Distributor licenses reality show for overseas
East Coast-based producer-distributor CableReady has licensed a number of nonfiction shows in European markets, with deals signed with nets ranging from the Discovery Channel in Poland to Planete in France, from ITV in the U.K. to MTV3 in Finland.
The Discovery feed in Poland picked up “Nuclear Nightmare” and “Stolen Treasures,” a one-hour crime and investigation special; Gaul’s Planete snapped up “Fire and Ice,” a 90-minute historical spec; the History Channel in Spain and Portugal took one-hour specials “The Hunt for Zarqawi” and “The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping”; and Finland’s MTV3 licensed rights to “Gearhead Gladiators,” three 60-minute specs exploring the passion for building and competing. Britain’s commercial broadcaster ITV bought “Mostly True Stories: Urban Legends Revealed,” an hourlong series exploring urban legends and myths.
Deals are another indication that foreign program buyers are increasingly going after alternative Yank product if they can’t afford to license pricey drama series.