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Egypt’s Unexplained Files Sells Around the World


TCB Media Rights has inked a string of global presales with over a dozen networks for Egypt’s Unexplained Files, including a deal with the U.K.’s Channel 5.

Among other networks that have picked up the series are: Science Channel in the U.S., Germany’s ProSieben, China’s Da Neng Culture Media, Australia’s Foxtel, Viasat World for the CEE Nordic and Africa, Italy’s Mediaset, Spain’s Odisea and the Czech Republic’s TV Prima. The series, which is produced by the U.K. indie Rare TV and funded by TCB Media Rights with RMC Découverte, looks at the new technology that is helping to explore the secrets of Ancient Egypt, offering new insights into the civilization.

Sold as a part of TCB Media Rights’ “mini-commissioner” strategy, Egypt’s Unexplained Files is one of the company’s latest TCB Original series to sell globally, following behind Massive Engineering Mistakes and Abandoned Engineering.

Massive Engineering Mistakes, produced by Argonon-owned BriteSpark Films in association with TCB Media Rights and Discovery UK, was recently acquired by Science Channel; France’s Planete+; Discovery and Odisea in Spain; Discovery Italy; Viasat World for CEE, the Nordics and Africa; and Sky TV in New Zealand. It examines construction calamities from around the world.

Abandoned Engineering, from Like A Shot Entertainment in association with TCB Media Rights, has also sold worldwide. Science Channel bought season three, which examines massive projects that were cast aside, and Germany’s Welt, as well as Canada’s Blue Ant Media and Bell Media, have picked the series up.

Due to the success of both Massive Engineering Mistakes and Abandoned Engineering, TCB has recommissioned the series for their second and fourth seasons, respectively.

Paul Heaney, founder and CEO of TCB Media Rights, said: “These are some of the earliest shows that we tried out with this so-called ‘commissioning’ strategy; Like A Shot’s Abandoned Engineering is the original and a sales phenomenon. Massive Engineering Mistakes has already been a massive sales success and Egypt’s Unexplained Files has been a hit wherever it has aired. As it’s about Egypt and it’s beautifully put together, it sells.”

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