Mandela doc travels to China, Brazil


Broadcasters in China, South Africa and Brazil have picked up an upcoming documentary about Nelson Mandela from UK satcaster BSkyB’s international distribution arm.

Sky Vision pre-sold Mandela: The Struggle Is My Life (1x60’) to 19 territories at this month’s Mipcom.

The doc, coproduced by Sky News and Sky Vision, features archive footage from Sky News as well as exclusive interviews with key figures from the former South African president’s life, including Desmond Tutu, FW De Klerk and members of the ANC.

The broadcasters that picked up the show are Network Ten (Australia), CCTV (China), TVB (Hong Kong), GloboSat (Brazil), MediaCorp (Singapore), TVI (Portugal), TV2 (Norway), TV4 (Sweden/Finland), TV2 (Denmark), RTL Netherlands, Spektrum Television (Hungary/Czech Republic), Solar News Channel (Philippines), VRT (Belgium), Channel 8 (Israel), Mongol TV (Mongolia), ViaSat (Tanzania) and SABC (South Africa).

Sky Vision has also sold Royalty Close Up (4x30’) to Foxtel and SBS in Australia, Sky TV in New Zealand, GloboSat and Spektrum TV. The series is produced by Brassneck Productions and explores the work of royal photojournalist Kent Gavin.

Meanwhile, Iceland’s 365 Media and MTV3 Finland have acquired observational documentary The Capones (10x30’), produced by Asylum Entertainment.