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Unscripted round-up: Red Arrow Int’l takes ‘Controlling Britney’ rights; Love Nature & WNET launch sardine doc; ‘Project Cupid’ strikes in Poland

Red Arrow Int’l takes ‘Controlling Britney’ rights Red Arrow Studios International has acquired global distribution rights to Controlling Britney Spears, a new feature length documentary containing new allegations about the pop icon’s daily life inside her much-scrutinised conservatorship. The documentary is a follow-up to previous doc Framing Britney Spears and was produced in partnership by […]

Earth Touch makes global wildlife doc sales

Broadcasters and platforms across the world have picked up 170 hours of new wildlife and factual content following a slew of package deals with producer and distributor Earth Touch. Earth Touch’s own 24 x 26-minute series Epic Earth is among the new global sales, with the show headed to Discovery Asia, RTP in Portugal, EBS […]

South Africa’s Southern styling

South Africa has become a key strategic territory for international players, while local producers seek new ways to retain rights in a constricted market and subscription on-demand services emerge as the latest battleground. Juliana Koranteng reports. Locally and internationally, the South African TV production business is buzzing. Thanks to an exotic but diverse geography and […]

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 […]

Monster Frog attracts Austria’s ORF

Austrian pubcaster ORF will coproduce a pair of wildlife films with factual specialist Earth Touch. These are 50-minute one-offs Monster Frog and Black Mamba – Kiss of Death. The former will look at the strangest frogs from around the modern world, including western Africa’s Goliath, while investigating the existence of Beelzebufo, a 70 million-year-old Devil […]

Earth Touch poaches NHNZ’s Fairclough

Factual producer Earth Touch has poached NHNZ’s executive VP Phil Fairclough as managing director of its US office. Fairclough will focus on developing Earth Touch USA’s factual entertainment slate. At NHNZ, which is part of former Fox Networks Group boss David Haslingden’s production and distribution group, Fairclough was EVP, production and development. He is also […]

Euro pubcasters stock up on Earth Touch docs

Wildlife producer and distributor Earth Touch has sold a raft of its docs to public broadcast channels in Europe. In Spain TVE has acquired five-part series A Year in the Wild, three-parter Speed Kills 1 and one-off Ragged Tooth. France 5 has also picked up Speed Kills 1 as well as one-offs Cheetahs of the […]