MIPTV round-up: ZEE & TBS to co-pro culinary travelogue; Pakistan’s TVOne acquires Turkey’s ‘Hercai’; FilmRise & FirstLookTV partner for true crime docuseries

ZEE & TBS to co-pro culinary travelogue India-based Zee and Japan’s Tokyo Broadcasting System have struck a co-production partnership and announced culinary travelogue The Spiceman Trails: Asia as their first venture together. The series will delve into the spice roots and routes of some of the most exotic countries of Asia, taking the audience across […]

Why showing is better than telling in conservation content

Paul Wooding, managing director of Woodcut West, the Bristol branch of UK indie Woodcut Media, reveals why increased screen time for endangered animals, rather than an overt conservation message, is the best way to engage the audience. The improved appetite for natural history from broadcasters and streamers is not only good for business here in Bristol, […]

CBS Studios inks producing deal with ‘me too’ movement founder Tarana J. Burke

CBS Studios in the US has inked an overall deal with racial justice, anti-violence and gender equity advocate and ‘me too’ movement founder Tarana J. Burke and her producing partner, storyteller and communications strategist Mervyn Marcano. Under the agreement, the duo will partner with CBS Studios to develop scripted, unscripted and documentary content for linear […]

Zinc Communicate hires Damon Westbury as MD to drive branded content

UK-based factual production outfit Zinc Media Group has appointed Damon Westbury as MD of its agency division Zinc Communicate, which is being repositioned to secure more branded content commissions. Westbury previously led The European Broadcaster Exchange and before that held senior commercial roles at companies including Carlton, Fox Kids and Clear Channel. His remit includes […]

BBC Studios restructures in Asia & creates new SVP of content role

BBC Studios (BBCS) has restructured its operations in India, South East Asia, Japan and Korea, appointing one of its existing execs to oversee the new division and creating a new SVP of content role in the region. Phil Hardman becomes SVP & GM for Asia at BBCS, with a remit across the global distribution teams […]

Cineflix Rights to distribute Nutopia health doc ‘Extra Life’

UK-based Cineflix Rights has acquired distribution rights to Nutopia-produced documentary Extra Life: A Short History Of Living Longer. The 4 x 60-minute series was originally produced for PBS in the US and explores the advances in science and medicine that have doubled the human lifespan in less than a century, as well as the unsung […]

ABC acquires BBC Studios wildlife comedy format

US network ABC has picked up a new one-hour unscripted natural world comedy series, based on the BBC Studios format Walk On The Wild Side. The series, with the working title of When Nature Calls, is produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm, with Ryan O’Dowd and K.P. Anderson attached to executive produce. The […]

Netflix makes Invictus Games docuseries first order from Prince Harry & Meghan Markle prodco

Netflix has commissioned a new docuseries about the Invictus Games from Archewell Productions, the company set up by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Created in partnership with The Invictus Games Foundation, the project, titled Heart Of Invictus, is being directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and produced by Joanna Natasegara, […]

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