Asia snaps up Ch. 4 programming

BAFTA-winner 'Peep Show' goes to Fox in SE Asia

NEW YORK -- Leading European independent television distributor Channel 4 International has sold more than 120 hours of cross-genre programming to broadcasters in Asia.

Sales executive Nicola Richards sold Seasons 1-5 of Objective Prods.' sitcom "Peep Show" to Fox International's Southeast Asian channel FX, and sold Blast! Films' "The Fake Trade," about global counterfeiting, to AETN All Asia Networks as part of a true-life package.

London-based C4i is part of the Digital Rights Group, which is backed by Ingenious Media Active Capital, Europe's largest listed media fund.

EBS in South Korea and Public TV Service Foundation in Taiwan bought "Undercover in Tibet," the True Visions-produced documentary about an exiled Tibetan's return home to chronicle life under Beijing's rule. PTS also bought True Vision's "China's Stolen Children," about China's one-child policy and its link to child trafficking.

More than 60 hours of True Visions programming sold to its branded channels in Thailand, including archaeology show "Time Team" from Videotext Ltd., "How Young Can I Get" from Renegade Pictures, "Newlywed, Nearly Dead?" from Proper Television and "Medicine Men Go Wild" from Keo Films.

The Asian Food Channel bought two Keo Films programs that feature Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: "Hugh's Chicken Run" and "River Cottage Treatment."

Astro in Malaysia bought two documentaries from Pioneer Prods. -- "The Living Body" and "Animals in the Womb" -- as well as "Brat Camp" from Twenty Twenty Television.