AETN18, Discovery India acquire content from Passion Distribution

MUMBAI: Passion Distribution and Motion Content Group have announced a raft of deals in India to AETN18 and Discovery. AETN18 has licensed Dynamo’s brand new series ‘Dynamo| Beyond Belief’ for factual entertainment channel and their flagship, History TV18.

After five years away from TV due to a career-threatening illness, award-winning magician Dynamo returns with a new three-part special, ‘Dynamo |||| Beyond Belief’. The series will take viewers on a journey across the globe to watch Dynamo perform close-up miracles, impossible predictions and unbelievable feats of magic that will have a lasting effect both on him and the people he interacts with.

Dynamo’s debut TV series ‘Dynamo: Magician Impossible’ saw over 250 million viewers across over 180 territories including India, China, Thailand and Singapore watching.

Passion Distribution has a raft of deals for factual and entertainment titles for India. Besides Dynamo’s newest series, AETN18 has also acquired engineering and tech-focused Secrets Of The Superfactories’, the first season of human survival stories ‘Heroes And Survivors’, South Asian wedding series ‘Getting Hitched Asian Style’.

Discovery has picked up a number of male-skewing titles in territories across Asia. Discovery India has licensed dramatic clip show ‘World’s Deadliest’. Discovery Taiwan has acquired the second season of ‘So You Think You’d Survive’ and the third season of the auto restoration series ‘Motorbike Show’. Discovery Japan and Discovery Taiwan have acquired ‘Machinery Of War’, a series looking at science and technology within the weapons industry, which has also been picked up by CCTV for China, Phoenix TV for SouthEast Asia, Hong Kong, and China. The series has also been picked up in Korea.

In Japan, Nippon has licensed from celebrity bio-doc series ‘Price Of Fame’, the third season of science series ‘Strangest Weather On Earth’, the sixth season of ‘Traffic Cops’. In Japan, documentaries including episodes from ‘How The Other Kids Live’, ‘The Robot Will See You Now’, and access series ‘Inside The Foreign Ofice’ have also been acquired. In Taiwan, PTS has licensed the cultural exploration series ‘The Art Of Japanese Life’.

Further sales by Passion Distribution include both seasons of wedding meets property makeover series; Where To I Do?; to TVB (Hong Kong), and Blue Ant for their Makeful channel in Singapore.

Pan-regional channels have also been shopping at Passion Distribution. Pet Club TV has picked up animal episodes of clip show ‘Make You Laugh Out Loud’ and My House And Other Animals’. TechStorm TV has acquired three seasons of the competition series ‘Robot Wars’ and documentaries including ‘The Sexbots Are Coming’ and ‘How Steve Jobs Changed The World’. Outdoor Channel Asia has acquired 45 hours this year including titles such as the survival series ‘Fat Guys In The Woods’, airplane pilot series ‘Air Pressure’, the fourth season of the tough job series ‘Cold Water Cowboys’ and ‘Klondike: Gold Fever’ season 5 among others.