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Netflix brings in slate of short docs for 2018

Netflix is set to bring in four documentary shorts for the New Year, two of which were announced as part of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival shorts program. New shorts include Ram Dass, Going Home and Ladies First. Ram Dass follows the life of the well-known spiritual leader and author as he approaches the end […]

SBS & Viasat World speed to factual deals with Drive

Drive, the production-funding and distribution agency led by Lilla Hurst (pictured), has gained a range of worldwide sales for its factual slate including SBS TV and Viasat World. A host of major channels have shopped 8 Days that Made Rome. Smithsonian Channel has acquired the series for North America, SBS for Australia and Viasat World […]

Nordic World signs first post-merger distribution deal

Oslo’s Nordic World has secured its first distribution agreement since joining forces with Digital Content International (DCI). The combined Nordic World-DCI has secured an international coproduction and distribution deal with Canada’s French-speaking pubcaster Radio-Canada / CBC. Keshet International, Cineflix Rights and France Télévisions are also involved in a wider CBC initiative that the former described […]

Blue Planet II is BBC iPlayer’s top series of 2017

Big-ticket natural history series Blue Planet II is the most requested show on the iPlayer this year. The David Attenborough-fronted series saw its first episode received 4.2 million requests on the streaming service of the UK’s pubcaster. This narrowly topped episode one of Tom Hardy drama Taboo, which took 4.1 million. Relationship drama Doctor Foster’s […]

Pilgrim names WME exec as business affairs head

Pilgrim Media Group has appointed WME exec David Harris to serve as senior vice president of business and legal affairs. Harris, who will report to Pilgrim’s COO, Gretchen Stockdale, will head up the deal making for the prodco across all development, sales, talent, distribution and other corporate business. The new business exec joins from William […]

Ex-BBC, Warner exec to lead Maverick USA

Former BBC and Warner Bros. John Hesling has been appointed president of All3Media America prodco Maverick TV USA. Hesling was most recently senior VP of programming at Warner Bros. Television’s Shed Media, overseeing creative output. Based out of LA, Hesling will oversee development and production of new shows for the US market, while attempting to […]

Channel 4 goes Inside the EU with doc series

Channel 4 (C4) has commissioned a series from October Films that follows a group of British MEPs in their journey through Brexit. Inside the EU (working title) is a 3×60 minute series that has access to the European Parliament and charts the highs and lows of some of the UK’s most misunderstood public servants. The […]

Discovery ups stake in Oprah Winfrey Network

Discovery Communications has paid US$70 million to gain a majority stake in the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which it jointly owns with the celebrity. Discovery has upped its stake from near 45% to 70% in the deal. This will allow the network to consolidate its financial reports with OWN. Oprah Winfrey will remain chief executive […]

Wolter’s Endemol Shine exit triggers North Europe rejig

Top Endemol Shine Group exec Marcus Wolter is to leave the company, sparking a restructure in Germany and Northern Europe. Wolter is CEO of Endemol Shine Germany (ESG) and chairman of Endemol Shine Northern Europe (ESNE), but will leave at the end of January 2018. ESG CFO Ute März, head of strategic development Gabi Abegg […]

Fox launches Nat Geo on-demand service in Europe & Africa

Fox Networks Europe & Africa is following up the launch of on-demand service Fox+ with a new non-demand factual service, National Geographic+. The new service will provide access to National Geographic’s catalogue of content, organised thematically, with portals to serve interest areas including Space, Egypt, World Cultures, Deep-sea Exploration and Human Body. Fox said that […]

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