Euro BBC, DRG, Explora and Passion Distrib. sell doc content to Asia Pacific broadcasters

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Hot time for doc sellers and buyers from all over the world running to Mipcom 2011, at Cannes. Before the opening of the market, somes doc deals are already announced between European producers or distributors and broadcasters from the Asia Pacific area.

. BBC’s “Frozen Planet” gets new broadcasters

BBC Worldwide has now sold its natural history series “Frozen Planet” to 12 international broadcasters, including Australia’ Nine Network, NHK in Japan and TVNZ in New Zealand.  

The series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, has also been picked up by CCTV (See ARTICLE on EADn’s website).

The seven-episode series is set to air on the BBC in the UK this autumn and is a coproduction between the BBC, Discovery, Antena 3, ZDF, The Open University and Skai.

Steve Macallister, president and MD for BBC Worldwide Sales and Distribution, said: “Frozen Planet, the latest offering from BBC Earth, is nothing short of phenomenal and it’s no surprise to me that so many broadcasters have snapped it up before it has even gone to air.”.

. Spanish Explora deals with Animal Planet

Just before Mipcom opening, Spanish producer and distributor Explora Films announced some deals. Animal Planet in the Asia Pacific bought a package of HD docs, including “Isolated”, “The Last Dragon” and “The Twilight of the Giants”. Explora also announced the sale of its doc “India, the Pilgrims of the Ganges” to France 5.

. UK’s Passion Distribution goes Australia

Australian channels have picked up a number of titles from the UK’s Passion Distribution, including treasure hunt series “Meteorite Man” going to Network Ten’s diginet One. One secured rights to the first three seasons of LMNO Cable Group’s Discovery Science series “Meteorite Man” (23×60′) and myth-busting series “Deconstruction” (39×30′), made by Fine Living Creative Services. SBS, meanwhile, has picked up the cultural series “Love/Lust” (14×60′), a Sharp Entertainment production for Sundance Channel; and “Green Porno”, a series of 18 short films about the reproduction habits of animals and insects, produced by Isabella Rosselini, Jody Shapiro and Rick Gilbert for Sundance.

The UK distributor also announced that National Geographic Channel has picked up “Supersize Grime” and three seasons of doc series “Culture X” (30×60′), produced by Third Floor Pictures.

. UK DRG Licenses Ovation original series & specials in China

London based distributor DRG has secured an agreement for content from the US arts network Ovation with Jinzhou TV in China. The license deal of “Mr. Prince” with Jinzhou TV was made through Royal Seal Media, which operate a doc window on the channel. The documentary features interviews with Broadway stars Carol Burnett, Stephen Sondheim, Joel Grey, Angela Lansbury, Mandy Patinkin and Mr. Prince himself.

“Broadway holds a fascination for audiences around the world, but no individual has been responsible for more Broadway hits than Hal Prince,” said Patrick Roberts, the senior VP of international sales at DRG. “His productions have travelled the world so his story carries a tremendous appeal for the theater-loving audiences of China and Latin America. The Ovation original catalogue offers a wide range of high-quality, culturally relevant programs that broadcasters from around the world are responding to very positively.”

Other deals between Europe and Asia are expected during the 4 days of Mipcom.

SOURCES: realscreen (26/09/2011), World Screen (28/09/2011), C21 Media (29/09/2011, 1/10/2011)

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