World Media Rights


WMR moves into scripted with Frank Warren drama

UK-based factual specialist World Media Rights (WMR) is developing a scripted drama about English boxing promoter Frank Warren. Kings of the Ring (WT) will be the first scripted series WMR has produced, and is billed as a “gritty, returnable transatlantic drama series set in the world of international boxing”. Warren has been one of the […]

ZDF buys into UK indie World Media Rights

ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has made its first investment in the UK production market, taking a 32.5% stake in factual-focused World Media Rights (WMR). Adjacent to the deal is a board restructure at Blacks Ops producer WMR, with David McNab (above right) and ZDFE VP of corporate and portfolio strategy Tanja Meier-Sieden joining existing members. Veteran […]

ITVS to take first-look at World Media Rights

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has scored first-look rights to programming from UK indie World Media Rights. ITVSGE, UK broadcaster ITV’s international sales arm, has picked up more than 40 hours of factual series as part of the multi-year agreement. These include Real Story of…, a 6x60mins Reelz series about the stories behind recent Oscar-nominated movies; […]

WMR’s Evolution of Evil heads to US cable

Discovery’s American Heroes Channel has ordered Evolution of Evil, a ten-part series from UK indie World Media Rights that will examine how ten of the most notorious world leaders turned from into monsters. WMR is coproducing with Discovery for American Heroes and ZDF Enterprises is handling sales outside of the US and UK. The series […]

Blue chip to new chip: natural history with bite

Stewart Clarke speaks to commissioners, producers, distributors and digital pioneers about their efforts to reimagine the natural history genre. Alastair Fothergill is the embodiment of blue-chip, making landmark series for the BBC and films for Disney Nature, but he is now seeking to reinvent the genre, out of necessity as much as anything. “When I […]

ITV to sell Discovery’s Animal Black Ops

ITV Studios has taken international rights to Animal Black Ops, the spin-off of the successful Black Ops factual series, which has just been ordered by Discovery in the US. The core Black Ops (pictured), which hails from UK independent prodco World Media Rights, series goes out on Discovery’s American Heroes channel. The new ten-part offshoot […]

The truth about storytelling

I was meeting a factual commissioner whose ratings were rubbish. It soon became clear that they had no idea what to do about it. The giveaway was when they looked me in the eye and said that what their channel most valued was “really strong storytelling” and then asked me if I might have anything […]

Discovery, Foxtel chart Rise of the Nazi Party

Discovery Networks Western Europe and Australian pay platform Foxtel are among buyers of a new history-themed series about the emergence of the Nazi Party in Germany. DNI sister company SBS Discovery Media and Planete have also acquired the 10x50mins series for Scandinavia and France respectively. The Rise of the Nazi Party comes from UK indie […]