Factual


Tinopolis names new COO

UK-based production and distribution firm Tinopolis Group has created a COO position for its British factual producers, and handed it to a key company executive. Naomi Carter (pictured) has been named in the role, having previously been group director of production at the company, which houses prodcos such as Mentorn Media and A. Smith & […]

The studio on Ramsay’s street – celebrity chef on his next moves

In two decades, Gordon Ramsay has gone from making food programming a staple diet for the mainstream to hard-hitting documentaries. The celebrity chef talks to Kaltrina Bylykbashi about his journey in television and what’s coming next with his new All3Media-backed studio venture With 20-plus years in the television industry under his belt, Gordon Ramsay has […]

Cineflix launches prodco with Salzman Jr.

Canada’s Cineflix Media is backing a new Montreal-based indie led by the son of co-CEO Glen Salzman. Connect3 will focus on coproductions for the North American and international markets. Pablo Salzman will lead the business as president, with Cineflix a joint venture partner. The exec, who’s been with Cineflix since 2009, will focus on working […]

Endemol Shine US unscripted chief exits

Endemol Shine USA head of unscripted Rob Smith is exiting the business. His departure comes after 15 years, having joined predecessor business Endemol USA in 2002. This comes after Endemol Shine North America (ESNA) hired former Spike TV programming chief Sharon Levy as president of unscripted and scripted television in August. “The timing was right […]

ITV’s Harry & Meghan ties knot with nets

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement has been good news for UK-based distributor Orange Smarty. ITV documentary Prince Harry & Meghan: Truly, Madly, Deeply, which Orange Smarty sells internationally, is headed to a number of networks as royal fever ramps up upon news. CBC in Canada, Seven Network in Australia, W9 in France, TVNZ in […]

History to investigate Grenfell Tower tragedy

History in the UK will investigate tragic events that changed Britain such as the Grenfell Tower fire in a new six-part series. James Nesbitt: Disasters That Changed Britain will debut on the A+E Networks pay TV in early 2018, with the eponymous Nesbitt (Cold Feet, Lucky Man) presenting. Each self-contained episode will deal with a […]

Beta buys prodco MR Film

Germany’s Beta Film has acquired a majority stake in Austrian prodco MR Film for an undisclosed amount. The deal, which is subject to cartel authority approval, will see Beta take a 51% stake in the Vienna-based business. MR Film is best known for shows such as ORF and ZDF coproduction Hotel Sacher, Suburbia – Women […]

Optomen & Jane Street sign copro deal

All3Media’s Optomen Productions has signed a coproduction deal with veteran producer Donna MacLetchie and her prodco, Jane Street Entertainment. Under the deal, MacLetchie (pictured) will create, develop and produce unscripted programming with a focus on formats to be coproduced with Optomen in the US as well as internationally. MacLetchie and her team will be based out […]

Blue Ant builds out global division with hires

Canada-based international producer and distributor Blue Ant Media has appointed Aser Group’s Beatrice Lee (pictured) and National Geogarphic’s Carlyn Staudt for its newly launched kids and global division. The hires come as Blue Ant rapidly expands internationally after buying David Haslingden’s Racat Group. Lee has been appointed to the newly created role as CEO for […]

Boundless hires ex-Betty chief to replace Wyatt

FremantleMedia UK’s factual entertainment label Boundless has appointed a range of senior members including Betty’s former chief, Neil Smith (pictured), who will replace Hannah Wyatt. Smith, the former joint managing director at Betty, has been named MD at The Apprentice prodco Boundless, and will report to Liam Humphreys, CEO at FremantleMedia UK Unscripted. He joins […]