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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 […]

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 […]

Nat Geo picks up ‘USS Indianapolis’ doc from Drive

Nat Geo has bought a doc special about the tragic fate of cruiser USS Indianapolis, which was torpedoed and sunk in 1945.  The Disney-owned channel bought the 60-minute doc from production-funding and distribution agency Drive for Nat Geo channels worldwide, excluding the US and Canada. Produced by US-based Vulcan Productions and Lone Wolf Media for PBS, […]

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