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BBC, Al Jazeera take TVF factual in MENA

Al Hurra has picked up North Korea’s Nuclear Bomb

BBC Arabic and Al Jazeera are among the broadcasters in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to have picked up a number of factual titles from UK distributor TVF International.

BBC Arabic has acquired 50 hours of programming, including religion and politics series Power and Piety (5×46’) and history documentary The Asian Century (7×48’), both from Mediacorp-owned Channel NewsAsia.

It has also taken Humble Bee Films- and InField Fly-produced special Jumbo (1×60’), which charts the true story behind Disney’s classic animation Dumbo; Fox Voyage’s Grand Central Stations (4×52’); and supernatural investigation series Secrets of the Paranormal World (3×47’).

Al Jazeera has acquired a package of 14 titles, including BBC Storyville documentary Accidental Anarchist (1×60’); Irish broadcaster TV3- and BBC-coproduced special Hotel for Refugees (1×46’); skiing-themed The Will to Fly (1×52’); and Mediacorp’s current affairs series The New Silk Road (14×48’), which explores the wide-reaching consequences of China’s One Belt, One Road plan.

Additionally, US-based broadcaster Al Hurra has acquired Nat Geo original Kissinger (1×96’), Channel NewsAsia doc North Korea’s Nuclear Bomb (1×48’) and My Enemy My Brother (1×85’). Al Hurra has also taken the rights to the latest seasons of Innovation Nation, CBS’s long-running pop-science franchise.

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