ZDF Studios & Curiosity explore ‘Restless Planet’ in co-pro docuseries

ZDF Studios subsidiary ZDF Digital has partnered with Curiosity and ZDFinfo for Restless Planet (working title), a new science series exploring the history of the world. The 5 x 50-minute Curiosity original science documentary series spans 4.5 billion years when Earth was first formed through to the modern day, exploring the dramatic history of our […]

Curiosity Stream scopes out wartime docudrama ‘War Gamers’

Global factual outfit Curiosity has acquired War Gamers, a new six-part docudrama for its streaming service Curiosity Stream. Produced by UK-based World Media Rights, the 6 x 50-minute series tells the story of the women naval ratings (WRENS) who analysed how German U-Boats were so successful at sinking Allied shipping in the trans-Atlantic convoys in […]

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Curiosity & OTF strike factual deal Factual outfit Curiosity has acquired 190 hours of content in a package deal with Off The Fence’s (OTF) Amsterdam-based distribution arm. Under the deal, OTF will deliver 80 titles across five genres – including natural-history, travel, true-crime and history series and documentaries – to Curiosity’s flagship streaming service Curiosity […]

ABC in Oz, NRK & VRT among those to ‘Evolve’ with Abacus docuseries

The ABC in Australia, NRK in Norway and VRT in Belgium are among a slew of companies to have picked up Patrick Aryee’s wildlife and tech docuseries Evolve. The 6 x 60-minute show, sold by Abacus Media Rights (AMR), was produced by Beach House Pictures for streamer Curiosity in association with Blue Ant Media. Deals […]

News round-up: Curiosity orders Impossible Factual trio; RMC Decouverte unearths Mayan docuseries; ‘Kangaroo Beach’ hops back

Curiosity orders Impossible Factual trio Curiosity has ordered three new documentary series from UK indie Impossible Factual, totalling 22 hours of programming, for its streamer Curiosity Stream. The commissions include History: The Interesting Bits, an 8 x 60-minute series narrated by Alexander Armstrong that incorporates animation, archival material, and expert opinions on some of the big […]

News round-up: Curiosity deals with Arrow Media; ‘Marry Me Now’ heads to the US; UK prodcos & Imperial College unveil diversity pact

Curiosity deals with Arrow Media Factual streamer Curiosity has ordered a 15-episode show from UK-based Arrow Media exploring some of the world’s most important inventions. Oops I Changed The World tells the stories of accidental and surprise inventions that have transformed our lives, including how a broken thermometer led to a scientist creating the first […]

Curiosity invests in Nebula streaming platform

US factual company Curiosity has invested into Nebula, the creator-owned streaming and technology platform. With 140+ active creators who together have over 120 million collective YouTube subscribers, Nebula has grown to more than 350,000 paying subscribers in less than two years. Curiosity, the parent company of SVOD platform CuriosityStream, is taking a ‘significant’ minority position […]

CuriosityStream rebrands as Curiosity as business expands

US factual company CuriosityStream is rebranding itself with the shortened name Curiosity, while its flagship SVOD service is now to be retitled Curiosity Stream. The Maryland-based firm says the move is to better reflect the “dynamic and diverse business” that it has grown into after more than six years of operation. Aside from its streaming […]

Ex-Discovery specials chief joins Mansfield’s Plimsoll

Former Discovery Communications and BBC factual programming boss Andrew Jackson has joined Grant Mansfield’s fledgling production company. Jackson has taken the post of executive VP, international production at Plimsoll Productions, which former Zodiak USA boss Mansfield launched in September last year. Jackson will oversee a plan to take Plimsoll into the US market. This comes […]