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Wild Thring Media has concluded a raft of co-production and pre-sale deals on a number of new series with leading European broadcasters on behalf of Australian factual producer WildBear Entertainment.
Bridging the expanse
Principally, France 5 has pre-bought Tribal Life: Papua New Guinea (4 x 60’), a series with unique access that explores the diverse tribal cultures that have been able to flourish - untouched by outside influences – in four very different and often remote regions.

Mediawan Thematics in France and N-TV in Germany have pre-bought Shipping the World (4 x 60’), a series that combines science, engineering and history to look at the enduring cultural, political and economic impact of shipping. Bridging the Expanse (6 x 60’) has also pre-sold to Mediawan Thematics, with Mediawan Rights retaining the rights for French-speaking territories. Passion Distribution will sell the title elsewhere internationally. The series celebrates the world’s most iconic bridges (pictured), exploring major feats of engineering and their enduring social and cultural legacies.

Lucky You will be distributing Island Paradise: Living in the Torres Strait (1 x 60’), a beautifully-filmed focus on everyday life on the idyllic islands situated between Australia’s Cape York and Papua New Guinea. The programme - an NDR co-production, for NDR in Germany and ARTE in France and Germany.

Amazing Animal Families (10 x 60’) has been pre-bought by Discovery India, with Lagardère Studios onboard to distribute while Rise and Fall: The Turning Points of WW2 (6 x 60’) has been pre-sold to Viasat World for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS, and ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany. It has also been acquired by Mediawan Thematics in France for its Toute L’Histoire channel.

Commenting on the deals, Edwina Thring, founder of Wild Thring Media said: “In the five years since WildBear Entertainment was founded, the company has grown to become Australia’s leading producer of unscripted content and a much respected provider of factual titles for broadcasters and indeed distributors worldwide. We are delighted to have secured these co-production and pre-sale deals for titles from both its Canberra and Brisbane offices and look forward to continuing our relationship with the WildBear team.”

Michael Tear, WildBear Entertainment’s CEO added: “Wild Thring Media continues to secure excellent international homes for our content and we are delighted to see such prestigious broadcasters and distributors supporting our new series in their early stages. These 31 new hours represent more than a quarter of the total 120 hours we will be producing in 2019 – our most productive year since we were established five years ago.”