Through a vast selection of new productions ranging from premium dramas to game shows and documentaries, All3Media has been able to meet the increasing demand for high-quality content during the Covid-19 pandemic and is now ready to find new opportunities for its varied catalog.
The rise in the demand for entertainment caused by the global pandemic and the quarantine measures imposed all over the world has led to multiple opportunities for content creators and producers, especially those armed with a varied catalog that’s suited for multiple audiences and platforms.
Armed with a collection of titles ranging from premium fiction to factual entertainment and documentaries, All3Media International has been able to meet this demand, and keep families and viewers entertained while staying home.
“Our main goal is to continue offering the best quality content to audiences around the world,” said Janel Downing, VP of Sales, Latin America at All3Media International. And when it comes to “high quality content”, the options are plenty within the company’s catalog.
“Premium dramas such as Angela Black have been popular,” she explained in regard to what type of content has been demanded most during the past few months. “This six part Hitchcockian thriller reunites the brilliant talent of Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt with the multi award winning Two Brothers Pictures, the producers behind Fleabag and Liar.”
In addition to premium drama, the executive also noted the rise in demand for factual entertainment and productions that are relevant to current events.
“We have also had interest in factual entertainment that reflects the shared experiences of the pandemic”, she said. “We are proud to be representing The Anti-Vax Conspiracy, a timely and important feature-length documentary that explores the origins and growth of the anti-vaccination movement, and its impact on global efforts to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic.”
“Buyers have also shown interest in Royals Docs thanks to the birth of Meghan and Harry’s new baby,” she added. “Diana, 72 Films’ definitive portrait of the princess and Spun Gold’s Harry & William: What Went Wrong, which offers an insightful and candid look at the breakdown in the brothers’ relationship have both sold to the region.”
In addition to the rise in demand for new content, the other big trend to come out of the pandemic has been the growth of OTT platforms, with dozens of new services being launched in Latin America and the world. Luckily for All3Media, streaming is one of its areas of expertise.
“OTT platforms have long been a focus of our strategy in the region and our content is well suited to these audiences, who are looking for non-traditional programing”, the executive explained. “Our strong scripted slate, offering gripping dramas and thrillers, has been of particular interest to OTT platforms as demonstrated by AMC’s acquisition of ‘The Drowning’ for Acorn TV and Globo’s acquisition of ‘The Deceived’,” she added.
Looking to find new partners for these and other new titles, the company is attending this year’s Mipcom, though it will do so virtually.
“Following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic I think hybrid events are the best way to hold markets safely. They provide people with choice regarding what they feel comfortable with. Over the last year and a half we have all proven that we can do business effectively whilst working virtually,” the executive explained.
“So All3Media International will be participating virtually this year but we are still seeing all of our clients and hoping to meet new buyers even though we will be online,” she added.
During Mipcom, the company will be presenting a standout selection of new titles, starting with ‘Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premiere League’, a four-episode documentary series, created by the Emmy and BAFTA-award-winning Story Films and David Beckham’s new production company Studio 99.
This enthralling documentary offers the definitive story of the English Premier League. Charting the transformative impact that business brains, players, agents and journalists had on English football, as well as how the rise of Rupert Murdoch’s pay-tv influenced the game’s global reach, the documentary relives this story from the inside through exclusive interviews with key players. The premium series traces how race, celebrity, masculinity, wealth and globalisation has changed across football and the world over the last 30 years.
The company will also be presenting The Wimbledon Kidnapping, produced by Caravan, which tells the untold story of Muriel McKay’s kidnap investigation, the first headline-grabbing kidnap and ransom case in the UK. This compelling crime documentary traces how big business, race and the rise of the tabloids played a part in the trial around Muriel McKay’s abduction– with Rupert Murdoch pivotal to the crime. Featuring exclusive interviews with one of those accused of her kidnap and murder, as well as the victim’s son and hostage negotiator, this film follows the case from the moment of Muriel McKay’s abduction to the eventual trial at the Old Bailey.
Also in the crime genre, All3Media is presenting Manhunt II: The Night Stalker, in which Martin Clunes reprises his critically acclaimed and ratings-winning role as the former London Metropolitan Police detective DCI Colin Sutton. This four-part drama traces the story of the real-life police pursuit of a notorious serial rapist, whose 17-year reign of terror left thousands of elderly people in South East London living in fear.
In addition, the distributor is presenting the new drama Hollington Drive, a four-episode series produced by West Road Pictures: a captivating story from award-winning screenwriter Sophie Petzal, this taut domestic thriller explores the lengths families will go to in order to protect their children. Led by BAFTA-winning Anna Maxwell Martin, the four-part series follows the lives of sisters, Theresa (Anna Maxwell Martin) and her older headteacher sibling, Helen (Rachael Stirling), whose lives are turned upside down after the disappearance of their neighbour’s child.
Last but not least is Cash at Your Door from Matar Productions, a charming, cost-effective and adaptable game show format, with an innovative twist on the traditional studio-based game show, where the presenter literally knocks at the doors of potential contestants’ homes for the game to begin.