BritBox NA takes streaming debut for Michael Apted’s ’63 Up’

BBC Studios and ITV-owned streamer BritBox North America has secured the exclusive premiere of 63 Up, the latest instalment in the late director Michael Apted’s Up series, following its theatrical release last year. Apted, who passed away last month, helped to launch the documentary anthology series in 1964 with the original 7 Up, which was […]

HBO & Sky acquire Tina Turner doc, to follow theatrical release

HBO and HBO Max in the US and Sky Documentaries in the UK have acquired a new feature documentary about the life and career of US-born Swiss music icon Tina Turner, to air in March following its theatrical release. Produced by UK-and-US-based Lightbox Production, Tina is directed by Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin and produced […]

Asacha buys majority stake in UK’s Wag Entertainment

European production outfit Asacha Media Group (AMG) has acquired a majority stake in UK factual production and distribution company Wag Entertainment, whose founder and CEO Martin Durkin will step down at the end of the year. Following a transition period, Wag’s current COO Steven Green will be promoted to become managing director of the company. […]

National Geographic unveils spring factual premiere slate

National Geographic has unveiled a raft of factual premieres across its spring schedule, including science, adventure, historical and exploration content. Among the highlights are Red Summer (working title), which is being produced by Trilogy Films and Trailblazer Studios in association with National Geographic Studios and is expected to premiere on National Geographic in June this […]

News round-up: All3Media shops ‘Extraordinary Escapes’; UKTV tunes in to ‘Whose Line…’; Federation Ent’ expands doc slate

All3Media shops ‘Extraordinary Escapes’ All3Media International has acquired distribution rights to factual series Extraordinary Escapes With Sandi Toksvig. Produced by Tuesday’s Child Television for Channel 4, the four-part series is set to premiere in the UK tomorrow (10 February) and follows comedian, writer and broadcaster Toksvig as she joins familiar faces from the worlds of […]

HBO Max preps surfing docuseries from ‘Love Fraud’ prodco

US cablenet and streaming sibling HBO Max are preparing to launch a docuseries from the prodco behind Showtime’s Love Fraud that tracks surfers attempting to conquer huge waves in Portugal. The six-part 100 Foot Wave is being directed by filmmaker Chris Smith, who exec produces with Joe Lewis. US trio Topic Studios, Library Films and Amplify Pictures are […]

Sales round-up: MagellanTV, TVF & Furnace co-pro science show; Viaplay picks up first-ever Faroese drama; ZDFE shops Nazi slave doc

MagellanTV, TVF & Furnace co-pro science show Global SVOD service MagellanTV has ordered a new two-part factual series presented by physicist Jim Al-Khalili, called Jim Al-Khalili’s Guide to How We Got Here, to debut later this year. MagellanTV has partnered with factual distributor TVF International and UK production company Furnace to co-produce the series in […]

HBO orders Woody Allen child abuse scandal doc; feature-length GameStop drama

WarnerMedia-owned HBO has ordered a new four-part documentary series exploring the decade-spanning child sexual abuse accusations levelled at Hollywood director Woody Allen. Allen v. Farrow is being created by Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy, the team behind HBO Max documentary On The Record. It will explore the scandals surrounding Allen’s relationship with film star […]