BERLIN — London-based distribution group Cineflix Intl. has inked deals with three of Germany’s biggest broadcasters for three hit documentary series.
Leading commercial web RTL Television has bought series two and three of Cineflix’s in-house production “Mayday” in the first deal between the broadcaster and distrib.
Currently in its fifth season, “Mayday” (aka “Aircrash Investigation”), looks into both high-profile and little-known air disasters.
“Mayday” has become a major success for Cineflix: it’s National Geographic Channel Intl.’s highest rated series ever and, in addition to that web’s footprint of 164 countries, has also been licensed separately in countless territories around the globe.
Additionally, pubcaster NDR took “Trapped,” which showcases real-life stories of people who are trapped and the daring rescues that save them.
ProSiebenSat.1 channel Kabel 1 picked up season three of “Huge Moves,” which follows huge movers across land, sea and through the air as they transport gigantic structures and objects, from a colossal cathedral to a giant locomotive and even an entire town.
Meanwhile, RTL has also purchased entertainment makeover format “Ten Years Younger” from international distributor Target Ent. Group.
Produced by Berlin-based MME, the show will air daily in a mid-morning slot beginning in October.
Also shopping at Target, rival web ProSieben acquired the seventh series of talent format “Popstars” after airing seasons one through six in Germany, where the skein has regularly attracted more than five million viewers.
Entertainment company Tresor, which has produced all the “Popstars” series in Germany, will also produce series seven.