Abacus sells “Les Bouchers du Bayou”; IDTV and OMG bring ‘The Unknown’ to UK and US



Abacus Media Rights Sells True Crime Documentary to Prime Video and A&E

Abacus Media Rights (AMR) sold the true crime docuseries Bayou Butchers to Prime Video for the UK and Ireland, with A&E picking up the license for the rest of the world.

Produced by Peninsula Television, the 4 x 60 minute series (pictured) chronicles a time when two serial killers were active simultaneously and independently in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Directed by David Harvey (Bloodline detectives, green-eyed killers), the series features exclusive interviews and archival documents from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, the Zachary Police Department, and the Louisiana 19th Judicial District Court, among others.

Bayou Butchers is a gripping and disturbing true-crime series that is almost too amazing to be true, said AMR CEO Jonathan Ford. “We are very happy to have the opportunity to sell this documentary to two major platforms, ensuring that it has as wide an audience as possible.”

The series is produced by Elaine Frontain Bryant, Michael Gelman and Peter Tarshis for A&E, as well as Ford for AMR and Ronan Hand for Peninsula.

New adaptation of To have talent come to japan

Fremantle, Syco Entertainment and Yoshimoto Kogyo bring the To have talent format in Japan for the first time with Japan has talent.

Airing in February 2023 on Abema TV, the new series will give Japanese artists the opportunity to impress global audiences with a panel of judges including comedian Masatoshi Hamada, actress Alice Hirose and musician Takayuki Yamada.

“On the occasion of our 110th anniversary, we are delighted to announce that Yoshimoto Kogyo will produce the Japanese version of To have talentone of the most beloved talent shows in the world,” said Akihiko Okamoto, CEO of Yoshimoto Kogyo.

ZDF Studios announces four nature documentaries from Doclights

Doclights will produce four 52-minute nature documentaries for international distribution by ZDF Studios.

Bison: an American icon follows the life of a bison from birth to bull, while Extreme Namibia covers African wildlife, from elephants to seabirds. The secret life of orcas explores the world of killer whales off the coast of North America, while Small Oceans travels to the deepest parts of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea to examine their unique fauna.

“These four films, covering various topics, are in the expert hands of Doclights, which has a reputation for producing high-quality unscripted content,” said ZDF Studios Vice President Unscripted Ralf Rueckauer. “Audiences will be captivated as they are taken on a journey through the habitats of some of the most amazing wildlife species on our planet.”

Bison: an American icon and Extreme Namibia are both scheduled for delivery in early January 2023, with The The secret life of orcas and Small Oceans to follow later.

IDTV and OMG to bring the unknown in the United States and the United Kingdom

IDTV partners with Objective Media Group (OMG) to adapt the format the unknown for American and British audiences.

Little is known about the title so far, although IDTV is set to launch the “psychological social experiment” at MIPCOM in October. IDTV and OMG will meet with a number of US networks ahead of launch, according to a statement.

“IDTV is focused on developing and delivering new psychological adventure reality formats,” said Marc Pos, CEO of IDTV. “We wanted to work with Objective Media Group because of their international experience and similar approach to creating great content. We are happy to have now partnered to bring our new project the unknown in the UK and the US with them.

“We are thrilled to be working with IDTV again on this truly unique and exciting format,” added Layla Smith, CEO of Objective Media Group.

The project is represented for the United States by CAA.

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