National Geographic has bought Borderforce USA: The Bridges from TCB Media Rights, and the show will air in the U.S. and Latin America.
The show’s ten hour-long episodes, produced by U.S.-based Stampede Productions for UKTV’s Dave, mark the first time TV cameras have been granted access to Customs and Border Protection’s operations on all 28 bridges that connect the U.S. and Mexico. Three years in the making, the docuseries follows CBP officers as they deal with asylum seekers, daily commuters, and adrenaline-fueled cartel activity on one of the world’s most talked-about borders.
Lenneke de Jong, sales manager for Latin America at TCB Media Rights, said: “In view of the controversy surrounding President Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico, border security is a hot topic in both the US and Latin America. Against this backdrop, Borderforce USA: The Bridges could not be more timely, as has been reflected by the interest in it from our U.S. and Latin American broadcast partners.”
Simona Argenti, senior sales manager at TCB, added, “We’re delighted the series has found a new home with National Geographic and are sure that U.S. viewers will be as enthralled by the amazing men and women who patrol America’s southern border as their U.K. counterparts.”
TCB Media Rights has also recently closed on two other North American deals. The first is with U.S. digital platform Justice Network, which has licensed two of TCB’s best-selling crime titles: season one and two of Monster Film’s Confessions of a Serial Killer (18×60 min.), a series that features interviews with some of the world’s most notorious killers, and First Look TV’s A Killer’s Mistake (10×60 min.), which analyzes the mistakes the killers made in ten high-profile homicides.
The second is with content producer, distributor and broadcaster Blue Ant Media, which has bought two titles from TCB to be aired in Canada. The two series are season three of Like A Shot Entertainment’s Abandoned Engineering (12×60 min.), which takes viewers inside spectacular abandoned mega-engineering project sites, and season two of Title Role Productions’ World’s Wildest Weather (6×60 min.), which uses witness testimony and striking CGI to explore nature’s most dramatic and catastrophic events.