Broadcast – Outline signs Hat Trick distribution deal

Outline Productions has signed a distribution deal with Hat Trick International to cover sales of new programming outside of the US.

The deal effectively replaces the indie’s previous agreement with Warner Bros International Television Production, which will continue to sell some of its older shows.

Hat Trick International will launch a number of new Outline shows at Mipcom next month including Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food and The Big Wildlife Revival, which will be available as a format.

The former is a six-part peaktime series for BBC2 in which the Michelin starred chef reveals how to cook the best pub food, while the latter is a 6 x 60-minute series for BBC1 in which experts join viewers in a campaign to save threatened wildlife.

Hat Trick International director of sales Sarah Tong described Outline as “a dynamic, and creative company, specialising in high quality, popular factual entertainment television”.

She said: “This new agreement confirms our commitment to work with likeminded, independent companies and to build our programming slate through strategic partnerships whilst still offering a bespoke service.”

Outline managing director Laura Mansfield added: “Outline has significantly increased the number and range of our productions over the last year, taking us into new territories and building on our existing slate. We’re really delighted to partner with Sarah and her team at Hat Trick International, who have a bespoke and proactive approach to giving our growing slate of formats and finished shows their full attention.”

Hat Trick International’s catalogue now extends to almost 600 hours. It also has exclusive distribution agreements with Plum Pictures and Keo Films.