Beyond Rights' Costa Concordia documentary goes global

In the ten anniversary of the maritime disaster, the distributor has licensed the TWO-PART title to several international broadcasters.

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"The Costa Concordia: Why She Sank"

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In the week that commemorates ten years since one of the worst maritime disasters in living memory, Beyond Rights has licensed ITN Productions’ two-hour investigative documentary, "The Costa Concordia: Why She Sank", to several international broadcasters. In Europe, initial deals have been struck with TF1 in France, Discovery in Italy, TV2 in Norway, SVT in Sweden, RTL in the Netherlands, VTM in Belgium, Ceska TV in the Czech Republic and WP1 in Poland. While in Australia, the title has been acquired by SBS.

“Ten years on, 'The Costa Concordia: Why She Sank' provides a compelling and insightful look at this shocking event”, says Holly Cowdery, Beyond Rights’ VP sales for France and CEEMEA. “ITN Productions has an enviable reputation for creating top-quality factual programming. With this new series, it continues to demonstrate its investigative prowess by revealing new information, and cleverly weaves together details on a story that we thought we knew into something fresh and totally gripping. We are delighted that so many broadcasters share our view of this fascinating series and are confident that these early deals will be the first of many.”

Produced by ITN Productions for Channel 5 in the UK, "The Costa Concordia: Why She Sank" is the definitive story of the sinking of the Costa Concordia, which happened off the coast of Tuscany, Italy, on 13th January 2012. It combines exclusive first-person testimony from survivors and rescuers with previously unseen footage, graphic reconstruction, and expert insight to tell the astonishing story of what happened on the night in forensic detail.

There were 4000 people on board, and while a dramatic rescue mission saved thousands of lives, 32 people would die. Captain Francesco Schettino, who abandoned his ship, was blamed and ultimately found guilty of manslaughter. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison. The cruise ship company, Costa Cruises, was also heavily criticised but did not face criminal charges.