DCD Rights’ factual series continue to appeal to audiences around the world
Leading UK-based distributor DCD Rights has made a further raft of sales of non-scripted programming to international platforms and broadcasters it was announced today by Nicky Davies Williams, CEO.
A World Without NASA, produced by Go Button Media for Curiosity Stream, which reveals how NASA has impacted our lives in so many different ways, has been acquired by Prima Group – Czech Republic, Da Vinci Channel – Russia, Poland, Turkey, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa, Baltic States, Emirates Cable TV E-Vision – Middle East, Virgin Media – UK, and RAI – Italian Speaking Europe. Six-part series Phantom Signals, produced by Go Button Media for Science Channel, which looks at the phenomenon of mystery signals across the universe, has been picked up by Discovery – Spain & Andorra and for the A+E Networks® UK channel Sky HISTORY in the UK, Gibraltar and Malta.
Produced by Wonder Television for The Open University and BBC Four, How To Make… sees material Scientist Zoe Laughlin on a joyous journey of wonder and revelation as she challenges herself to make her version of some the most iconic and best-loved everyday items that we all use. This highly-watchable, factual documentary series has been acquired by a host of international broadcasters including, UR: Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company, Geo Television – German Speaking Europe, RTV – Slovenia, American Public Television (APT) – USA, The Open University of Hong Kong and Knowledge Network – Canada.
Highly successful, 20 x one hour episode factual series Disasters Engineered, where engineers push the boundaries of innovation leading humanity towards our greatest achievements, continues to be in demand across the globe. Brand new additional sales of this innovative and informative series include YLE – Finland, Spektrum – Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, True Visions – Thailand, TVNZ – New Zealand, Discovery – Benelux and RMC Story – French Speaking Europe & Africa. Disasters Engineered is produced by SWR Media, Intermission Film & DCD Rights in association with Dash Pictures for Science Channel & Discovery UK.
Nicky Davies Williams comments, “We are definitely seeing an upswing in acquisitions of our factual and factual entertainment series from a wide group of international platforms and broadcasters. With more time to view, audiences are seeking engaging, non-scripted content which intrigues and piques their interest across a multitude of subjects, and we are extremely pleased to be able to deliver these intelligent and fresh series to our clients for their schedules right now.”
A World Without NASA (2 x 60’) – When most people hear NASA; they think of rockets and exploration of the universe. In fact, entire facets of our daily lives are fuelled by the results of the space race technology. From AI in dating apps to GPS, food safety to self-driving cars, tracking endangered species to fire safety, NASA has impacted our lives in ways we can't even conceive. In this two-part series we’ll explore technologies we take for granted in our daily lives, tracing its roots back to the quest for the stars, and imagine our world had it never happened.
Phantom Signals (6 x 60’) – Surrounded by an invisible sphere of our data, our understanding of the universe depends on signals sent and received. Yet, once in a while we experience the phenomenon of unknown signals. This series explores several strange signals, investigating all possible angles in the hopes of finding an answer. From an infamous Soviet cosmonaut’s last communication to mysterious cries for help over a radio, these tantalising mysteries come from all corners of the cosmos to alert us to what might really be out there.
How to Make… (3 x 60’) – Working at the interface of science, art and product design, in each episode material scientist Zoe Laughlin focuses on a specific domestic item to build, trainers, toothpaste and brush, and headphones. Zoe first dissects, layer by layer, not just the very fabric of the item to figure out what makes it tick, but explores the historical development and social context that we all identify with. With her unique expertise, Zoe creates and selects the best possible materials to include. She borrows design ideas and materials from the past and present as well as experimenting with some of the latest cutting-edge materials at the forefront of technologies. Each episode sees Zoe take a journey of discovery, and not everything goes to plan.
Disasters Engineered (20 x 60’) – Engineers push the boundaries of innovation leading humanity towards our greatest achievements. Their failures are Icarus-like moments when overreaching, communication breakdowns and fatal miscalculations can cost millions of dollars, lives and setback mankind’s advancement. This series travels across the world revealing modern engineering’s greatest failures through carefully researched archive film, expert analysis, harrowing witness interviews and upscale graphics. We explore the events and facts behind infamous names like Chernobyl, Deepwater Horizon, The Titanic, Fukushima, Exxon Valdez, Grenfell Tower and Three Mile Island, uncovering fatal flaws and new theories as to why these disasters happened. We also discover how tragedy can spur invention and progress. How do iconic events such as the explosion of the Piper Alpha Oil Rig, the cave-in of the San Jose mine in Chile and the destruction of Space Shuttle Columbia force engineers to confront deadly flaws and create a brighter, safer future? Disasters teach us more than successes, every set back offers an opportunity to move forward and innovate, because the greatest tragedy would be to never strive at all.