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Show of the week: Soul Of The Ocean

Dive deep beneath the waves and explore how aquatic species have developed to co-operate with each other and why biodiversity is so critical to the health of our oceans’ ecosystems. As Sabine Holzer, head of specialist factual at Terra Mater Studios, explains: “Most people feel the ocean is a dangerous place characterised by constant violent […]

Show of the week: Against All Odds

One year on from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, this documentary explores how the country managed to withstand the first months of the conflict, despite its much smaller military force and widespread predictions that the capital city, Kiev, would fall in days. “This is probably the most documented war in the history of mankind,” director […]

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 […]

Germany’s Autentic Distribution hires Mainstream & Studio Hamberg duo

Factual-focused Autentic Distribution has added two execs to its roster, who will work across acquisitions and sales. Angelika Stebbings will oversee the international acquisition of high-end documentaries and factual series for Autentic’s sales catalogue, while Birte Zywko will lead sales into France, Benelux, Nordics, UK, Lat Am, Spain, Portugal and North America. Stebbings has previously […]

Sales round-up: ‘Departure’ takes off around world; BBC Select boosts doc offering; Autentic strikes factual sales

‘Departure’ takes off around world Broadcasters around the world have acquired Canadian conspiracy thriller Departure, following a slew of deals with distributor Red Arrow Studios International. ViacomCBS-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has acquired the 6 x 45-minute first season of the series, which will air initially on its 5Star channel and its on-demand service My5. […]

Show of the week: In Search of Monsters

This is a thought-provoking doc telling the story of Mohamedou Slahi, a Mauritanian man who was detained without charge shortly after the September 11 terror attacks in New York. He went on to spend 14 years at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay and claims to have been tortured under the ‘special interrogation’ procedure. […]

What is driving the factual boom?

As Realscreen gets underway online, TBI deputy editor Mark Layton talks to top execs at global factual distributors about recent market trends and how the rise of streamers, coupled with the pandemic, is driving a factual boom. As the global pandemic and its myriad lockdowns, quarantine procedures and safety protocols continue to disrupt TV production, […]

TBI Weekly: What MIPCOM Online+ delivered this week

It has been a MIPCOM like no other and yet despite the lack of rosé and late-night gossiping on the Croisette, distributors and buyers still came together – with numerous deals emerging over the past five days. Here, TBI reflects on some of the key pick-ups to have been revealed over the week and explores […]

Factual roundup: AMC SVODs acquire raft of factual shows; Autentic to distribute brain research doc; UKTV is ‘Gone Fishing’

AMC SVODs acquire docs for US AMC Networks’ SVOD services Acorn TV and Sundance Now have acquired North American rights to a raft of factual programming, following an agreement with distributor TVF International. Among the documentaries heading to Sundance Now are Glasgow-based Hopscotch Films’ BBC Storyville-commissioned 1 x 84-minute Accidental Anarchist, about how Carne Ross, […]