Drive sells content to global broadcasters
UK prodco-funding and distribution agency Drive has made a raft of international sales from its broadcast partners on a range of factual content.
Smithsonian Channel has acquired 8 Days that Made Rome (8×60) for North America. Produced by October Films and Krempelwood for Channel 5, this series focuses on the eight days that created, tested and defined Rome.
Australia’s SBS TV has also acquired the series and Viasat World for Scandinavia, Central and Eastern European territories.
Discovery Italy has bought the second series’ of both The World’s Deadliest Drivers (13×30) and The World’s Deadliest Weather (13×60), both UGC series co-created by Drive Back2Back Productions.
Drive previously secured pre-sales for The World’s Deadliest Weather to BBC Worldwide for BBC Earth in Nordics, Africa, Poland, Asia and Central Eastern Europe.
Rounding out the sales, international media company Viasat World has bought Volatile Earth (3×60) for Scandinavia, Central and Eastern European territories. The series will be exclusive to Pay TV and include VOD rights for the first year.
Both Volatile Earth and 8 Days That Made Rome will air on Viasat History in 2018.
Volatile Earth was originally produced by Blink Films for PBS ‘Nova’ and Channel 4.
Read more in “Sales roundup: Deals for Quintus Media, Drive and Breakthrough” at www.realscreen.com