Euro nets make First Hand plays

Four European broadcasters are among buyers of documentary programming from Switzerland-based First Hand Films. VRT in Belgium has taken the 1x56mins Ida’s Diary, which is about a troubled Norwegian woman that keeps a video diary. Estonia’s ERR bought the 3x52mins Faith Love Desire and 1x57mins And Who Taught You to Drive?, meanwhile. Latvian TV took […]

Turner plays to Monster’s Jungle Beat

Turner Broadcasting System has acquired Monster Entertainment-sold non-verbal kids toon Jungle Beat for its Boomerang channel in various European territories. The third season of the 13x7mins show, which comes from South Africa’s Sunrise Productions, will debut on Boomerang in the third quarter of this year in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Benelux region and eastern Europe. […]

WDR doping doc finds int’l homes

A German documentary about alleged wide-scale doping among Russian Olympic athletes has sold to seven broadcasters around the world. Top Secret Doping: How Russia Makes its Winners, an in-house doc for German regional pubcaster WDR, has gone to VRT in Belgium, Globo in Brazil, DR in Denmark, Kanal 2 in Estonia, Al Jazeera in the […]

Robin Hood completes Euro roll-out

Toon series Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood has now secured 100% carriage on free TV in the UK, its distributor has claimed. The Method Animation- and DQ Entertainment-produced show has completed its European FTA roll-out after Sony Pictures Television-owned CSC Pop in the UK and Ireland and MTVA in Hungary bought it from PGS Entertainment. […]

Broadcasters take Depeche Mode on tour

A raft of broadcasters have acquired a Depeche Mode live concert film. Depeche Mode: Live in Berlin has been picked up by pay broadcasters Sky in the UK, Canal Satellite Digital in Spain, Polsat in Poland, DirecTV Latin America and Globosat in Brazil. Free-to-air broadcasters that have bought the film, which was directed by Anton […]

New Witnesses come forwards in Europe

More channel groups in Europe have acquired French drama Witnesses from Newen Distribution. Following a recent deal with Channel 4 in the UK, Newen has sold the show to Belgium’s RTBF, Telenet and VRT in the territory’s various language regions; Norway’s NRK2; and Germany’s RTL Crime. Newen says the series represents just the second time […]

Euro broadcaters buy Outlander

A raft of international broadcasters including HBO Netherlands and Viasat have acquired US drama series Outlander. Sony Pictures Television distributes the series and has struck the sales deals, with several buyers in Latin America also buying the scripted series. The series, based on Diana Gabaldon’s second book in the Outlander series, Dragonfly in Amber, was […]

DRG sells current affairs docs for Hardcash

International distributor DRG has completed sales for a number of factual and current affairs programmes from Hardcash Productions, as the latter’s latest show launches tomorrow on BBC One. The deals include 1x60mins ITV doc Fashion Factories Undercover going to Kro TV in Belgium, TVN in Poland and Spiegel TV in Germany; and another ITV show, […]

News brief: Football doc Mata Mata finds Euro homes

Red Arrow International-sold Brazilian football doc Mata Mata has gone to platforms in Belgium and Norway. Belgium pubcaster VRT and Norwegian video platform VGTV have both bought the doc, which literally translates to ‘Kill-Kill’. This is a Brazilian term for a knockout match and a metaphor for an approach to life. Mata Mata was originally […]

Starz, BBC and Company Pictures team for abduction drama

Production has started on The Missing, a US-European coproduced drama about a man obsessed with finding his abducted son. The eight-part drama will be a copro between US premium cabler Starz, UK pubcaster the BBC and All3Media-owned prodcos Company Pictures and New Pictures. Two Brothers Pictures and Playground are also attached along with Fortis Film […]