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Autentic Distribution and Looking Glass International announce cooperation


German distributor Autentic Distribution and Australian distributor Looking Glass International have concluded a distribution agreement whereby both companies will be presenting their programs together for the first time.

The two companies have granted each other exclusive distribution rights in their respective countries of operation. With immediate effect Autentic Distribution will offer Looking Glass International’s high-end factual catalogue in Germany, Austria and the German-speaking territories of Switzerland. Equally, Looking Glass International has been given the mandate to market Autentic Distribution’s programs across Asia. “This affiliation establishes a strategic partnership between two strong brands and will optimize the utilization of each other’s networks “, says Anne Hufnagel, General Manager of Autentic Distribution. Nha-Uyen Chau Founder/CEO of Looking Glass International added, “We are thrilled to be representing such a diverse and high quality catalogue in Asia as well as having a strong sales team to represent us in the German Speaking Territories. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Autentic Distribution.”

Press release: Autentic Distribution and Looking Glass International announce cooperation MIPTV 2016 (PDF)

"Focus on Germany" at MIPTV 2016: WDR mediagroup brings innovative German formats to the international market

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Original TV formats from Germany: WDR mediagroup (WDRmg) is taking advantage of this year’s “Focus on Germany” at MIPTV (4th to 7th April in Cannes) and will be presenting a selection of unusual formats at the world’s largest trade fair for TV programmes and digital content. Recent additions to the sales catalogue include “Moral Springs” and “The Laugh of Others”, two WDR productions which were created last year as part of the public broadcaster’s innovation initiative. For the first time, the underlying format ideas are now available on the international market for country-specific remakes or adaptations.

Black humour and a very special, subliminally morbid atmosphere – with these stylistic devices,”Moral Springs” sets itself apart from any other fictional mini-series. The story revolves around a man who returns to his home village after 20 years in the big city and has bizarre encounters with the odd village inhabitants. The concept makes it possible for international remakes to be aligned with specific local characteristics, and the serial structure makes “Moral Springs” flexible for various timeslots and production budgets.

“The Laugh of Others” is an intelligent comedy format which tackles social taboos. Two comedians meet members of a fringe group and try to laugh with them about their situation. By this, they explore authentic ways of using humour to laugh in the face of difficult circumstances.

Another addition to WDRmg’s format catalogue is “Couples’ Retreat”, a WDR production commissioned by ARD. In this improvisation format from the creators of the award-winning TV event “Autumn Tingles”, a group of actors spends a weekend in a spa hotel. Equipped only with the biographies of their characters, but without any script, the spontaneous interactions between the fictional couples result in both humorous and critical moments. With relationship issues as a focal topic, “Couples’ Retreat” surely has international relevance.

“Each of our new formats is unique in its own way, yet tackles universal topics and is therefore highly attractive for the global market,” says Stefanie Fischer, Head of Content at WDRmg. “From series to entertainment shows – the decisive factor for us is that they are based on original concepts and can be easily adapted. As the commercial subsidiary of WDR we have exclusive access to its productions, and last year’s innovation initiative has turned out to be an amazing source that we can now fully exploit.”

Next to formats, WDRmg’s content team will also be distributing numerous attractive programmes at MIPTV. The focus here is on children’s shows. “Additionally, the co-production and co-financing of new, innovative kids’ programmes continues to be an exciting business sector in which we see great potential for future growth,” says Fischer.

In order to support MIPTV’s spotlight on Germany, the Cologne-based company is acting as sponsor for several events. This includes the official conference programme on “Focus on Germany” as well as the ceremony for the International Format Awards at ClubC21on 2nd April. WDRmg is also on board once again for the International Emmy Kids Awards at Intercontinental Carlton Hotel on 5th April and will be sending the Maus (the protagonist of the German cult programme “The Show with the Mouse”) to the award ceremony as a brand ambassador of its home country.

As a partner of the German Pavilion, WDRmg will be present at MIPTV 2016 in Palais 1, stand number: P-1.J24 – P-1.K23.

Press release: WDR mediagroup at MIPTV 2016 (PDF)Pictures: MIPTV 2016 (ZIP, 16 MB)

More content, more VoD distribution: RC Release Company presents extended programme catalogue on the occasion of MIPTV in Cannes

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RC Release Company, a subsidiary of WDR mediagroup GmbH (WDRmg), is getting a strong start to 2016 and will be presenting its expanded catalogue of programming on the occasion of this year’s MIPTV (4-7 April). In addition to familiar content from WDR, Bavaria Media, rbb media, ICESTORM Entertainment/DEFA, Morefilms, Meteor Film and Tonpool, the range now includes the popular TV classics from More Entertainment (e.g. Anna – The Movie, Red Zora, Die Reimanns, Jack Holborn). Under a cooperation agreement concluded with Autentic Distribution, high-quality documentaries will also be added for VoD distribution in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

In addition to distribution of digital content, RC Release Company continues to focus on the dissemination of strong content and brands on DVD/Blu-ray. Publications for 2016 will hold steady with some 30 new titles, including highly popular children’s highlights such as ‘Maus’ and ‘Bobo’ as well as the Swedish motion picture ‘The Boy With The Golden Pants’ and the documentaries ‘Drone’ and ‘Vikings – Man and Women’. With its new partner, Alive!, RC Release Company is also reorganising the distribution of its DVD and Blu-ray releases in the adult segment. The distribution of children’s products will continue to be managed by Universum Film.

Ingo Vandré, Managing Director at RC Release Company, says: ‘Last year, we were able to firmly establish ourselves as a relevant content aggregator, and hence as a fine player in the VoD market. We were able to expand our distribution network and now work with all of the relevant VoD providers. We also managed to position our label with strong children’s brands and exclusive DVD products.’ This is the course RC Release Company intends to continue to pursue in 2016. Among other things, an exclusive rights agreement was concluded with Amazon Prime for the ARD early-evening series, ‘In aller Freundschaft – Die jungen Ärzte’. When the second season begins on 4 March, the format will be available as a subscriptional VoD (sVoD) the very next day after TV broadcast. Vandré sees great potential particularly in factual entertainment: ‘Good documentaries are in high demand in the VoD market. We are meeting this demand with the outstanding and versatile catalogue provided by Autentic Distribution.’

Press release: RC Release Company 2016 (PDF)Pictures: RC Release Company 2016 (ZIP, 6 MB)
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"Gigglebug" comes to Channel 5's "Milkshake!"

Copyright: Gigglebug Entertainment The British broadcaster is betting on Gigglebug’s international popularity in the online world and will stream the episodes of the series on Milkshake!’s first ever YouTube channel as well as on the block’s website,

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Reality and Comedy: New orginal WDR-formats on the market

Copyright: WDR Content buyers from all over the world can now purchase the rights to produce international adaptations or remakes of the brand new reality formats "My Garden on a Plate" (pictured) and "Made with Love" as well as the fictional comedy series "Suck it up!".

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"Little Sandman" added to sales catalogue

Copyright: Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) The German cult programme as well as four additional children's formats that deal with dreaming and going to sleep are now available for international TV broadcasting, DVD publication and video on demand exploitation.

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"Shaun the Sheep": New licensed products for pet accessories

Copyrights: Trixie Heimtierbedarf Trixie, the European market leader for pet supplies, will expand its popular range of "Shaun the Sheep" accessoires. Pet-owners can look forward to new plush squeak toys and cosy dog comforters.

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“WildWoods”: broadcasting rights available now

Copyright: Sixteen South The new live action series by Irish production studio Sixteen South will be filmed in summer 2017. It features puppets in beautiful outdoor locations and aims to encourage children to appreciate nature.

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Kavaleer and WDRmg team up for "Dougie Noir"

Copyright: Kavaleer, WDRmg 2016 Kavaleer Productions and WDR mediagroup will collaborate on a new 52 x 11 action-comedy series for 6-11 year olds, "Dougie Noir". The (estimated) €4.5m series is scheduled to begin pre-production Summer 2017.

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On the way to new heights in international commercial orbit

Copyright: NICI Q Pootle 5 travels at full throttle, and not just aboard his spaceship! Renowned toy manufacturers NICI and Bullyland will launch a range of new merchandising products at retail stores across Europe and beyond.

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