UK financier Drive appoints DRG alum for sales push

Funding and distribution agency Drive has added the former senior VP of sales at UK-based distributor DRG to work across its sales activity. Chris Bartlett becomes senior sales executive at Drive, overseeing sales in Scandinavia, the Middle East, Africa, New Zealand and French-speaking Canada. Bartlett spent eight years at DRG, working across the UK, Scandinavia […]

Sales round-up: Dutch Spike adds UK shows, Motorsport.tv gets Greenlight deal, AMC & Atresmedia prep EspañaTV for Portugal

Netherlands-based Spike agrees DRG deal Viacom-owned Spike in the Netherlands has struck a deal with UK-based distributor DRG for almost 200 hours of programming from British producers. The majority of the 196-hour package is taken from the Nordic Entertainment Group-backed sales firm’s ‘blue light’ catalogue, with Spike picking up six seasons (60 hours) of Brown […]

Studiocanal alum’s prodco adapts ‘Queer as Folk’ in France

Telfrance Group-backed production outfit Aux Singuliers, launched by former Studiocanal development and acquisitions executive Joris Charpentier earlier this year, is adapting UK drama Queer as Folk for the French market. The show first aired in the UK on Channel 4 two decades ago, having been produced by Nicola Shindler’s Red Production Company, which was acquired […]

DRG picks up global rights to Channel 4’s ‘My Grandparents’ War’

UK-based distributor DRG has picked up international sales rights for the upcoming four-part series My Grandparents’ War. The show was recently commissioned by UK broadcaster Channel 4 and follows Hollywood actors as they re-trace the footsteps of their grandparents in World War Two. It is being produced by UK prodco Wild Pictures and was commissioned […]

Distribution round-up: DRG acquires WildBear slate; Dynamic hails ‘Vagrant Queen’

Distributor DRG has acquired a slate of historical titles from Australia’s WildBear Entertainment. The deal, which covers 16 hours, was negotiated by Wild Thring Media, who also secured the lead broadcaster for each title. Included in the slate is A Royal Tour of the 20th Century (4 x 60 minutes), which was commissioned by AB Droits […]

Formats round-up: ‘Guess My Age’ in Greece; Movistar+ adapts ‘No More Boys…’

Greece to adapt Vivendi’s ‘Guess My Age’ Greek commercial broadcaster Skai has ordered a local adaptation of Vivendi Entertainment’s Guess My Age. Skai has signed up for 100 episodes of the show, which will be stripped across the week in an access primetime slot, beginning in September. Prosenghisi is to produce the show, in which a […]

Nat Geo Wild scoops up DRG’s ‘Predator Land’

National Geographic has acquired natural history series Predator Land from DRG for its global Nat Geo Wild network. Produced by South Africa’s Obsessively Creative, with DRG’s Mette Kanne-Behrendsen as executive producer, the 3 x 60-minute series profiles Africa’s most iconic predatory animals. Episode one focuses on two lion prides; episode two on leopards, following mothers […]

Wild Money: The new rules of play in distribution

Distributors are under greater pressure than ever, needing to be nimble, innovative and cash-rich – all at the same time. TBI gathered distributors of shows such as Bodyguard and Leaving Neverland to discuss all things content: what’s cutting through, what they’re walking away from and why they’re stepping in where commissioners are falling short How […]

DRG drives into commissioning with Rachel Khoo series

Distributor DRG has furthered its commissioning drive, teaming with UKTV to co-commission cookery and lifestyle series Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen.  The 8 x 30-minute series, produced by Sweden’s NENT-owned Splay One, follows the British chef who has lived in Sweden for a number of years as she puts her twist on traditional Swedish dishes in […]

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