Present at Natpe Miami, the UK distributor announced multiple sales for its factual catalog to partners such as TV Azteca, NatGeo, Globosat, Canal 22 and ¡Hola! TV.
Drive, the production-funding and distribution agency, announced today at Natpe Miami a raft of sales of premium factual content to broadcasters across Latin America.
TV Azteca in Mexico, National Geographic Channel in Brazil and Willax Television in Peru have all picked up seasons one and two of The World’s Deadliest Weather (26 x 60’).
Produced by UK-based Back2Back Productions for BBC Earth, the show uses incredible archive and astonishing user-generated footage of some of the most extraordinary weather the planet has ever seen, reliving these spectacles in minute by minute detail. Each episode explores the very personal stories of people caught in different meteorological phenomena who have captured the entire event on camera and lived to tell the tale.
In Brazil, Globosat has acquired two one-off documentaries: Growing Up Gay (1 x 60’) and The Hunt for Ted Bundy (1 x 60’) for its broadcast group.
Produced by Antidode Productions for BBC3 in the UK, Growing Up Gay sees young pop culture icon Olly Alexander explore why the gay community is more vulnerable to mental health issues, while The Hunt for Ted Bundy, from UK-based October Films for Discovery ID US, re-opens the casebook into the crimes of prolific serial killer Theodore Robert Bundy.
In Mexico, public broadcaster Canal 22 has picked up Titanic: The New Evidence (1 x 60’), from Blink Films for Channel 5 in the UK, as well as Cocaine: Living with the Cartels (3 x 60’), from Alaska TV also for Channel 5.
In addition, Latin American lifestyle and entertainment network Hola TV has picked up fashion documentaries Dressing the Part (1 x 60’), produced by fashion retailer Net A Porter, and How to Dress Like a Princess (1 x 60’) produced by Spun Gold for True Royalty.
All deals were brokered by Drive’s Latin American and Spanish agent, David Albareda, at Devised.
Ben Barrett, Drive co-MD, said: “It’s incredibly encouraging to see such a strong appetite for factual content of this kind across Latin America – a region where we’ve seen a real uptick in activity lately. We look forward to bringing our latest catalogue and newest shows to the region.”
Barrett will be bringing a new catalogue of completed programmes as well as Drive’s latest slate of projects for co-production to Natpe 2020, including Telegramme Media’s high profile 2 x 60 doc ‘Tata: Escobar’s Widow’, now available for licensing to Free TV channels across the region.
Since its launch by co-founders Lilla Hurst and Ben Barrett 7 years ago, Drive has become a leader in securing sales, funding and providing consultancy for a portfolio of production company clients including Oxford Films, October Films, Blink, yap films, Raw TV, Back2Back Productions and Lightbox.