Star Wars and Simpsons docs head GRB slate

 

NEWS BRIEF: Californian production and distribution company GRB is bringing two new series from its Icons Unearthed franchise to Mipcom.

Icons Unearthed: Star Wars (6×60’) claims to be the definitive story of the creation and filming of George Lucas’s sci-fi franchise Star Wars, while another six-parter reveals surprising details about enduring animated series The Simpsons. GRB’s exec VP of international sales and operations Hud Woodle will also shop Music’s Greatest Mysteries in Cannes, a new docu series billed as featuring some of the most unique and enigmatic stories in the history of the record industry.

https://www.c21media.net/news/star-wars-and-simpsons-docs-head-grb-slate/

 

 

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GRB Studios announces global deals with Foxtel Australia, Discovery New Zealand and more


Hud Woodle, Executive Vice President, International Sales, and Operations of GRB Studios announced a variety of global sales deals and also ambitious acquisition plans for the upcoming MIPTV market in Cannes. Deals closed include:

Europe – U.K.

  • Auction Kings: Atlanta-based reality program goes to Romania via AETN UK
  • The Bay: Emmy®-winning drama series travels to Slovenia, S1-6 to be broadcast by Planet TV d.o.o
  • On The Case with Paula Zahn:  true-crime investigation program in France by M6 for S7 & S8

Australia & New Zealand

  • Turquoise Fever: docuseries family mining show picked up by Foxtel Australia  
  • Served: Harvey Weinstein: entertainment documentary also picked up by Foxtel Australia 
  • Rhys Darby: Mystic Time Bird: stand-up comedy special was acquired by Channel 10 Australia and Discovery New Zealand 

North/South America:  Brazil & U.S.

  • Untold Stories of the E.R.:   medical emergency reality docuseries was picked up by Pluto TV: U.S. — all available seasons in both English and Spanish; Pluto TV: Brazil also secured several seasons of the program in Portuguese.

Woodle stated, “GRB is thrilled to be going into MIPTV strong with a slate of distribution deals behind us and we are actively looking to acquire some great new programming from around the world in all genres scripted and unscripted.  We are also looking forward to meeting in person in Cannes with our current and new partners.”

https://tva.onscreenasia.com/2022/03/grb-studios-announces-global-deals-foxtel-australia-discovery-new-zealand-and-more/

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GRB Studios Scores Global Deals

GRB Studios announced a slew of global sales deals for its programming.

In Europe, reality series Auction Kings will head to Romania via AETN UK, and drama series The Bay (pictured) will broadcast in Slovenia on Planet TV. France’s M6 also picked up the true-crime investigation program On The Case with Paula Zahn for S7 and S8.

Foxtel Australia acquired docu-series Turquoise Fever and entertainment documentary Served: Harvey Weinstein. In addition, Channel 10 Australia and Discovery New Zealand snapped up stand-up comedy special Rhys Darby: Mystic Time Bird.

Pluto TV secured all available seasons of Untold Stories of the E.R. in English and Spanish for the U.S., while the platform also picked up several seasons in Portuguese for Brazil. 

Hud Woodle, executive vice president of International Sales and Operations at GRB Studios, remarked, “GRB is thrilled to be going into MIPTV strong with a slate of distribution deals behind us and we are actively looking to acquire some great new programming from around the world in all genres scripted and unscripted.  We are also looking forward to meeting in person in Cannes with our current and new partners.”

https://www.videoageinternational.net/2022/03/28/news/grb-studios-scores-global-deals/

 

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GRB Studios Secures Raft of Global Sales Deals

GRB Studios has confirmed a number of global sales deals, including with AETN UK, Foxtel Australia, Discovery New Zealand and Pluto TV in the U.S. and Brazil.

Untold Stories of the E.R., a medical emergency reality docuseries, was picked up by Pluto TV. In the U.S., the platform will carry all available seasons in both English and Spanish. Pluto TV in Brazil secured several seasons of the program in Portuguese.

The Atlanta-based reality program Auction Kings has been picked up for Romania by AETN UK. Additional sales into Europe include Planet TV d.o.o. acquiring seasons one through six of The Bay for Slovenia and France’s M6 picking up seasons seven and eight of On the Case with Paula Zahn.

In the Australia and New Zealand markets, the family mining docuseries Turquois Fever was acquired by Foxtel Australia, which also acquired Served: Harvey WeinsteinRhys Darby: Mystic Time Bird, a stand-up comedy special, sold to Channel 10 Australia and Discovery New Zealand.

Hud Woodle, executive VP of international sales and operations at GRB Studios, said: “GRB is thrilled to be going into MIPTV strong with a slate of distribution deals behind us and we are actively looking to acquire some great new programming from around the world in all genres scripted and unscripted. We are also looking forward to meeting in person in Cannes with our current and new partners.”

https://worldscreen.com/tvreal/grb-studios-secures-raft-of-global-sales-deals/

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GRB Studios on Delivering to the Demand

Serving linear, digital and branded platforms, GRB Studios’ success in the international factual industry has seen it pick up an Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program for Intervention and bring to the global market such hits as Untold Stories of the ER and Growing Up Gotti. All told, the company’s distribution team has on offer a catalog of more than 4,000 hours that cover an array of genres within the factual landscape, ready to keep pace with the growing market and meet its insatiable demand.

“The global factual industry is in a state of rapid growth,” says Hud Woodle, executive VP of international sales and operations at GRB Studios, making note of the impact of unscripted programming’s continued expansion within the streaming space. “Demand for factual content continues to increase from traditional linear channels, AVOD and SVOD.”

With the near-constant shifts in the global TV and media industry in recent years, “the importance of third-party acquisitions has been critical to GRB’s international success,” explains Woodle, who notes that the company is always on the lookout for quality programs in all genres.

Most recently, GRB Studios secured a slew of international deals for The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek, a docuseries produced by The Nacelle Company for HISTORY in the U.S. Taking viewers on a journey behind the scenes of the television and movie franchise, The Center Seat has been licensed to new markets in Europe, as well as into Australia and New Zealand and Canada.

“Docuseries related to pop culture subjects, such as The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek, are in high demand, and crime programs continue to do very well,” says Woodle. “On the Case with Paula Zahn is a fan favorite around the world. GRB also continues to have great success with Death Walker, featuring Nick Groff.”

GRB’s diverse slate includes food, travel, automotive, comedy, lifestyle, science and wildlife programming as well, all of which have in common the ability to connect with viewers around the world.

“The main ingredient is always an engaging story that touches on our shared human experience and breaks through language barriers,” says Woodle. “These are the types of programming that our buyers expect from us, and that’s what gives our slate the edge.”

Not unlike other players in the industry, GRB Studios has had to find innovative ways of conducting business over the last couple of years. And while the challenges have not managed to slow the company down, Woodle is keen to get back to engaging with partners at industry events.

“We are looking forward to returning to in-person markets!” says Woodle. “These last two years demonstrated how much can be done online and remotely, but there’s nothing better than real-life, face-to-face, in-person conversations!”

https://worldscreen.com/tvreal/grb-studios-on-delivering-to-the-demand/

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GRB Studios’ Global Sales At Warp Speed

GRB Studios scored multiple international deals for The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek – the docu-series Nacelle produced for History US that provides the definitive behind-the-scenes journey of one of television’s most legendary franchises. The Center Seat has been licensed to RTL Netherlands, SevenOne Germany, Foxtel for Australia and New Zealand, and Bell Media in Canada for English and French regions.

Hud Woodle, Executive Vice President of International Sales & Operations at GRB Studios points out, “The Center Seat marks another successful partnership between The Nacelle Company and GRB international distribution, and there is so much more yet to come.”

Death Walker with Nick Groff also continues to scare up sales!  Canada’s Bell Media licensed both seasons for CTV Sci-Fi. Discovery Europe acquired the second season of Death Walker for the UK territory.

Aussie Pay TV group, Foxtel, brought on the feature documentary, Meet The Hitlers, from the producer of Super Size Me. Also from Down Under, Network Ten Australia took season 6 of the 15-time Emmy® Award-winning drama series, The Bay.

CBS Reality got a hold of Confessions: Animal Hoarding (Season 1 and 2) for most European territories, and the blood-tingling docu-series, Turquoise Fever, for African countries. Also in Africa, Canal+ obtained a package of 10 movies, including Bad Dad Rehab, Behind The Movement, Bobbi Kristina, Chasing Waterfalls, A Christmas Blessing, Definitely Divorcing, Love Under New Management, To Hell and Back, Jean of the Joneses, Coins for Christmas.

Other recent deals include: The New Normal – an eye-opening documentary that follows the aftermath of a mass school shooting – to WaterBear global VOD platform, and Wicked Vision Distribution obtained the home video rights for The Ultimate Stuntman – A Tribute to Dar Robinson in Germany.

​Woodle remarks, “Our international sales have remained increasingly active this year, even as the pandemic continued across many parts of the world. Buyers around the world for all media outlets, from linear to VOD, know GRB Studios is the one-stop-shop for quality, audience-pleasing content across the globe, and we are always happy to deliver.”

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The Show “Intervention” is Actually Saving Lives According to Statistics

When the A&E series Intervention debuted more than 15 years ago, there were lots of people who were skeptical that a reality TV show could really help people who were suffering from substance abuse issues. Many people felt like recovery was too personal of a thing to be charged on TV. After all, dealing with an addiction can be an incredibly painful thing. People often reach very low points in their lives that can be difficult to watch. Plus, reality TV is incredibly entertaining but other than that it doesn’t have the best reputation. As a result, even shows with seemingly good intentions can fall under a lot of scrutiny. However, despite all of the doubt that has surrounded Intervention since its release, it may have done a lot more positive things than many viewers realize.

In fact, Intervention may have saved well over 100 lives in the years since its been on the air. Many are hoping that it will be able to continue to do so in the future. Keep reading to learn more about the success rate of the TV series Intervention.

Over the years, most people have probably just assumed that many of the people featured on Intervention have failed in their recovery. Of course, there have been several people who have refused treatment all together, or some whose treatment wasn’t successful. In reality, however, that hasn’t been the case for most of the people who have been featured on the show.

According to Distractify, “In 2017, The Daily Beast reported that 130 of the 160 subjects that have been featured on Intervention have completed rehab and are still sober.” With the vast majority of the show’s participants having successful recovieries, it’s safe to say that Intervention is doing something right.

There are some people out there who will argue that the success rate has nothing to do with the show itself and more to do with the individuals’ willingness to make changes. While it’s true that each person must be willing to participate in their recovery, the show does play an important role in the process. All of the people featured on Intervention receive free treatment in exchange for sharing their stories. This is a life-changing opportunity for all of the people out there who could not otherwise afford rehabilitation.

The length of the rehabilition program is another reason people on Intervention are likely to find success. According to licescend psychologist and addition therapist, Andrew Tatarsky, “There’s much too much emphasis on very expensive 30-day rehabs which have a lower success rate. There’s this implication that if you go away for 30 days you’ll get fixed, but the issues are often much more complex and really require more of an ongoing, deep individual psychotherapy.”

On top of that, the act of having an intervention may also be a key component in a person’s success. In an article from The Daily Beast, interventionalist Jeff VanVonderen said, “People are more likely to go to treatment if there’s an intervention, they’re more likely to stay in treatment, they’re more likely to do better afterward, because everything’s changed. Not just, they went to treatment. The family’s gonna get well without you, and that comes through in the intervention.” This also highlights the fact that Intervention isn’t simply an individual process. People who have strong support systems are more likely to make it through the recovery process. That said, the show has been equally as helpful for friends and family members as it has for the people who are actually struggling with the addiction.

Intervention just wrapped it’s 22nd season, and it has not yet been renewed for another season. That said, there’s nothing to indicate that they we won’t get another season of the popular show. Viewers still seem to be interested and there’s certainly no shortage of people who could use the help. Although there re still some people who believe that the show is exploitive, it appears that it’s certainly done more good than anything else. At the end of the day, the producers are going to do what they can to keep viewers interested, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that there are real people being helped.

The hundreds of success stories that are the result of Intervention have become an inspiration to many people. Just by being on the air, there is a chance that the series may have helped people who simply watched the show.

https://www.tvovermind.com/the-show-intervention-is-actually-saving-lives-according-to-statistics/

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MNet, ProSieben shop at GRB

South African pay TV broadcaster MNet and ProSieben in Germany are among the international broadcasters to have bought nearly 200 hours of content from US producer and distributor GRB Studios.

MNet has acquired stand-up comedy specials including Eddie Griffin: E-Niggma, Finesse Mitchell: The Spirit Told Me to Tell You and Jermaine Fowler: Give ‘Em Hell Kid.

UK-based SVoD service NextUP will carry 10 stand-up specials from GRB, including Celeste Barber: Challenge Accepted, DL Hughley: Clear and Danny Bhoy: Subject to Change.

Comedy Central Middle East has acquired stand-up special Maz Jobrani: Pandemic Warrior, while ProSieben Germany has taken Turquoise Fever, a documentary series following a Nevada gem-mining family, and Auction Kings, a German-language series looking at the world of auctioneering.

Viasat has acquired Turquoise Fever for Central and Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, while AETN UK has gone for Auction Kings season three and the 10th season of real-life investigative series On the Case.

Finally, You Look, a new AVoD service in Ireland and the UK, took culinary series Eat Your Words S1-2 and Recipe Rehab, as well as two seasons of docuseries Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.

https://www.c21media.net/mnet-prosieben-shop-at-grb/

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GRB Studios Inks Multiple International Sales

GRB Studios scored distribution deals for nearly 200 hours of content across genres.

MNET Africa picked up eight Comedy Dynamics stand-up specials, including Finesse Mitchell: The Spirit Told Me to Tell You; Jermaine Fowler: Give ‘Em Hell, Kid; Jesus Trejo: Stay Home, Son; and Marina Franklin: Single Black Female, among others.

U.K.-based SVoD platform NextUP secured a package of 10 comedy specials, such as Janeane Garofalo: If I May, Loni Love: America’s Sister, Margaret Cho: Psycho (pictured).

For the Middle East, Comedy Central obtained the stand-up comedy special Maz Jobrani: Pandemic Warrior.

For Scandinavia and CEE territories, ViaSat acquired action-packed docu-series Turquoise Fever. ProSieben Germany also picked up the series, as well as reality series Auction Kings.

AETN UK nabbed season three of Auction Kings and season 10 of On The Case.

In addition, the new AVoD platform You Look picked up seasons one and two of Eat Your WordsRecipe Rehab, and two seasons of Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s for Ireland and the U.K.

Hud Woodle, executive vice president of International Sales & Operations of GRB Studios, remarked, “GRB Studios starts the year with a lot of distribution activity, closing deals all over the world with several partners. In these challenging times, people are searching for more great content.  GRB has been delivering a variety of premium content from our 4,000+ portfolio to our global partners for years, so buyers come to use knowing we can deliver many hours of a variety of top programming. We are especially excited to offer stellar comedy specials from Comedy Dynamics (a Nacelle company) bringing much-needed laughter to global audiences at a crucial time.”

https://www.videoageinternational.net/2021/01/26/news/grb-studios-inks-multiple-international-sales/

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GRB Studios kicks off 2021 with multiple sales

American content studio and global distribution company GRB Studios has secured a number of distribution deals with broadcasters from Africa to Europe, and UK/Ireland to the Middle East.

The package totals nearly 200 hours of content across a variety of genres, including comedy specials, action docuseries, investigative programs and more.

Germany’s ProSieben has acquired the docuseries Turquoise Fever, chronicling a Nevada gem-mining family, and reality series Auction Kings, offering a behind-the-scenes look at eclectic auctioneers, for German-speaking Europe. ViaSat, meanwhile, has taken Turquoise Fever for its viewers across Central and Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.

In the UK, AETN picked up the third season of Auction Kings, as well as the 10th season of investigative series On the Case, while nascent AVOD platform You Look picked up three culinary series in Eat Your Words (seasons one and two), Recipe Rehab, and two seasons of soul food docuseries Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s for its viewers in Ireland and the UK.

Elsewhere, MNET in Africa, Comedy Central Middle East and NextUP, a UK-based SVOD service, secured 18 stand-up comedy specials from such comedians as Eddie Griffin, Finesse Mitchell, Jermaine Fowler, Michael Yo, Whitney Cummings, Margaret Cho, Mose Kasher, D.L. Hughley, Janeane Garofalo, Maz Jobrani and Maria Bamford.

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GRB Studios Inks Global Sales Across Genres

GRB Studios has secured several distribution deals, totaling nearly 200 hours of content, including comedy specials, action docuseries, investigative programs and more.

MNET Africa acquired eight Comedy Dynamics stand-up specials—Eddie Griffin: E-NiggmaFinesse Mitchell: The Spirit Told Me to Tell YouJermaine Fowler: Give ‘Em Hell, KidJesus Trejo: Stay Home, SonMarina Franklin: Single Black FemaleMichael Yo: BlasianTj: January 3rd; and Tone Bell: Can’t Cancel This.

The U.K.-based SVOD platform NextUP will broadcast ten comedy stand-up specials, including Celeste Barber: Challenge AcceptedD.L. Hughley: ClearDanny Bhoy: Subject to ChangeJaneane Garofalo: If I MayLoni Love: America’s SisterMargaret Cho: PsychoMaria Bamford: Weakness Is the BrandMarina Franklin: Single Black FemaleMoshe Kasher: Live In Oakland; and Whitney Cummings: Money Shot.

Comedy Central Middle East took the stand-up comedy special Maz Jobrani: Pandemic Warrior.

In Germany, ProSieben picked up the docuseries Turquoise Fever, which follows a Nevada gem-mining family; and Auction Kings, a reality series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at eclectic auctioneers. ViaSat acquired Turquoise Fever for CEE and Scandinavia, while AETN UK acquired the third season of Auction Kings as well as the tenth season of the real-life investigative series On the Case.

You Look, a new AVOD platform in Ireland and the U.K., took three culinary series—seasons one and two of Eat Your WordsRecipe Rehab and two seasons of Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.

Hud Woodle, executive VP of international sales and operations at GRB Studios, said: “GRB Studios starts the year with a lot of distribution activity, closing deals all over the world with several partners. In these challenging times, people are searching for more great content. GRB has been delivering a variety of premium content from our 4,000+ portfolio to our global partners for years, so buyers come to us knowing we can deliver many hours of a variety of top programming. We are especially excited to offer stellar comedy specials from Comedy Dynamics (a Nacelle company) bringing much-needed laughter to global audiences at a crucial time.”

https://worldscreen.com/grb-studios-inks-global-sales-across-genres/

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GRB Studios inició el año con múltiples ventas en UK y EMEA

Hud Woodle, EVP de ventas y operaciones internacionales de GRB Studios (USA), anunció varios acuerdos de distribución, por un total de casi 200 horas de contenido, incluyendo especiales de comedia, docuseries de acción, investigación programas y más.

MNET Africa adquirió 8 especiales de stand-up de Comedy Dynamics: Eddie Griffin: E-NiggmaFinesse Mitchell: The Spirit Told Me to Tell YouJermaine Fowler: Give ‘Em HellKidJesus Trejo: Stay Home, SonMarina Franklin: Single Black FemaleMichael Yo: BlasianTj: January 3rd; y Tone Bell: Can’t Cancel This.

NextUP, SVOD de UK transmitirá 10 especiales de comedia con Celeste Barber: Challenge AcceptedD.L. Hughley: ClearDanny Bhoy: Subject to ChangeJaneane Garofalo: If I May: Loni Love: America’s SisterMargaret Cho: PsychoMaria Bamford: Weakness Is the BrandMarina Franklin: Single Black FemaleMoshe Kasher: Live In Oakland, y Whitney Cummings: Money Shot.

Comedy Central Middle East tomó el especial de comedia en vivo Maz Jobrani: Pandemic Warrior, mientras que ProSieben (Alemania) adquirió Turquoise Fever, una serie documental llena de acción que sigue a una familia de mineros de gemas de Nevada y Auction Kings, una serie de realidad trepidante que ofrece una mirada entre bastidores a los subastadores eclécticos de la Europa de habla alemana. ViaSat adquirió el mismo título para CEE y Escandinavia, y AETN UK adquirió la temporada 3 de Auction Kings, así como la serie de investigación de la vida real, On the Case Season 10. Y You Look, nueva plataforma AVOD en Irlanda y UK, se llevó tres series culinarias; dos de las cuales son series de competencia: Eat Your Words S1 y 2, y Recipe Rehab, así como dos temporadas de documentales de soul food, Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.

Woodle declaró: ‘Comenzamos el año con mucha actividad de distribución, cerrando acuerdos en todo el mundo con varios socios. En estos tiempos difíciles, las personas buscan más contenido excelente. Y nosotros hemos estado entregando una variedad de contenido premium de nuestra cartera de más de 4,000 a nuestros socios globales durante años, por lo que los compradores lo utilizan sabiendo que podemos entregar muchas horas de una variedad de programación superior. Estamos especialmente emocionados de ofrecer especiales de comedia estelares de Comedy Dynamics (una compañía de Nacelle) que traen la risa que tanto necesitan al público global en un momento crucial’.

https://www.prensario.net/32043-GRB-Studios-inicio-el-ano-con-multiples-ventas-en-UK-y-EMEA.note.aspx

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GRB Studios takes premium factual entertainment to audiences around the globe

Hud Woodle, Executive Vice President, International Sales & Operations of GRB Studios, announced multiple deals for its top-performing factual entertainment programs, with a large volume deal for LatAm with Pluto TV. Deals were also recently completed in Germany, with ProSieben and Discovery; as well as with broadcaster OSN in the Middle East; AETNU.K. took new titles, and a deal was finalized with MNET in Africa. Two territories bought the GRB-produced, real-life medical drama series Untold Stories of the E.R., marking 127 countries that the hit program has been broadcast.

Pluto LatAmacquired a variety of Spanish-language shows. Nature programs include; Full Force Nature; Anatomy of Disaster, Animals Are People Too, Extreme Contact, and Storm Warning. Action programs include Fugitivos de la Ley; High Seas Rescue and Now See This; real medical drama series Untold Stories of the E.R.as well as Impact Tv a half-hour variety program, featuring peculiar stories from around the world.

As mentioned, Germany saw two deals for GRB: ProSieben renewed three seasons of true romantic crime seriesWicked Attractionand licensed S6 for the first time while Discovery Germany acquired Untold Stories of the E.R, marking the first time the program airs in the country.

AETN acquired S9 of true crime investigative series, On the Case for the U.K. while Middle East channel OSN acquired 6 hours of Top Travel, showcasing luxurious international travel. MNET took three docu-series for Africa: For Peete’s SakeMind Your Business and The Book of John Grey.

Woodle stated: “GRB Studios has been answering the global call for premium factual content during these trying times of Covid-19. We are thrilled to partner with Pluto LatAm, offering over 225 hours of Spanish-language programming in a variety of genres. And our own GRB-produced series, Untold Stories of the E.R. just premiered in its 127th country.  From GRB’s catalog of over 4,000 hours of audience-favorite programming, we offer something intriguing and entertaining for everyone, everywhere.”

 

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GRB STUDIOS’ FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT TRAVELS TO GLOBAL AUDIENCES

Gud Woodle, Executive Vice President, International Sales & Operations of GRB Studios, announced multiple deals for its top-performing factual entertainment programs, with a large volume deal for LatAm with Pluto TV. Deals were also recently completed in Germany, with ProSieben and Discovery; as well as with broadcaster OSN in the Middle East. AETN UK took new titles, and a deal was finalized with MNET in Africa. Two territories bought the GRB-produced, real-life medical drama series Untold Stories of the E.R., marking 127 countries that the hit program has been broadcast.

Pluto LatAm acquired a variety of Spanish-language shows. Nature programs include “Full Force Nature”, “Anatomy of Disaster”, “Animals Are People Too”, “Extreme Contact”, and “Storm Warning”. Action programs include “Fugitivos de la Ley”, “High Seas Rescue” and “Now See This”. Real medical drama series “Untold Stories of the E.R.”, as well as “Impact Tv”, a half-hour variety program, featuring peculiar stories from around the world.

As mentioned, Germany saw two deals for GRB: ProSieben renewed three seasons of true romantic crime series, “Wicked Attraction”, and licensed S6 for the first time while Discovery Germany acquired “Untold Stories of the E.R.”, marking the first time the program airs in the country.  AETN acquired S9 of true crime investigative series, “On the Case” for the U.K. while Middle East channel OSN acquired 6 hours of “Top Travel”, showcasing luxurious international travel. MNET took three docu-series for Africa: “For Peete’s Sake2, “Mind Your Business”, and “The Book of John Grey”.

Woodle stated: “GRB Studios has been answering the global call for premium factual content during these trying times of Covid-19. We are thrilled to partner with Pluto LatAm, offering over 225 hours of Spanish-language programming in a variety of genres. And our own GRB-produced series, Untold Stories of the E.R. just premiered in its 127th country. From GRB’s catalog of over 4,000 hours of audience-favorite programming, we offer something intriguing and entertaining for everyone, everywhere.”

 

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Fresh Perspectives for Crime Programming

True-crime programming has seemingly endless appeal for TV viewers—armchair detectives eager to get to the bottom of who did it and what drove them to do it. “Everyone loves a good mystery, and that’s what these true-crime shows are at their hearts,” says Hud Woodle, executive VP of international sales and operations at GRB Studios. “Frankly, it also feels good—perhaps, these days more than ever—to see the bad guy (or gal) get caught!”

But with a glut of true-crime series and specials in the marketplace, it’s become even more essential that a program presents fresh perspectives or unique insights in order to stand out from the pack.

The GRB slate includes On the Case, exploring murder mysteries through in-depth interviews with those closest to the case and examining the forensic evidence that helped unravel the mystery. First-person accounts from witnesses and suspects reveal the raw emotions left behind from personal tragedies and the motives of the perpetrators. Journalist and newscaster Paula Zahn leads the action. GRB just announced season ten of On the Case with Paula Zahn, produced for Discovery, will be available to international buyers later this year.

TV journalist Deborah Norville is at the center of the action in Executed, which spotlights criminal cases that resulted in the ultimate punishment: death. Produced for REELZ, each episode features shocking stories of heinous acts, guilty verdicts and the condemned paying the price for their crimes.

Produced for TV One, For My Man features shocking stories of women who have committed crimes in the name of love. There are six seasons on offer.

It Happened Here, produced for REELZ, visits the locations of some of the world’s most controversial celebrity deaths and discovers the roles that fate, circumstance and luck played in each icon’s journey to fame and tragedy.

Meanwhile, classic titles such as Occult Crimes and Wicked Attraction continue to perform well. Recent sales have been secured with Blue Ant in Canada and ProSieben in Germany, respectively.

“It always comes back to good storytelling,” says Woodle on the USP needed to stand out in today’s marketplace. “The GRB lineup features over 900 hours of masterfully crafted, compellingly presented crime stories, told in a way that keeps the audience glued to the screen, asking, ‘Who done it!?!’ till the very end. Oftentimes, viewers will rewatch crime content even though they know how it ends, proving that nothing beats a great story.”

 

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