It’s The Medium Not The Message
In an article published today in Broadcast magazine, our Chief Executive Alan Griffiths argues that younger viewers will watch older-skewing content if it is presented correctly.
Alan believes that viewing demographics are becoming ever more determined by the delivery system and content structure and less by subject matter.
He states that younger viewers are bingeing on television on just about any device, which is fuelling the rise of the box set. His experience is that provided the factual series we produce for Netflix are constructed like dramas, the audience will watch them.
World Media Rights inks sales for WWII project
We are delighted to announce several broadcast partners for our upcoming docuseries Greatest Events of World War II in HD Colour. The 10 x 50-minute history series has been picked up by Discovery in the UK, N-TV in Germany and Planete+ in France. Planete+ acquired the series from ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF. ZDF will distribute the series in the rest of the world.
The series is a follow-up to our World War II in HD Colour, and offers rare archive footage processed with state-of-the-art colorization software. CEO Alan Griffiths and creative director David McNab serve as executive producers.
World Media Rights is at the forefront of action adventure series for the international market and Greatest Events of World War II in Colour fits perfectly into our portfolio. It will appeal to history binge watchers around the world.
Important New Appointment
We are pleased to welcome Dean Palmer to the World Media Rights team. Dean will take up the newly created position of executive producer, factual entertainment and project development. He joins us following consultancy roles at John Bishop’s Lola Entertainment and Channel 5’s TV production arm Elephant House Productions.
At this critical time in our company’s expansion, Dean brings flair, experience and passion to the creative and editorial team. His cross-genre experience will help us open up new markets while maintaining exceptional programme quality.
Air Crash Confidential – Series 3
The fantastic third series of our popular Air Crash Confidential has been announced today. This 6×60’ season explores the human cost of air disasters and examines the poor maintenance and human error that can lead to them. Painstaking reconstructions blend with photoreal CGI and gripping witness testimony to create mini-movies that are absorbing, terrifying and intensely moving. The investment in World Media Rights by ZDF Enterprises has ensured this series significantly exceeds the first two in both impact and production values.
The show will be broadcast by Quest in the U.K. and Nine Network in Australia. ZDF Enterprises distributes the series in the rest of the world.
Kings of the Ring
We are moving into scripted drama production for the first time. English boxing manager and promoter Frank Warren has agreed with us to develop a drama series based on his life story. For dramatic potential it is hard to imagine a more high-octane world than the International boxing scene. With Frank’s input we expect this series to recreate the visceral and cut-throat world more accurately than ever before.
Frank said “I’ve watched plenty of boxing dramas in the past and not one of them rang true. I want this show to be the real deal – just like the boxers. Gutsy, edgy and dangerous”.
Board Restructure and Recruitment
We are delighted to announce two new senior appointments following the investment in the business by ZDF Enterprises. With over 20 years’ production experience in factual documentaries, Val Campbell joins us from Ronachan Films as Head of Production and Suzanne Clarke joins us as Finance Director. Suzanne was previously Head of Accounts for Frank Warren’s Boxnation pay TV boxing channel until she went to Australia and founded her own e-learning company. She is also ambassador for the Women’s empowerment movement in South Africa.
These new appointments follow a board restructure where our CEO Alan Griffiths was joined by Creative Director David McNab and ZDF Enterprises’ CEO Fred Burcksen.
ZDF Enterprises Takes Stake
ZDF Enterprises announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire a 32.5% stake in World Media Rights.
We have worked with a number of distribution businesses over the years and have found ZDF Enterprises an excellent partner who can best sell our shows internationally. This investment will help us further our ambitions to produce new types of shows in the factual entertainment space,
Hitler’s Circle of Evil Premieres in London
ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) is holding its first-ever ZDFE.factual London Screenings event on June 15, when it will host the world premiere of our new production, ‘Hitler’s Circle of Evil’. The programme follows the intrigues and rivalry of Hitler’s inner circle as they compete for his attention. Billed as ‘Downton Abbey meets the Third Reich’ the series is compulsive viewing for binge watchers. It will transmit first in Australia and will be available worldwide on Netflix from February 2018.
Reelz Networks reveals The Real Story…
We can announce today that REELZ Networks will be the exclusive U.S. broadcaster for our new 6 x 60’ series ‘The Real Story of…’ in a deal brokered by our distributor ITV Studios Entertainment.
‘The Real Story of…’ uncovers the true stories upon which some of the most famous, Oscar®-nominated movies of recent years were based. The series will harness our expertise in marrying dramatic recreation with news archive footage of the actual events and eyewitness testimony. Separating fact from fiction, ‘The Real Story of…’ will introduce viewers to the real people behind extraordinary events and the real drama of the true stories.