Black Ops


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 […]

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 […]

ITV to sell Discovery’s Animal Black Ops

ITV Studios has taken international rights to Animal Black Ops, the spin-off of the successful Black Ops factual series, which has just been ordered by Discovery in the US. The core Black Ops (pictured), which hails from UK independent prodco World Media Rights, series goes out on Discovery’s American Heroes channel. The new ten-part offshoot […]

Buyers briefing: Karin Heijink, VP, pay TV, Modern Times Group

Name: Karin Heijink Title: VP, pay TV channels, Modern Times Group Karin Heijink is vice president of pay-TV Channels East for Sweden-listed European broadcaster Modern Times Group. As such she oversees prebuys and acquisitions for a raft of factual, fact-ent and movie channels. She tells TBI about what MTG is looking for from international distributors […]

UKTV presses Play with first digital-only service

UK multichannel operator UKTV is launching its first direct-to-consumer digital service this summer. UKTV Play will offer programming from UKTV channels such as Dave and Watch as “familiar and intuitive” curated collections, by topic, box sets and ‘staff picks’, as well advance previews of upcoming shows. Features include swipe channel selection, stop-and-resume viewing, predictive search, […]

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 […]

Yesterday buys special forces series

UK digital channel Yesterday has bought Black Ops, a 6x50mins series about special forces. The World Media Rights-produced series is sold by IMG Entertainment. The series studies special forces operations including the Moscow theatre siege, The Hunt for Abdul Musab Al-Zarqawi, Operation Black Tornado following the Mumbai terror attacks and 2011’s Operation Neptune Spear to eliminate Osama Bin […]