEO, Joseph Tito, is described by DCD Rights head […]