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C21 feature: Digging up funds

Coproductions are increasingly common in factual series, forcing producers to become deal makers and accountants. Clive Whittingham explores clever deals and how they affect the creative process.   Coproductions, long the standard in scripted, once accounted for only a fraction of factual projects. Feature docs with a public service broadcaster attached looking for another 80% of their budget at IDFA Forum, for instance. Or The Plane Crash from the UK’s Channel 4, a one-off special that the network’s then chief creative officer Jay Hunt described as “the...

C21: Drive revs up int’l factual sales

US cablenet Smithsonian Channel and Australian pubcaster SBS are among the broadcasters to have acquired factual programming from UK production-funding and distribution outfit Drive.   Eight Days that Made Rome (8×60’) has been picked up by Smithsonian for North America, SBS TV for Australia and Viasat World for Scandinavia and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).   The series, a coproduction between October Films and Krempelwood for Channel 5 in the UK, explores eight days that defined Rome’s history, presented by historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes.   Discovery Italy has bought the...

Strength in numbers

Arriving back home to a reassuringly grey (thankfully no longer red) London sky after three days of perfect sunshine in Cannes, it’s always a good time to take a step back and try and digest what was new at the market. And think about how that may impact not just on our business, but the wider industry in the months and years to come.   Much of the initial buzz at this year’s Mipcom was about the ever-increasing presence of major digital players, with keynotes from both...

C21 feature: Breaking away

Brexit struck TV-land like a bolt from the blue but the UK industry has since developed a clearer idea of what it wants from the negotiations – and a strategy to get it. Richard Middleton reports.   When the Brexit bell finally tolled last June after months of divisive campaigning in the UK it caused consternation for much of the business world, television included.   Suddenly the status quo in the UK’s TV industry was thrown into disarray. How could European executives and talent be smuggled in once the...

Body Cam Cops premiered

In this new series back2back has uncovered some of the most powerful, shocking and extraordinary footage ever filmed by cops on the front-line as they investigate crimes and catch criminals in the act across the world - from Santiago to Seattle, Northampton to Malaga.Policing in the 21st century is under more scrutiny than ever before, and body worn cameras are becoming essential to law enforcement. This series features some of the most controversial and breath-taking crimes police forces have ever filmed. We will also meet...

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...

Drive shortlisted for this year’s Broadcast Awards

Drive has been shortlisted for this year's Broadcast Awards for International Programme Sales for the programme Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy. We share the nomination with 4 very large and established companies and are proud to be the only independent Distributor in the category. ...