International online streaming service DramaFever has entered an exclusive licensing and distribution deal for Spanish mini The Time In Between. The award-winning period drama will begin airing on July 4 on the DramaFever platform, and will be syndicated through Hulu. The October 2013 debut of the 11-episode adaptation of María Dueñas’ novel was the most watched TV premiere in Spain ever. Adriana Ugarte stars as a young seamstress who leaves Madrid before the start of the Spanish Civil War. By twist of fate, she is forced to open a custom tailor workshop in Morocco where she becomes the most sought-after couture designer for the socialite wives of German Nazi officers. She also begins working for the British government, passing information to the Secret Service. This will be the 38th Spanish-language series streamed on DramaFever with English subtitles. The service gets about 20 million monthly unique visitors.
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London and LA-based Content Media Corporation and Chinese media entrepreneur Bruno Wu are partnering in a multi-layered deal that will in part see Content acquire the Beijing-based Alive Group of companies from Wu’s Seven Stars Media. Alive is active in China across TV production and distribution; feature film production and theatrical distribution; digital distribution of English-language programming; music rights; advertising and marketing services; and sports programming under the Tiger Sports brand. The deal involves an unspecified direct equity investment by Seven Stars into Content Media. It will also place Wu on the Content board as chairman. Seven Stars vice-chairman, Alex Cherepakhov, will be a non-executive director. Huw Davies, who had been chairman, is stepping down.
This is the latest in increasing tie-ups between Hollywood and China, and the most recent project involving Wu, who has his hands in several deals. Under this one, Content will distribute its own library of film and TV properties through the Alive Group to the Chinese market. It will also offer producers direct distribution opportunities in China through Alive subsidiaries. In the reverse, Content will handle international distribution of certain rights owned by the Alive Group. One of the first commercial activities of the new venture is Team China, a 10-hour martial arts reality show made for CCTV5. Wu is hot on martial arts and when we sat down …
Content Media Corporation’s Content Television and Digital division has entered into a two-year agreement with Great Point Media, the London-based TV/film company founded in 2012 by Robert Halmi Jr. and Jim Reeve. Under the deal, Content Television, headed by President Greg Phillips, will have international distribution rights to Great Point Media’s TV output and will have the option to collaborate on packaging, creative development and sales of television content on the international market. The two companies are expected to have a slate of projects ready by MIPCOM in the fall. According to Reeve, the emphasis will be on drama series, though miniseries — where Halmi Jr. and his father, Robert Halmi Sr., have a long tradition — likely also will be represented. For Phillips, “the appeal was that you’ve got a top-quality supplier [in Great Point Media].” Content Media also has a first-look deal with Edyson Entertainment in Los Angeles and Toronto and represents Jigsaw Productions, Collins Avenue and Aito Media internationally.
London, June 6, 2012 – Global entertainment company Content Media Corporation (“Content”) announced today a far-reaching deal with New York-based production company Jigsaw Productions, further adding to the company’s growing investment portfolio. The agreement will see Content investing in Jigsaw and working closely with founder Alex Gibney to build a diversified production company operating across film and television.
Content will invest in Jigsaw for a 50% stake, and Jigsaw will add additional staff, expand development and increase its production output. Content’s film, television and digital divisions will act as international distributor for Jigsaw’s programs when appropriate.
Universal Pictures International Entertainment has picked up rights to Content Film’s Hard Boiled Sweets for the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Benelux and Scandinavia, the companies announced Friday. Written and directed by David L. G. Hughes, Sweets is a crime thriller starring Scot Williams (The Crew), Paul Freeman (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Good Friday, Hot Fuzz), Peter Wight (Another Year, Hot Fuzz), Ian Hart (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Finding Neverland, Michael Collins), Elizabeth Berrington (In Bruges, Secrets and Lies), Laura Greenwood (The Brothers Grimm) andPhilip Barantini (Band of Brothers, Ned Kelly). Inspired by Hughes’ short story A Girl With a Gun, the movie centers on an ex-con named Johnny is coerced into taking part in a heist that he wants no part of. What he doesn’t know is that a bunch of other hoods also have designs on the million in cash stashed at a mobster’s home. The deal was negotiated by Harry White, head of sales at Content, and Jasper van Hecke, international acquisitions manager at UPIE.
Content Media has come aboard to finance and distribute Nicholas McCarthy’s feature ghost story The Pact, which is based on the writer-director’s short that appeared at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and just completed production — a quick turnaround, even for a genre film. Preferred Content’s Ross Dinerstein is producing and Content Film president Jamie Carmichael is executive producing. Caity Lotz stars alongside Haley Hudson, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Sam Ball, Agnes Bruckner and Casper Van Dien; in addition, all the crew from the short stayed on for the feature, which centers on a woman who struggles to come to grips with her past after her mother’s death and discovers an unsettling presence in her childhood home. Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina will handle the North American distribution rights and Content will rep international rights. Alan Gasmer reps McCarthy.