UKTV, the multi-award winning media company that reaches over 42 million viewers a month, today announced the acquisition of Weather That Changed The World from Passion Distribution.
The 9x30' series made by Pioneer Productions has been acquired for Yesterday and uses extreme weather footage, reconstructions and testimony from experts to reveal how the history of the world has been defined by the elements and how weather continues to impact our lives today.
Severe drought, torrential rain, extreme cold and unpredictable winds are among nature's most powerful forces. Weather That Changed The World delves into the past and investigates the impact of these extreme weather conditions on monumental events such as the Hindenburg crash, the sinking of the Titanic and the Challenger disaster.
Adrian Wills, General Manager for Yesterday, commented
?Weather that Changed the World unravels the mystery behind some of history?s most infamous events by showing how they were shaped by the elements. It answers questions like why there was an iceberg in the Titanic?s path, and how the extreme cold contributed to the Challenger space shuttle disaster. Taking in the impact of weather on warfare, the series also shows how the destiny of millions has been determined by quirks of nature.?
UKTV's Acquisitions Executive Emma Sparks, who negotiated the deal, added
?Weather That Changed The World provides gripping viewing, revealing the true force of nature and how underestimating the weather can have unexpected and even devastating consequences.?
Emma Simpkins, Director of Sales at Passion Distribution who closed the deal, concludes
?We are delighted that this fascinating series has been picked up by Yesterday as it always felt like a true fit, given that the show offers a new angle on familiar historical events which Yesterday as a channel always strives to do.?
The series will air on Yesterday in October and is the perfect companion piece to Perfect Storms: Disasters That Changed the World which is scheduled to air in August and was acquired for Yesterday from Entertainment One earlier this year.
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Showcasing new series such as Raiders of the Lost Past, Mafia?s Greatest Hits, Medieval Dead and Instruments of Death ? Freeview channel Yesterday seeks to redefine what history is. Other popular series include Find My Past, Great British Ghosts and Museum Secrets and Yesterday also celebrated the swinging sixties with its Spirit of the Sixties Season. The season featured a diverse range of programmes including original commissions From Blackpool to Benidorm, I Was A Jet Set Stewardess and Cilla?s Unswung Sixties which became Yesterday?s highest rated commission to date.
The multi-award winning media company that reaches over 42 million viewers per month.
UKTV's ten imaginative channel brands - Watch, Dave, Gold, Alibi, Eden, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home and Good Food - include the number one channel in the Factual genre, the number one channels in the Lifestyle genre (Pay and Free) and the most famous channel and programmes in the Entertainment genre.
UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC and Channel 4 content, and embracing technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT Vision, YouView and TalkTalk on YouView, plus direct On Demand digital services. The network distributes its highly valued programmes to 200 territories around the world and supplies Sky with more hours of HD content than anyone else.
Now celebrating its 21st year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) - is proud to be the only British broadcaster to be recognised by Best Companies.
About Passion Distribution
Passion Distribution was officially launched by its founder and CEO, Sally Miles, in 2008. In November 2012, Passion Distribution became part of the Tinopolis Group merging with Mentorn International and increasing the catalogue to over 8,000 hours.
London based Passion Distribution now specialises in popular quality programming and formats in genres including Factual Entertainment, Reality, Documentaries, Lifestyle, Drama, Comedy and Game-shows. Passion Distribution has exclusive distribution agreements with many US broadcasters and production companies including Scripps Networks International, Sundance Channel, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Weather Channel and World of Wonder and will also benefit from the relationship with all Tinopolis Group companies including Firecracker Films, Mentorn Media, A Smith & Co. Productions, Daybreak Pictures and Pioneer Productions.
The company is active in pre-selling, finding co-pro partners and deficit funding third party content.