BBC Studios partners with ‘Repair Shop’ star Jay Blades and Hungry Bear
BBC Studios has struck a first-look development deal with Hungry Jay Media, the JV between repair shop Jay Blades breakup and Michael McIntyre’s Wheel Producer Hungry Bear. The one-year deal will give BBC Studios priority access to Hungry Jay’s slate, focusing on real entertainment formats for the UK market that can travel. Hungry Jay launched in 2020 and has been behind the BBC One doc ever since jay Blades: Learning to read at 51 and Channel 5, owned by Paramount Jay Blades: There’s no place like home. Blades broke out in front of the very popular BBC One repair shop, which began life as a small daytime format before moving into prime time and amassing millions of viewers each week. Hungry Bear, meanwhile, has produced some of the UK’s biggest entertainment hits in recent years, including Michael McIntyre’s Wheel Y Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Up Dad. “Hungry Jay combines one of the most credible and authentic hosts on television today with a brilliant team of creatives delivering hit and much-loved shows,” said Emma Hardie, Commercial Director of BBC Studios, International Production and Formats.
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Film Bridge International launches sales of ‘Smyrna’
EXCLUSIVE: Film Bridge International has released worldwide sales in the 2021 period film izmir about the catastrophic fire and human rights abuses that marked the Turkish city 100 years ago at the end of the Greco-Turkish war. Produced by Tanweer Productions and directed by Greek filmmaker Grigoris Karantinakis, the film was written by Mimi Denissi, in collaboration with Martin Sherman, and stars Rupert Graves, Mimi Denissi and Leonidas Kakouris. Based on Denissi’s play, the feature film was a big-budget local production and did very well at the local box office. Pic was produced by Dionyssis Samiotis of Tanweer Productions. Joseph Samaan and Denissi served as executive producers. “At Tanweer Productions, we believe in the culture of watching movies on the big screen, sharing emotional and exciting moments with each other. Nothing could replace this immersive and magical experience. We are committed to producing remarkable Greek films and series, which speak to the heart of the audience,” said Samiotis.
Viaplay, Acorn TV and others buy Australian romantic drama ‘Love Me’
Streamers Viaplay and Acorn TV are among the buyers of the Australian romantic drama series starring Hugo Weaving love me. The series set in Melbourne, originally from Warner Bros. International Television Australia Production for Foxtel Group and adapted from the Viaplay original. Alska Mig, explores how love can appear at the most inopportune times, following a father and two sons who find themselves at an emotional crossroads after the unexpected death of their mother. Sewing (The Lord of the rings, Matrix), Bojana Novakovic (Birds of prey) and William Lodder (wakefield) are among the cast. Viaplay acquires the rights for Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Netherlands and Acorn TV for the UK, Spain, Portugal and India. CBC (Canada), Hot and Yes-DBS (Israel), and Eastern European broadcaster Pickbox also struck deals. In the US, Hulu recently premiered all the episodes.
BBC finds factual break from Northeast and ‘Bradford On Duty’
The BBC has completed an exhaustive search for a new factual series from the North East of England by giving the green light Robson Green’s Dirty Weekends (working title), a daytime show where the host celebrates all that’s great about the region with some of his famous friends. The show is part of the BBC’s commitment to produce more programs and better represent places outside of London, along with a commitment to spend £25m ($31.3m) in the North East over the next five years. Thee 15-parter was commissioned by Helen Munson, the BBC’s first North East-based daytime commissioner, and is being produced by local independents Rivers Meet Productions and Signpost Productions. “There is so much talent here in the Northeast, both on and off screen, and this series will absolutely reflect that,” Munson said. Meanwhile, the BBC has ordered Service Bradford, a show that follows district nurses, police officers and West Yorkshire city council workers. From struggling to cope with sleeping on the streets to staggering health inequalities, viewers will hear stories from those tasked with helping ease the pressure on public services in the young city.
Global buyers acquire Fukushima Doc
Discovery US, Discovery SEA, TG4 (Ireland), UKTV and SBS Australia have collected a unique document Fukushima: nature in the danger zone from Woodcut International distributor. The unique episode tells of the 15-meter tsunami that erupted in 2011 and caused the second largest nuclear accident to affect our planet, when the three cores of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors exploded. Woodcut International’s commercial director, Koulla Anastasi, described the large number of buyers as “high-profile talkers” and said there will be more sales announcements in the coming months.
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