Alan Griffiths


ZDF buys into UK indie World Media Rights

ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has made its first investment in the UK production market, taking a 32.5% stake in factual-focused World Media Rights (WMR). Adjacent to the deal is a board restructure at Blacks Ops producer WMR, with David McNab (above right) and ZDFE VP of corporate and portfolio strategy Tanja Meier-Sieden joining existing members. Veteran […]

ITVS to take first-look at World Media Rights

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has scored first-look rights to programming from UK indie World Media Rights. ITVSGE, UK broadcaster ITV’s international sales arm, has picked up more than 40 hours of factual series as part of the multi-year agreement. These include Real Story of…, a 6x60mins Reelz series about the stories behind recent Oscar-nominated movies; […]

Blue chip to new chip: natural history with bite

Stewart Clarke speaks to commissioners, producers, distributors and digital pioneers about their efforts to reimagine the natural history genre. Alastair Fothergill is the embodiment of blue-chip, making landmark series for the BBC and films for Disney Nature, but he is now seeking to reinvent the genre, out of necessity as much as anything. “When I […]

Military Channel to reveal hidden CIA history

Discovery Communications’ US cable channel Military Channel has ordered a 10-part series that will delve into pivotal moments in American secret service history. CIA Declassified “takes viewers behind-the-scenes of America’s most top-secret, covert operations of national security- from assassinations to the overthrowing of dangerous regimes,” according to Discovery. Among the 10 hour-long episodes, the series […]

Epic drama for factual channels

The last decade saw the big factual channels move from documentary led schedules to grids full of factual entertainment and observational docs. History, by commissioning mega-hit miniseries Hatfields and McCoys, has started the next evolution of factual channels and drama is a new battleground among the big networks, reports Stewart Clarke It’s unlikely that the […]