Banijay Rights Secures Multiple International Sales for Apollo 8 Doc


Banijay Rights has landed a host of global deals for Apollo 8: The Mission That Changed the World, a one-off documentary from Touchdown Films, ahead of this year’s MIPTV.

The documentary has been sold to National Geographic Channel, Discovery Networks, Bell Media, VRT, RUV-Icelandic State Broadcasting and Discovery Corporate Services. Banijay is bringing the program to MIPTV alongside several other factual offerings.

Also from Touchdown Films and launching at MIPTV is docuseries Photos That Changed The World, which looks at famous images from history and the stories behind them. The Making of Me is a personal look at the transitioning process from one gender to another, from the initial decision to the medical procedures that follow. It is an RDF Television production for Channel 4.

The 3×1-hour Looking For Rembrandt, a Matchlight production for BBC, marks the 350th anniversary of the death of the famous Dutch painter and seeks to unravel his mysterious life. One-off Abused By My Girlfriend reveals the testimony of 23-year-old Alex Skeel, who survived an abusive relationship with his girlfriend, Jordan Worth, who eventually became the first woman in the U.K. to be convicted of coercive and controlling behavior.

Another of the company’s offerings, London: 2000 Years Revealed, examines the rise of the city from a swamp 2000 years ago to the global hub it is today.

Tim Mutimer, CEO at Banijay Rights, commented: “We are delighted that Apollo 8 has already been acquired by a lineup of leading factual networks for pan-regional distribution, as well as by local channels. The opportunities for factual programming in the global market are huge right now and we are delighted to be able to offer a new lineup of such high-quality, diverse and thought-provoking programs at MIPTV.”