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BBC Two orders doc on the Murdoch media empire

BBC Two has commissioned a 3×60-minute social history series from 72 Films, which explores the extraordinary reach of the Murdoch empire across the British press. A Tabloid Empire (WT) covers Murdoch’s businesses between 1997 and 2012 in forensic detail. It examines how the popular press went from exerting astonishing influence over the British public’s politics, public […]

Cineflix gains global rights to White Boy Rick doc

Cineflix Rights has acquired the worldwide rights to White Boy, a feature-length doc on the life of Richard Wershe Jr. dubbed White Boy Rick. Cineflix picked up the rights from Transition Studios. The 90-minute doc was created for Starz US. Set in 80s Detroit, it follows the journey of Wershe Jr who operated as a […]

Netflix acquires doc on Fyre Festival controversy

  Netflix has acquired a documentary film about the unravelling of the Fyre music festival. Created by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, Fyre was promoted as a luxury music festival on a private island in the Bahamas featuring bikini-clad supermodels, A-List musical performances and posh amenities. Guests arrived to discover the reality was far […]

Arrow splits into two sister labels

Factual indie Arrow is to split its business into two sister labels focused on separate elements of the prodco. The newly formed Arrow Media will focus on returnable series including long-running series, singles and specials. It will be headed up by Arrow co-founder Tom Brisley who will oversee the label as creative director. Meanwhile, Arrow […]

Nat Geo greenlights The Bible From Space from All3’s Caravan

National Geographic has commissioned two-part documentary special The Bible From Space, from UK indie Caravan. The doc recounts stories from the Old Testament, with Nat Geo explorer Albert Lin guiding viewers through historical events that lie behind biblical stories including the Exodus and parting of the Red Sea. Travelling with a mobile laboratory through the […]

Expectation nabs Maverick TV exec to head factual development

Expectation Factual has appointed Maverick TV’s Emily Dollman to a newly-created head of development role. Dollman joins Colin Barr and Amy Flanagan’s factual team from Maverick TV, where as head of development for three years she was responsible for titles such as Inside the Ritz for ITV and Escape for Channel 4. The exec’s production experience […]

C4 greenlights Training Teachers to Kill from Sundog

Channel 4 (C4) Factual has commissioned 60-minute doc Training Teachers to Kill from Sundog Pictures. The timely doc will investigate the heated debate in American school boards around arming teachers for the first time to protect vulnerable pupils in a crisis. Many US schools today are simply waiting for an expected gun attack from disaffected pupils. […]

Netflix takes Murder Mountain from Lightbox

Simon and Jonathan Chinn’s Lightbox is producing a new six-part documentary series for Netflix that investigates a series of murders in a remote California community. Murder Mountain (6×60’) will be launched on Netflix on 28 December. Set in Humboldt County, California, where marijuana has become the dominant local industry, the series explores the disappearance of […]

CBS All Access orders play-along true crime drama

CBS streamer CBS All Access has made a straight-to-series order for Interrogation, a true-crime drama in which the viewer becomes the detective. Interrogation is based on a true story that spanned over 30 years in which a young man was charged and convicted of brutally murdering his mother. Each episode is structured around an interrogation taken […]

BBC Studios hires Twenty Twenty exec for unscripted development

BBC Studios has appointed Twenty Twenty’s Martha Housden and The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle producer-director Claire Popplewell to its factual entertainment and events team. Housden, who acted as director of development at Twenty Twenty, is now creative director for development at the BBC and will work closely with the existing team to develop […]

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