Op-ed: Uncovering the story in Leaving Neverland

Dan Reed, director of Channel 4/HBO documentary, gives an inside scoop on controversial Michael Jackson doc Leaving Neverland Leaving Neverland took nearly three years to make, from the moment I first read the names “Wade Robson” and “James Safechuck” – the two men at the heart of the documentary – to the four-hour epic that is now […]

Set Visit: Banijay’s Catch

Banijay Rights’ latest format serves up a game of ‘tag’ unlike you’ve ever seen before. Manori Ravindran overcame a few hurdles on the Cologne set to catch up with Brainpool TV’s new physical format Banijay’s biggest bet at MIPTV turns the simple game of ‘tag’ on its head with a high-intensity format that is as […]

MIPDoc 2019: TBI’s Factual Hot Picks

From Tata – Escobar’s Widow to 100 Vaginas, TBI Magazine runs through the pick of factual shows heading to the Croisette. The Weekly Red Arrow International/FX. Hulu (US)       The House of Extraordinary People TCB Media Rights/Channel 5 (UK)       Beyond Innovation A Tall Order/Bloomberg Television       Tata – […]

MIPDoc Hot Pick: Tata – Escobar’s Widow

Distributor: Drive Producer: Telegramme Media Broadcaster: Club Illico (French-Canada), Discovery (LatAm, Iberia, Italy, Spanish-speaking US) Logline: Pablo Escobar’s wife breaks her silence about life with the world’s most famous drug trafficker The world of Pablo Escobar is well-known to global audiences via Netflix’s hit drama Narcos, but those closest to him, such as his wife […]

MIPFormats 2019: TBI’s Format Hot Picks

TBI Magazine has picked the most buzz-worthy unscripted formats heading to Cannes. From Race Across The World to Mums Make Porn, these are the market’s hottest non-scripted offerings. The Secret Song Vivendi Entertainment/TF1 (France)       No Sleep No FOMO The Story Lab/Viu (Asia)       Mums Make Porn Passion Distribution/Channel 4 (UK) […]

How ‘Masked Singer’ is reviving costume-led formats

The runaway success of The Masked Singer is putting costume-led formats back in the spotlight and sparking interest in other quirky, visual shows. Manori Ravindran investigates the logistics of pulling off a masked feat A year ago, if anyone had suggested that a bunch of singing, dancing celebrities would inform the industry’s most innovative entertainment […]

MIPDoc Hot Pick: If We Built It Today

Distributor: Sky Vision Producer: Arcadia Content Broadcaster: Knowledge Network (Canada) Logline: Factual series exploring the engineering, design, politics and danger of the world’s greatest architectural achievements and what they would look like today If Noah’s Ark was built today, what would it look like? How would we go about it, and how much would it […]

MIPDoc Hot Pick: The Green Book – Guide to Freedom

Distributor: Off The Fence Producer: Impossible Factual Broadcaster: Smithsonian Channel Logline: A deep dive into the real-life inspiration behind Oscar-winning feature film Green Book In the 1930s, a black postal worker from Harlem in New York City named Victor Green published The Negro Motorist Green Book – a manual that would become part-travel guide and […]

MIPDoc Hot Pick: Beyond Innovation

Distributor: A Tall Order Producer: Globalive Media Broadcaster: Bloomberg Television Logline: Uncovering the world’s new and emerging technologies that change the way we live and do business Hosted by venture capitalist Anthony Lacavera and tech journalist Michael Bancroft, this 26 x 30-minute series looks to demystify the emerging tech, cutting-edge research and groundbreaking businesses that […]

MIPDoc Hot Pick: The Weekly

Distributor: Red Arrow International Producer: The New York Times, Left/Right Broadcaster: FX, Hulu (US) Logline: The first narrative news TV series from The Gray Lady The New York Times is looking to build on the success of its popular podcast The Daily with a 30-part doc series that goes beyond the headlines and into those […]