MIPCOM deals: Blue Ant, Kew, Cineflix Rights

Blue Ant International sells more than 60 hours of content to China's CCTV, Cineflix Rights licenses 330 hours of content across Europe, plus more.
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Blue Ant Int’l pens sales deals with China’s CCTV

Blue Ant International, the distribution arm of Blue Ant Media, has partnered with China’s CCTV to bring 60-plus hours of wildlife and natural history programming to flagship channel CCTV-1 and science and education-focused CCTV-10. Bolstering the CCTV-1 lineup are three projects from Love Nature’s “Camp Zambia” production partnership with U.K.-based Plimsoll Productions: Life’s Journey (season 1; 3 x 60 minutes), Monkey Island (season 1; 3 x 60 minutes) and Valley of Flood and Fire (season 1; 3 x 30 minutes). The channel has also acquired Off the Fence productions in Africa’s Wild Horizons (season 2; 5 x 60 minutes) and Madagascar-based rainforest series Land of Gremlins (season 1; 3 x 60 minutes). Finally, CCTV-1 is filling its broadcast schedule with Wild Castles (season 1; 5 x 60 minutes; Taglicht Media for Love Nature), Wild Israel (season 1; 5 x 60 minutes; Ananey Channels) and Mysteries of the Mekong (season 1; 10 x 30 minutes; Antidote Productions).

CCTV-10, meanwhile, has also picked up ‘Camp Zambia’ titles in The Big Dry (season 1; 3 x 60 minutes), Tales from Zambia (season 1; 7 x 30 minutes), Wild Survivors (season 1; 3 x 60 minutes); and Off the Fence projects Africa’s Claws and Jaws (season 1; 4 x 60 minutes) and Wildlife Icons (season 2; 6 x 60 minutes). The network has also snatched up season one of Deadly Australians (4 x 60 minutes; Wildbear Productions); season one of Animal Senses (6 x 30 minutes), season one of Mysteries of Evolution (6 x 30 minutes), season two of Strange Creatures (6 x 30 minutes; BAM HDTV) and the first season of The Big Feed (13 x 30 minutes).

Cineflix Rights sells 330 hours of content to CEE

Cineflix Rights has sent a content package amounting to 330 hours to multiple broadcasters in Central and Eastern Europe. Poland’s NC+ has acquired a raft of programs for its Planete+ channel. Included in the deal are blue chip documentaries The Day We Walked on the Moon (1 x 60 minutes; Finestripe Productions), The Cold Blue (1 x 60 minutes; Vulcan Productions), and Going to War (1 x 60 minutes; Vulcan Productions). The broadcaster has also bought 115 hours of Property Brothers programming for its Domo+ channel, including Brother vs. Brother (season 5 & 6 x 60 minutes; Scott Brothers Entertainment), Property Brothers (seasons 6-8, 70 x 60 minutes; Cineflix Productions), The Property Brothers at Home (4 x 60 minutes; Scott Brothers Entertainment), and The Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House (5 x 60 minutes; Scott Brothers Entertainment).

Headed to Czech TV are The Day We Walked on the Moon (1 x 60 minutes; Finestripe Productions), The Cold Blue, along with Alcatraz: The Greatest Escapes (2 x 60 minutes; Hoff Productions) and Mayday: Air Disaster (season 18, 10 x 60 minutes; Cineflix Productions).

RTL Croatia has acquired 96-plus hours of content, including My Family and the Galapagos (3 x 60 minutes; Seadog TV & Film Productions; Motion Content Group), Border Security: America’s Front Line (20 x 30 minutes; Seven Network Australia), The Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon HouseProperty Brothers (seasons 7 & 8, 44 x 60 minutes) and Mayday: Air Disaster (seasons 15-17, 30 x 60 minutes).

AMC Networks International Central and Northern Europe, meanwhile, has taken Going to War and Alcatraz: The Greatest Escapes (2 x 60 minutes; Hoff Productions) for their Spektrum channels in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. AMCNI CNE has also picked up Property Brothers (seasons 4 & 5, 52 x 60 minutes) and Flipping Virgins (season 3, 13 x 60 minutes; Cineflix Productions) for their Spektrum Home channels in the same territories.

Fox Networks Group has taken a 50-hour package from Cineflix, including Alcatraz: The Greatest EscapesExpecting (17 x 30 minutes; UP Entertainment) and Rocky Mountain Railroad (8 x 60 minutes; Cineflix Productions, Windfall Films) for their National Geographic channels covering the Central European region.

Kew Media

Global sales house Kew Media Distribution, a division of Kew Media Group, has teamed with London-based indie Cardinal Releasing to launch a Chuck Berry biopic at the 2018 MIPCOM market in Cannes. Chuck Berry, a 100-minute feature-length documentary, will look at the influential musician who refined rhythm and blues into the subsequent sound of rock music. Featured in the film, previously titled Chuck! The Documentary, are interviews with Keith Richards, Steven Van Zandt and Alice Cooper. The feature doc is made in collaboration with the musician’s widow, Thelmetta Berry, and the estate of Chuck Berry. Jon Brewer serves as director and producer on Chuck Berry, which is an Emperor Media and Chuck The Documentary production.  Kew Media Distribution’s ongoing collaboration with Cardinal Releasing sees the company managing international sales on a diverse portfolio of Cardinal’s Emperor Media titles, which are produced and directed by music and media industry veteran Brewer.

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