Flame Distribution has secured a deal with the BBC for the slow TV documentary The Ghan (1 x 180 min).
Produced by Mint Pictures in Australia, The Ghan is an innovative three-hour documentary that takes the viewer on an immersive, visually stunning journey - in real time - on Australia’s most iconic passenger train.
Eileen Pesah, SVP Content Sales, UK & EMEA, who negotiated the deal on behalf of Flame Distribution, commented: “The BBC were very keen to take this special slow TV show that had unprecedented success on SBS in Australia. We are thrilled BBC Four succeeded to secure the rights for UK & Ireland”.
The deal with the BBC follows the sale of the documentary to First HDTV for CIS, Beyond Home Entertainment in Australia and to Amazon Video Prime for North America and India.
Other recent European sales include a package deal with Discovery Poland including BBC nature series Off the Beaten Track with Kate Humble (Tatu Pictures) along with travel & adventure series Travel Safe Not Sorry (Stornoway Enterprises), Mushers: Conquering the Yukon Quest (Red Letter Films) and Greeks of the Sea (Tadpole Studios).
Discovery will show Canadian food series Love Food (Clerisy Entertainment) through their MENA & Israel feed while Ananey licensed the three documentaries The Surgeon and the Soldier (Serendipity Productions), Here Right Now (Clerisy Entertainment) and Lebanese Beauty Queens (iKandy Films) for Israel.
In France, public broadcaster France TV acquired health title Is Sugar the New Fat? (Razor Films) while France Ô will show Australian documentary Occupation Native (Brindle Films).
Icelandic public broadcaster RUV has picked up BBC series A Stitch in Time (BBC Studios) and Brandy Y Productions’ science titles Dino Trails and The Dinosaur Echo. The Dinosaur Echo has also been acquired by Axess TV in Sweden.
TVN in Poland licensed the one hour documentary It's Not Just Me (Escalator Productions).
Czech public broadcaster Ceska TV acquired travel series New Zealand From Above (Bearcage Productions & Making Movies) while Czech Free TV Prima picked up a package including the series Scrap Kings (Back2Back Productions) Killing Machines (Wildbear Entertainment) and Railroad Australia(Prospero Productions) and the documentaries China's Hidden Monkeys (LIC China), Nicholas & Alexandra: the Letters (Back2Back Productions) and The Kingdom: How Fungi Made our World (Smith & Nasht Production & Real to Reel Productions). The Kingdom has also sold to Servus TV in Austria and Spafax for Lufthansa.