Factual


ZDF buys into UK indie World Media Rights

ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has made its first investment in the UK production market, taking a 32.5% stake in factual-focused World Media Rights (WMR). Adjacent to the deal is a board restructure at Blacks Ops producer WMR, with David McNab (above right) and ZDFE VP of corporate and portfolio strategy Tanja Meier-Sieden joining existing members. Veteran […]

US non-scripted bodies merge to create NPACT

The Non-Fiction Producers Association (NPA) and PactUS are merging to create a new US-based non-scripted producers body, NPACT. In an “unprecedented show of solidarity” aimed at highlighting the strength of non-scripted prodcos in the US and fighting off a “looming crisis”, the two trades bodies have pooled forces. NPACT will include 99 member prodcos and […]

Boat Rocker consolidates factual units

Canada-based Boat Rocker Media is bringing its factual assets together as a new unit, Crooked Horse Productions. To this point, Boat Rocker has produced unscripted programming under a Temple Street Factual moniker. However, with Temple Street primarily focused on scripted shows such as Orphan Black, Crooked Horse has been established, with VP David Lerech leading […]

DRG secures first-look deal with Brown Bob

The prodco of ex-Leopard Films execs Jacqueline Hewer and Nicki Gottlieb has signed a first-look deal with UK-based distributor DRG. The deal ties factual- and factual entertainment-focused Brown Bob Productions with the MTG-owned sales house for two years. DRG takes distribution rights on Brown Bob shows going forwards. This comes after DRG secured similar rep […]

Drive adds ex-Channel 5, Tigress exec to ranks

Former Channel 5 and Tigress Productions exec Lulu Prutton has joined UK-based production funding and distribution company Drive. She is taking on the role of acquisitions and sales executive after joining from New Earth Films, where she was commercial and creative manager. Like Drive co-founder Lila Hurst, she has previously worked at UK broadcaster Channel […]

Proper closes 250 hours of deals

Canada’s Proper Rights has sold more than 250 hours of programming, including presales to Foxtel and Discovery Networks International. Last Stop Garage, an in-house 12x30mins unscripted series from Proper Television, went to Australian paycaster Foxtel and Discovery in Spain, Italy, France, the UK and Latin America. Other deals since MIPTV have seen A+E Networks buy […]

Love Nature hires ex-Warner Bros., MGM exec

Factual SVOD service Love Nature has hired a director of partnerships, Vince Petersen. Operating out of Love Nature’s London office, Petersen will focus on driving subscription growth in the SVOD space, and take the territory lead for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. He joins from TV technology company Netgem, where he was head of international […]

UKTV to coproduce series with US producer

British multichannel operator UKTV has acquired and will coproduce a twelve-part paranormal-themed series from New York-based producer MY Entertainment. Help! My House is Haunted comes from Zak Bagans, who is creator and host of long-running Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures. UK-based Back2Back Productions is a coproducer. Bagans and David Notman-Watt are executive producer for Back2Back […]

HBO bags Judd Apatow music doc

US premium cable network HBO has acquired US television rights to a feature documentary from producer and director Judd Apatow. May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers has a worldwide premiere on Wednesday (March 15) at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. It features “extraordinary access” filmed over two decades […]

Channel 4 hires Murdoch for new-look ents team

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has unveiled its new look entertainment team, with producer Karen Murdoch drafted in and Tom Beck promoted. Head of entertainment and TV events Ed Harvard as added Murdoch as a third commissioning string. She will be commissioning editor, entertainment alongside Syeda Irtizaali, who also has a commissioning editor role, and Antonia […]