All3Media America bosses exit

All3Media America’s CEO and COO are leaving the LA-based production and distribution business. Chief exec Greg Lipstone (pictured) and his number two, Dan Donahue, are both exiting, effective immediately. Lipstone has been with All3Media’s US since 2015, when he replaced Eli Holzman, while Donahue joined him as COO a year. Before joining All3, Donahue had […]

Netflix orders some magic with Derren Brown specials

Netflix has signed a worldwide distribution deal with Vaudeville Productions for three specials with magician Derren Brown. The series will kick off with Derren Brown: The Push on 27 February. It features Brown’s controversial experiment in which he exposes the psychological secrets of obedience and social compliance. The other two specials are a televised version […]

Canada’s Rogers Media drops Viceland with JV terminated

Rogers Media and Vice Media are terminating their joint venture, meaning linear network Viceland will cease broadcasting in Canada. As a result of the termination, Rogers Media has transferred its interest in Vice Studio Canada to Vice Canada, and Viceland will cease broadcasting on 31 March, 2018. Viceland content will continue to be available to […]

Sundance kicks off with deals for US cable networks

A host of factual deals have been announced during the Sundance Film Festival in 2018, including acquisitions for Starz and original shows for the event’s affiliated network, SundanceTV. The latter has invested further into true crime by greenlit three new docuseries. The Road to Jonestown, is from Appian Way and Stephen David Entertainment. Ministry of […]

UKTV plotting to increase indie original hours by a third

British channels group UKTV is planning to increase the number of hours it commissions from UK indies by a third in 2018. The company, which counts BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive as parents, is making the “significant increase” following strong results from original shows last year. These included thematic net Gold taking its highest […]

Keshet & Woodcut Media renew first-look deal

Following on from the success of a deal struck back in January 2016, global distributor Keshet International (KI) and producer Woodcut Media have renewed their first-look distribution and development deal for another year. The deal gives KI exclusive access to Woodcut’s new unscripted factual crime slate for worldwide distribution. Sebastian Burkhardt, senior vice president of […]

Sony launches UK non-scripted label Human

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has launched Human, a new non-scripted label in the UK that will be led by well-known producer/director Alan Brown. Human will look to create high end international content based around SPT’s existing intellectual property and that of the wider Sony family. It will also develop its own proprietary factual entertainment formats. […]

NATPE: Facebook orders shows from Bear Grylls & Blumhouse TV

Facebook’s growing ambitions for its Watch video service have expanded with the commission of original shows from the likes of Bear Grylls and Blumhouse Television. During a keynote session here in sunny Miami on the first day of NATPE, Facebook’s head of global creative strategy, Ricky van Veen, also unveiled an unscripted show from viral […]

Nat Geo & Fox bring back Seth MacFarlane’s Cosmos

Fox and National Geographic have announced that they will bring back Emmy Award-winning series Cosmos, after a successful series in 2014. Cosmos: Possible Worlds is a new 13-part series and will premiere globally in Spring 2019. The title which hails from executive producer, writer, director and creator Ann Druyan with executive producers Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga and […]

Warner Bros. prodco taps Boundless development head

Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) has hired the development chief at FremantleMedia UK-owned Boundless, Hannah Brownhill, as director of development for its prodco Renegade Pictures. Brownhill (pictured) will take up the newly created role with immediate effect. She joins the senior management team at Renegade, reporting to director of programmes Harry Lansdown, and CEO […]

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