Exclusive: Netflix expands UK docs team as unscripted priorities emerge

Netflix has hired BAFTA and Grierson Award-nominated producer-director Jonny Taylor as part of its UK documentary team, TBI has confirmed. Based out of London, Taylor is working alongside Netflix directors of original documentary Kate Townsend, the former head of BBC doc strand Storyville, and former Canal Plus exec Diego Buñuel – both of whom were […]

Al Jazeera commissions Earthrise series from Talesmith

Al Jazeera has commissioned a six-part environmental series, earthrise, from high-end factual prodco Talesmith. earthrise (6×30-minutes) explores the most significant environmental threats to the planet and highlights eco-friendly solutions being employed around the world to tackle them. Stories include how Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar formed a local group to help protect Bangladesh’s last surviving elephants […]

Argonon’s Leopard takes Mormon Love to Facebook Watch

Facebook Watch has picked up Leopard USA’s Mormon Love, a documentary series that looks at teen life in the LDS Mormon community in Utah. Mormon Love reveals what it’s like to date within the LDS Church, following four different stories of young Mormon love. Filmed across the summer, the Facebook community will see the stories of Josie, […]

BBC Two orders doc on the Murdoch media empire

BBC Two has commissioned a 3×60-minute social history series from 72 Films, which explores the extraordinary reach of the Murdoch empire across the British press. A Tabloid Empire (WT) covers Murdoch’s businesses between 1997 and 2012 in forensic detail. It examines how the popular press went from exerting astonishing influence over the British public’s politics, public […]

Cineflix gains global rights to White Boy Rick doc

Cineflix Rights has acquired the worldwide rights to White Boy, a feature-length doc on the life of Richard Wershe Jr. dubbed White Boy Rick. Cineflix picked up the rights from Transition Studios. The 90-minute doc was created for Starz US. Set in 80s Detroit, it follows the journey of Wershe Jr who operated as a […]

Netflix acquires doc on Fyre Festival controversy

  Netflix has acquired a documentary film about the unravelling of the Fyre music festival. Created by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, Fyre was promoted as a luxury music festival on a private island in the Bahamas featuring bikini-clad supermodels, A-List musical performances and posh amenities. Guests arrived to discover the reality was far […]

Arrow splits into two sister labels

Factual indie Arrow is to split its business into two sister labels focused on separate elements of the prodco. The newly formed Arrow Media will focus on returnable series including long-running series, singles and specials. It will be headed up by Arrow co-founder Tom Brisley who will oversee the label as creative director. Meanwhile, Arrow […]

Nat Geo greenlights The Bible From Space from All3’s Caravan

National Geographic has commissioned two-part documentary special The Bible From Space, from UK indie Caravan. The doc recounts stories from the Old Testament, with Nat Geo explorer Albert Lin guiding viewers through historical events that lie behind biblical stories including the Exodus and parting of the Red Sea. Travelling with a mobile laboratory through the […]

Expectation nabs Maverick TV exec to head factual development

Expectation Factual has appointed Maverick TV’s Emily Dollman to a newly-created head of development role. Dollman joins Colin Barr and Amy Flanagan’s factual team from Maverick TV, where as head of development for three years she was responsible for titles such as Inside the Ritz for ITV and Escape for Channel 4. The exec’s production experience […]

C4 greenlights Training Teachers to Kill from Sundog

Channel 4 (C4) Factual has commissioned 60-minute doc Training Teachers to Kill from Sundog Pictures. The timely doc will investigate the heated debate in American school boards around arming teachers for the first time to protect vulnerable pupils in a crisis. Many US schools today are simply waiting for an expected gun attack from disaffected pupils. […]

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