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Pernel Media takes Attila the Hun special to Science Channel in US, France 5

Science Channel in the US has commissioned a two-hour special about Attila the Hun, which is being co-produced with France 5. In the Footsteps Of Attila The Hun is being produced by France’s Pernel Media, with founder Samuel Kissous attached as exec producer. The show, which debuts in the US on 22 March at 20.00 […]

ZED, CuriosityStream reveal ‘Prehistoric Worlds’

French independent producer/distributor ZED has revealed a first look at Prehistoric Worlds, its 90-minute special that is being coproduced with US SVOD CuriosityStream, France 5 and NHK in Japan. The show will feature CGI and virtual effects that are designed to recreate the animal and plant worlds that lived at that time, with the show […]

France 5, Discovery strike WildBear deals

France 5 and Discovery India are among broadcasters to have struck coproduction and pre-sale deals for programming from Australian producer WildBear Entertainment. The deals, struck through development and production consultancy Wild Thring Media, include France 5 pre-buying Tribal Life: Papua New Guinea (4 x 60 minutes), which explores diverse tribal cultures that have flourished in […]

Virgin Media adds France 2, TVN & Russian nets

UK pay TV operator Virgin Media has bolstered its offer by securing distribution of channels from France, Poland and Russia. The channels will be offered through the Virgin Worldbox app from today as branded ‘bouquets’, allowing ex-pats to watch programming from their home territories. From France, Liberty Global-owned Virgin will offer public broadcast channels France […]

France 5 orders The Real War of Thrones

French pubcaster France Télévisions has greenlit The Real War of Thrones: A History of Europe, a four-part doc series about the history of Europe. Indie prodco Pernel Media is making the series for the France 5 net and will produce French and international versions. The series will use drama reconstruction to focus on a period […]

Deal Round-up: Taboo attracts global networks

A number of broadcasters have acquired rights to Tom Hardy drama Taboo from US-based independent prodco Sonar Entertainment. Viasat’s TV1000 from the Russian/CIS territory bought rights to the eight part historical drama. It was also picked up by HBO in Spain, the Nordics and eastern Europe, Fox Networks Group Latin America, AMC in Portugal, Digiturk in […]

France 5 wants primetime science docs

France 5 took advantage of MIPCOM to introduce its new Wednesday science primetime slot to the international market and longtime partners including NHK, PBS, BBC and ZDF. Launched in January 2015, the ‘Science Grand Format’ slot provides 52-minute and 90-minute documentaries devoted to scientific adventure, archeology, the technological revolution, and the exploration of space. The slot […]

Distributor to doc producer with the Royal Good Guys

As career moves go, turning documentary producer after 27 years in distribution may seem odd, even risky. Nonetheless, when I got the chance to produce The Royal Good Guys, I leapt at it – and my distribution experience proved invaluable. The film’s initial premise was: “What do the Royals do all day?” It shines a light on the charity work of princes […]

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