Netflix Live Sports, MIPCOM Deals, Rising Turkish Content, and BBC Headlines

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the Entertainment Supply Chain Digest. From the thrilling world of Netflix live sports ventures, the exciting deals and announcements from MIPCOM 2023, the surging rise of Turkish content, and the captivating headlines generated by the BBC.

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Distribution Deals

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  • Cineflix Rights secures deals for “Hitlerโ€™s Engineers: Building the Third Reich” from its MIPCOM factual slate. The show has been picked up by History Channel, RTL, CBC, Tanweer, AMCNI CNE (Spektrum channel), and BBC. ( ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ )
  • Bille August directs the English series adaptation of “The Count of Monte Cristo,” the first entirely produced within Mediawan. Palomar and DEMD Productions collaborate, with distribution by Mediawan Rights. Commissioned by RAI Fiction and France Televisions, it marks a major venture for Mediawan Rights in production and distribution. (๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท)
  • BBC Studios and Nippon TV team up for the comedy gameshow “Koso Koso.” Celebrity secret agents prank unsuspecting contestants, with the big reveal that they were part of a gameshow. BBC Studios handles global distribution, while Nippon TV takes the lead in Asia. ( ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย  ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต )
  • Brazil’s Globo has sold the international adaptation rights of its popular telenovela “Brazil Avenue” to Turkish company, Ay Yapฤฑm, in a significant move. The distribution will be managed by Madd Entertainment, a joint venture of Medyapim and Ay Yapim. ( ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท )ย 
  • Paris-based Indie Sales secures worldwide distribution for “Sidonie in Japan” at MIA market in Rome. Deals inked with Sharmill Films, Next Episode SL, Imovision, and others cover Australia/New Zealand, Baltics, Brazil, CIS, Germany, Italy, India, Spain, and Switzerland. Domestic release to be managed by Art House for early 2024. ( ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ ย ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟย  ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย  ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย  ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ )

Acquisition Deals

Streamers & channels acquiring latest content across the world
  • The Moving Visuals Co and Yap Films have partnered for a Singapore-Canada factual co-production slate, set to deliver 30 hours of programming for global distribution in the next two years. Financed under the Canada-Singapore Co-Production treaty, each company will contribute up to 50%. The collaboration was announced at MIPCOM 2023. ( ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ ย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย  )
  • Passion Distribution partners with ITV and Shearwater Media on the documentary “JFK: The Home Movie that Changed the World”. Marking the 60th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, it is set to air on ITVX and ITV, with presales secured to SBS and Viasat at MIPCOM 2023. ( ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ )ย 
  • The 3-part docu-series distributed by Fremantle, “House of Kardashian,” that explores the lives of Kardashian-Jenners, has been acquired by Foxtel in Australia and GAIN in Turkey at MIPCOMย  2023 market. ( ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บย  ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท )
  • Prominent UK broadcasters Sky, Channel 4, A+E, and UKTV have procured unscripted content from London distributor BossaNova Media at MIPCOM. Acquired shows include “Caught on Dashcam,” “Highway Cops,” “Hindenburg: The Cover-Up,” “Castle Secrets” by Go Button Media, “Mysteries of the Ancient Dead,” “Secrets of The Lost Liners” by Content Kings, “Homicide with Ron Iddles,” and “The Bridges.” ( ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย )
  • BBC Studios secures pre-sale deals for “Planet Earth III” with global broadcasters Nine, VRT, Czech TV, DR, Mediaset, TVNZ, Movistar Plus+, and SVT while Shanghai Media Group acquires streaming rights. Sir David Attenborough, 97, presents Planet Earth III, the third instalment of the landmark award-winning programme ( ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ย ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ย ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย  ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ)


Cross-Border Collaborations, Joint Ventures, M&A and Partnerships!
  • Eva Longoria and Cris Abrego join forces to create Hyphenate Media Group, backed by Banijay as annouced at MIPCOM 2023. The venture includes production, talent scouting, and business incubation, with the acquisition of Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment. (๐ŸŒ)
  • Romanian broadcaster ProTV secures a two-year exclusive volume deal with Mexican-American media company TelevisaUnivision. The 1,200-hour package includes popular telenovelas like “Tierra de Esperanza” and “Minas de Pasiรณn,” airing on ProTV’s channel Acasฤƒ, cementing the longstanding partnership between the two networks. ( ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น )
  • US based Baboon Animation and Japan’s Custom Nuts come together to create a lineup of cartoons. Baboon Animation offers its Emmy-winning team, while Custom Nuts brings expertise in Asian IPs, building on their previous partnership with Beyond Entertainment in February. ( ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตย )
  • Paramount Global’s Pluto TV expands its collaboration with BBC Studios, launching the Top Gear FAST channel in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and Italy. This move extends the popular car franchise’s reach across five more European markets. ( ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ย ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย  ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง )
  • Story Mill Entertainment has joined forces with Range Media Partners to expand its content and artists platform. The collaboration leverages Story Mill’s infrastructure, including the 180,000 sqft Flat Rock Studio, that offers opportunities for diverse productions in Columbus and beyond. (ย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย )

Companies Making Headlines

Launch and Expansions of facilities, studios, services & technologies
  • MediaPro Studio plans US investments in literary and library program rights, as revealed by Laura Fernรกndez Espeso at MIPCOM. Projects include, The Head’s third season and a collaboration with British director Mike Leigh. (๐ŸŒ)
  • French prodco, Newen Studios, acquires a majority stake in France’s Felicita Films, adding Marie Guillaumond’s production company to its European network, a move announced during MIPCOM in Cannes. (๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท)
  • Italian company Cattleya, with ITV Studio’s backing, collaborates with writers Fasoli and Ravagli to launch Dedalus, a new venture that will focus on film and TV projects, including a Neapolitan mob tale and a true crime drama series called “Erba”. ( ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย  ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น )ย 
  • Emmy Award-winning actor J.B. Smoove and his company, Alternate Side Productions, have joined CAA for representation. Smoove, known for his role in HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” recently founded the production company, focusing on various entertainment formats. (ย ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย )
  • IMAX expands its partnership with Hengdian Films, adding 20 IMAX with Laser systems across China, meeting high demand for premium cinematic experiences in new and existing locations.( ๐ŸŒ )

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  • Christian Toksvig introduces Cocoa Media, a distribution company exclusively focused on placing content on FAST platforms. Cocoa Media has partnered with innovative Turkish content aggregator Merzigo to introduce Turkish dramas into the rapidly expanding FAST sphere. ( ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ทย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย )
  • TransPerfect Media unveils France’s first cinema with Dolby Vision HDR Grading and Projection Room, pioneering a creative era in collaboration with Dolby, revolutionizing European audiovisual experiences. (๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท)
  • Limbert Fabian and Brandon Oldenburg join forces in their directorial venture, InBetween. Represented by Anonymous Content, the duo specializes in Animation and Interactive projects, showcasing their creative synergy. (ย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย )
  • Netflix and Skydance Animation strike a multiyear deal to produce animated movies exclusively for the streaming platform, enhancing their partnership and expanding Skydanceโ€™s feature slate on Netflix. (๐ŸŒ)
  • Accedo collaborates with industry-leading tech firms to introduce the Xtend Partner Hub, a specialized ecosystem geared towards expediting the implementation of XR experiences for video service providers. ( ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ )

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