TBI Factual Hot Picks: Migrants – The Failures Of Fortress Europe

Producer: Capa | Distributor: Newen Connect | Broadcaster: Arte (France) This documentary explores the pressures that the European Union (EU) is facing from large-scale migration and the vast sums of money it is paying in an attempt to tackle the issue. “To keep migrants away from European shores and limit applications for asylum, the EU […]

TBI Factual Hot Picks: The Arctic, 66.5 Degrees North

Producer: colourFIELD | Distributor: Orange Smarty | Broadcaster: ZDF (Germany) & Arte (France) From Greenland with its vast ice sheet and calving glaciers, to the frozen wonderland of the Svalbard archipelago, this 3 x 45-minute series explores one of the least touched places on Earth – the Arctic. With interest in this remote part of […]

ZDF, Arte exec Martin Pieper joins Germany’s Gebrueder Beetz Film Production

ZDF and Arte documentary veteran Martin Pieper is leaving the broadcasters to join Germany’s Gebrueder Beetz Film Production. Pieper starts as international producer on 1 October at the prodco, which was founded in 2000 and is behind Sky’s docuseries Juan Carlos – Downfall Of The King. He was most recently leading the culture and science […]

Show of the week: 44 Hours

This is the shocking true story of Gil Avni, who appeared brain dead and was seemingly unconscious in an intensive care unit for almost two days. As his family made funeral plans and his friends visited for the last time, none suspected that Avni could hear and understand everything that was happening around him. Just […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Sunny Side of the Doc

Grey clouds might have been in the skies above Sunny Side of the Doc but down below, the event was as vibrant as ever as the industry plotted strategies to deal with the ongoing turmoil, writes Marie-Agnès Bruneau. Storms threatened and the sun was not always shining at this year’s Sunny Side of the Doc […]

Arte France names content directors as drama head Olivier Wotling joins Mintee Studio

French-German broadcaster Arte has appointed Mathilde Michel and Agnès Olier as directors of the arts & entertainment and fiction units of Arte France, respectively, following the exit of drama head Olivier Wotling. Wotling has been recruited as a producer by Asacha Media-owned production company Mintee Studio, which he will join on 1 July. He joined […]

ZDF, Arte, Sky & KBS snag shows from Australia’s WildBear Entertainment

Germany’s ZDF, Arte in France, European operator Sky and KBS in South Korea are among a raft of companies to have picked up shows from WildBear International, the distribution arm of Australia’s WildBear Entertainment. Extreme Snakes (2 x 60 minutes), which explores the innovative and highly flexible ways snakes survive in the extreme environments of […]

TBI Weekly: Nine factual takeaways from Fipadoc in Biarritz

French broadcasters were out in force at Fipadoc last week in Biarritz, with true crime, miniseries, impact docs and history shows emerging as the major trends. The troubles of the world also invited themselves, writes Marie-Agnès Bruneau. Although 2023 might be only one month in, demand for quality factual programming is only increasing. Traditional broadcasters […]

France’s Arte makes its move for Garry Kasparov chess drama

Arte in France has commissioned Rematch, a scripted drama mini-series about the real-life chess competition between Garry Kasparov and IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue.  Directed and co-created by Yan England, alongside André Gulluni, the 6 x 52-minute series is produced by ARTE France and Unité, alongside Federation Studios, which will handle global distribution. Bruno Nahon is […]

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