Factual


Amazon fares badly in NPACT factual survey

Amazon’s approach to factual commissioning is leaving plenty much to be desired, according to a new survey from non-fiction body NPACT. The SVOD service fared badly in various sections of the survey, as Apple, Netflix, YouTube Red and traditional networks such as Smithsonian Channel and Oxygen were positively received. Amazon was considered to have the […]

Paul Greenberg departs A+E’s FYI to launch video consultancy

A+E Network’s FYI channel head, Paul Greenberg, is departing from the company to launch a digital video consulting firm, Butter Works. Greenberg confirmed the news via Twitter yesterday, after Variety first broke the story. Gena McCarthy will replace Greenberg, who has been executive VP and general manager of US network FYI for two years. She […]

Blue Ant’s Solange Attwood promoted to int’l EVP

Blue Ant International has promoted Solange Attwood from senior vice president to executive VP of international. In her new role, Attwood (pictured) will continue to oversee the strategic director of Blue Ant’s international distribution arm. She has previously spearheaded coproductions for the sales group, presales and worldwide sales activities while overseeing the business’ ongoing expansion […]

Ex-Endemol Shine topper Brass joins Antidote’s board

Former Endemol Shine Group international operations chief Martha Brass has joined the increasingly prolific UK prodco Antidote Productions as non-executive chairman. The post is the first Brass has taken since leaving her role at Endemol Shine last year in July, with former Sky exec Nicola Bamford replacing her. Her appointment comes after UK-based media investor […]

Ex-Warner Bros. exec to open German office for Gaumont

Former Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) Deutschland scripted director Sabine de Mardt is opening a German office for Narcos producer Gaumont. De Mardt (pictured) will be president of the Cologne-based company, which will form part of the Paris- and LA-based Gaumont. The office opens on July 1, at which point she will report to […]

All3Media America bosses exit

All3Media America’s CEO and COO are leaving the LA-based production and distribution business. Chief exec Greg Lipstone (pictured) and his number two, Dan Donahue, are both exiting, effective immediately. Lipstone has been with All3Media’s US since 2015, when he replaced Eli Holzman, while Donahue joined him as COO a year. Before joining All3, Donahue had […]

Netflix orders some magic with Derren Brown specials

Netflix has signed a worldwide distribution deal with Vaudeville Productions for three specials with magician Derren Brown. The series will kick off with Derren Brown: The Push on 27 February. It features Brown’s controversial experiment in which he exposes the psychological secrets of obedience and social compliance. The other two specials are a televised version […]

Canada’s Rogers Media drops Viceland with JV terminated

Rogers Media and Vice Media are terminating their joint venture, meaning linear network Viceland will cease broadcasting in Canada. As a result of the termination, Rogers Media has transferred its interest in Vice Studio Canada to Vice Canada, and Viceland will cease broadcasting on 31 March, 2018. Viceland content will continue to be available to […]

Sundance kicks off with deals for US cable networks

A host of factual deals have been announced during the Sundance Film Festival in 2018, including acquisitions for Starz and original shows for the event’s affiliated network, SundanceTV. The latter has invested further into true crime by greenlit three new docuseries. The Road to Jonestown, is from Appian Way and Stephen David Entertainment. Ministry of […]

UKTV plotting to increase indie original hours by a third

British channels group UKTV is planning to increase the number of hours it commissions from UK indies by a third in 2018. The company, which counts BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive as parents, is making the “significant increase” following strong results from original shows last year. These included thematic net Gold taking its highest […]

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