FilmRise takes “The Mediator” from Ice-T; Keshet sells “Survive September 11”


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FilmRise obtains worldwide rights to The mediator with Ice-T

New York-based studio and streaming network FilmRise has reclaimed the distribution rights for the forensic series from Jetmir Media The mediator with Ice-T.

Under the agreement, FilmRise will represent the show in all media outlets around the world, with Jetmir retaining the broadcast syndication rights in the United States. In addition, FilmRise and Jetmir are co-funding 20 new episodes of the series.

The mediator is a conflict-resolution show starring Grammy-winning Ice-T (pictured), in which the rapper and actor hear both sides of a dispute, receive third-party expert advice, and then give instructions on how to proceed, whether in a regulation or in court. The series originally aired on Fox.

FilmRise will offer the series on multiple digital platforms, such as Tubi, Peacock, The Roku Channel and Pluto TV, as well as on its own FilmRise streaming channels. The deal was negotiated by Jonitha Keymoore, Senior Director of Global Content Acquisition at FilmRise, Puraj Puri of Octagon and Mark Vega of Jetmir Media.

Keshet International pre-sales on BBC Survive September 11

Keshet International secured multiple pre-sales for Top Hat Productions Survive September 11 documentary for the BBC.

The BBC-commissioned feature documentary marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and has now been licensed to The Seven Network in Australia, Globo in Brazil, CBC in Canada (both CBC’s English network and its French network network , Société Radio-Canada), TVNZ in New Zealand, DPG Media in Belgium, RTV in Slovenia, NRK in Norway, Sky Deutschland in Germany, KAN in Israel, AMC Networks International Southern Europe in Spain and Portugal (for the Odisea network / Odisseia channel) and Rai Documentari in Italy. The streaming rights for libraries in the United States and Canada were acquired by Hoopla Digital.

Keshet has already announced the sale of Survive September 11 to Canal + Group in France, TV2 in Denmark, TV4 in Sweden, RTL in the Netherlands and Discovery in the United States Discussions are continuing with other broadcasters elsewhere in the world.

Produced by Top Hat Productions, Survive September 11 was directed by Arthur Cary (The last survivors, War in the blood) and produced by Chery Hockey, with Darren Kemp and BBC editor-in-chief Hamish Fergusson executive producing.

Independent Spirit Awards move date

Film Independent, the non-profit organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, has confirmed that the next 37th edition of the Spirit Awards will take place on March 6, several weeks earlier than usual.

The Spirit Awards have traditionally been held on the Saturday afternoon before the Oscars, but the upcoming event will take place about three weeks before the Oscars on March 27. The new date of 2022 places the Spirit Awards directly in the hallway leading to the Oscar vote, giving the event more influence on the Oscar race.

The 2021 Spirit Awards took place virtually earlier this year and marked the first time the event has honored television content alongside films. The 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards also recently won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Editorial Staff for a non-fiction daytime special.

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