Deals round-up: Bin Laden doc lands in Europe & Oz; Brazil’s Globoplay acquires Serbia’s ‘Civil Servant’; Lime Pictures to adapt ‘Planet Omar’

Bin Laden doc lands in Europe & Oz SBS in Australia, Sweden’s SVT, DR in Denmark and NRK in Norway, along with an unnamed French broadcaster, have acquired Voltage TV’s documentary series Osama bin Laden: The Inside Story. UK distributor Drive struck the deals for the 3 x 60-minute series, which was originally commissioned by Channel 4 and broadcast as Osama bin Laden: […]

Sales round-up: Drive strikes Asia deals; HBO Europe visits ‘Hollywood On Set’

Drive strikes Asia deals Broadcasters across Asia have acquired more than 35 hours of factual content following deals with UK-based distributor Drive. ViuTVsix in Hong Kong has picked up a total of six titles, including Auschwitz Untold: In Colour, produced by Fulwell73 for Channel 4 and History Channel USA; The Spy Who Stole The Atom Bomb from Oxford Digital Media; Building Star Trek […]

TBI Weekly: Navigating the changing world of buyers

Streamers dominate the headlines with big budget originals, but delve deeper and it’s spending on acquisitions that has soared over the past decade, to the tune of $38bn in 2020. This is just one of the findings from The New Buyers report, which TBI has gained exclusive access to. Here are five key takeaways that underline the wide-ranging opportunities and changing […]

Streamers surge with more than 700 US, UK & EU services launched since 2017

The number of VOD services launched in the US, UK and EU territories has increased by a third since 2017, a new report has revealed. The Drive New Buyers Report, compiled by WorkShare Consulting, revealed that VOD numbers had risen by 32% over the past four years, from 2270 in 2017 to 3015 in 2020. The […]

Factual round-up: Drive strikes global sales for Diana doc; Sky Crime seeks Woodcut’s ‘Killer Within’; Blue Ant to shop search and rescue series

Drive strikes global sales for Diana doc Channel Nine in Australia, Reelz in the US, TV2 in Norway, Servus TV in Austria, RLT Netherlands and TVNOW in Germany have acquired two-part ITV documentary The Diana Interview: Revenge Of A Princess, following deals with UK-based distributor Drive. The 2 x 60-minute programme was produced by Minnow […]

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 […]

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