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CNN Films boards SpringHill’s ‘Dreamland’ doc about Tulsa race riots

US-based CNN Films has come aboard Dreamland: The Rise And Fall Of Black Wall Street, the documentary about the 1921 Tulsa race riot, produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s The SpringHill Company. The project, which was announced earlier this year, is now in production and will explore the events of late May and June […]

HBO Max to launch in Latin America, unveils ‘free’ US deal

HBO Max is set to expand into Latin America after the streamer’s parent AT&T-owned WarnerMedia agreed a deal to take full control of HBO Ole Partners. WarnerMedia will acquire Ole’s minority stake in HBO Ole Partners, the joint venture set up in 1991 between WarnerMedia and Ole Communications, which will hand it 100% ownership of […]

HBO Max unveils first slate of CNN Originals, including Alex Gibney docuseries

HBO Max has rounded out a busy week for its unscripted division with its first slate of shows from WarnerMedia sibling CNN. The forthcoming streamer has greenlit two shows from CNN Original Series: Heaven’s Gate, a four-parter that explores the infamous religious cult of the same name; and Generation Hustle (working title). The latter is […]

CNN Films promotes documentary exec Courtney Sexton

CNN Films has promoted its documentary executive Courtney Sexton to become SVP at the company. Sexton, who joined CNN in 2013, has been behind shows including Tim Wardle’s Three Identical Strangers and RGB, both of which she exec produced. She has been upped from her previous role of VP at CNN Films and will now […]

CNN Films, BBC Arts team for Jackie Collins doc from Passion Pictures

CNN Films, AGC Studios and BBC Arts have teamed up to co-produce Passion Pictures’ feature doc Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story. Produced by Searching For Sugar Man’s John Battsek and Lizzie Gillett, the film tells the untold true story of the best-selling novelist, whose turbulent life rivalled the stories of her novels. AGC Studios […]

How Netflix is shaking up the documentary world

Netflix is raising the bar for factual to premium levels and introducing ‘box sets’ and ‘binge-watching’ into commissioning vocabulary, all while growing traditional broadcasters’ budgets and ambitions for documentary. Tim Dams reports. Netflix has famously spent its way into the homes of viewers around the world by backing original dramas such as The Crown, 13 […]

Factual Hot Picks

Following the Sunny Side of the Doc event in La Rochelle, France, TBI profiles five hot factual projects currently making an impression from Grayson Perry’s Divided Britain to France 2’s Age of the Builders – Notre Dame.   Grayson Perry: Divided Britain Transvestite artist Grayson Perry first came to attention in 2003 when he won the prestigious Turner […]