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Show of the week: Cured

This documentary reveals the story behind the battle between LGBTQ activists and the American Psychiatric Association (APA), who until 1973 classified homosexuality as a mental illness. The timely show, available as a 90-minute or 60-minute special, tracks what is arguably the most significant turning point in gay liberation history, combining eyewitness testimony with never-before-seen archival […]

Exclusive: UK financier & distributor Drive reveals record-breaking 2020

UK-based distributor and financier Drive has revealed it is lining up a record-breaking 2020 after expanding rapidly in the US, while also investing more than ever before in acquired content. The Ben Barrett and Lilla Hurst-led company, which was launched in 2013, has been among firms to have benefitted from the uptick in demand for […]

Exclusive: Smithsonian Channel buys ‘Greek Island Odyssey’ from Drive

Smithsonian Channel in the US and Movistar in Spain have picked up a six-part docuseries that tracks historian and classicist Bettany Hughes as she explores the history of the Greek islands. Greek Island Odyssey With Bettany Hughes was produced by Sandstone Global Productions for ViacomCBS-owned Channel 5 in the UK and is sold by UK-based distributor […]

UK’s Drive ‘Chops’ into expanded factual formats slate

UK-based funding and sales company Drive has acquired global distribution rights to three new factual series. New 9 x 60-minute competition format The Chop follows 10 of the UK’s best carpenters as they gather in Epping Forest to whittle, carve and chop their way to see who will be crowned ‘Britain’s Top Woodworker’, and awarded […]

Drive hires former Twofour Group’s Eniela Bella for sales in Europe, Lat Am

UK-based production-funding and distribution agency Drive has hired an exec from ITV Studios-owned Twofour Group to work across its sales. Eniela Bella becomes senior sales executive at Drive, with a remit to oversee sales in France, Italy, Germany, Iberia and Latin America, reporting into company founders and co-MDs Lilla Hurst and Ben Barrett. Bella was […]

Drive sells more than 50 hours of factual content worldwide

Multiple networks in Europe and Australasia have picked up a range of factual content after UK distributor Drive sold more than 50 hours of programming. Seven Network in Australia and TopTV in New Zealand have both picked up The Restoration Workshop, a 10 x 60-minute series produced by Middlechild for UKTV’s Yesterday channel, following antiques dealer and expert restorer Gary Wallis as he […]

Deals round-up: Dave expands ‘Expedition’; ‘Epic Yellowstone’ sales; Drive preps ‘Shackleton’ project

UKTV’s Dave returns to Expedition With Steve Backshall UKTV has ordered a second season of Expedition With Steve Backshall for its UK-based Dave channel. The 4 x 60-minute show is being produced by Sky-backed True To Nature and will see naturalist and TV presenter Steve Backshall documenting his ‘natural world’ discoveries. Fremantle holds international distribution […]

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