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Alleycats Films has announced its first distribution deal with global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) for its hit factual series Lost Worlds and Hidden Treasures.
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Originally produced for BBC Four under the title Raiders of The Lost Past with Janina Ramirez, the 3 x 60’ programme focuses on the summer of 1939, on the eve of the Second World War, when three archaeological treasures were discovered that would transform understanding of the origins of civilisation: the Sutton Hoo hoard a burial treasure from the mysterious Dark Ages, unearthed in a garden in England; the Lion Man, a 40,000 year old ivory sculpture found deep in a cave in Southern Germany; and the Olmec heads, stone sculptures of up to 50 tons, made by an ancient lost civilisation, and found in the jungles of Mexico.

Presented by cultural historian, broadcaster and author Ramizez, the series outperformed BBC Four’s slot average across all its key demographics when it debuted in September 2019. It was also the channel’s number-one show of the day and provided a 54% build-on lead-in audience.

“As a company with a rapidly growing factual slate, Alleycats was looking for a distributor at a similarly dynamic stage of its evolution — and we found it in eOne,” said Alleycats MD Ed Stobart, who executive produced the series with Emma Parkins, commenting on the distie deal. “For us, eOne's Kate Cundall and Noel Hedges are dream partners, not only because they share our belief in Lost Words and Hidden Treasures and will search out the best possible platforms for the series, but also because they are focused on growing eOne’s factual business with the sort of premium projects in which Alleycats specialises.”

Cundall, eOne’s vice-president of acquisitions, added: “It is always exciting to be working with such innovative producers. From outset, this show promised to be visually stunning, editorially rigorous and truly global in its approach, making it a unique piece of archaeological story-telling.”