TVF locks sales following NATPE Budapest

Justin Anderson, 5 July 2024
From Realscreen

TVF International has announced a range of deals across Central and Eastern Europe following last week’s NATPE Budapest event.

TVF licensed a package of arts titles to Polish pubcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP) that includes ZDF/Arte’s Marlon Brando: In Paradise (1 x 52 min.) from Berlin Producers; the Sky Arts–commissioned Hepworth: A Life in Sculpture (1 x 50 min.) from Unity House Productions; and RTÉ’s Jack B. Yeats: The Man Who Painted Ireland (1 x 50 min.) from Averner Limited. 

TVP also licensed a trio of BBC-commissioned biographies from Wavelength Films: Gauguin: A Dangerous Life (1 x 60 min.), Titian: Behind Closed Doors (1 x 57 min.) and Winston Churchill: Blood, Sweat and Oil Paint (1 x 60 min.). 

TVP World acquired three award-winning titles commissioned by Singapore broadcaster Channel News Asia: Danger Zone (7 x 24 min.) from Mediacorp, which profiles civilians living on the frontlines of the world’s most dangerous conflict zones; Keeping the Music Alive: In Defiance of the Taliban (2 x 48 min.) from Babel Doc, about an all-female orchestra in Afghanistan; and U.S. & China: When Titans Clash (4 x 48 min.), which chronicles the geopolitical struggle between the superpowers. 

Also in Poland, TVN24 licensed the topical doc Supernova: The Music Festival Massacre (1 x 52 min.) from Beetz Brothers Film Production, along with Polio’s Last Battle (1 x 48 min.) and MH370: A Decade On (1 x 48 min.).

Elsewhere in the region, Czech pubcaster Česká Televize picked up a package of aerial travel series, including two seasons of Aerial Profiles (12 x 52 min.), Georgia From Above (1 x 52 min.), South Africa From Above (1 x 52 min.), UAE From Above (1 x 52 min.) and Castles From Above (4 x 52 min.) from Zona Mixta. 

Česká Televize also acquired titles across global affairs, history, and engineering, including Windfall Films’ Building the Channel Tunnel (1 x 60 min.) and Building the World’s Most Luxurious Ship (1 x 60 min.); Tony Robinson’s VE Day: Minute by Minute (1 x 60 min.) from Woodcut Media; the Oscar-winning Holocaust survivor doc The Lady in Number Six (1 x 39 min.); and China’s Forgotten Emperor (1 x 52 min.), from True North Productions.

On the factual entertainment front, Viasat World picked up a number of fishing titles for its Viasat Explore channel, including the latest season of Monster Carp (4 x 45 min.) from Korda Developments and ITV, and the second season of The Grand Fishing Adventure (4 x 45 min.).

All deals were brokered by TVF CEE sales executive Matt Langley.