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07 Oct 2019

KEW MEDIA DISTRIBUTION ANNOUNCES IMPRESSIVE LINE-UP OF NON-FICTION PROGRAMMING PRODUCED BY KEW MEDIA GROUP COMPANIES AND THIRD-PARTY PARTNERS AHEAD OF MIPCOM 2019

Leading content company Kew Media Distribution, will showcase an impressive line-up of high-quality, new-to-market factual titles ahead of MIPCOM.

British comedian and travel enthusiast Griff Rhys Jones is packing his bags, pulling on his hiking boots, and heading out into the wilds to explore New Zealand in Griff’s Great Kiwi Road Trip (4 x 60’). Journey with him as he drives, flies, cycles, sails and jetboats his way from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island - all the while avoiding the well-trodden path of State Highway 1. An Essential Media Group Production, part of the Kew Media Group.

Also available: Griff’s Great Australian Rail Trip (6 x 60’).

Every house in the western world has at least $5000 of knick-knacks, bric-a-brac, collectables, ephemera, furniture and paintings that could be liquidated for cold hard cash - and probably not even missed. In non-fiction series Road to Riches (6 x 60’) Australian picker Lucas Callaghan, visits households who have a pressing need to raise some readies, and he’ll convert their unwanted collectables into cold hard cash. Road to Riches is an Essential Media Group production (part of the Kew Media Group) for Foxtel.

The Impossible: Live (6 x 120’, with 1 x 120’ Recap & 1 x 60’ History of Stunts also available) is a stunt series set to premiere on A&E and international partners around the world next summer. Each week, the two-hour live broadcast will test the limits of the mind and body as world class athletes attempt never before seen stunts that defy what we think of as possible. From the world’s highest wire walk to rescuing pilot-less planes in mid-air. The Impossible: Live will be the must-see viewing event of the year. An Essential Media Group production, part of the Kew Media Group.

Through a wealth of rare and never-before seen archival footage and never-before heard audio recordings, documentary feature Laurel Canyon (1 x 120’ approx. or two-part version also available) pulls back the curtain on a mythical world and provides an up-close look at the lives of the musicians who inhabited it. A Jigsaw and Kennedy/Marshall Production in association with Amblin TV and Warner Music Entertainment. Jigsaw is part of the Kew Media Group.

Season 2 of Paranormal 911 is a 13 x 60’ non-fiction series from Bristow Global Media Inc., part of the Kew Media Group. Each year, over 250 million 911 calls are made in North America alone. An alarming number of these emergencies lead to paranormal encounters. Paranormal 911 explores these real-life events through the first-hand accounts of the first responders who lived them. Paranormal 911 Season 2 brings the episode total to 26 x 60’ now available.

Compelling new factual series, Legacy List with Matt Paxton (6 x 60’) is billed as a cross between Antiques Roadshow and History Detectives and turns on the premise that the most important museum in the world may well be in your parents’ basement, attic, closet - or even under their floorboards.
Moving out of a beloved home is momentous. Families may part with prized antiques and memorabilia that hold cherished memories, borne of many lifetimes of experience. Legacy List with Matt Paxton captures the drama of downsizing, as popular TV personality Paxton, star of the long running series Hoarders, and his team of expert movers pack away a houseful of revelations. A MY-Entertainment production in association with Shipyard Entertainment for Virginia Public Media (VPM) and PBS member station WCVE. Format rights are available for Legacy List and Hidden Assets.

Season 2 of Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo (5 x 60’) follows CNN's Chris Cuomo as he continues to take viewers inside the most dangerous minds in America. This investigative series explores the psyche of criminal offenders and the impact of nature versus nurture on their violent behaviour. An HLN Original Series, Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo Season 2 brings the episode total to 10 x 60’ now available.

Documentary series, The Movies (12 x 60’ or 6 x 120’), a CNN Original Series produced by The Playtone Company and Herzog & Company, adds a touch of glamour to Kew Media Distribution’s factual slate for MIPCOM.  From Emmy® Award-winning executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO and Emmy® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog, The Movies explores American cinema through the decades and the cultural, societal and political shifts that framed its evolution. Combining archival footage and interviews with leading actors, directors, producers, critics and historians, this series showcases the most pivotal moments in film that have stirred the imagination and influenced our culture.

In Body Hack 3.0 (8 x 60’, moderated version also available), Todd Sampson, adventurer and human guinea pig, takes on some of the biggest challenges of his life as he embarks on an epic exploration investigating some of the world’s most extraordinary people. An Essential Media Group production (part of the Kew Media Group) for Network 10 Australia.

Also new at MIPCOM are three stand-out non-fiction series produced by Our House Media, part of the Kew Media Group. Dramatic original and revealing, Murder in Amish Country  (6 x 60’) features some of the most extraordinary and challenging murder cases to ever face the police: all the killings take place in the closed and secretive world of America’s Amish community, which is notoriously distrustful of the outside world, very often preferring to deal with matters of justice internally. My Paranormal Nightmare (10 x 60’) tells the extraordinary stories of people who experienced terrifying hauntings in their childhood years – hauntings that have plagued their nightmares ever since. Now adults, they take us back to the trauma of the most vulnerable time in their life, with compelling and emotional first-person testimony. Chilling and immersive recreations bring their stories to life and will leave you on the edge of your seat. Mutant Weather (10 x 60’) takes viewers onto the front line of the shocking new weather patterns that are mutating and creating phenomena that, thanks to climate change, are devastating the world around us faster than we can keep up. The series tells the stories of these accelerating weather transformations, from the recent past to their cataclysmic impact today and the frightening reality of how they might evolve next.

Every engineering marvel, be it a structure, building or technological system needs constant monitoring and maintenance to avert disaster. If corners are cut or things get overlooked, the consequences would be tragic. It’s tough, important work and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Welcome to the world of High Maintenance (8 x 60’) produced by Frantic Films, part of the Kew Media Group.

A second season of the highly successful Haunted Hospitals tells the chilling stories of paranormal activity inside hospitals, nursing homes, morgues and medical institutions. Past patients come back from the grave to seek revenge. Medical professionals insist on tending to their ward – even in death. Spirits stalk corridors to warn against pending danger. The fear-soaked stories are told first-hand by doctors, nurses and patients. Produced by Bristow Global Media Inc. (part of the Kew Media Group), Haunted Hospitals Season 2 brings the episode total to 26 x 60’ now available.

Also showcasing at MIPCOM are:

Electric Elephant Films’ Juice: How Electricity Explains the World (1 x 80’) tells the human story of electricity and explains why power equals power. To illuminate its importance, the Juice team travelled 60,000 miles to gather 50 interviews with people from seven countries on five continents. Juice shows how electricity explains everything from women’s rights and climate change to Bitcoin mining and indoor marijuana production. The punchline of the film is simple: darkness kills human potential. Electricity nourishes it. Juice explains who has electricity, who’s getting it, and how developing countries all over the world are working to bring their people out of the dark and into the light.

To a stranger, he’s an eccentric Singaporean obsessed with toilets, but to those who know him, he’s ‘Mr. Toilet’. Mr. Toilet: The World’s #2 Man (1 x 88’), a Latrine Dreams Production, is a documentary feature that tracks Jack Sim, who uses humour to campaign for something no one dares talk about: shit. It’s a crisis impacting over two billion people. Having established UN World Toilet Day, Sim plunges into his biggest challenge yet when asked to help make India a defecation-free zone. But with few resources and no real governmental support, Mr. Toilet discovers there is a price to pay for being the world’s #2 hero.

One hour documentary special Churchill and the Movie Mogul reveals how Britain’s greatest wartime leader and one of its most celebrated film producers, Alexander Korda, changed the course of history. In 1934, Korda signed Churchill up as a screenwriter and historical advisor, and a unique collaboration began. Churchill provided script notes for Korda’s productions and also penned an epic screenplay. When war broke out, their collaboration became of immeasurable importance. Korda was sent on a spy mission to Hollywood with the aim of bringing America into the war, with spectacular results. A January Pictures Production.

In The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (1 x 91’), what begins as a documentary about ‘The Amazing Johnathan’, a uniquely deranged magician who built a career out of shock and deception in the 1980s, becomes a bizarre story about the unravelling of his documentarian. Built into the heart of this quick-witted and self-reflective story is an indelible commentary on the process and ethics of making a documentary today. A Cold Iron Pictures / Anonymous Content / Horse Horse Horse Production.

For further information contact:

Wendy Halls (on behalf of Kew Media)

The Lippin Company

Email: whalls@lippingroup.com        

Tel: +44 (0) 7933 542515

About Kew Media Distribution

Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, produces and acquires more than 1,000 hours of new multi-genre content every year and distributes a diverse catalogue of film, television and digital assets to broadcasters and viewing platforms across the world. Kew Media Distribution manages international rights to a library of over 11,000 hours of TV and digital content, including major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.kewmedia.com.