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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 […]

NATPE deal round up: TCB Media, Cineflix, Drive, Kew Media, All3Media, Keshet and more

Distributors including TCB Media Rights, Cineflix Rights, Drive, Kew Media, All3Media International, Keshet International, GRB Studios and ZEEL have announced a string of Latin American deals ahead of this week’s NATPE programme market in Miami. TCB Media Rights sells 130 hours of programming to Latin America TCB Media Rights has closed deals totalling 130 plus […]

Channel 5 boards Blink Films’ Titanic feature documentary

Channel 5 in the UK has ordered a feature documentary from UK-based Blink Films that charts the series of errors that caused the Titanic to sink. 10 Mistakes That Sank The Titanic (1 x 90 minutes) follows the famed ship’s journey from construction to catastrophe, and reveals that there was no single factor which caused […]

Why this year’s MIPCOM could be an industry game-changer (Column)

Drive co-MD Lilla Hurst breaks down the top trends du jour – from the end of binge-watching, to SVOD and AVOD proliferation, and genre channel launches – as the industry prepares to descend on Cannes for this year’s MIPCOM market.  Is it me or does it feel as though this MIPCOM could be a game […]

Drive gets down with ‘Downton Abbey’ special

Ben Barrett and Lilla Hurst’s Drive has picked up a Downton Abbey special for international distribution. The Peninsula Television-produced special, Return To Downton Abbey (1 x 60 minutes), goes behind the scenes on the forthcoming film as well as the series, which ran from 2010 to 2015. The Drive-distributed special is the international version of […]

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