News round-up: Small World IFT adds ‘Noot Vir Noot’; A&E investigates ‘The Chicano Squad’; NHK acquires Espresso docs

Small World IFT adds ‘Noot vir Noot’ Small World IFT, the US-based global TV format consultancy and distributor, has acquired the international format distribution rights to family entertainment phenomenon Noot Vir Noot from South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). First broadcast in 1991, Noot Vir Noot, is South Africa’s longest-running game show, spanning over 750 episodes across a remarkable 47 […]

Sky Crime investigates Cineflix’s Torso Killer docuseries for UK

Sky Crime in the UK has picked up Cineflix true crime docuseries The Torso Killer Confessions. The series, which will be titled as The Torso Killer in the UK, will debut on 3 September, with the acquisition coming just days after the two-part special launched on A&E in the US. Featuring never-before-heard audio, exclusive footage […]

A+E unveils factual slate, incl Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman & Workerbee’s Janet Jackson shows

A+E Networks has commissioned a swathe of new unscripted programming for Lifetime, History Channel and A&E, including titles from Hollywood stars Morgan Freeman, Kevin Costner and Bradley Cooper. Headed to History Channel is a new eight-part docuseries, Keven Costner’s The West (working title), hosted and executive produced by the Yellowstone star, alongside historian Doris Kearns […]

ViacomCBS ends relationship with ‘Live PD’ producer Big Fish Entertainment

ViacomCBS has “ended its relationship” with Big Fish Entertainment, the MGM-owned producer behind shows such as Black Ink Crew for its VH1 network and Live PD, produced for rival A&E. The US company has been behind a variety of other programming for ViacomCBS networks, including forthcoming Sweet Jesus for CMT and Cartel Crew for VH1. […]

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 […]

Round-up: Lena Dunham to direct HBO’s ‘Industry’; A+E UK snaps up ‘Photos’

Lena Dunham to direct HBO’s Industry Lena Dunham is to direct and executive produce international finance drama Industry for HBO. The eight-part series is being produced by Cardiff-based production company Bad Wolf (His Dark Materials). The show follows a group of young graduates competing for positions at a top investment bank in London. The boundaries […]

A&E greenlights ‘Biography’ doc specials on Farrah Fawcett, JFK Jr.

A&E has greenlit documentary specials for its rebooted ‘Biography’ banner on Farrah Fawcett and John F. Kennedy Jr. (pictured, left) from A+E Originals and Red Arrow’s Left/Right, respectively.  The two-hour-long specials mark the anniversaries of Fawcett and Kennedy’s deaths and include new footage and exclusive interviews with those who were close to them. Biography: Farrah […]

A&E greenlights ‘Live Rescue’ from Big Fish

A&E is heading back into the live arena with doc series Live Rescue from the producers of Live PD. MGM-owned Big Fish Entertainment is to produce the event series following first responders and parademics in action across the US. It will be hosted by journalist Ashleigh Banfield, who most recently hosted Primetime Justice on CNN sister […]

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