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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 […]

Nordic pubcasters urges UK gov’t to back BBC

Director generals from the Nordic region’s pubcasters have warned the British government not to weaken the UK’s BBC, claiming there is “a growing need for public service broadcasting”. In an open letter to the government published by The Guardian, the signees said the BBC had shown “an amazing ability to adapt” to the changing world. […]

French, Scandi nets buy CBeebies series

Gulli and Tiji in France are among the latest buyers of DHX Media-sold CBeebies kids series Twirlywoos. The networks get the show after parent Lagardere scored a deal with Canada-based DHX, which has also shopped it to YLE in Finland, SVT in Sweden, NRK in Norway and Hop! in Israel. DHX’s channel, Family Junior, will […]

Disney buys Amazon kids series

Disney has picked up Amazon’s original kids series Annedroids. Canada-based distributor Picture Box sells the series and struck the Disney deal, which gives it rights to the show in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South and Sub-Saharan Africa. Finish pubcaster YLE has also acquired the first two seasons of the show. Annedroids was […]

Smithsonian buys Irish music special

Smithsonian Channel has acquired the latest special of Irish music series Other Voices. The one-hour show will run on Smithsonian in the US and Canada after acquiring it from Dublin-based Monster Entertainment. Hosted by Aidan Gilen (Game of Thrones, The Wire), the special features then-unknown Irish singer-songerwriter Hozier’s first television appearance. YLE in Finland, Arts […]

Korean toon trio at Cartoon Forum

European animation coproduction event Cartoon Forum will this year feature a trio of toons from South Korea. Traditionally a pitch exclusively for European-created projects, the 2015 edition in Toulouse, France will include Korean efforts Galaxy Kids (pictured), Hobgoblin Magician and The Mole Farmer, Rabby. The shows have been selected in an effort to extend a […]

BBC Follows the Money with Danish drama deal

Follow the Money (Bedraget) has become the latest foreign-language drama acquired by UK public broadcaster the BBC for its high-end arts, culture and drama channel BBC Four channel. The show hails from Danish pubcaster DR and is sold by DR Sales, which struck the BBC deal. It was penned by Borgen co-writer Jeppe Gjervig Gram […]

Trapped marks Icelandic drama first for the BBC

UK public broadcaster the BBC has bought Trapped, the upcoming Icelandic drama from local filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur. The ten-part series will go out on BBC Four in the UK, marking its latest foreign drama acquisition after the channel bought Swedish series including Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves and Crimes of Passion from Sweden, Hostages from Israel […]

Ken Burns cancer series finds buyers

Four channels have taken on a PBS documentary series from filmmaker Ken Burns about cancer. PBS International has presold Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies to Globosat in Brazil, DirecTV in Latin America, YLE in Finland and TVI in Portugal. Billed as “the comprehensive story of cancer”, the doc series is based on a Pulitzer […]

Broadcasters get Banished

BBC Worldwide has sold drama series Banished to various broadcasters. Deals have been closed with VEO in Mexico, TVP1 in Poland, Cellcom in Israel, YLE in Finland and HRT in Croatia. It comes from Jimmy McGovern (The Street, Cracker) and follows people living in the first penal colony in Sydney, Australia. It scored well on […]