MIPDoc Hot Picks: I Am Richard Pryor

Distributor: Fremantle Producer: Network Entertainment Broadcaster: Paramount Network (US) Logline: Inside the private life of the late American comic genius Fresh from its SXSW premiere last month, Jesse James Miller’s 90-minute film on Richard Pryor delves into the psyche of the late American genius, detailing his background as the child of a sex worker and […]

MIPDoc Hot Picks: 100 Vaginas

Distributor: TVF International Producer: Burning Bright Productions Broadcaster: Channel 4 (UK) Logline: Women tell frank and powerful stories about the most intimate part of their bodies Burning Bright’s critically acclaimed documentary smashes taboos around women’s bodies with frank interviews that yield powerful stories about periods, pubic hair, rape and female genital mutilation, birth, porn and […]

MIPDoc Hot Picks: Almost Fashionable – A Film About Travis

Distributor: Limonero Films Producer: Gezellig Pictures in association with Final Cut Logline: A music critic is invited by one of his least favourite bands to cover their tour in Mexico What most people may not know about Scottish pop band Travis is that they have a thick skin. How else could any group invite one […]

‘Prime Suspect’ detective to front CBS Reality doc series

UK factual channel CBS Reality is rolling out a pair of true crime originals, including the first factual project to be associate produced by distributor Orange Smarty.  The Real Prime Suspect follows Jackie Malton, a former Met Police Officer and the inspiration for the character of DCI Jane Tennison, played by Helen Mirren, in Lynda La Plante’s multi-award […]

BBC, Discovery to build “Marvel library” of factual content with SVOD

Discovery boss David Zaslav has likened the business’s whopping nine-figure deal for BBC content to an attempt to build a “Marvel library” for factual content. “Not only do we have the entire library, but now we have spin-offs and new series coming out of those brands that will be able to delight audiences all over […]

BBC, Discovery confirm UKTV channels break-up, SVOD plans

The BBC and Discovery have confirmed plans for a break-up of UKTV channels, and unveiled what BBC director general Tony Hall has described as the corporation’s “largest ever content sales deal” as part of a new SVOD offering.  Discovery is to take full control of lifestyle channels including Good Food, Home and Really, while BBC […]

DRG drives into commissioning with Rachel Khoo series

Distributor DRG has furthered its commissioning drive, teaming with UKTV to co-commission cookery and lifestyle series Rachel Khoo: My Swedish Kitchen.  The 8 x 30-minute series, produced by Sweden’s NENT-owned Splay One, follows the British chef who has lived in Sweden for a number of years as she puts her twist on traditional Swedish dishes in […]

ITV boss defends “different and distinctive” BritBox UK plans

ITV boss Carolyn McCall has defended the broadcaster’s SVOD tie-up with the BBC, BritBox UK, saying the endeavour is sufficiently “distinctive” and will be “liberating” for producers. Unveiled a month ago by McCall, BritBox UK is intended to be the British equivalent of the eponymous two-year-old US SVOD, offering both archive content and originals. However, […]

‘Killing Eve’, ‘English Scandal’ lead BAFTA TV and craft nominations

BBC America’s Killing Eve and BBC One and Amazon co-production A Very English Scandal are leading nominations for this year’s BAFTA TV and Craft Awards.  Killing Eve has scored 14 nominations across both sets of awards, including Best Drama Series, Best Drama Writer and Best Leading Actress – with both Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh vying for […]

UKTV, Foxtel pre-buy Distribution360’s Titanic doc

UKTV and Foxtel have pre-bought a documentary on the Titanic from Distribution360.  Titanic: Stories From The Deep (4 x 60 minutes) is fronted by actor Victor Garber, who starred in the blockbuster film, and tells the personal stories behind objects salvaged from the sunken luxury liner’s wreckage. Produced by Vancouver-based producers Infinity Films and Partners in […]