Small World builds partnership with TNFP’s ‘bricks of gold’
A Lodging With Lions (Earth Touch)
EARTH TOUCH SIGNS DISCOVERY DEALS EARTH Touch has signed a raft of deals with factual broadcaster Discovery Networks International. The agreement will see Earth Touch content airing globally across the broadcaster’s channels. Africa’s Piranha will debut on Animal Planet through a deal with Discovery covering Africa, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, China, Taiwan, India, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Rim and the UK. Reality show Lodging With Lions has been picked up by Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Speed Kills 2 heads to Japan, India and Taiwan, while Mega Trains has pre-sold to EMEA and Pacific Rim.
SPI FORGES AHEAD WITH 4K CONTENT SPI INTERNATIONAL has acquired nearly 100 titles from NBCUniversal for its FilmBox Premium movie channel covering the Czech Republic and Slovakia, including 47 Ronin, All Is Lost and Despicable Me 2. “4K content is one of our highest priorities,” said Berk Uziyel, executive director of SPI International and FilmBox International. SPI is making the content available through its VOD platform FilmBox Live and on the forthcoming 4K FunBox UHD channel, which will be its first linear Ultra HD TV channel. SPI is implementing a super-efficient compression technology allowing it to stream UHD content via the internet, and is producing content in 4K, starting with live fighting events.
US-BELGIAN deal will see 13 new formats from Brusselsbase d T he New Flemish Primitives (TNFP) added to distributor Small World IFT’s rapidly expanding catalogue. The deal builds on Small World and TNFP’s existing relationship, which started last year when the US distributor successfully repped sports-challenge format Eternal Glory in the UK and US. “We then dug into TNFP’s other formats and discovered several with monster shares of as high as 80%,” said Small World IFT president Tim Crescenti. “Happily [TNFP managing director] Sue Green and the three production companies that make up TNFP — Woestijnvis, De Filistijnen and deMENSEN — have been gracious enough to hand over some of their bricks of gold and give us the thrill of introducing these proven hits in the UK, the US, LatAm and Asia, excluding China.” Green said it was clear that Small World and TNFP “shared a vision, which is always a very good basis for wider co-operation”. She added: “Our own catalogue is expanding,
Small World IFT’s Luci Burnley (left), De Filistijnen’s Bruno Wyndaele, TNFP’s Jessica Van Gaever, and Small World IFT’s Tim Crescenti and Colleen Crescenti
so now really is the ideal moment to put this relationship into place.” For De Filistijnen managing director, Bruno Wyndaele, it’s not the fine print that makes a deal work, but “the love and trust between the parties”. “And there’s plenty of that going on around here,” he added. The titles included in the package
are The Cleverest Town, Viewer Of The Year, Smartest Person In The World, The Perfect Couple, May I Kiss You?, Fair Game, A Day In The Life…, The Dare, Best Friends, The Stronger Sex, Travelling With Dad, That’s My Job/Art/Dance/Urban/Sport! and Yes I Can.
Emotions riding high with the Coyle brothers BROTHERHOOD is at the heart of The Bike Diaries, the new primetime series from Vanishing Guru, the production company founded by Hollywood actor Richard Coyle — currently starring in NBC’s epic, A.D. The Bible Continues — and his producer brother Ben. Not only will the 6 x 43 mins series follow four Coyle brothers on an ambitious motorbike adventure, but their fraternal road trip will take them to destinations — Northern Ireland, Poland, Cuba, the Balkans — where conflict has ripped families and communities apart, testing and straining the bonds of brotherhood. And it is also “a journey of healing”, Richard Coyle said, following
the sudden death of another muchloved brother, David Coyle. “It will be an emotional journey,” he added. “But I feel very strongly that we owe it to the people we share this planet with to learn more about each other. So this mission is not just about our small family, but about understanding our global family and the bonds that bind us all.” The brothers are in Cannes to seek broadcast and co-production partners for The Bike Diaries, which is creating “quite a bit of buzz” in the UK, Ben Coyle said. “Discovery has already expressed an interest,” he added. “And there’s also a lot of buzz around Richard at the moment, thanks to his new NBC series, so we are harnessing that to raise awareness of the project.”
“We believe this is a show that has broad international appeal,” Richard Coyle added. “The whole world understands family. We have all loved and lost.”
Ben (left) and Richard Coyle: bikes and brotherhood