Barcroft Media has made content deals with UK distributors DRG and TVF. Both distributors specialize in documentary style content, which Barcroft says it will now have another 25 hours worth to stream on its YouTube channel, Barcroft TV, and other digital platforms.
From DRG, Barcroft is getting 20, hour-long documentaries which will appear on Barcroft TV this month. Titles include “The Boy Who Sees Without Eyes,” “Bigamist Bride: My Five Husbands,” and “Half Ton Man.” (We’re not making this up.) Additionally, the Bear Grylls Adventure YouTube channel, which is curated by Barcroft, will now host the series “Through Hell and High Water,” which consists of thirty-minute episodes following Olympians James Cracknell and Ben Fogle through the Atlantic Rowing Race.
TVF is also licensing hour-long documentaries to Barcroft, such as “Diana — The Night She Died,” “Prince William and Kate: A Royal Love Story,” and “Kate Moss: Queen of the Catwalk.” “Millionaire Motors,” which spans 14, four-minute episodes, will show up on the Barcroft Cars channel.
Per the deal, all companies will share ad revenue. The content will come out first on Barcroft’s digital platforms, then it will appear on platforms that already feature Barcroft TV content such as Rigthster, AOL, Yahoo Screen, and Youku in China.
Barcroft is still looking for content at MIPTV this week, where it hopes to add to its “Barcroft Wild” section, which will debut in the summer of 2015.