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O’seas distrib for Sundance

Freemantle seals deal for international sales

FremantleMedia’s international distribution arm has sealed a deal with Sundance Channel to sell the cabler’s wares internationally.

Sundance programs set to be distributed by Fremantle Intl. Distribution include the docu skeins “Iconoclasts,” in which industry leaders interview others they admire; “TransGeneration,” a look at a group of transgender college students; and “The Hill,” which follows the lives of Capitol Hill staffers.

Package also includes “Tanner on Tanner,” the recent four-part series from Garry Trudeau and Robert Altman that served as a sequel to the 1988 series “Tanner ’88.”

Fremantle Intl. Distribution will also distribute Sundance Channel’s “Festival Dailies,” a daily look at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

Laura Michalchyshyn, exec VP of programming and marketing for the Sundance Channel, said the outlet signed on with Fremantle because of its “reputation and global network to maximize (the channel’s original series) potential.”

“We are positive that our original programs will have international appeal,” she said.

Fremantle distributes international skeins such as U.S. series “The Apprentice,” docu “The World at War” and Australia’s top soap, “Neighbours.”

FremantleMedia also produces and distributes versions of the “Pop Idol” franchise across the board, including the U.S.’ “American Idol.”

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