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Cineflix Rights Inks Sales for Extra Life


Cineflix Rights has closed multiple deals for the blue-chip science and history series Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer.

Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer, made by Nutopia for PBS in the U.S. and BBC in the U.K., reveals little-known stories of innovations in science and medicine and celebrates unsung heroes of public health. Best-selling author Steven Johnson (The Ghost Map, How We Got to Now) and historian and broadcaster David Olusoga (Civilisations, Black and British: A Forgotten History) host the series.

Johnson and Olusoga combine their expertise to guide viewers through 300 years of medical innovation and go behind the scenes of modern medicine to meet health experts who are tackling Covid-19 and other current public health threats.

Among the international broadcasters who have picked up the series are VRT (Belgium), SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland), Movistar (Spain), Radio-Canada, SBS (Australia), BBC Poland and Kan (Israel).

Richard Life, head of acquisitions at Cineflix Rights, said: “The success of Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer with international buyers comes down to its winning combination of the history and science of extraordinary medical breakthroughs with Nutopia’s exceptionally high production caliber. Increasing our health and longevity is a major concern for many of us and these sales reflect how the series is the perfect program for our times.”

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