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News round-up: Viaplay greenlights Covid-19 drama; Discovery UK’s lifestyle orders; NHK’s Coronavirus cruise doc

Viaplay orders social distancing drama Nordic Entertainment (NENT) Group has ordered a drama produced under social distancing rules for its streaming service Viaplay. Orca, described as an “experimental Swedish drama”, has been created, written and directed by Josephine Bornebusch (Love Me) and will premiere exclusively across the Nordic region on Viaplay from the autumn. Characters […]

Fremantle takes global rights to Icon’s Okavango doc

UK indie Icon Films’ documentary Okavango – A Flood Of Life has been picked up for global distribution by Fremantle. Commissioned by Japanese broadcaster NHK last year, the natural history film follows veteran filmmaker Brad Bestelink (Savage Kingdom) as he explores the Okavango Delta in Africa through the eyes of the region’s indigenous people. Originally […]

Kids round-up: ‘Octonauts’ expands in LatAm, MENA; NHK adds ‘Find Me In Paris’; Corus exec joins Wildbrain

Silvergate’s Octonauts travel to LatAm, MENA Sony Pictures Television-owned Silvergate Media’s preschool animation Octonauts is reaching new audiences in Latin America and the Middle East after being picked up by Mexico’s TV Azteca and the MENA-region Spacetoon channel. In a deal brokered by Panaderia, TV Azteca acquired the broadcast rights to the series, marking what […]

European & Asian networks adapt amid Coronavirus pandemic

Broadcasters and streamers around the world have unveiled a raft of changes to their regular programming as they adapt to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and offer new content to viewers who may be unable to leave their homes. BBC’s ‘special role’ In the UK, BBC director general Tony Hall said that the national […]

TVF extends co-pro pact with Tokyovision, sells to NHK and Animal Planet

Factual distributor TVF International has struck a raft of sales with Japanese broadcasters and agreed a new co-production arrangement with Tokyovision. Pubcaster NHK secured Indian Space Dreams for its Dramatic Planet slot, which airs on NHK’s Educational channel and is from Sequoia and Spring Films. The show features exclusive behind-the-scenes access to India’s first space […]

Blue Ant scores Japanese sales with NHK, FNG Japan

Japanese public broadcaster NHK has swooped for Blue Ant International’s blue chip natural history doc Turtle Beach. The deal is among a slate of licensing and renewal agreements struck with NHK as well as cable and satellite network Fox Networks Group Japan. NHK has licensed three new titles including Turtle Beach (1 x 60 minutes; […]

Discovery, NHK acquire from TVF’s expanded APAC team

Discovery Asia and NHK in Japan are among broadcasters to have picked up programming from TVF International’s recently bolstered Asia-Pacific sales team. Discovery Asia acquired pan-Asia rights to Chef Exchange (10 x 30 minutes), Singapore on Film (2 x 60 minutes) and Beach House Pictures’ access-driven two-parter Raffles: Remaking an Icon (2 x 60 minutes). […]

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 […]

Japan’s NHK acquires UK kids show ‘The Worst Witch’

Japanese broadcaster NHK has struck a deal with ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) for UK children’s live-action show The Worst Witch. NHK, which will dub the series using a cast of local Japanese actors, has acquired the first two seasons for its educational network E-Tele Channel. The series is based on the eponymous children’s fictional works by […]

BBC’s ‘The Planet’ lands in Japan, US

The series, which finished airing on BBC2 in the UK this week, is fronted by Brian Cox and uses new production techniques and visual effects to explore Earth’s nearest planetary neighbours. It’s produced by BBCS’s Science Unit and has been acquired by ABC in Australia, France5, VRT in Belgium and ZDF Info in Germany. Russia’s […]

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