Football document of FIFA+ and other licenses “Brazil 2002: the real story”
World Football Streamer FIFA+ Purchases 90 Minute Feature Document Brazil 2002: The Real Story for territories including Asia (excluding Japan), Turkey and New Zealand through a deal with distributor Abacus Media Rights. The document was also sold to Canal+ Group for Canal+ Foot and myCanal (France); Sky Deutschland (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg); Sky Italia (Italy, Republic of San Marino, Vatican City, Malta, Kapodistrias, Monte Carlo and Italian-speaking Switzerland); DBS satellite services (Israel and West Bank); Supersport Africa (for Africa); NOS Portugal (Portugal and PALOP); Movistar Plus+ (Spain); and Stan (Australia). Sky in the UK, Front Row Filmed Entertainment (Middle East) and Viaplay (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) were announced as buyers back in February when the doc was announced. TelevisaUnivision also announced the acquisition of the film for the Americas (excluding Brazil) as part of the list of originals coming to ViX+ in a deal with documentation co-producer Trailer Films. Collective Media Group and Entourage Sports & Entertainment have produced a document that tells the story of Brazil’s victory in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea through the eyes of the locker room. It uses six hours of unseen archival footage filmed by Brazilian football legend Giuliano Belletti during the tournament to form the backbone of the story.
Roger Casamajor, Macarena Garcia and Lola Dueñas in the Movistar+ drama series Mesias
Spanish streamer Movistar+ has revealed the cast of the upcoming series about family trauma. La Mesias, with a mix of established stars and newcomers. Roger Casamajor, Macarena Garcia and Lola Dueñas are among the main cast, along with Carmen Machi, Ana Rujas, Albert Pla, Amaya, Bill Rossell and Cecilia Roth. The debutantes are Irene Balmes, Bruno Nunez, Carla Moral, Iona Roig, Luke Hornet, Sarah Martinez, Arlet Zafra, Joana Buch and Ninoska Linares, who will play the teen cast in the show, which is a Movistar+ production from creators Javier Ambrossi and Javier. Calvo in collaboration with Suma Content. “The casting process was exciting,” said Ambrosi, who along with Calvo is behind shows like La Lamada as well as Pakita Salas. “We have always mixed big names with new talent and in La Mesias we’re pushing it to the max.” The series, which follows Enric, a man tormented by a childhood shaped by religious fanaticism and the yoke of a mother with messianic delusions, began filming on August 16 and will run for 22 weeks in various locations in Catalonia, Spain.
Abacus Media Rights hires TVF’s Will Stapley for acquisition
Abacus Media Rights, owned by the Amcomri Group, has appointed Will Stapley as Head of Acquisitions. Since 2016, Stapley has been Head of Acquisitions and Partnerships at another London-based content distributor, TVF International. He started at Abacus this week and will be at Mipcom next month selling newly acquired shows like Bright Yellow Films, Samson Films and Groove International. functional document Ghost of Richard Harristrue crime drama Maxine from Clapperboard Studios and The Fall of a Porn King: The Ron Jeremy Story, a two-part Channel 4 documentary by BriteSpark Films that chronicles the rise and fall of the world’s biggest porn star. Jonathan Ford, Managing Director of Abacus, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Will to our growing team. Our continued growth depends on delivering the right production in both scripted and unscripted content. Will’s extensive experience and established relationships with producers will further expand our extensive and high-quality programming portfolio.”
Blue ant strengthens Canadian manufacturing positions
Blue Ant Studios hired Eileen Gardner as head of production in Canada and Zachary Frank, formerly of Cream Productions, as vice president of development. Gardner will report to Laura Mikhalchyshyn, Chief Commercial Officer and Co-President of Global Production, Blue Ant Media, and her Global Production Co-President Sam Snyderman. Working closely with Gardner, Frank will report to Jennifer Harkness, senior vice president of Unscripted. Gardner has UK, US and Canadian experience with Mentorn Media, Endemol, Cineflix Media and Scott Brothers Entertainment. Since arriving in Canada, she has curated shows such as Discovery. Nazi hunters. Frank has worked for shows like CNN. Sitcom historyDiscovery ID If I must die) and Bella Fear your roommate.
Lionsgate makes a deal with the MX Player library from India
Lionsgate features films such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 as well as 2, War as well as Destruction: Las Vegas from this month are added to the Indian advertising service VoD MX Player. The North American company has entered into an agreement to host over 50 Hollywood films with the streamer, which offers over 200,000 hours in total and operates in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Mansi Srivastav, SVP of Content Acquisition and MX Player Alliance, said: “Our partnership with Lionsgate allows us to bring some of Hollywood’s most popular and commercially acclaimed films to our viewers in their native languages. This partnership also allows us to bring new users to the platform while strengthening our existing audience.”
BBC acquires children’s comedy-adventure series Vegesaurs
The BBC has licensed a children’s animated comedy-adventure series. Vegesaurs from German Studio 100 Media. An Australian short series from Cheeky Little Media in association with ABC, France TV and Studio 100 will launch on CBeebies and BBC iPlayer later this year. Based on a concept created by Gary Eck and Nick O’Sullivan and aimed at older preschoolers, the series is billed as “a fresh take on the dinosaur genre with unique vegetable and fruit-shaped characters found only on this show.” It tells the story of a young Ginger “Tricarrotops” who lives in Vegesaurus Valley, a small garden of Eden flooded with sunlight, nutrient-rich soil, lush vegetation, and even temperatures. Each episode is a mini-adventure where Ginger and her friends, the Pea Rex baby, draw on themes such as communication, friendship, and play.