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Drive forges Back2Back sales in Europe, Asia

Indie distributor Drive has sold a slate of Back2Back titles, including The World’s Deadliest Weather, into Europe and Asia.  The production-funding and distribution agency has sold the third series of the programme – a co-production brokered and distributed internationally by Drive – into BBC Earth and Discovery Italy. The 13 x 60-minute series was picked up […]

Viewpoint: Thriving in uncertain times

Lilla Hurst, joint-MD of Drive, discusses the growth of UK Screenings, and makes a case for the continued success of British content despite turbulent political times.  It appears that the UK has something to offer the world in the dreary month of February after all. For many years, the BBC has been hosting its Liverpool […]

TBI Weekly: The Future is Factual – The Top Unscripted Trends of 2018

Weeks after unveiling its long-gestating, multi-million-dollar collaboration with David Attenborough, Netflix made another strong statement in the factual space at this week’s World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) where new recruit Sara Edelson – Los Angeles-based manager for original docs – eschewed the SVOD’s low profile strategy at markets, and met delegates out […]

Arrow and Drive partnership takes flight

A new factual series detailing catastrophic events on board aeroplanes is in the offing after Arrow Media and sales agency Drive announced a new partnership. The two companies say they will work together on a new show, Flights From Hell, which has been commissioned by Channel 5 in the UK, to air this summer. The 6×60’ series […]

BBC2 greenlights October Films Iraq production

BBC 2 in the UK has commissioned a two-hour mini-series from UK producer October Films, in which journalist and former British soldier Adnan Sarwar returns to Iraq to explore how the country has changed since he served there during the Iraq War. Sarwar went to Iraq in 2003 as a 24-year-old soldier with the British […]

SBS & Viasat World speed to factual deals with Drive

Drive, the production-funding and distribution agency led by Lilla Hurst (pictured), has gained a range of worldwide sales for its factual slate including SBS TV and Viasat World. A host of major channels have shopped 8 Days that Made Rome. Smithsonian Channel has acquired the series for North America, SBS for Australia and Viasat World […]

Television’s love affair with the People’s Princess

Yearlong activities have taken place to mark the twentieth anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, and the television industry has followed suit with a raft of documentaries and series to signify the landmark event. Kaltrina Bylykbashi reports on the ongoing influence of the late British royal, as her son, Prince Harry, continues to make headlines thanks […]

Diana, Our Mother gains raft of int’l sales

Drive, the distributor for Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, has announced a range of international sales for the Oxford Film-produced documentary. NDR in Germany, TV4 in Sweden, Mediaset in Italy and RTL in French-speaking Belgium have all acquired the doc that is built around interviews with The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. […]

TBI weekly round-up: Diana doc, Silverman’s Jamaican drama

TBI’s latest news round-up takes a look over some of the biggest deals, hires and partnerships this week (June 19-23, 2017). Drive’s Diana doc delivers deals This year marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death and prodcos and distributors worldwide have taken notice. There have been a range of recent deals for shows around […]

Drive picks up ITV & HBO’s Diana doc

As the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death approaches, a new HBO and ITV doc about her life as secured distribution. UK-based Drive has acquired rights to the untitled doc, which is a 1x90mins effort from British producer Oxford Film and Television. US cable channel HBO and UK commercial broadcaster ITV came on board the […]