Factual


Cineflix snaps up ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’, ‘Extreme Tribe’

Cineflix Rights has acquired a pair of Channel 4 factual series from Spelthorne Community Television and Renegade Pictures. The London-headquartered distributor has picked up Spelthorne’s Let’s Talk About Sex (3 x 60 minutes), which presents unintentionally funny sex education videos from the past and present to a diverse group of parents and kids to get […]

Rabbit Films hires ITVSGE’s Ferguson for international sales

Finnish producer-distributor Rabbit Films has appointed an ITV Studios Global Entertainment exec to join its international sales team. Sam Ferguson – who most recently served as sales manager for Russia, CIS, Baltics and the Balkans at ITVSGE – joins the City vs. Country distributor as senior sales manager, based out of London. Her remit includes […]

Channel 5 readies IWC’s ‘Greatest Warships’

Channel 5 has commissioned a doc series from Banijay Group-owned IWC that explores famous war ships. The 3 x 60-minute series World’s Greatest Warships will tell the stories of iconic warships from 1900 to the present day, taking a closer look at the engineering breakthroughs that enabled them to be gamechangers in the field. Using […]

Discovery serves up Woodcut’s ‘British Police: Our Toughest Cases’

Discovery has commissioned Woodcut Media for a Quest Red series on the British police, and a returning series of The Killer In My Family. Canada-headquartered distributor Blue Ant International provided deficit funding for the new series and will handle global distribution for both programmes outside the UK. British Police: Our Toughest Cases (6 x 60 […]

Steve Turney rejoins Power Entertainment

Steve Turney has rejoined Power Entertainment after four years away. The TV veteran has boarded the London-headquartered producer-distributor as SVP of sales and acquisitions for EMEA. Turney was previously VP of sales for Power between 2011 and 2015. Before that, he worked in sales for Twentieth Century Fox International Television, Goldcrest Films International, Polygram Television […]

Banijay exec replaces Arthur Smith as CEO of A. Smith & Co.

Tinopolis-owned American Ninja Warrior prodco A. Smith & Co. has appointed Banijay North America’s Caroline Baumgard as CEO, replacing long-time boss Arthur Smith. Smith, who currently serves as Tinopolis USA chairman and CEO of A. Smith & Co., will transition to chairman of the prodco, which he launched in 2000. However, he will still be actively […]

Canadian TV vets set up factual prodco BirdDog

Canadian TV veterans Stephen Ellis and Clark Bunting have launched factual prodco BirdDog Media Ventures. The Toronto-based outfit has an eye on producing global-facing factual programmes, and has a number of series and specials in development. Ellis, who serves as president and COO of the new venture, is best known for leading Ellis Entertainment, one […]

ITV explores Britain’s jails with Chalkboard TV

UK broadcaster ITV is exploring life in Britain’s jails with Chalkboard TV’s Inside Prison: Britain Behind Bars. The 4 x 60-minute series has rare access into seven men and women’s prisons, offering a 360-degree look at those on the frontline of Britain’s jails, as well as the prisoners. Through the experiences of both trainee and […]

EOne grows UK unscripted team with Boomerang, 12 Yard execs

Entertainment One (eOne) is growing its unscripted footprint in the UK with the appointments of execs from prodcos Boomerang and 12 Yard. Matt Pritchard (pictured, right) and Matt Walton (left) have joined the indie studio as EVPs of unscripted TV, based out of London. The duo will jointly oversee day-to-day operations of eOne’s unscripted team […]

Sky Studios makes first prodco investment

Sky Studios has taken a minority stake in Wendy Darke’s natural history prodco True to Nature (TTN) in its first production investment. The in-house production arm of the Comcast-owned pay-TV operator – a key driver for growth, as recently detailed by TBI – has taken a 24.9% stake in the Expedition With Steve Backshall producer. […]