TVF International Strikes CEE Deals


Indie factual distributor TVF International has inked deals throughout CEE for its titles across arts, travel, biography, world affairs, engineering and more following NATPE Budapest.

Czech public broadcaster Česká televize acquired a package of aerial travelogues, including two seasons of Aerial Profiles, Georgia From Above, South Africa From Above, UAE From Above and Castles From Above from Zona Mixta.

Česká televize also picked up titles across world affairs, history and engineering, including Windfall Films’ Building the Channel Tunnel and Building the World’s Most Luxurious Ship. History titles include Tony Robinson’s VE Day: Minute by Minute from Woodcut Media, The Lady in Number Six and China’s Forgotten Emperor from True North Productions.

Polish public broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP) picked up ZDF/ARTE’s Marlon Brando: In Paradise from Berlin Producers, the Sky Arts-commissioned Hepworth: A Life in Sculpture from Unity House Productions and RTÉ’s Jack B. Yeats: The Man Who Painted Ireland from Averner Limited. The pubcaster also licensed a trio of BBC-commissioned biographies, including Gauguin: A Dangerous Life, Titian: Behind Closed Doors and Winston Churchill: Blood, Sweat and Oil Paint from Wavelength Films.

TVP World licensed three award-winning titles commissioned by Singaporean broadcaster Channel News Asia: Danger Zone from Mediacorp, Keeping the Music Alive: In Defiance of the Taliban from Babel Doc and US & China: When Titans Clash.

Also in Poland, TVF licensed Supernova: The Music Festival Massacre from Gebrueder Beetz to TVN24. TVN24 also licensed Polio’s Last Battle, which follows healthcare professionals fighting to vaccinate against polio in remote areas of Pakistan, and MH370: A Decade On, which calls for the investigation into missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to be reopened.

In factual entertainment, the distributor closed deals with international media company Viasat World for the Viasat Explore channel for a number of fishing titles, including the latest season of Monster Carp from Korda Developments and ITV and the second season of The Grand Fishing Adventure, fronted by angling icon Ali Hamidi and footballing legend Bobby Zamora.

Matt Langley, CEE sales executive for TVF International, commented: “TVF’s success in providing quality arts, world affairs and factual entertainment in CEE demonstrates the universal appeal of premium unscripted programming in the territory. TVF are committed to providing compelling and diverse stories to all our partners in the region and are delighted to have attended a productive NATPE Budapest with our brand-new summer slate.”