eOne snaps up global rights to Nevins-directed Barbie doc

Entertainment One (eOne) and streaming platform Hulu have announced a deal for the Andrea Nevins-directed documentary Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie following its recent Hot Docs screening in Canada. Under the terms of the deal, eOne will handle distribution of the production outside the US market. In her 59 years, Barbie has become both a fashion […]

Jay-Z to produce Meek Mill doc at Amazon

Amazon is set to feature a six-part documentary series that follows rapper Meek Mill as he reveals injustices of the US criminal justice system after his prison sentence, set to be produced by his rapper friend Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter. In November 2017, Meek Mill gained a two-to-four year prison sentence after he was captured […]

Netflix teams with Canada’s Hot Docs for funding initiative

Netflix and Canada’s documentary festival and conference, Hot Docs, are unveiling a five-year funding and development initiative for Canadian filmmakers. The Hot Docs ‘Canadian Storytellers Project’ will invest in funding and professional development programs for Canadian documentarians who may be indigenous, French-speaking, deaf and/or have a disability, or that are persons of colour. This will […]

HBO picks up Obama doc The Final Year

HBO has picked up exclusive rights to The Final Year, which follows former President Obama’s foreign policy team during his last year in office. HBO will debut the doc on May 21. It will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO Now, HBO Go and partners’ streaming platforms. The Final Year takes an insider’s […]

Kew preps Cannes non-fiction slate with Dames doc

Kew Media Group has acquired worldwide sales rights to six documentaries ahead of the Cannes Film Market, including Nothing Like A Dame, which stars Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith. Nothing Like A Dame is a celebration of the lives and careers of four of Britain’s most iconic actresses. The documentary film […]

BBC & Discovery set for Offspring Films doc

A BBC and Discovery copro, hailing from Bristol-based Offspring Films, is set to air on BBC 2 in May as it looks to explore the lives of apes. Red Ape: Saving The Orangutan tells the story of a team of medics from International Animal Rescue (IAR) fighting to save Borneo’s critically endangered orangutans. The doc, […]

UKTV orders first doc from BBC Studios for W

UKTV has ordered documentary series Sex, Knives and Liposuction from BBC Studios’ Science Unit, a first for the network. The 3×60 minute doc fronted by Cherry Healey will be placed on W, UKTV’s premium entertainment channel. UKTV’s original will follow Healey as she immerses herself in the contradictory and complex world of cosmetic surgery. Recently […]

Parable moves to TV with first VR original for C4

Channel 4 has commissioned its first virtual reality original from VR studio Parable, named Grenfell: Our Home, as the studio moves to television. Grenfell will be an immersive documentary that tells the stories of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, focusing on their lives and homes before the fire. The piece will premiere at Sheffield […]

China’s Tencent acquires first ever Japanese factual format

Chinese streaming platform Tencent is launching a local version of Document 72 Hours (pictured), a format from Japanese public broadcaster NHK that was first launched at MIPTV’s Treasure Box Japan . This is the first time Tencent has adapted a Japanese format and it is being heralded as the start of a new phase of […]

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 […]

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