Prime Video’s Mega Deal, TIFF & Venice Shortlists, Walking Dead Spinoffs, Banijay’s Triumph, and more!

Prime Video’s Mega Deal, TIFF & Venice Shortlists, Walking Dead Spinoffs, Banijay’s Triumph, and more!

Join us in this week’s edition of Entertainment Supply Chain Digest as we dive into Prime Video’s groundbreaking mega deal, discover the exciting shortlists from prestigious film festivals TIFF and Venice, explore the latest developments in The Walking Dead universe with its thrilling spinoffs, and much more.

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IP Deals

Hottest IP Stories, Formats, Books, Games, Podcasts to be turned into the next big blockbuster
  • Spanish broadcaster, La Sexta, owned by Atresmedia, has commissioned a local version of the German format “My Restaurant Rocks,” produced by Banijay’s Zeppelin TV. The adaptation, titled “Juego de cartas,” will be hosted by renowned Spanish chef Alberto Chicote 🇪🇸
  • Slovenian author Suzana Tratnik’s book is to be adapted into the film “Ida Who Sang So Badly Even the Dead Rose Up and Joined Her in Song”. Directed by Ester Ivakič, it follows Ida, a tone-deaf 10-year-old girl in a Slovenian village. The film is a Slovenian/Croatian co-production supported by the Slovenian Film Centre 🇸🇰
  • Sony LIV and Rana Daggubati’s Spirit Media announce “Lords of the Deccan,” a Telugu historical action-drama series based on Anirudh Kanisetti’s bestseller, which depicts the rise of the Chalukyas dynasty in Southern India 🇮🇳
  • RTL4 in the Netherlands has commissioned a local adaptation of Be-Entertainment’s adventure reality format, “Destination X.” This marks the sixth territory to pick up the show. The format follows 10 contestants on a road trip of a lifetime, who have no idea about their destination 🇳🇱
  • German streamer Joyn partners with Banijay Productions Germany to create the first international adaptation of the docu-soap format, ”Party Workers”. Filmed in Majorca, Spain, it follows young people as they explore party hotspots, face challenges, and adapt to the local culture 🇩🇪

Production Deals

Sneak peak into recently announced production projects worldwide
  • Hulu greenlights docu-series on Sherri Papini’s disappearance, and explores her six-year journey, reappearance, and national impact. The show is produced by Erin Lee Carr, Michael Beach Nichols, and Marwar Junction Productions 🇺🇸
  • Dante Lam, renowned for his hard-hitting action films in Hong Kong, is working on the sequel “Operation Red Sea 2,” following the success of the 2018 box office hit. The sequel will be produced by Bona Film Group and Qingdao Movie Metropolis 🇨🇳
  • Director Stefano Lorenzi has begun shooting “Aphrodite”, a film that follows Ludovica, a diver facing financial troubles. The film is a Dakota Film Lab and Rai Cinema production and will be shot in Sicily, including Trapani and areas near the Egadi Islands 🇮🇹
  • Brooklyn-based Roller Coaster Road Productions and Paris’ Mad Films are collaborating on the project “High Pressure”. it is a live-action underwater survival thriller with a VR viewership option for certain scenes 🇺🇸 🇫🇷
  • French director Antoine Raimbault helms “Une affaire de principe,” a political thriller investigating the mysterious dismissal of the European Health Commissioner. Co-produced by Agat Films, Memento Films Productions, La Cie Cinéma – Panache, and France 3 Cinéma 🇫🇷 🇧🇪 

Season Renewals

More episodes on the way! Season Renewal Announcements

Distribution Deals

Distributors securing worldwide content across different genres, languages and format types
  • ZDF Studios has secured global distribution rights for the award-winning children’s series “Housemates – Vacation Without Parents.” A popular show with a strong following on social media platforms, it has become a beloved classic on German TV 🇩🇪 🌐
  • Beijing-based Rediance acquires global rights to “Snow Leopard,” the last film by late Tibetan director Pema Tseden. The Tibetan drama revolves around a father-son dispute triggered by a snow leopard killing nine rams in a nomad’s sheep pen. It will premiere at the 80th Venice International Film Festival 🇨🇳
  • French distributor Friday Entertainment has acquired rights to distribute Indian film “Rocky aur Rani ki Prem Kahani” in France 🇮🇳 🇫🇷
  • Vienna-based Square Eyes acquires Tana Gilbert’s debut documentary “Malqueridas,” set to premiere at  Venice’s International Critics’ Week. Filmed with cell phones by women inmates in a Chilean prison, it portrays the resilience and love of mothers facing life in jail, away from their families 🇦🇹 🇨🇱 🇩🇪
  • “A Normal Family,” a South Korean drama by Hur Jin-ho, secures international distribution deals ahead of its premiere at TIFF. Korean sales outfit, Finecut, sells the film to Diaphana Distribution, Lumix Media Co., and worldwide inflight rights via Encore Inflight Limited 🇰🇷 🇫🇷 🇨🇭 🇻🇳

Acquisition Deals

Streamers & channels acquiring latest content across the world
  • Tubi acquires “Lloyd Of The Flies,” an animated comedy series from Aardman. The show follows Lloyd, a young fly, and his life with 450 siblings, his parents, cheeky little sister, and 224 maggots in an apple 🇺🇸 🇨🇦
  • Acamar Films’ popular pre-school series “Bing” continues to expand its reach with new broadcasters and platforms acquiring different seasons of the show, including MiniMini, JimJam TV, CT Decko, LMT, LTV, SVT Barn, and ABC Kids 🇮🇹 🇵🇱 🇨🇿 🇱🇻 🇸🇪 🇦🇺 and the CEE region
  • New distribution partners acquired “Caillou’s New Adventures” series from Wildbrain, Canal Infantil (S01), Semillitas (S02 & 03), JOJKO (S01 – 05). MiniMini+(S02-04) and 5 specials, while YLE acquired all five specials  Latin America, US & Central America, 🇸🇰 🇵🇱 🇫🇮
  • Amazon’s Prime Video acquires 450 episodes of kids’ content for German-speaking territories from Studio 100 Media. The package includes beloved series like “Heidi,” “Maya the Bee,” “Mia & Me,” “Nils Holgersson,” “Vic the Viking,” and “House of Anubis.” 🇩🇪 🇦🇹 🇨🇭
  • SBS On Demand, the OTT service of Australian public broadcaster SBS, acquires two Korean drama series – “Chimera” and “Blind” from CJ ENM. “Chimera” stars Park Hae-soo and aired on OCN in 2021, while “Blind” was shown on tvN in 2022 🇰🇷 🇦🇺


Cross-Border Collaborations, Joint Ventures, M&A and Partnerships!

Companies Making Headlines

Launch and Expansions of facilities, studios, services & technologies
  • Kartoon Studios enters the Malaysian market through a branded block on Astro Ceria, the country’s top children’s channel. Set to premiere in August 2023, it is part of Kartoon Channel!’s Pacific-Asia expansion 🇲🇾
  • Elemental TV partners with Spanglish Movies for Spanglish DSP, the first DSP tailored for Hispanic and Latin American markets, transforming monetization on FAST channels 🇧🇬 🇺🇸
  • Pan-European prodco group Asacha Media has acquired a majority stake in UK-based factual prodco Arrow International Media. This move allows Asacha to expand into the factual space and enables Arrow to pursue growth in the UK and US while exploring co-pro opportunities with other factual producers within the group 🇬🇧 🇫🇷
  • Beyond Capture Studios expands with a new stage in Montréal, equipped with 145 Qualisys cameras for state-of-the-art performance capture and motion capture 🇨🇦
  • ZEISS has acquired Ncam Technologies, a UK-based camera tracking pioneer to enable ZEISS to broaden its technology portfolio and focus on the cinema, broadcast, and visual effects sectors. Ncam’s innovative hybrid camera tracking technology allows spatial tracking of cameras both indoors and outdoors 🇬🇧 🌐

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Fast Channels

World of FAST channels & related market moves
  • E.W. Scripps Co. is adding two new channels, Court TV Legendary Trials and Laff More, to its roster of FAST channels, bringing the total to nine. Legendary Trials will showcase top cases from 30 years of Court TV archives and can be found on platforms like Fubo, Amazon Freevee, Xumo Play, and Plex 🇺🇸
  • Plex has joined forces with content provider The Soul Publishing to introduce three FAST channels on its platform. The channels include 5-Minute Crafts, Ideas En 5 Minutos, and 123 GO! 🇺🇸
  • Rushlake Media, a company based in Germany and Kenya, launches TidPix, an English-language FAST channel showcasing African content, specifically curated and managed by their Nairobi team 🇰🇪 North America
  • Common Sense Networks has launched three new FAST channels (Sensical Jr, Sensical Makers, and Sensical Gaming) as part of its AVoD brand for kids called Sensical. The goal is to provide a secure space for kids, offering them a wide selection of suitable content 🇺🇸
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