BossaNova Media, the London-based content creation, funding and distribution company, has closed deals for several of its most popular titles with three of Germany’s largest broadcasters. The sales, which represent more than 80 hours of premium factual content, were brokered by Head of Sales, Tatiana Grinkevich. “Selling into Germany — Europe’s largest and arguably most competitive market — is never easy," Grinkevich said. "German broadcasters are under huge pressure to air content that’s capable of pleasing and retaining their highly discerning audiences, which makes them super quality-conscious when it comes to acquisitions."
ZDF has acquired the best-selling BossaNova Original "Mysteries of the Ancient Dead," produced for Super Channel Canada by Go Button Media. The six-part series considers a question that has intrigued humanity since the dawn of time: what happens to us when we die? Drawing on the latest science and technology, from forensics to advanced imaging techniques, the series investigates our prehistoric ancestors’ complex relationship with death to shed new light on ancient civilisations and their understanding of the ultimate mystery.
Sky Deutschland, meanwhile, has picked up a package of BossaNova series, including multiple seasons from the distributor’s globally successful "Patrol" franchise. Heading for Germany are seasons six to eight of "Border Patrol," originally produced by Greenstone in New Zealand, which follows the officers on the front line of New Zealand’s border security; and series five to 12 of Dog Patrol, which focuses on the working-dog teams that protect New Zealand’s streets, communities, prisons and airports. Sky has also acquired season two of Rare TV’s "Cold Case Killers," originally commissioned by the UK’s 5STAR. The six-part series examines gripping UK murder investigations that ran cold, only to be cracked years later by dedicated detectives determined to catch the killers.
Lastly, Seven.One Entertainment Group has licensed Freebird Entertainment’s Adventure Gold Diggers, which follows the hard-core men and women who prospect for gold in the most inhospitable areas of Australia. Seven.One, the parent of Germany’s SAT.1 and ProSieben channels and the streaming platform Joyn, has also picked up series 13 of Border Patrol. "To have sold 80-plus hours of content to three of Germany’s top broadcasters is not just an achievement, but a real tribute to the calibre of BossaNova’s slate," Grinkevich said.
Selling into Germany — Europe’s largest and arguably most competitive market — is never easy.German broadcasters are under huge pressure to air content that’s capable of pleasing and retaining their highly discerning audiences, which makes them super quality-conscious when it comes to acquisitions.” Tatiana Grinkevich Head of Sales, BossaNova