Factual


Netflix picks up Emporium’s World’s Toughest Prisons

Netflix has ordered Emporium Productions Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons, due to premiere this month. The factual series follows ex-prisoner and journalist Raphael Rowe as he immerses himself in prison activity at a range of locations. His journey takes him to Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Ukraine and Belize, where he discovers a world of extreme […]

HBO greenlights diversity doc from Whitney prodco

HBO has greenlit Storm Over Brooklyn, the winning project from the Feature Documentary Initiative created by the Whitney prodco Lightbox and the American Black Film Festival (ABFF). Storm Over Brooklyn is a feature documentary, directed by Muta’Ali (pictured), which tells the story of Yusuf Hawkins, a black American teenager who was shot and murdered after […]

A&E Network unveils launch date for David Cassidy doc

A&E Network is to premiere its original ‘Biography’ documentary special David Cassidy: The Last Session on June 11 at 9pm ET/PT. Produced by Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company, the film chronicles the last few months before the pop icon’s death when he went back into the recording studio for the last time. During this […]

AMC Int’l inks distribution deal with VR studio

AMC Networks International Southern Europe has made a deal with Rooftop Immersive Studio to aggregate and distribute VR content. Rooftop will aggregate VR content on a monthly basis from a wide range of genres with a focus on documentaries and factual VR experiences for AMC’s factual brand Odisea/Odisseia. Rooftop Content Group, the Amsterdam based international […]

Ray Winstone visits Sicily in factual TV debut

British actor Ray Winstone is to front his first ever factual TV series Ray Winstone’s World: Sicily, which will be a 6×60 minute travelogue about the Italian island. It is currently in production and being financed by Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of Banijay Group, and producer SWR Media in association with Dash Pictures. Winstone, […]

eOne snaps up global rights to Nevins-directed Barbie doc

Entertainment One (eOne) and streaming platform Hulu have announced a deal for the Andrea Nevins-directed documentary Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie following its recent Hot Docs screening in Canada. Under the terms of the deal, eOne will handle distribution of the production outside the US market. In her 59 years, Barbie has become both a fashion […]

Jay-Z to produce Meek Mill doc at Amazon

Amazon is set to feature a six-part documentary series that follows rapper Meek Mill as he reveals injustices of the US criminal justice system after his prison sentence, set to be produced by his rapper friend Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter. In November 2017, Meek Mill gained a two-to-four year prison sentence after he was captured […]

Netflix teams with Canada’s Hot Docs for funding initiative

Netflix and Canada’s documentary festival and conference, Hot Docs, are unveiling a five-year funding and development initiative for Canadian filmmakers. The Hot Docs ‘Canadian Storytellers Project’ will invest in funding and professional development programs for Canadian documentarians who may be indigenous, French-speaking, deaf and/or have a disability, or that are persons of colour. This will […]

HBO picks up Obama doc The Final Year

HBO has picked up exclusive rights to The Final Year, which follows former President Obama’s foreign policy team during his last year in office. HBO will debut the doc on May 21. It will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO Now, HBO Go and partners’ streaming platforms. The Final Year takes an insider’s […]

Kew preps Cannes non-fiction slate with Dames doc

Kew Media Group has acquired worldwide sales rights to six documentaries ahead of the Cannes Film Market, including Nothing Like A Dame, which stars Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith. Nothing Like A Dame is a celebration of the lives and careers of four of Britain’s most iconic actresses. The documentary film […]

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