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  1. Banijay Rights Sees Global Demand For It’s UK Factual Youth Programming

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    Banijay Rights, the leading distribution arm of Banijay Group, has today confirmed a significant raft of international sales for a diverse range of its youth-skewed, factual programming which comes as a result of its strong partnerships with UK producers.


    The recently sealed deals will see BBC-commissioned, factual programming from leading UK producers such as Zig Zag Productions, Wales & Co., Century Films and The Connected Set travel to territories worldwide, from Australasia to the Nordics to Eastern Europe.


    A powerful series that goes behind-the-scenes of the adult film industry, Porn Laid Bare (3 x 60’ and format version) from The Connected Set for BBC Three has sold to international broadcasters including Cielo TV in Italy, Kanal 2 in Estonia, Polsat in Poland,  SBS Australia, YLE in Finland,  OUTtv in Canada and TV2 Norway.


    Meanwhile, the 1 x 60’ Zig Zag Production for BBC Three, Stacey Dooley: Face to Face with the Arms Dealers has been picked up by SBS Australia, SVT in Sweden, YLE in Finland, NRK in Norway, DR in Denmark, Canal+ Dokument in Poland and to BBC Brit for Africa; as well as RTL in Luxembourg and the Netherlands.


    Banijay Rights has sold Series 1 (3 x 30’) and the upcoming Series 2 (6 x 30’) of Young and Pretty Minted from Welsh production company, Wales & Co. for BBC Three and BBC One with both series sold to TV2 in Denmark as well as TVN in Poland.


    BBC Three’s highest rating programme since the channel launched online, Abused By My Girlfriend (1 x 60’) by Century Films will now air on; DR in Denmark,  Nine Network Australia, RTL in Germany,  Luxembourg and the Netherlands, NRK in Norway, RTS in Switzerland,  Discovery in Denmark, Finland and Sweden and  Foxtel in Australia.


    Finally, completing the raft of sales, Century Films’ chilling story of Britain’s first serial HIV infector, The Man Who Used HIV As A Weapon (1 x 60’), that first aired on BBC Three and BBC One, has been picked up by DR in Denmark,  NRK in Norway, Nine Network Australia and Foxtel in Australia.


    Tim Mutimer, CEO of Banijay Rights comments, “This impressive raft of sales is evidence of the strong global appetite for high-quality, UK factual programming that increasingly resonates with a youth audience.  It is without doubt our strong relationships with UK producers that is so critical to our success here.  In addition to working closely with Banijay Group’s own production companies, we have developed strong partnerships with other pioneering, independent factual producers here in the UK, whose works are proving to be sought after overseas.”


    In Porn Laid Bare, six British people in their 20s with different attitudes to pornography visit Spain to explore its sprawling adult film industry. Meeting producers, performers, the police and their informants, the group immerses themselves in one of Europe’s biggest pornography production hubs where they’ll confront ugly truths and complex dilemmas. They’ll discover who makes porn; how they make it; why they make it; and who makes the money. The group also explores the impact that pornography is having on the brain, body, relationships, sex life and on wider society. In the end, can the group reconcile what they see with their own values? Is there an ethical alternative to mainstream porn, or should access to porn be restricted?


    At $100bn, the global arms trade is at its highest value since the Cold War. Stacey Dooley: Face To Face With The Arms Dealers investigates one unique company as they forge deals all over the world, catching a rare glimpse into what goes on in this little-known industry. The company kit out armies, law enforcement agencies, private security companies and individuals. Stacey will learn just how the regulations and loopholes supposedly prevent these weapons falling into the wrong hands and uncovers the huge role guns play in the US economy.


    A fast-paced, humorous and eye-popping series, Young And Pretty Minted is an entertaining look at a fresh new breed of business people. Cyber capitalists are making big money out of online gaming, Instagram and YouTube, so opening up a wonderful world of profit never seen before. 24-year-old Erin is a businesswoman, model and social influencer. Designers and fashion houses pay her up to £900 each time she posts a single Instagram photo of herself wearing one of their outfits. 22-year-old online superstar ‘The Gonth’ has made masses of money without even leaving his bedroom. His YouTube videos are viewed by millions, and sponsors queue up to have their names associated with him. And 29-year-old Toni, who lives on an industrial estate, is a very respectable looking, young businesswoman, making good money producing the raunchiest range of greetings cards known to humankind.


    Alex Skeel is a 23-year-old man who survived the most horrific abuse during his relationship with girlfriend, Jordan Worth. Abused By My Girlfriend is a thought-provoking film that reveals Alex’s shocking testimony and meets his family and friends who share their stories as they watched him slowly fall under her control, powerless to stop it and unaware of how bad it would get. Police described Alex’s case as one of the most extreme cases of domestic violence they had ever dealt with. Jordan was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison becoming the first female in the UK to be convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour. By sharing his story, Alex hopes to challenge assumptions about violence and masculinity in relationships, and empower victims of domestic violence to come forward.


    The Man Who Used HIV As A Weapon is a powerful documentary that tells the intimate and shocking accounts of five men who were abused by Daryll Rowe – the first ever person in the UK to be convicted of deliberately infecting others with HIV. The men in this film have waived their anonymity, breaking their silence to speak publicly for the first time. Some have never even told their families before. These multiple perspectives build a gripping account of how, over 18 months, Daryll Rowe set out on a dangerous, nationwide campaign to trick men into having unprotected sex with him. This film hears first-hand how he would lie about his HIV status, sabotage condoms and later send abusive text messages taunting them with the fact they are now infected with HIV.



  2. Banijay Rights Lifts off with Sales of Apollo 8: The Mission That Changed the World and Announces MIPTV Launches

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    Banijay Rights, the leading distribution arm of Banijay Group, announces a raft of international sales of Apollo 8: The Mission That Changed the World to National Geographic Channel, Discovery Networks, Bell Media, VRT, RUV-Icelandic State Broadcasting and Discovery Corporate Services Ltd, ahead of MIPTV.

    Apollo 8: The Mission That Changed the World, a special one-off documentary produced by factual specialist Touchdown Films, tells the greatest space story of them all. On 21st December 1968, the world held its breath as NASA controversially launched the first-ever manned mission to the Moon. As astronauts William Anders, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell blasted into space, our own planet was in chaos and in desperate need of a lift. Three days later, the Apollo 8 crew captured the first-ever colour photograph of Earth from space and changed our relationship with the world forever.

    Also from Touchdown Films, and launching at MIPTV, is fascinating documentary series Photos That Changed The World (6 x 60′) which takes an uncompromising look at the past century through the eye of a lens.  From great historic events to tragedies and revolutions, these are images that set social changes in motion and transformed the way we live and think. Packed full of stunning archive, stills and exclusive, specially shot interviews with photographers, eyewitnesses, newspaper editors, broadcasters, politicians and historians, Photos That Changed The World explores how these photographs came to be and what happened after the camera shutter closed.

    Further factual series showcasing at MIPTV from Banijay Rights are The Making Of Me (3 x 60’), an up-close and personal look at the experience of transitioning from one gender to another.  A group of people share their own incredibly personal and challenging journey to change gender. From the earliest stages of the initial decision, to the medical consultations and procedures that follow, this series offers an intimate perspective on all aspects of their changing lives.  An RDF Television production for Channel 4.

    Looking For Rembrandt (3 x 60’), a Matchlight production for BBC. To mark the 350th anniversary of the death of legendary Dutch painter Rembrandt, this enlightening series unravels two mysteries about the great painter. Firstly, how did an incendiary talent like Rembrandt, end up in a pauper’s grave? How could an artist who once would have been considered rich from the income he received from his art students come to such an ignominious end? Today, Rembrandt is considered one of the most famous artists in European history. In 2015, two of his portraits sold for €160million. Why was his work so often misunderstood in his own lifetime? And why is his work so highly prized today?

    The thought-provoking film, Abused By My Girlfriend (1 x 60’), about a 23 year old man, Alex Skeel, who survived the most abusive relationship with his girlfriend Jordan Worth. This film reveals Alex’s shocking testimony and meets his family and friends who share their stories as they watched him slowly slip away, powerless to stop it. Police described Alex’s case as one of the most extreme cases of domestic violence they had ever dealt with. Jordan was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison becoming the first female in the UK to be convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour.  A Century Films production for BBC Three.

    London: 2000 Years Revealed (4 x 60’), Voltage TV for Channel 5. London is one of the largest and most successful cities on earth, yet 2000 years ago it was an uninhabited swamp. This programme tells the glorious, and sometimes gory, story of the city’s meteoric rise to power: how it faced daring invasions, catastrophic fires and deadly plague, and how it grew from a small Roman trading post to the capital of the British Empire, and ultimately to the thriving megacity we know today.

    Tim Mutimer, CEO at Banijay Rights, commented, “We are delighted that Apollo 8 has already been acquired by a line-up of leading factual networks for pan regional distribution as well as by local channels.  The opportunities for factual programming in the global market are huge right now and we are delighted to be able to offer a new line-up of such high-quality, diverse and thought-provoking programmes at MIPTV.”