Hat Trick International

Hat Trick Int’l to shop Livewire’s ‘TV Showdown’ celebrity quiz format

UK-based Hat Trick International has acquired distribution rights to Livewire Pictures celebrity game show format TV Showdown. The show is an updated version of entertainment format Telly Addicts, which Livewire has licensed from owner and creator Unique Television. Its UK version, Paul Sinha’s TV Showdown (6 x 45-minutes) airs in a prime-time Saturday night slot […]

News round-up: All3Media shops ‘Extraordinary Escapes’; UKTV tunes in to ‘Whose Line…’; Federation Ent’ expands doc slate

All3Media shops ‘Extraordinary Escapes’ All3Media International has acquired distribution rights to factual series Extraordinary Escapes With Sandi Toksvig. Produced by Tuesday’s Child Television for Channel 4, the four-part series is set to premiere in the UK tomorrow (10 February) and follows comedian, writer and broadcaster Toksvig as she joins familiar faces from the worlds of […]

Hat Trick International signs first-look deal with Cardiff Productions

Hat Trick International, the distribution arm of UK indie Hat Trick Productions, has signed a first-look deal with Pat Younge and Narinder Minhas’ recently launched outfit Cardiff Productions. The multi-year agreement, which was brokered by Hat Trick International acquisitions executive Hana Zidek, will see the distributor represent all future factual and scripted programming from the […]

Hat Trick Int’l restructures sales for Americas, CEE & Scandinavia

Hat Trick International (HTI) has restructured its sales team with new remits for execs working across the UK-based distributor. Jonathan South, who joined the company last year from Electus and is now senior sales executive, will handle all sales to North and South America, Spain and Portugal. The former SVP of Europe at Televisa, who […]

Acorn TV brings ‘Bloodlands’ to US and Canada

AMC Networks-owned streamer Acorn TV has acquired exclusive US and Canadian rights to British crime thriller Bloodlands. The series was written by Chris Brandon and exec produced by Jed Mercurio, of Line Of Duty and Bodyguard fame. It marks the first commission for Mercurio’s production company, Hat Trick Mercurio Television, and was made in association […]

Show of the week: Bloodlands

This gritty four-part crime thriller, set in Northern Ireland, is from emerging talent Chris Brandon – best-known for adapting Rock Creek Park for TV – and the mercurial Jed Mercurio of Line Of Duty and Bodyguard fame. The BBC One four-parter is from Hat Trick Mercurio Television (HTM Television) and stars James Nesbitt (The Missing, Cold […]

Exclusive: Distributors tweak windows amid growing demand, prep for MIPCOM impact

Distributors have seen an “upturn” in demand from broadcasters and streamers as measures to reduce the spread of Coronavirus result in captive audiences at home, with rights windows being tweaked to satisfy buyers’ requirements. Ratings giant Nielsen yesterday said housebound users could stream 60% more video during the pandemic, while Nordic streamer Viaplay has reported […]

Show of the week: Kate & Koji

This British sitcom has been co-written and produced by Drop The Dead Donkey scribes Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin. It follows the “sparky friendship” between a white, working class seaside café owner and a refugee African doctor, played by Brenda Blethyn (Vera) and Jimmy Akingbola (Holby City) respectively. “Both Brenda and Jimmy have a gift […]

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