Factual


GRB, Zig Zag team up for unscripted co-productions

US producer-distributor GRB Studios has struck an unscripted co-production pact with UK indie Zig Zag Productions. Under the deal, the two businesses will shop and produce unscripted projects between the US and UK, with Zig Zag taking out mutually chosen GRB projects in the UK and GRB shopping its partner’s titles Stateside. Any projects that […]

Exclusive: Netflix eyes Minnow’s ‘The Detectives’ for India

Netflix is eyeing an Indian take of Minnow Films’ BAFTA-nominated BBC Two doc series The Detectives. The streaming giant is interested in a local version of the ground-breaking doc series, which followed Manchester detectives trying to crack complex cases. The project comes as global SVODs look to unscripted UK formats for key markets, recently illustrated […]

Twofour’s Melanie Leach, Andrew Mackenzie depart to set up South Shore

Twofour bosses Melanie Leach and Andrew Mackenzie are exiting the business to launch a new venture backed by ITV Studios. CEO Leach and CCO Mackenzie are in the final phase of talks with ITV Studios, which will hold a minority stake in their new outfit, South Shore. Twofour CFO and COO Anthony Hughes will also […]

‘Game Of Thrones’ star launches ‘True Viking’ format with Zig Zag, Wildflame

Game Of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju and his TV presenter partner Gry Molvær Hivju have struck a co-production deal with Zig Zag Productions and Wildflame for an unscripted series. Set to debut at next week’s MIPCOM, True Viking is an endurance competition series in which contestants must, over five weeks, hone their ‘Viking’ skills and […]

Showtime swoops for HBO’s cancelled Vice news show

US cable channel Showtime has picked up news magazine series Vice following its HBO cancellation. The ViacomCBS-owned channel has swooped for rights to the 13-part programme, which will debut next spring. HBO pulled the plug on the show, Vice News Tonight, back in June, ending a seven-year relationship with Vice. The series was nominated for […]

MGM promotes Barry Poznick to lead expanded non-scripted drive

MGM’s Barry Poznick has been promoted to lead unscripted and alternative television for the business as it expands from its foundations in reality. The former president of unscripted has been promoted to president of MGM/Orion unscripted and alternative television, after extending his contract with the business. While overseeing unscripted programmes for MGM, Poznick will now […]

HBO Max sets out non-fiction originals team

HBO Max has bolstered its original non-fiction team with execs from CNN, Karga Seven and Pulse Creative.  The service has hired Lizzie Fox as SVP of non-fiction programming, while Rebecca Quinn has been made VP of non-fiction original programming. Both execs will report into former Lionsgate exec Jennifer O’Connell, who joined as EVP of original […]

Tom McDonald appointed director of factual for BBC Studios Production

BBC Studios Production has tapped long-time specialist factual commissioner Tom McDonald as director of factual. McDonald, who most recently served as head of natural history and specialist factual commissioning since 2016, will be responsible for the overall factual strategy and leading creative teams. He currently oversees all natural history, science, history and religion and ethics […]

TCB Media Rights boosts legal and rights team, unveils 40-show slate for MIPCOM

TCB Media Rights is heading to next month’s MIPCOM market with a 40-title slate that includes three self-commissioned shows. The Kew Media Group-backed distributor’s top launches in Cannes include TCB Originals such as Curve Media’s How Did They Build That? (8 x 60 minutes); Conscious Life’s How I Created A Cult (3 x 60 minutes); and Like […]

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