TVF inks sales deals in Italy

Frederick Blichert, 11 February 2019

TVF International inks sales with broadcasters in Italy

Indie factual distributor TVF International has sold a number of titles to broadcasters in Italy.

Pubcaster Rai picked up a slate of travel programs. Rai 1 acquired Pronto Prod Fox Voyage commission Grand Central Station (4 x 52 minutes), which explores the architecture and people behind the world’s most famous train stations; Channel News Asia’s Meet the Makers (1 x 48 minutes), a doc about the expert artisans preserving age-old crafts; ARTE-commissioned series Isles of the Queen (10 x 43 minutes), a 4K travelogue about the islands that make up the UK; and CICC-commissioned Secret China (6 x 50 minutes), about the remote and uncharted regions of China and its people.

Meanwhile, Rai 3 signed a 10-hour aerial travel package deal, including Flying the Great Wall (1 x 52 minutes), the first doc to capture the Great Wall of China in its entirety from above, as well as the TVF and Tokyo Vision co-productions Vietnam from Above (1 x 52 minutes) and Laos from Above (1 x 52 minutes), which capture the two nations’ landscapes from the sky.

Rai 3 additionally nabbed three history docs: Crux Productions’ BBC commission George III: The Genius of a Mad King (1 x 59 minutes), Smithsonian and Channel 4′s China’s Forgotten Emperor (1 x 52 minutes) and the PBS WWII docudrama Enemy of the Reich (1 x 60 minutes).

Elsewhere, pay-TV broadcaster Sky Arte licensed a package of arts titles: Basquiat: Rage to Riches (1 x 52 minutes), about the late New York artist; Ovation TV’s Conflict (1 x 52 minutes), about the lives of conflict photographers around the world; and Japanese pubcaster NHK-commission Gaudi’s Message (1 x 49 minutes), about the artists and architects working to complete Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia.

Lastly, Sky ARTE commission Hidden Italy from Elephant Italia Productions has been picked up by BBC Arabic, Turner Japan, Sky NZ and Fox Spain.