BBC Storyville commissioner Philippa Kowarsky quits after less than year in role

Philippa Kowarsky has stepped down from her role as commissioning editor of UK pubcaster the BBC’s original documentary brand Storyville, after just short of a year. Kowarsky took on the position in August last year, but has now exited to pursue other ventures outside of the BBC. The role tasked her with identifying and co-producing […]

Disney’s Onyx Collective orders unscripted trio & inks Yara Shahidi deal

Disney’s Onyx Collective brand has greenlit three new unscripted series and inked an overall deal with actor and producer Yara Shahidi. The Tara Duncan-led brand, which launched on streaming service Hulu last year, curates a content slate for creators of colour and underrepresented voices. Disney-owned ABC Signature extended its deal with Shahidi and her 7th […]

Station 6 hires Lion alum for unscripted development

Station 6 Productions, the New York-based prodco recently launched by former Lion TV USA CEO Tony Tackaberry, has appointed fellow Lion alum Sara Winter as VP of development.  Winter marks the first major hire for Station 6, which focuses on unscripted series, documentaries and formats. In her new role, Winter will create new and original […]

Zinc Media raises $5m investment & acquires The Edge Picture Company

UK factual group Zinc Media has acquired local production firm The Edge Picture Company for £2.1m ($2.6m), after raising £5m of new investment. The rest of the cash, raised with facilitation from a City fund, will be invested in talent, potential IP, and in future acquisitions and collaborations. Founded in 1990, and operating from its […]

Blink49 Studios hires eOne duo to lead new unscripted division

Endeavor Content-backed Blink49 Studios has launched a new unscripted division, to develop a slate of non-fiction entertainment for the Canadian and global markets, headed up by two Entertainment One (eOne) execs. The new arm will be led by Toby Dormer, as EVP of unscripted TV, while Allison Brough has been named VP of unscripted TV, […]

‘Lady Boss’ producer Passion Docs appoints head of development

UK-based prodco Passion has appointed Cathal McElhinney as head of development for its Docs team. In his new role, McElhinney will be responsible for building a slate of single docs and series for the producer, which is behind recent titles including The Real Charlie Chaplin and The Rescue. Launched in 1987 and led by founder […]

WBD UK boosts lifestyle content on channels & Discovery+

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) UK has commissioned 149 hours of new and returning lifestyle programming for both local channels and its Discovery+ streamer. Ten shows have been ordered in total, with four brand new commissions and six returning series. Among its new shows is The Big Body Clinic, an 8 x 60-minute series from Full […]

News round-up: Johnny vs. Amber doc goes global; FilmRise takes ‘Cheaters’ rights

Johnny vs. Amber doc goes global A slew of global broadcasters has acquired the documentary special TMZ Presents Johnny vs. Amber: From Love To Hate, following deals with distributor Propagate International. The 1 x 60-minute doc has been licensed to Network Nine in Australia, M6 in France, Viaplay for Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, […]

Loud Productions & Big Media partner for ‘Migrants United’ football docuseries

UK-based Loud Productions and Big Media in the US have partnered to produce Migrants United, a limited docuseries about all-migrant football team Changing Lives FC. The three-part series follows the coaches and players of the Essex-based team who have all left everything and risked their lives, in the most harrowing and inhumane circumstances, to make […]

Former Channel 4 factual boss launches UK indie Mothership Productions

Kelly Webb-Lamb, the former deputy director of programmes and head of popular factual at UK broadcaster Channel 4, has launched Mothership Productions, a new indie focused on global formats and unscripted content. Over the course of her career, Webb-Lamb has been involved in creating, selling, producing and commissioning unscripted titles for UK screens, including The Apprentice, Hunted, […]