US greenlights: A&E bets on live, ID explores NXIVM, Paramount reins cowboy competition

A&E bets on live with daredevil series A&E is betting on live events in a big way with programmes featuring high-octane stunts. The A+E Networks-backed channel has partnered with Kew Media Group-backed Essential Media Group on stunt series The Impossible Live (w/t), in which daredevils risk their lives to pull off major stunts. The 5 […]

Doc directors cry out for mental health support, boundary-setting

As the TV industry begins to take greater steps towards addressing mental ill-health, directors such as Orphans Of Ebola (pictured) Ben Steele and Drugsland’s Xavier Alford are speaking out about the pressures on those behind the camera, and why more support is needed across challenging projects.  With broadcasters struggling to grow budgets for documentary and timetables getting crunched, […]

Red Arrow strikes factual deals with A+E Networks

Red Arrow Studios International has struck a batch of deals with A+E Networks UK and A+E Networks Germany across its slate of factual titles, covering German speaking markets, the UK and Africa. Red Arrow Studios International has sold a package of shows to A+E Networks Germany, including Countdown to Apollo (8×22-minutes) from Steve Rotfield Productions; […]

Channel 4 unveils access documentary slate

Channel 4 has unveiled a slate of access documentaries that investigate policing, mental health, the City of London and retailing in the UK. Cop Control (w/t), is an 8 x 60-minute series that has access to what is billed as the nerve centre of UK policing, the Command and Control Unit – colloquially known as […]

CNN pulls ‘Anderson Cooper’ show off Facebook for its own platforms

CNN has pulled Anderson Cooper: Full Circle off Facebook after one year, with plans to migrate the show to its own digital platforms. The daily news brief, in which viewers can vote on the stories they want Cooper to cover, was among a slate of news-focused programmes ordered by Facebook last year from outlets including […]

Bigger, better and celebrity-laden: Is the future of docs sustainable?

As documentaries cutting through on SVODs begin to look glossier and more high-profile by the day, Manori Ravindran investigates who gets to build careers in documentary when the standards become unachievable Director Doug Block has made a number of films over the course of an almost 30-year career – virtually none of them featuring high-profile […]

Sales round-up: Fremantle seals Balkans deals; Passion lands ‘Moon’ sales

Fremantle sells ‘Jamie Oliver’ and ‘Got Talent’ into Balkans Fremantle has struck two deals across the Balkans, teaming up with Fox Networks Group Bulgaria and United Media to bring multiple Jamie Oliver series and its Got Talent juggernaut to the region. Under the deal, FNG Bulgaria will air a range of Jamie Oliver content on […]

Sheffield Doc/Fest, Banff announce 2019 award winners

Luke Lorentzen’s film about a family that attempts to make a living operating a private ambulance in Mexico City took the main prize at the 26th annual Sheffield Doc/Fest Awards, which took place at the Netflix Crucible Studio on Tuesday evening (12 June). The jury praised Midnight Family as “a true celebration of the potential […]

Cineflix Rights signs first-look with Finestripe

Cineflix Rights has signed an exclusive first-look development deal with popular factual indie Finestripe Productions. The partnership gives Cineflix the option to acquire international distribution rights to Finestripe’s projects for the next two years. The pact follows previous ventures between the two companies, which saw Cineflix finance and distribute the Glasgow-based indie’s blue chip doc The […]