Legendary Television Distribution has hired John McMahon as EVP and Managing Director, EMEA. Based in London, he will manage the distribution of all Legendary TV programs and acquired third-party productions to television and digital clients throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. McMahon also will be charged with building and managing the group’s European distribution team and helping to formulate Legendary’s overall television distribution strategy and infrastructure. He spent more than 20 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment and most recently was a media consultant in Europe. McMahon also is the chairman and co-founder of Digital Media Distribution Limited, a UK-based digital media advisory business.
Australian sex-fetish comedy The Little Death has sold to multiple territories in the wake of its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. LevelK has sold director John Lawson’s pic to France and Spain (Wild Bunch); the UK (Kaleidoscope); Germany, Switzerland and Austria (WeltKino); Greece (Seven Films); and Taiwan (Joint Entertainment). The film goes inside the homes of seemingly straight-laced Aussie suburbanites to reveal a gallery of kinks, fetishes, oddball turn-ons and pent-up repression let precariously loose. Lawson stars along with Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany, Patrick Brammall, Kate Box, Erin James and TJ Power. Jamie Hilton, Michael Petroni and Matt Reeder produced for See Pictures, with Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Josh Pomeranz, Viv Scanu and Stephen Boyle exec producing.
FremantleMedia said today that it will be selling a range of formats at Mipcom next month. Master Athletes is reality competition where 24 ultra-fit contestants prepare themselves for a grueling 10-week challenge. It aired this summer in Sweden. In Heaven Or Hell, which launched this summer in Germany, players must answer a series of multiple-choice questions. If they’re unsure of an answer but wish to continue playing, they must descend into “hell,” a fiery pit where they must complete a Jackass-style challenge. Celebrity Name Game, originally developed by Courteney Cox and David Arquette, combines pop culture with comedy as celebrities team up with contestants to identify famous names using only improvised clues. My Mom Cooks Better Than Yours, which airs in Spain, involves two teams of a mother and her culinary challenged son or daughter competing for a cash prize. And Virtually Famous, originally from the UK, features three teams battling it out for points over famous viral-video moments. Mipcom runs October 13-16 in Cannes.
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