Beyond Rights sales Down Under; Big Wave lands BBC One commission

Beyond Rights factual content sales in Australia and New Zealand

Distributor Beyond Rights has placed a number of factual programming packages with broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand.

Foxtel Australia has acquired packages for its channels A & E, History and Fox Docos. A & E will air new seasons of shows like Highway Thru Hell (seasons 9 & 10, 36 x 60 min.) And Bangers & Cash (seasons 3 & 4, 28 x 60 min.), as well as the first season of Ultimate Rides (20 x 30 min.). History will debut the latest seasons of Abandoned Engineering (seasons 7 & 8, 24 x 60 min.) and will also run Britain’s Lost Battlefields (6 x 60 min.), Underground Worlds (10 x 60 min.) and the standalone Bismarck: 24 Hours to Doom (1 x 60 min.).

Foxtel’s new Fox Docos channel, meanwhile, has acquired several recent documentaries from Beyond Rights, including The Prince and the Paedophile (1 x 60 min.), Britain’s Biggest Families (1 x 60 min.), Sugar Babies (1 x 60 min.) And Caroline Flack: Her Life & Death (1 x 60 min.).

SBS in Australia also picked up Caroline Flack: Her Life & Death,, Sugar Babies and Bismarck: 24 Hours to Doom along with several new series, including season two of The Secret Life of Lighthouses (3 x 60 min.), season two of Underground Worlds (10 x 60 min.) and Countdown to War (3 x 60 min.). SBS Food has acquired season 10 of Pati’s Mexican Table (10 x 30 min.), As well as all five series of Gourmet Farmer (50 x 30 min.) and seasons one and two of Shane Delia (20 x 30 min.).

Free TV Australia picked up three series of the reality title Beach Cops (18 x 60 min.), while ABC has pre-bought Days Like These… with Diesel (12 x 60 min.), a new music documentary series produced by Beyond Entertainment and Bloodlines Music.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s TVNZ Duke acquired a package of science, engineering, automotive and reality content from Beyond Rights, including titles like Motor Myth Busters (8 x 60 min.), MythBusters: There’s Your Problem (10 x 60 min.), Abandoned Engineering (seasons 1-7, 90 x 60 min.) and five seasons of Heavy Rescue 401 (73 x 60 min.).

Discovery ANZ has acquired Impossible Repairs (6 x 60 min.) and Extreme Ice Machines (8 x 60 min.), while Discovery-owned Three picked up seasons three and four of Love It or List It Australia (20 x 60 min.), Eden acquired season two of Ice Vikings (8 x 60 min.), And Living has taken four seasons of Love It Or List It UK (21 x 60 min.) and two of Love It Or List It Australia (20 x 60 min.).

Rounding out the New Zealand deals, Bravo TV acquired season 10 of the original Love It or List It (18 x 60 min.) As well as the special Stacey Dooley: Locked Up with Lifers (1 x 60 min.), Maternity 24/7 (6 x 60 min.), seasons three and four of Rich Kids Go Skint (15 x 60 min.) and both seasons of Rich Kids Skint Holiday (12 x 60 min.).

The deals were concluded by Joanne Azzopardi, Beyond Rights’ EVP of sales for Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Big Wave Production lands BBC One commission for Cornwall’s Wildest Wave

Specialist factual producer Big Wave Productions, which specializes in environment, science, wildlife and adventure content, has been commissioned by BBC One to make Cornwall’s Wildest Wave (pictured), the first commission for the prodco’s new Cornwall office, which launched in February.

The 30-minute film is set for BBC One’s’Our Lives’ strands, which celebrates diversity across the British Isles. The doc will follow 33-year-old Cornishman Tom Butler, one of the UK’s most successful surfers, as he attempts to find and ride’The Stones’, a mythical, as-yet-unridden big wave off the Atlantic coast of Cornwall, generated by a notorious reef that has claimed many mariners’ lives.

Cornwall’s Wildest Wave is executive produced by Sarah Cunliffe and directed by Mike Cunliffe for Big Wave Productions. It was commissioned by Diana Hare for BBC One.


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