TVF's 2023 Press Highlights

Zoe Stinson, 20 December 2023

TVF’s distribution activities garnered significant press attention in 2023.

C21 featured Down For Love in a standalone piece, reporting on the global Netflix deal TVF secured for the disability dating series. The series, made my disability-first production company Attitude Pictures, follows ten young people on their heart-warming quest for love.

Realscreen selected Satanic Panic: The Peter Ellis Story as a MIPCOM Hot Pick. The true crime series from New Zealand based Newsroom, recounts the ordeal of Peter Ellis, a gay childcare worker in 1990s Christchurch who became the target of false accusations of abuse and occult practises, fuelled by homophobic hysteria running riot in the United States. The accusations led to a wrongful conviction, a seven-year prison sentence, and an ensuing 30-year campaign to clear his name.

TVF’s MIPCOM catalogue was highlighted in Realscreen’s MIPCOM Shopper’s Guide. The publication featured a number of TVF’s programmes launching on the MIPCOM slate, including premium true-crime series The Negotiators International, from Peddling Pictures, as well as Tern TV travelogue, Martin Compston’s Norwegian Fling, and health ob-doc series, Rescue 999 and Heart Hospital, from BBC Studios.

TVF’s MIPCOM catalogue was also featured in a standalone piece over on C21, highlighting several titles and including quote from Head of TVF, Poppy McAlister: “From hidden hotels to hostage negotiations, TVF’s MIPCOM slate is bursting at the seams with blue-chip, premium factual and high-volume programming that truly speaks to our global outreach as a distributor.”

TVF had two op-eds published in the wake of MIPCOM and territory trips, demonstrating the value of in-person meetings and the team’s significant market knowledge. Realscreen published Sales Executive Matt Langley’s assessment of MIPCOM 2023, where he took the temperature of the market and revealed his key takeaways. Acquisitions and Content Manager Sam Joyce was published in TBI Vision’s print and online editions on the rise of Korean docs following his territory trip to Korea. Sam highlights the growing global popularity of Korean documentaries and opportunities for international coproduction.