Factual


Off the Fence rejigs management structure

Two months after its acquisition by Germany’s ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE), specialist factual distributor Off the Fence has rejigged its exec structure. Ralf Rückauer, VP of ZDFE Unscripted, is to lead the distributor as joint CEO, sharing the role with Off the Fence founder Ellen Windemuth with immediate effect. The German business bought the 25-year-old distributor outright […]

Smithsonian links with BBC for Europe in Chaos

Smithsonian Channel and the BBC have teamed to explore the origins of Brexit and the migrant crisis with two-part special Europe in Chaos. The two hour-long specials reveal the fierce arguments and personality clashes among Europe’s leaders as they struggled over the past decade to find common ground amid intense political pressure, overwhelming waves of […]

Nat Geo wins first Oscar with Free Solo

Nat Geo has picked up its first Academy Award with rock climbing doc Free Solo. The Fox-owned cable channel won the Best Documentary Feature prize at the 91st annual Academy Awards on Sunday (25 February), besting the likes of CNN Films’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc RBG and Hulu’s Minding The Gap, both of which were serious […]

Michael Jackson estate threatens HBO with $100m lawsuit over Leaving Neverland

Michael Jackson’s estate is threatening to sue HBO for $100m over its controversial sex abuse documentary about the late singer, Leaving Neverland. The two-part, four-hour doc, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last month, centres on Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege that they were molested by the pop singer for years as […]

BBC Studios: Attenborough’s BBC ties “won’t change” amid SVOD threat

BBC Studios execs have assured that Sir David Attenborough has a “huge and deep relationship” with the corporation that “won’t change” despite an SVOD threat on the horizon. The comments to TBI come as the veteran presenter’s future at the public broadcaster has been called into question on the back of revelations that Attenborough is […]

Sales round-up: Cineflix sells to Nordics, Scorpion strikes Landmark sales

Cineflix Rights strikes Nordic sales  The distributor has struck a raft of sales deals with Nordic broadcasters, totalling more than 200 hours of content, including moon landing doc The Day We Walked On The Moon.  The Finestripe Productions-made doc for ITV and Smithsonian Networks US, which tells the inside story of the first moon landing 50 years […]

UK Screenings: Diversity is key for Passion projects

An eclectic slate of thought-provoking and entertaining content will lead the way for the Passion Distribution Showcase, held once again at London landmark The Ivy. Passion will open its doors to 80 buyers for the fifth year straight, providing an opportunity to “entertain and inform” clients of its upcoming slate ahead of MIPTV, according to […]

Drive forges Back2Back sales in Europe, Asia

Indie distributor Drive has sold a slate of Back2Back titles, including The World’s Deadliest Weather, into Europe and Asia.  The production-funding and distribution agency has sold the third series of the programme – a co-production brokered and distributed internationally by Drive – into BBC Earth and Discovery Italy. The 13 x 60-minute series was picked up […]

Fremantle rolls out global event titles

Fremantle is taking buyers around the world with a slate of scripted and unscripted titles that touch on experiences across continents, this morning at London’s Ham Yard Hotel in Soho. Jens Richter, Fremantle’s International CEO, says the business will bring a packed slate of programming to London to get ahead “in a market where more […]

SBS orders Australia in Colour from Arrow

Australian broadcaster SBS has commissioned Arrow Media for four-part series Australia in Colour.  The programme (4 x 60 minutes), which uses painstaking colourisation techniques to bring black-and-white footage to life, follows the success of Arrow’s pioneering America in Color for Smithsonian Channel. That programme has sold around the world into broadcasters such as France Television, Foxtel, Welt24, NHK, […]