CANNES — A&E Television Networks has licensed three seasons of “Criss Angel Mindfreak” to AXN Beyond, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Asia-Pacific cable and satellite channel.
Deal continues the roll-out of A& E’s flagship magic and mentalism show, which has sold to over 40 countries worldwide.
Meanwhile, the History Channel’s “Ice Road Truckers” has sold to France’s M6, TV3 in New Zealand, and RTL channels in the Netherlands, among a bevy of deals.
“Ice Road” is the highest-rated series on the History Channel in the U.S. and the U.K, said Sean Cohan, senior VP of AETN Intl.
“There’s a couple of macro trends which might help us. We’ve seen continued acquisitions. And in a world where there are fewer dollars to spend, that drives quality. It puts real pressure on spending those dollars on things that are going to have impact,” Cohan added.
AETN will not ramp down investment in production, Cohan added.
AETN Intl. is bringing 270 new programming hours to market.
These include “Steven Segal: Lawman,” featuring Segal working as a deputy sheriff in Jefferson Parish County, a post he’s held on and of for 17 years.
“Lawman,” which will air this summer in the U.S., draws on two A&E traditions, Cohan said, factual crime investigation production and reality TV skeins.
Other are “Crash — the Next Great Depression,” about factors fuelling recovery in the 1930s; A & E’s anxiety disorder-themed “Obsessed”; 9/11 special “102 Minutes That Changed America”; and “Hammertime,” about rap star MC Hammer and his family.
Nick Vivarelli contributed to this report.