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CuriosityStream bags Balanga docs

Crime Scene Solvers has aired on RMC Story and ZDF Info

US-based factual streamer CuriosityStream has acquired SVoD and pay TV rights to several true crime, history and culture titles from French distributor Balanga.

The content includes Crime Scene Solvers (30×52’), a forensic series that originally aired on RMC Story in France and ZDF Info in Germany, plus two seasons of The Case (12×52’), a police-focused factual series that originally aired on Planète+.

CuriosityStream has also acquired two history series: one season of Face to Face (6×52’), about rivalries between famous people; and three seasons of Butterfly Effect (39×26’) for its linear channels in several international markets. The OTT service had previously licensed the series for its SVoD platform.

Lastly, CuriosityStream has added Balanga’s one-hour special Bolero: A Global Hit, about Maurice Ravel’s orchestral piece that is played somewhere in the world every 15 minutes. The film, originally produced for Arte, explores how this famous tune inspired and influenced pop culture around the globe.

Pierre Betsch, VP of development at Balanga, said: “Over the last five years, CuriosityStream has built a very attractive and respected factual brand and has become one of the leading worldwide SVoD platforms, offering meaningful and high-end unscripted content. We are extremely proud to bring the best of French factual programming to CuriosityStream’s global audience.”

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