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Oz, Lat Am sales for inventor doc

MIPDOC: ABC in Australia and Turner Networks in Latin America have both acquired Mercury Media’s documentary about a Japanese inventor who has more than 3,400 patents.

The Invention of Dr NakaMats has now sold to 25 territories, said the UK-based distributor. It is one of the shows that Mercury is launching here in Cannes for MipDoc.

Other sales for the indie include Fox in Latin America taking Michelangelo Revealed, The Daniel Project and The Scottish Key. Meanwhile, Turner has also acquired American Radical, a film about controversial US academic Norman Finklestein.

Link TV in the US has acquired rights to The Billionaires’ Tea Party, an investigative doc about the right-wing political movement in the US. The film has also been sold to SRF in Switzerland.

Public broadcaster France 5 has picked up Apaporis, an anthropology doc that retraces the 1942 Amazon journey of famed botanist Richard Schultes. Elsewhere in France, The Scottish Key has been sold to Planete.

Other shows Mercury is set to launch this weekend include Kissinger, a profile of the 1970s political advisor by Niall Ferguson; and One Thousand Pictures: RFK’s Last Journey, a Lichen Films production for HBO and Channel 4;

Also on the slate are German theatrical The 4th Revolution; and Bhopali, a doc about what Mercury called “the world’s worst industrial disaster.”


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