Sheffield Doc/Fest, Banff announce 2019 award winners

Luke Lorentzen’s film about a family that attempts to make a living operating a private ambulance in Mexico City took the main prize at the 26th annual Sheffield Doc/Fest Awards, which took place at the Netflix Crucible Studio on Tuesday evening (12 June). The jury praised Midnight Family as “a true celebration of the potential […]

Cineflix Rights signs first-look with Finestripe

Cineflix Rights has signed an exclusive first-look development deal with popular factual indie Finestripe Productions. The partnership gives Cineflix the option to acquire international distribution rights to Finestripe’s projects for the next two years. The pact follows previous ventures between the two companies, which saw Cineflix finance and distribute the Glasgow-based indie’s blue chip doc The […]

Dragonfly, Optomen and IWC land BBC commissions

Dragonfly TV and Optomen are among the prodcos to have scored recent documentary commissions with the BBC, while IWC Media is launching a book club for BBC Scotland.  BBC One has ordered six-part obs-doc series Birth (working title) from Dragonfly TV. The programme follows expectant parents and the staff who care for them at the UK’s busiest and […]

Off The Fence’s Ludo Dufour boards Blue Ant International

Long-time Off The Fence exec Ludo Dufour has boarded Blue Ant International and will relocate from Amsterdam to the US. He is to serve as SVP of international co-productions and sales for the distributor, focusing on co-productions, co-ventures, pre-sales, new business development and distribution licensing in the US. Dufour will operate out of the business’s […]

Discovery swoops for Zig Zag’s ‘Killing Michael Jackson’

Discovery Networks has picked up Zig Zag Productions’ Killing Michael Jackson for the UK, Italy, Germany and the Nordics.  The global business will also launch the hour-long film, which marks the 10-year anniversary of Jackson’s death by exploring circumstances around his passing and its aftermath, on its free-to-air channel Quest Red in the UK. The doc […]

Channel 4 commissions Barcroft Studios for slate of ‘4Real’ films

Channel 4 has commissioned Barcroft Studios for a slate of short-form digital shorts under the ‘4Real’ banner.  The commission is the first originating from Channel 4’s recently formed Digital Creative Unit (DCU) — a Leeds-based initiative intended to commission and produce digital content to reach audiences on social and digital platforms. 4Real is the venture’s […]

Indian SVOD DocuBay expands with Journeyman, Kwanza titles

Fledgling Indian SVOD service DocuBay has acquired content packages from French distributor Kwanza and the UK’s Journeyman Pictures. The acquisition deals with both distributors cover worldwide streaming rights that will be available when DocuBay launches globally later this year. Backed by Indian media firm IN10 Media Group — subsidiary of infotainment channel Epic TV — […]

Cineflix Rights hires Fremantle exec for acquisitions

Cineflix Rights has appointed Fremantle’s Felicia Litovitz to oversee acquisitions for North America.  The exec joins the London-based distributor as it looks to expand its third-party content portfolio. Litovitz, who previously served as director of distribution, is tasked with building out Cineflix Rights’ factual and scripted content from US and Canadian production partners. Her role will […]

BBC One explores a year in the life of Sainsbury’s supermarket

BBC One has commissioned ITN Productions to produce 6 x 60 minute access documentary Inside the Supermarket. The series follows 12 months in the life of Sainsbury’s – Britain’s oldest supermarket – which sees 26m people pass through its doors each week. The series is billed as a multi-dimensional portrayal of the supermarket, which this year marks its […]

Nat Geo’s Igal Svet boards Discovery

Nat Geo exec Igal Svet is boarding Discovery. Svet has been appointed VP of production and development, tasked with building out Discovery’s event programming, docs and specials. The New York-based exec will relocate to LA for the role, in which he will report into Howard Swartz, SVP of production and development, who himself returned to […]