Factual


BBC2 greenlights October Films Iraq production

BBC 2 in the UK has commissioned a two-hour mini-series from UK producer October Films, in which journalist and former British soldier Adnan Sarwar returns to Iraq to explore how the country has changed since he served there during the Iraq War. Sarwar went to Iraq in 2003 as a 24-year-old soldier with the British […]

Netflix discovers Diagnosis doc series from trio

Netflix has commissioned a new documentary series from Scott Rudin Productions, Lightbox and The New York Times. The eight-part series is inspired by The New York Times Magazine’s long-running and popular column, Diagnosis, written by Dr. Lisa Sanders. Diagnosis (WT) will follow patients with mysterious illnesses and join them on an emotionally charged journey to […]

ABC & People Magazine re-team for Royals doc

ABC has paired up with People Magazine and Time Inc. Productions once again for The Story of The Royals, a four-hour primetime documentary event. The doc series is set to premiere in August, after the companies received ratings success for last year’s The Story of Diana. It scored 6.1 million on ABC last August. The […]

Sky Vision exiting production as chief joins Znak & Co.

The programming chief at the production and distribution arm of Sky is moving to indie Znak & Co, with Sky Vision Productions closing down. Danny Tipping (left) is leaving his post as director of programming and development at Sky Vision Productions to become head of factual at the indie, which counts Sky as its majority […]

Amazon scores La Liga football docu-series

Amazon Prime Video has greenlit Six Dreams, a sports docu-series that follows six individuals throughout their 2017-18 season of La Liga, the globally-followed Spanish football league. The series will give viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Spanish football league following three players, two coaches and a club president as they navigate their way through […]

Rich Ross exiting post-Scripps deal Discovery

Discovery Communications has named the new management team that will lead the enlarged company after the Scripps Networks Interactive acquisition, with Discovery Channel boss Rich Ross out and Scripps programming chief Kathleen Finch put in charge of all lifestyle channels. Discovery said that Ross, currently group president of Discovery Channel and Science Channel, is to […]

Netflix orders talk show from Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj

Netflix is bringing in yet another talk show, this time with The Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj. The show is set to debut later this year. Netflix has committed to a 32-episode order, making Minhaj the first Indian-American host of a weekly comedy talk show. In the show, Minaj will explore the modern cultural and political […]

Banijay buys My Kitchen Rules UK producer

Banijay Group has acquired 7Wonder, the UK-based unscripted producer behind the British remake of My Kitchen Rules. The deal, financial terms of which were not revealed, marks a first non-scripted acquisition for the superindie since Banijay and Zodiak Media Group merged in February 2016. Banijay has made a number of additions to its scripted ranks, […]

Discovery gets US approval for Scripps deal

Discovery Communications’ US$14.6 billion acquisition of fellow US-based cable group Scripps Networks Interactive has been cleared by the US Department of Justice (DoJ). Commenting on the DoJ’s decision to close its investigation, Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav said it was a “significant regulatory milestone” and an “integral step toward closing our transaction”. “We look […]

Ex-Flame, Films of Records execs join Sundog

Former Flame Television managing director Claire Featherstone and Films of Record executive producer Katie Buchanan are joining UK indie Sundog Pictures. Featherstone will take up a COO post in April and Buchanan becomes creative director on March 19. She counts docs such as The Romanians are Coming and Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue on ger […]