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NHK, Canal+ buy Escape From ISIS doc

NHK in Japan and France’s Canal+ are among buyers of Escape From ISIS. ZDF (Germany), TV Globo (Brazil), the ABC (Australia) SVT (Sweden), VRT (Belgium), DR (Denmark), RTL (Holland), TV3 (Spain), TV2 (Norway), YLE (Finland), TVN (Poland), LRT (Lithuania) and ERR (Estonia) have all acquired the doc. France-based distributor Java Films, which turns ten this […]

Java bringing Deadly Fashion to the Croisette

France-based distributor Java Films has recut Nordic web series Sweatshop: Deadly Fashion into a one-off doc and will launch it at MIPDoc next week. The 1x52mins film has fashion-obsessed teens experiencing life in a Cambodian sweat shop. Hacienda Films was on production duty and has worked with Java on the TV series. The original series […]

NHK to broadcast Obama’s Dirty War

Japanese pubcaster NHK has acquired a pair of US-themed current affairs documentaries from French distributor Java Films, which has also acquired two more Stateside films. NHK will air the 1x90mins doc Documented and 1x52mins Drones: Obama’s Dirty War. Documented looks at life for illegal immigrants in the US through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist […]

Java bags RT doc titles

France’s Java Films has acquired a batch of documentaries and reportage content from Russian multilingual news network RT. The deal hands Java European distribution rights to shows including the 1x26mins Ballet, Sweat and Tears, 1x52mins Antarctica: Ready for Winter, 1x25mins Fragile People, 1x52mins Tent City, 1x25mins Brides By Force and 1x25mins Mandrogi. Java founder and […]

Broadcasters make Journey Through an Invisible War

Four broadcasters have acquired Journey Through an Invisible War, a documentary billed as an “in-depth and eye-opening investigation into life in the West Bank”. Medi 1 TV in Morocco, TVI in Portugal, TVP2 in Poland and Al Jazeera English have all bought the doc from France’s Java Films. An 85-minute version already runs on VOD […]

The factual landscape: ducks, docs and digital

The business of selling factual programming is changing – with free-to-air slots for classic factual shows hard to come by, distributors are looking to other categories of non-fiction, as well as to digital, big-screen and even virtual reality platforms, writes Stewart Clarke. For the largest factual distributors the business has got more complex and, increasingly, […]

Swedish pubcaster goes Up in Flames

Swedish educational broadcaster UR has prebought Life in Flames, a documentary for Discovery about firefighters in Andalucia, Spain. The doc, which distributor Java Films packages as 1x52mins, 1x90mins and 3x45mins versions, follows an elite Spanish team who battle raging fires that rapidly spread through the vast areas of vegetation. It comes from Spanish producer La […]

News brief: Euro broadcaster ask Java to Show Me Rio

Five European broadcasters have acquired Show Me Rio, a Portuguese-produced documentary about the Brazilian city and its people. Portugal’s TVI, TV3 in Catalonian Spain, French-speaking Belgium pubcaster RTBF, France Ô and Austria’s ORF have all bought the 1x41mins doc, which comes from producer Café Pessoa. The film – which France’s Java Films sells in English, […]

MIPDoc Hot Pick: Emptying the Skies

Literary darling Jonathan Franzen lends his sizeable intellect and support to this enviro-conscious doc, which France’s Java Films is taking to Cannes for MIPDoc. The New Yorker magazine had tasked the Great American novelist to write another of his well received articles and the result was ‘Emptying the Skies’, a 12-page assault on the controversial […]

News brief: Java’s Mobile Revolution will be televised

France’s Java Films has presold a documentary about the mobile phone’s impact on history to broadcasters in the Middle East, Belgium, Portugal and Sweden. The Mobile Revolution has sold to MBC, RTL, TVI and UR ahead of its delivery in May. The doc looks at how the mobile phone has impacted every aspect of modern […]