back2back Secures Deals for Unscripted Series


back2back Productions’ new science series Engineering Repurposed has been presold to Quest, while Unexplained: Caught on Camera will return for Really.

Engineering Repurposed looks at the structures, machines and gadgets that have been transformed from their original purpose into something completely different—including a jet engine that has been converted into a mobile home. The series has funding from Paul Heaney’s BossaNova Media, which holds the worldwide distribution rights.

back2back will also produce a third season of Unexplained: Caught on Camera for discovery+, Really and the Travel Channel. It uses a clip-show format to explore UGC footage—from poltergeist activity caught on mobile phones to apparitions on CCTV systems and car dash-cams. A team of paranormal experts casts a critical eye over the footage and listens to the firsthand accounts of the people involved. Unexplained: Caught on Camera is represented globally by Canadian distributor Boat Rocker Media.

The series producer for Engineering Repurposed is Hannah Assenza (Food UnwrappedThe Undateables). Unexplained: Caught on Camera is produced by Brett Lawrence (Gogglebox, Dating No Filter).

In other deals, back2back has presold the fifth season of The World’s Deadliest Weather to BBC Earth and M6 France. The new season, which is distributed internationally by Drive, features archive and user-generated footage of extreme weather events from across the planet. The series producer is Nigel Gainsborough (Scrap Kings, Richard Hammond’s Workshop).

David Notman-Watt, founder and managing director of back2back, said: “As a regional indie, we thought we were doing well to still be trading after the last two years, which have seen so many small creative businesses go under. To be able to announce a new commission—and a commission from a media giant, at that—is genuine cause for celebration. With Quest and BossaNova on board, Engineering Repurposed is not only guaranteed to be seen and sold around the world but will be a welcome addition to our growing slate of returnable bankers.”