Camp X picked up by UK and US broadcasters in Drive deal
Broadcasters in the UK and US have picked up World War II espionage documentary Camp X, following a deal brokered by Drive.
Channel 4 has acquired the UK rights to air a 60-minute version of the Yap Films doc on its More4 channel and The Smithsonian Channel has taken US rights. The latter will air the film under the title World War II Spy School.
Camp X focuses on the untold story of North America’s first spy camp, set up in Canada by the British and the Americans in 1941 to train spies in the dark arts of espionage as the US teetered on the brink of joining the Second World War.
The film reveals a number of unknown stories about secret allied missions, told first-hand by the surviving protagonists themselves. The special also reveals the discovery of an original Camp X spy training manual at the National Government Archives in Kew, London.
We're delighted to be able to help this film secure the distribution it deserves in these key territories, both of which are at the centre of this incredible story.
Ben Barrett, Drive
Since its launch, Drive has worked closely with Yap on a number of projects, including the financing of Battle Factory (14×30’) for History Canada, UKTV and Discovery International and Close Up Kings (6×60’) for Outdoor Life Network Canada and Discovery Europe, with several other projects in production yet to be announced.
Camp X was originally commissioned by History Canada. International distribution outside of the UK, US and Canada is handled by BBC Worldwide.