Banijay Deals ‘The Hunt for a Killer’ to BBC Four, Other Territories

In today’s Global Bulletin, BBC Four snags “The Hunt for a Killer”; Curious Films and Picture Zero team on U.K. Climate Assembly doc; Nada Arnot joins Britbox North America; Rainmaker Content boards “Amy Winter” and Global Agency sells Turkish drama “The Phoenix” in several territories.

ACQUISITION

BBC Four has picked up Swedish crime thriller “The Hunt for a Killer” from Banijay Rights. The series is produced by Yellow Bird and will head to BBC iPlayer later this summer. Set in the south of Sweden in the late ’80s, “The Hunt for a Killer” dramatizes the real-life disappearance and murder of a 10-year-old girl and its subsequent 16-year long investigation. Banijay has also sold the series to SBS in Australia, RTL in Germany and NBCUniversal in France. The series is co-produced by Banijay’s Yellow Bird and Swedish broadcaster SVT and Film I Skåne.

DOCUMENTARY

Curious Films and Picture Zero in the U.K. are teaming on “The People vs Climate Change,” a new documentary commissioned for BBC iPlayer and international distribution. The special will spotlight the U.K. Climate Assembly, a gathering of 108 U.K. citizens from all walks of life brought together to explore how the country can best act to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. As they debate, the assembly is visited and informed by leading climate scientists and experts, including Sir David Attenborough. “The People vs Climate Change” is narrated by BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood, directed by Harriet Bird and executive produced by Charlie Russell and Dov Freedman.

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The People vs Climate Change
Credit: Curious Films, Picture Zero

HIRING

Britbox North America, the streaming service for all things English, has appointed former AMC Networks executive Nada Arnot to the newly created position of senior VP of marketing to support the brand’s accelerated global growth, emphasized by recently announced plans from BBC Studios and ITV to expand the service into 25 new countries. In the role, Arnot will head the company’s marketing push in North America, managing marketing and communications across the business including its strategy, creative, partnerships and media buying. She will report to BritBox North America head Emily Powers.

DISTRIBUTION

International distributor Rainmaker Content has joined the new crime series franchise “Amy Winter,” adapted from Carline Mitchell’s police novel “Truth and Lies,” and will handle international distribution for the program. “Hinterland” writer Susan Everett will head the screenwriting team and serve as executive producer alongside Jeff Norton (“Ghost Story”) and Zoë Rocha (“Borderline”), who are co-developing the series through their companies Dominion of Drama and RubyRock Pictures respectively. Joining them as executive producers are Sara Curran from Tricycle Media and Greg Phillips, Graham Begg and Vicky Ryan from Rainmaker. “Amy Winter” follows a young British detective inspector who is rocked when she discovers her biological parents were serial killers.

SALES

Global Agency has dealt its new Turkish drama novela “The Phoenix” to Dori Media in Israel, Kanal D in Romania and Sitel in North Macedonia, having already successfully aired on Fox in its home territory. The series is produced by Pastel Films and features a love story which unspools in the fantasy world of Cappadocia. Set in a mansion where murder and vengeance overtake better judgement, Zümrüt only wants to find love, but must navigate the betrayals and secrets of the wealthy Demirkan family.

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