Harbour Rights strikes slew of factual deals

Broadcasters in Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia and New Zealand have acquired factual content following deals with Hong Kong-based distributor Harbour Rights. PTS in Thailand has picked up two titles produced by Guindala Production & Ampersand – the 1 x 52-minute Becoming Butterfly and the 1 x 52-minute The Realm Of Ants, both of which offer and […]

Paramount appoints Pamela Kaufman as int’l chief, replacing Raffaele Annecchino

Paramount Global has named Pamela Kaufman to the newly created role of president & CEO of international markets, taking part of the remit of Raffaele Annecchino, who is departing. Kaufman will work across the global consumer products and experiences division, reporting to CEO Bob Bakish. She will be responsible for all international business, including broadcast and cable […]

News round-up: Together TV hires BBCS alum; Grierson names MD; Netflix signs Brutus Pink

Together TV hires BBCS alum Former BBC Studios exec Lisa Opie has been named as chair at community broadcaster Together TV. Opie, who is currently MD at Ubisoft Leamington and Ubisoft Reflections, will take up the role in September and lead Together TV’s boar, which includes senior executives from partners including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, […]

ITVS propels UK’s ITV as broadcaster prepares for streamer launch

ITV Studios (ITVS) has helped its UK commercial broadcaster parent ITV record a half-year jump in revenue, but the impact of investing in content and tech for soon-to-launch streamer ITVX has hit profits. The global production and distribution arm of ITV saw revenues rise 16% to £927m ($1.12bn) in the first six months of the year, with EBITA […]

Factual round-up: Viaplay uncovers ‘Crisis In Cocaine Valley’; Autentic strikes deals; FIFA+ orders Forest Green Rovers doc

Viaplay uncovers ‘Crisis In Cocaine Valley’ Viaplay Group has acquired feature doc Crisis In Cocaine Valley for its Viaplay streaming service in the Nordic and Baltic countries, the Netherlands and Poland. Distributor Quintus Studios struck the deal for the 1 x 60-minute doc, which is produced by Germany’s Maximus Film, and explores the impact of […]

FX & Hulu prep Covid misinformation doc ‘Superspreader’

US network FX and streamer sibling Hulu are preparing to air the latest doc from its The New York Times Presents strand, with a show exploring Covid vaccine misinformation. Superspreader is from producer/director Lora Moftah and will explore how people such Dr. Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician in Florida, have built operations to push natural health […]

Netflix orders John McAfee doc from ‘Reclaiming Amy’ prodco Curious Films

Netflix has ordered a feature length doc from Reclaiming Amy prodco Curious Films that explores the incredible story of the life and death of legendary software pioneer John McAfee. Running With The Devil will explore how the man who created McAfee Anti-Virus became worth $100m before going on the run – with a film crew – […]

CBS Reality launches UK & Polish true crime originals slate

Factual entertainment channel CBS Reality has unveiled a new slate of true crime originals for the UK and Poland. Launching in the autumn, the UK slate includes the premiere of The Truth About My Murder, a 10 x 60-minute series from Yeti Television. The series is hosted by forensic pathologist and author, Dr Richard Shepherd, […]

Campfire Studios appoints COO, expands team across departments

US-based Campfire Studios has promoted Ross Girard to chief operating officer, amid a slew of other appointments and hires at the company. Girard is elevated from his previous role as EVP of production at the Wheelhouse-backed prodco where he has served as producer on TV and film projects including Netflix’s Special, The Way Down for […]

Banijay strikes deal to buy Sony Pictures Television Germany

Banijay has struck a deal to buy Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Germany, including its existing unscripted IP. The acquisition, which remains subject to regulatory approval, will see Astrid Quentell and Mirek Nitsch remain in position following the takeover of the Cologne-based firm. Its output includes shows including Die Höhle der Löwen on Vox, RTL dramedy Der Lehrer and […]