PASSION DISTRIBUTION SECURES SALES OF ROBOT WARS AROUND THE WORLD
London, Wednesday 12th October 2016, Passion Distribution is delighted to announce further sales for the first season of the new, rebooted ROBOT WARS (6 x 60’ & Format) which will now air in over 90 territories. ROBOT WARS, which has just been recommissioned for a second season by the BBC, proved a hit with audiences this summer in its Sunday night primetime slot on BBC Two.
Viasat World have acquired the first season of the new generation ROBOT WARS for CEE and CIS Explore channel. Season 1 premiered on Tuesday 11th October.
BBC Worldwide has also picked up the new season for Africa and Sky New Zealand has acquired the series for its free to air channel Prime.
The sales follow acquisitions by ProSiebenSat.1 TV Germany and also Manoto TV who picked up the free TV rights for the series for Farsi/Persian speakers in Iran.
Following 7 main seasons in the UK, and 2 ‘Extreme’ spin off seasons between 1998-2004, ROBOT WARS burst back onto British TV screens in July 2016 on BBC Two.
ROBOT WARS is a national knockout competition to find the toughest, most advanced fighting robots in the country. In this fast paced series, competing teams of amateur robot designers build robots to fight to the death in a bulletproof arena.
Overseen by the hosts of the show and a panel of judges, the competitor’s robots battle against each other using powerful weapons including pneumatic hammers, blades, flame throwers and pick axes.
Also up against the competitors are the fearsome and charismatic house robots whose purpose is to ambush and destroy. In each timed round the winning robot is the one which disables its adversary, traps it in a pit or feeds it to the house robots. ROBOT WARS is produced by Mentorn Scotland and SJP Media for BBC Two.
Alongside sales of the new series, the original seasons are enjoying resurgence with broadcasters across the world. Sky New Zealand has picked up seasons 5-7 of the original ROBOT WARS series for The Zone channel and Turner Toonami in Thailand have also acquired seasons 5-7 of the original ROBOT WARS series. The African Business Channel has licensed season 6 of the original ROBOT WARS series for its Ignition channel.
Notes to editors: About Passion Distribution London based Passion Distribution specialises in popular quality programming and formats in genres including Factual Entertainment, Reality, Documentaries, Lifestyle, Drama, Comedy and Game-shows. International successes include RuPaul’s Drag Race, Dynamo: Magician Impossible and the Unreported World documentary series. Passion Distribution works with some of the most talented producers in the UK including AMOS Pictures, True North Productions, Popkorn TV, Reef Television and Knickerbockerglory, to name a few. Passion Distribution also represents many North American broadcasters and production companies such as The Weather Channel, GSN, World of Wonder and Paperny Entertainment. Passion Distribution also proudly distributes content from all Tinopolis Group companies including A Smith & Co. Productions, Daybreak Pictures, Firecracker, Mentorn Media, Magical Elves, and Pioneer Productions. The company is active in pre-selling, finding co-pro partners and deficit funding third party content.
About Mentorn Scotland Mentorn Media set up Mentorn Scotland, its Glasgow office, in 2002. Since then it has had a continuous and substantial production and development base in Scotland devising and delivering some award-winning and compelling content, adding up to hundreds of hours of original content. Mentorn Scotland has made a range of major series for BBC Scotland including RTS Award-winning and British Academy Scotland Award nominated, Scotland Decides: The Big, Big Debate and the popular BBC Scotland series Clans and How Scotland Works. Scottish-based productions include key returning BBC One titles: Question Time, Traffic Cops, The Big Questions, along with other Mentorn Scotland productions include recently announced three-part series Cold Case for Channel 4, Cutting Edge documentaries also for Channel 4, single films for ITV including Britain’s Poshest Nannies, daytime series and popular formats: Cowboy Trap for BBC One; Hotel of Mum and Dad for BBC Three, and primetime series Watermen: A Dirty Business for BBC Two. Mentorn Media can be followed on twitter: @MentornMedia
About the Tinopolis Group The Tinopolis Group is dedicated to the creation and global distribution of world-class content. It is one of the largest remaining independent television producers with significant business bases in London, Wales, Glasgow and LA, producing high quality content for all key networks in both the US and the UK and for a fast-growing stable of brands and agencies. Tinopolis produces and distributes over 2,500 hours of award-winning broadcast and online content from major producers, including A. Smith and Co, Firecracker Films, Magical Elves, Mentorn Media, Passion Distribution, Pioneer Productions, Sunset + Vine and Tinopolis Wales/Cymru. www.tinopolis.com