FIFA+ & Others License Football Doc ‘Brazil 2002: The Real Story’

World football-focused streamer FIFA+ has acquired 90-minute characteristic doc Brazil 2002: The Real Story for territories together with Asia (excluding Japan), Turkey and New Zealand following a take care of distributor Abacus Media Rights. The doc has additionally offered to Canal+ Group for Canal+ Foot and myCanal (France); Sky Deutschland (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg); Sky Italia (Italy, Republic of San Marino, Vatican City, Malta, Capodistria, Montecarlo and Italian talking Switzerland); DBS Satellite Services (Israel and West Bank); Supersport Africa (for Africa); NOS Portugal (Portugal and PALOPs); Movistar Plus+ (Spain); and Stan (Australia). Sky within the UK, Front Row Filmed Entertainment (Middle East) and Viaplay (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) had been unveiled as patrons again in February when the doc was introduced. TelevisaUnivision additionally introduced its acquisition of the movie for North and South America (excluding Brazil), as a part of the slate of originals coming to ViX+, by way of a take care of doc co-producer Trailer Films. Collective Media Group and Entourage Sports & Entertainment produced the doc, which tells the story of Brazil’s FIFA World Cup 2002 win in South Korea by way of the eyes of the dressing room. It makes use of six hours of unseen archive materials shot by Brazilian soccer legend Juliano Belletti in the course of the match, which varieties the spine of the story.

Roger Casamajor, Macarena García & Lola Dueñas Among Cast Of Movistar+’s Drama Series ‘La Mesías’

Spanish streamer Movistar+ has set the forged of upcoming household trauma drama sequence La Mesías, with a mixture of established stars and newcomers. Roger Casamajor, Macarena García and Lola Dueñas are among the many lead forged, together with Carmen Machi, Ana Rujas, Albert Pla, Amaia, Biel Rossell and Cecilia Roth. Debutantes are Irene Balmes, Bruno Núñez, Carla Moral, Iona Roig, Lluc Jornet, Sara Martínez, Arlet Zafra, Joana Buch and Ninoska Linares, who will play the teenage forged within the present, which is a Movistar+ manufacturing from creators Javier Ambrossi and Javier Calvo in collaboration with Suma Content. “The casting course of was spectacular,” mentioned Ambrossi, who together with Calvo is behind reveals equivalent to La Llamada and Paquita Salas. “We have at all times combined massive names with new expertise and in La Mesías we’re taking this to the max.” The sequence, which follows Enric, a person stricken by a childhood formed by spiritual fanaticism and the yoke of a mom with messianic delusions, started taking pictures on August 16 and can run for 22 weeks in several areas throughout Catalonia, Spain.

Abacus Media Rights Hires TVF’s Will Stapley For Acquisitions

Amcomri Group-owned Abacus Media Rights has appointed Will Stapley as Head of Acquisitions. Stapley has been Head of Acquisitions and Partnerships at one other London-based content material distributor, TVF International, since 2016. He started at Abacus this week and will probably be at Mipcom subsequent month promoting newly acquired reveals equivalent to Bright Yellow Films, Samson Films and Groove International’s characteristic doc The Ghost of Richard Harris, true crime drama Maxine from Clapperboard Studios and Downfall of the Porn King: The Ron Jeremy Story, a Channel 4 two-part doc from BriteSpark Films exploring the rise and fall of the world’s greatest porn star. Jonathan Ford, Managing Director of Abacus, mentioned: “We are more than happy to welcome Will to affix our rising staff. Our continued progress depends on securing the proper productions throughout each scripted and unscripted content material. Will’s in depth expertise and established producer relationships will allow us to additional broaden our wide-ranging and high-end portfolio of programming.”

Blue Ant Bolsters Canadian Production Ranks

Blue Ant Studios has employed Aileen Gardner as Head of Production, Canada, and Zachary Frank, beforehand of Cream Productions as VP, Development. Gardner will report back to Laura Michalchyshyn, CCO and Co-President, Global Production, Blue Ant Media and her Global Production Co-President Sam Sniderman. Working intently with Gardner, Frank will report back to Jennifer Harkness, SVP, Unscripted. Gardner has expertise within the UK, US, and Canada at corporations equivalent to Mentorn Media, Endemol, Cineflix Media and Scott Brothers Entertainment. Since arriving in Canada she has overseen reveals equivalent to Discovery’s Nazi Hunters. Frank has labored on reveals equivalent to CNN’s History of the Sitcom, Discovery ID’s If I Should Die) and Bell’s Fear Thy Roommate.

Lionsgate Strikes Library Deal With India’s MX Player

Lionsgate options movies equivalent to Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2, War and Destruction: Las Vegas are being added to Indian ad-led VoD service MX Player from this month. The North American firm struck the deal to position greater than 50 Hollywood titles with the streamer, which gives greater than 200,000 hours total and operates in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Mansi Shrivastav, Senior Vice President, Content Acquisitions and Alliance for MX Player, mentioned: “Our partnership with Lionsgate permits us to convey among the hottest and commercially acclaimed Hollywood movies to our viewers of their native languages. This partnership additionally permits us to draw new customers to the platform whereas consolidating our present viewers base.”

BBC Acquires Kids Comedy-Adventure Series ‘Vegesaurs’

The BBC has licensed children animated comedy-adventure sequence Vegesaurs from Germany’s Studio 100 Media. The Australian short-form sequence — from Cheeky Little Media in affiliation with the ABC, France TV and Studio 100 — will launch on CBeebies and BBC iPlayer later this yr. Based on an idea created by Gary Eck and Nick O’Sullivan and focused at higher preschoolers, the sequence is billed as “a recent tackle the dinosaur style with distinctive vegetable and fruit-shaped characters which might solely be discovered on this present.” It follows younger ‘Tricarrotops’ Ginger, who lives in Vegesaur Valley, a bit backyard of Eden bathed in daylight with nutrient-rich soil, lush vegetation and even temperatures. Each episode is a mini-adventure pushed by Ginger and her mates, the infant ‘Pea-Rexes,’ leaning into themes equivalent to sharing, friendships and play.

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