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China’s CCTV-9 boards Zed’s ‘Wild Treasures Of China’

French producer-distributor Zed and China’s CCTV-9 have teamed for blue-chip series Wild Treasures Of China. The 5 x 52-minute programme, unveiled at this week’s Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle, focuses on the rare species that inhabit China’s untamed wilderness. The project has a budget of €3m ($3.4m) and will be shot in […]

Inside Netflix’s original documentary strategy

Netflix exec Diego Buñuel has called for “insane” contemporary stories that can “punch through the grid” as the business ramps up European production going into 2020. The exec, who delivered a presentation at Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle on Tuesday (25 June), impressed delegates with his candour about working for the SVOD […]

Kew Media Distribution: Beyond ‘Neverland’

Tim Dams explores the rise of documentary powerhouse Kew Media Distribution Halfway through 2019, there’s little doubt about the most impactful documentary of the year – Dan Reed’s explosive and revelatory Michael Jackson film, Leaving Neverland. The documentary, which prompted a rethink about the legacy of the late pop icon as well as furious backlash […]

TBI Factual Hot Picks – June 2019

With Sunny Side of the Doc kicking off in France, TBI Magazine picks out a selection of the latest factual docs to hit the market, ranging from shows about jungle warfare to cats behaving badly. Jungle War DRG       Psycho Pussies: Cats Behaving Badly Orange Smarty/Channel 5 (UK)       Curse Of […]

TBI Factual Hot Pick: ‘Psycho Pussies: Cats Behaving Badly’

Psycho Pussies: Cats Behaving Badly (1 x 52 minutes) is an “EPG jumper”, reckons Karen Young, CEO of distributor Orange Smarty, adding that the one-off special will bring an instant audience. Broadcast in May by the UK’s Channel 5, it follows on from Psycho Pussies: When Cats Attack, which was made in 2010. “Cats are […]

Love Nature, Smithsonian, Arte team on ‘Stormborn’ series

Love Nature has partnered with Smithsonian Channel, France’s Arte and BBC Scotland on a blue-chip natural history series that follows a dramatic breeding year in the North Atlantic. Produced by Scotland’s Maramedia, Stormborn (w/t; 3 x 50 minutes) follows animals that survive on the northern edges of the Atlantic Ocean, and will have its broadcast […]

Show of the week: ‘The Curse Of The Vologne’

Documentary series The Curse Of The Vologne (4 x 45 minutes) centres on one of the most high-profile, shocking and unsolved murders in recent French history. In October 1984, the body of four-year-old Grégory Villemin was dragged from the Vologne River in remote Eastern France, his wrists and ankles bound in the manner of a […]

US greenlights: A&E bets on live, ID explores NXIVM, Paramount reins cowboy competition

A&E bets on live with daredevil series A&E is betting on live events in a big way with programmes featuring high-octane stunts. The A+E Networks-backed channel has partnered with Kew Media Group-backed Essential Media Group on stunt series The Impossible Live (w/t), in which daredevils risk their lives to pull off major stunts. The 5 […]

Channel 4 unveils access documentary slate

Channel 4 has unveiled a slate of access documentaries that investigate policing, mental health, the City of London and retailing in the UK. Cop Control (w/t), is an 8 x 60-minute series that has access to what is billed as the nerve centre of UK policing, the Command and Control Unit – colloquially known as […]

Sales round-up: Fremantle seals Balkans deals; Passion lands ‘Moon’ sales

Fremantle sells ‘Jamie Oliver’ and ‘Got Talent’ into Balkans Fremantle has struck two deals across the Balkans, teaming up with Fox Networks Group Bulgaria and United Media to bring multiple Jamie Oliver series and its Got Talent juggernaut to the region. Under the deal, FNG Bulgaria will air a range of Jamie Oliver content on […]