Espresso Media International licenses arts documentaries to New Zealand and Sweden

The distributor has sold four arts documentaries to Sweden's SVT and Sky Arts NZ, including an exhibition documentary and several biopics.


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Espresso Media International have closed a series of sales of documentaries from their Arts and Music catalogue to SVT and Sky Network Television Limited’s Sky Arts Channel in New Zealand. Sky Arts NZ have taken recent release "The V&A Presents Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser" (1x90’), that delves into the origins, adaptations and reinventions of Alice over 159 years, this entertaining and informative documentary guides the audience through the exhibition, exploring the book’s evolution from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages.

“We’re thrilled to announce such a brilliant array of arts sales across New Zealand and Sweden. Given the universal love and legacy of Alice in Wonderland, we’re delighted to see 'The V&A Presents Alice: Curiouser & Curiouser' play out in multiple territories,” says Jess Reilly, Head of Sales and Acquisitions at Espresso. “We’re excited for audiences to experience the magical imagination of the artists involved and the work of the creatives who have been inspired, from Salvador Dali to Vivienne Westwood and Little Simz.”

New Zealand’s Sky Network Television Limited’s Sky Arts Channel have also acquired Espresso’s music title "My View: Clem Burke" (1x48’), profiling the drummer and one of the founding members of multi-platinum best-selling band Blondie. His signature beats have brought millions to the dance floor and his unique approach to playing has seen him accompany an endless list of artists, from Bob Dylan to The Eurythmics.

To Sweden’s SVT, Espresso have licensed "Vivien Leigh" (1x52’), a biography of the cinematic icon who starred in "Gone With the Wind" and became the first English woman to win an Oscar. The documentary features never-before-seen materials from the actress’s personal archives, including correspondence with Laurence Olivier, and was funded by ARTE. Espresso have also licensed "OLEG" (1x95’, narrated by Succession’s Brian Cox) to SVT, which profiles the rise to stardom of USSR actor Oleg Vidov, and his defection to the West.

“'Oleg' was published on SVT early in 2023 and Vivien Leigh will reach SVT’s viewers later this year: two fascinating stories from the history of film,” says Jesper Petersson, Acquisitions Executive at SVT.

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