ZDF Studios boards aviation doc ‘Race For The Sky’

ZDF Studios in Germany has boarded new aviation history documentary Race For The Sky. The 2 x 50-minute doc is produced by Spiegel TV in association with TV in association with broadcasters ZDF and Arte and will now be co-produced and distributed internationally by ZDF Studios. It tells the stories of aviation pioneers and how […]

TBI Weekly: What’s next for France’s public broadcasters?

Public broadcasters across Europe are facing an existential crisis, as politicians look to scrap licence fee models. Marie-Agnes Bruneau reports on the latest developments in France and reveals how the alternatives stack up. Earlier this year, the French government unveiled plans to axe the public broadcasting licence fee, something it presented as a very simple […]

Show of the week: Black West

While most will be familiar with the image of John Wayne or Clint Eastwood riding through the Wild West, this one-off documentary explores the widely unacknowledged truth that in 1875, one in four American cowboys was Black. “The film will open our eyes to this hidden reality: there were African-Americans in the Wild West. There […]

Love Nature, PBS & Arte explore climate change with ‘Evolution Earth’

Love Nature has partnered with PBS in the US and European broadcaster Arte on a five part natural history series that reveals how wildlife are adapting to new environments caused by climate change. Evolution Earth (5 x 50 minutes) is being produced by Passion Planet and examines a raft of adaptation stories that illustrate the […]

France set to abolish TV licence fee later this year

France’s TV landscape could soon be transformed after it emerged that plans to scrap the country’s annual audiovisual licence fee are set to be introduced later this year. The proposal, which was part of recently re-elected president Emmanuel Macron’s election pledges, will see the €138 ($143) annual charge applied to households with a TV, scrapped. […]

MIPTV factual round-up – updated throughout the day

Arte & BBC acquire Herzog doc Broadcasters including the BBC in the UK and Arte in France and Germany have acquired Werner Herzog’s new feature documentary The Fire Within: A Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft, following deals with distributor Abacus Media Rights. BBC took the 1 x 86-minute series in a pre-sale deal for […]

ARTE takes flight with butterfly docuseries from Pernel Media

Franco-German broadcaster ARTE has ordered Butterflies: Superheroes Of Nature, a new nature and science docuseries from French factual prodco Pernel Media. The series, which will be produced as a 3 x 52-minute mini-series and a 1 x 52-minute one-off special, explores the insect’s incredible capabilities, including its ability to fly over thousands of kilometres, survive […]

Germany’s ZDF orders new series tackling human-led climate change

German broadcaster ZDF has commissioned Surviving Hothouse Earth, a new factual miniseries exploring the issue of climate change. The 3 x 50-minute series is being produced by Bilderfest Factual Entertainment for ZDF in association with France-based Arte and ZDF Enterprises, which also hold international distribution rights. The documentary takes a look into our planet’s distant […]

ZDF, Arte & Crave explore gender identity in German-Canadian co-pro

ZDF in Germany, European broadcaster Arte and Canadian VOD platform Crave have ordered topical science series Naked – Generation Gender. The German-Canadian co-production is produced by Spiegel TV and Primitive Entertainment in association with Crave/Bell Media, ZDF, Arte and global distributor ZDF Enterprises. The documentary goes into production this month and will be launched to […]

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