KEO Films scores Hat Trick International distribution extension

Editor | 01-10-2012

After what are claimed to be “significant” sales, Hat Trick International (HTI) has extended to a long term basis its distribution deal with KEO Films.

The deal which was originally struck in March this year to include around 50 hours of programming and will now total more than 100 hours of new and back catalogue for KEO’s factual content.

Already during the period of the contract, HTI has closed deals for a number of KEO titles to both free to air and pay-TV broadcasters, some of whom are first time buyers of KEO content.

“Following HTI’s excellent delivery we are pleased to extend our representation deal. We are now well on the way to consolidating our entire catalogue under one distribution house which can exploit our content to its full potential,” said Debbie Manners, KEO’s Managing Director.

Sarah Tong, Director of Sales at Hat Trick International added: “After an outstanding six months, we’re delighted to be taking on more of KEO’s sought after factual content. We’ve demonstrated the quality of the portfolio by closing these extensive sales and can’t wait to start working on the new titles, including the latest in the River Cottage franchise.”

Contracts already include titles such as Living with the Amish, which has sold to more than 100 territories including SBS Australia, TVNZ New Zealand, TV Norge Norway and SVT Sweden. Hugh’s Three Hungry Boys and Jerusalem on a Plate have each sold to more than 40 countries. Additionally, HTI has presold a number of KEO shows due to launch at MIPCOM, including Exploring China, Welcome to India, Welcome to Bradford and Yotam Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast to SBS Australia.