Factual


Natural history co-pros unlikely as genre evolves for SVODs

Alastair Fothergill, producer of Netflix’s Our Planet, has warned that SVOD players “will not consider co-productions” around natural history in the future as the digital giants look to plant their flags in the genre. The veteran natural history producer, who left the BBC’s Natural History Unit (NHU) in 2012 to set up Silverback Films, suggested […]

NBC exec to lead unscripted at Matchbox Pictures

NBC exec Dan Munday has been named head of unscripted at Australian prodco Matchbox Pictures. The exec, who has more than 20 years’ experience both in the US and Australia, is to join the NBCUniversal International Studios-backed firm in June, based out of Sydney. He will oversee the creation, development and management of all Matchbox […]

BBC Three commissions Banijay’s Wonder for fact ent formats

BBC Three has commissioned Banijay Group-owned prodco Wonder for a pair of fact ent series on fitness and second-hand wares. Wonder, which was previously known as 7 Wonder, is producing Work It (4 x15 minutes) and Deadstock (4 x 15 minutes) for the digital platform. In Work It, three fitness instructors who have each overcome […]

Don’t throw away your shot at quiet markets

Briege Whitehead, head of Australia’s White Spark Pictures, reflects on MIPTV and shares her tips on how emerging producers can make the most out of quiet markets.  MIPTV has come and gone, and while its future in the expanding calendar of industry events is reviewed, the chatter continues around how quiet Cannes was. Though some […]

Smithsonian commissions Plimsoll for doc duo on heels of Brazil launch

Smithsonian Channel has commissioned a pair of programmes from Plimsoll Productions focused on South American flora and fauna. The US cable channel has ordered Jaguarland (1 x 60 minutes) and Brazil’s Emerald Oasis (1 x 60 minutes) – both of which document the animals and landscape of the Pantanal, a natural region encompassing the world’s […]

Fremantle picks up int’l rights to Notre Dame doc

Fremantle has picked up international rights to one-off doc Notre-Dame: In Flames, which features exclusive footage of the fire at the iconic cathedral. Produced by STP Productions, the 60-minute film presents a minute-by-minute account of the events before, during and after the Parisian landmark caught fire on 15 April. The doc was originally commissioned by […]

WE tv re-ups distribution deal with Off The Fence

AMC Networks-owned cable channel WE tv has re-upped an exclusive distribution deal with global unscripted distributor Off The Fence. The pact between WE tv and Off The Fence – which have been partners for 10 years – will see the latter ZDF Enterprises-owned distributor selling more than 1,200 hours of WE tv content internationally and […]

BBC Studios, ZDF strike strategic content partnership

BBC Studios and Germany’s ZDF have struck a strategic partnership to develop and co-produce a slate of new content. The long-term agreement will see the two organisations co-develop scripted and landmark factual programming such as the forthcoming One Planet: Seven Worlds from BBC Studios Natural History Unit. A partnership between the two companies is expected […]

BBC Studios, Cosmote SVOD deal signals post-Discovery licensing plans

BBC Studios has struck a premium factual SVOD deal with Greek telco OTE’s pay-TV service Cosmote TV, lifting the lid on how such deals will play out alongside its international SVOD pact with Discovery.  BBC Studios has licensed more than 250 hours of factual programmes for Cosmote TV’s on-demand service, Cosmote TV Go, launched last […]

Oxford Scientific Films hires BBC alum as exec producer

Oxford Scientific Films (OSF), part of the ITV Studios-owned Boom Cymru group, has appointed BBC alum Lucinda Axelsson as executive producer. Axelsson is a multi-award-winning executive producer whose recent credits include Snow Bears for BBC One and wildlife drama series Serengeti, both of which were produced by John Downer Productions. Formerly a producer at the BBC’s prestigious Natural […]