Autentic Distribution Seals New Factual Deals


The Germany-based factual distributor Autentic Distribution has secured new sales for its catalog of factual titles, including for The Animal Within.

The six-parter The Animal Within—which has traveled from Germany (n-tv) to Spain (TV3/TVC), Sweden (UR) and Estonia (ERR) in Europe—has been sold into the Middle East and the Asia Pacific, where it has been picked up by Disney’s National Geographic, NHK in Japan and Korea’s EBS.

Love Around the World is being exported to UR in Sweden, Switzerland’s pubcaster SRF, Deutsche Welle, ORF Austria and Estonia’s ERR. The Estonian free-TV channel has also selected Back to Chernobyl and The Dyatlov Pass Incident. The Dyatlov Pass Incident will premiere in the German-speaking region on the pay-TV channel Spiegel Geschichte, while Back to Chernobyl has been picked up by Australia’s SBS.

Korea’s free-TV channel EBS has picked up Masai Mara: The Big Hunt. Germany’s Mystic Forest has been selected by Rai Italia. Last Treasures of the Earth was acquired by Spain’s TV3/TVC and China’s CCTV9/CCTV4k, which has also licensed The Wild Andes.

Autentic Distribution has further closed a number of streaming deals. Telekom Germany has acquired the football-themed documentary Men of Hope and 88 Hours—The Fukushima Meltdown. Australia’s Madman Entertainment has picked up a history package for its SVOD platform DocPlay that includes Berlin 1945, Terror! and What Went Wrong—Countdown to Catastrophe. Czech Republic’s has licensed VOD rights for an 11-hour package.

Mirjam Strasser, head of sales and acquisitions, said.“Even though 2020 has been so different than expected, we were able to close many great package deals due to our tight client relationships. Our broad-range portfolio corresponds to a strongly changing market, in which VOD rights, further strengthened by the pandemic, get more and more important. Our upcoming factual catalog reflects this status, with an ever-diversifying offer, bringing cutting-edge stories and high-quality factual content to the world’s screens—be it a TV, notebook, tablet or smartphone.”