Leading independent distributor all3media international continues to sign a broad range of deals in Asia for its drama and factual entertainment programming, it announced today. New acquisitions include the company’s first collaborations with U-NEXT and Disney in Japan and Catchplay in Taiwan.
all3media international’s first deal with U-NEXT – the largest combined premium VOD and MVNO telecom service in Japan – features 22 hours of primetime drama. Neal Street Productions’ Informer (6 x 1-hour) is included, the award-winning thriller for BBC One about a young second-generation Pakistani man from London who is coerced into informing for a counter-terrorism officer. U-NEXT has also secured two seasons (16 x 1-hour) of Screentime’s Playing for Keeps. Produced for Australia’s Channel Ten, this fresh, contemporary drama set on the side lines of professional football is told from the unique perspective of the real power players: the women. The package also contains hard hitting DARK MONEY, produced by the Forge the series confronts the conflict between the price of silence and a parent’s responsibility to their son.
In another first acquisition, Taiwan’s Catchplay has picked up rights to powerful three-part drama Mrs Wilson, as has Japan’s Tohokushinsha Film Corporation for its Super! Drama TV channel. Starring Golden Globe® winner Ruth Wilson, Mrs Wilson is inspired by the memoir of her grandmother about her family’s history. A Snowed-In Production for BBC One and Masterpiece, the drama also stars Iain Glen, Keeley Hawes and Fiona Shaw.
From the factual entertainment genre, Travel Guides (Australia) arrives in Japan through all3media international’s first sales to BS Disney in Japan. The deal, totalling 24 hours of content, sees all three series airing on satellite channel Dlife. Based on an original Studio Lambert format and produced by Nine Network for Channel 9, Travel Guides (Australia) follows six groups of ordinary Australians as they take on the job of travel critics.
Celebrity Undercover, from the producers of global hit Undercover Boss, is heading to Asia with Wowow in Japan. The ten-episode series sees celebrities going incognito to search for tomorrow’s stars in their chosen field – from music to sport and modelling to comedy – and give them a big break. Celebrity Undercover is an all3media America and Studio Lambert production for CBS, USA.
Kit Yow, Sales Manager at all3media international, said, “These latest deals are a fantastic indication of the continued demand for high-quality international content in Asia, particularly in Japan. Offering premium programming across multiple genres enables us to work with a broad spectrum of channels and platforms – and fully realise the huge potential of this vibrant market. We’re always seeking to build new collaborations, and we expect these first deals will be just the start of successful ongoing partnerships.”