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Lightbox scores Netflix Original with feature doc ‘Tell Me Who I Am’

Netflix has commissioned Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn’s Lightbox for a feature doc on memory loss entitled Tell Me Who I Am. The Netflix Original, produced by Simon Chinn, is to premiere at next month’s BFI London Film Festival before launching on the streaming giant on 18 October. The film tells the story of Alex […]

New SVOD DocuBay hunts for global rights to premium projects

As Mumbai-headquartered SVOD DocuBay rolls out across 180 countries, it is entering the fray as a major doc buyer and commissioner, keen to snap up global rights for the right projects. Backed by India’s In10 Media – owners of Epic Channel, recognised locally as the “Discovery Channel of India” – the platform is looking to […]

Plimsoll Productions appoints Electus alum to head LA office

Plimsoll Productions has hired former Electus and Covert Media exec Saul Goldberg to head its Los Angeles office. The business – in which private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital took a minority stake last month – has appointed Goldberg as VP of development and production. He will oversee Plimsoll’s US slate across fact ent and […]

Fred Media hires TCB’s Mem Bakar as European sales boss

TCB Media Rights exec Mem Bakar has landed at Australian distributor Fred Media. Bakar is to head the European sales office for Fred – the commercial arm of Australian Bondi Vet and Vet On The Hill prodco WTFN Entertainment – out of London. She replaces long-time Fred and WTFN exec Sally Cronin, who first joined […]

BBC Scotland exec boards IWC to head factual

BBC Scotland’s Pauline Law has joined Banijay-owned IWC as head of factual. The exec most recently served as head of multi-platform production at the broadcaster, overseeing a team of 300, including teams in music, entertainment, events and digital. She also led a development team that won more than 80 commissions, including Emeli Sande’s Street Symphony […]

Channel 5’s Frow: Savings from ‘Big Brother’ cancellation didn’t go the distance

Channel 5 director of programmes Ben Frow has called the cancellation of Big Brother a “liberation”, but has noted that the savings did not go “as far as he liked”. Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Frow reiterated his views on the long-running Initial-produced reality programme, noting that it was “time to lose the show”, […]

BBC Two commissions Dolly Parton doc, boards Lena Dunham’s HBO thriller

The BBC has revealed a slate of new projects, including HBO drama Industry, which it has boarded as a co-production partner. Speaking at this week’s Edinburgh TV Festival, BBC Two controller Patrick Holland revealed that the public broadcaster was a partner on the UK-shot financial thriller from Girls creator Lena Dunham, which is currently filming […]

YouTube Originals on the hunt for education-focused programming

YouTube is taking an education-focused approach to originals and leaning into “self-motivated learning” on the service, according to head of originals for EMEA Luke Hyams. Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, which kicked off today (21 August), Hyams said: “YouTube is a place for curiosity. It is a place where if I want to know […]

Factual SVOD CuriosityStream strikes distribution deal with Altice USA

John Hendricks’s factual streamer CuriosityStream is getting wider distribution in the US via broadband operator Altice USA. Under the deal, the platform will be made available to Altice USA’s Optimum and Suddenlink customers, and will also be added to the business’s on-demand platform and mobile apps. Overall, the deal will help CuriosityStream access around 4.9m […]