Monthly Archives: October 2014
WorldScreen.com, Published: October 12, 2014
CANNES: One of the world’s most widely circulated men’s lifestyle television series, Bikini Destinations, is back in production thanks to a new joint venture between the show’s creator, Bennett Productions, and the distributor of the original series, BoPaul Media Worldwide.
“We are proud to say that we have relicensed the Bennett Productions library, including the new season five of the universally popular Bikini Destinations series, the new series Cash Bar, and other men’s lifestyles standards such as The MEN7 Show, The Wild Side and Ski Tour,” says Paul Rich, the CEO of BoPaul Media Worldwide.
He adds, “We are seeking to acquire more classic films, as well as men’s lifestyle programs, at this MIPCOM. We will be meeting with a number of copyright owners and producers who we have targeted for this.”
The deals were for the company’s vintage catalog films. France’s Artus Films/Lilliom Audiovisuel has nabbed the video and VOD rights to the Paul Naschy-directed horror film Hunchback of the Morgue. Meanwhile, Turner Movie Classics acquired the U.S. pay-TV and VOD rights to Zulu Dawn, the 1979 saga shot in Africa and starring Burt Lancaster.
Finally, Morefilms in Germany went with the Academy Award-winning The Stuntman, starring the late Peter O’Toole, along with Zorro the Gay Blade with George Hamilton.
By Joel Marino, Worldscreen.com
Published: October 6, 2014
LOS ANGELES: Mexico’s Azteca has picked up 30 episodes of the show Bikini Destinations, including two episodes of the new season, from distributor BoPaul Media Worldwide.
Another 11 episodes of season five are currently in preproduction for shooting by Bennett Productions at locations in Australia, Fiji and Central America. Casey Bennett, who created the series in 2001, continues as its chief cinematographer and producer.
Azteca was one of the first licensees of the show when it launched in 2005. The series, one of BoPaul’s MIPCOM highlights, has been filmed in 40-plus countries and sold into 85 markets.