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Apple hires A+E’s Molly Thompson to head documentaries

Apple has hired A+E Networks veteran Molly Thompson as its head of documentaries. Thompson founded A+E’s feature film banner, A&E IndieFilms, in 2003 – a unit that has commissioned, acquired and backed a variety of award-winning docs such as The September Issue, Jesus Camp and The Tillman Story. Thompson’s recent exec producer credits include Matt […]

MIPTV: The Big Deals

TBI looks at the top deals struck out of Cannes at last week’s MIPTV market. EUROPE ITV is believed to have aggressively outbid Channel 4 for the MBC Korea-distributed singing format The Masked Singer (above), as revealed by TBI. The format finds celebrities singing in full-body costumes and masks, with top contenders reaching series’ end while […]

Discovery, Science Channel commission ‘Uncharted’ from Karga Seven

Discovery and Science Channel in the US have commissioned Uncharted from Karga Seven Pictures – a title that follows explorer Justin Fornal to investigate unsolved mysteries. The title sees urban explorer Fornal use detailed historical maps, along with the latest in high tech imaging, to investigate mysteries that have remained elusive. Uncharted (WT) will premiere […]

TBI Weekly: MIPTV at critical juncture to safeguard its future

MIPTV reached a major turning point this week, with the future of the spring market in its current iteration poised for a significant overhaul amid a growing chorus of incensed distributors.   For a number of years now, the four-day market has been shedding international buyers due to unsavory timing ahead of LA Screenings in […]

Disney + unveils unscripted slate as it preps SVOD pitch to investors

Disney has unveiled a robust unscripted slate for its Disney + service ahead of revealing new details of its SVOD to investors later today (11 April). The mouse house has announced its first overall deal with production house Supper Club, the team behind Netflix’s Chef’s Table, as it positions itself as a direct competitor to the […]

Exclusive: Amazon taps TF1 exec to head up unscripted in France

Amazon has hired TF1’s non-scripted development manager Thomas Dubois to head up unscripted in France. Dubois joined Amazon’s European team this week. At TF1 he handled new project development and format commissioning for the French channel, and DTT channels TMC and NT1. For over three years he assisted the creation of new formats and developed […]

BBC commissions Werner Herzog doc on travel icon

BBC Arts has commissioned a new Werner Herzog documentary Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin for BBC Two, which explores the creative and personal vision he shared with the iconic travel writer. Hailing from BBC Studios and Sideways Film, the doc will see Herzog explore the life of Chatwin through his travels from Patagonia, […]

Talesmith, Cineflix to co-produce ‘Takaya: Lone Wolf’

Talesmith has partnered up with Cineflix and Wild Wolf Media to co-produce Takaya: Lone Wolf (WT), a documentary special for BBC4, CBC and ARTE that explores humankind’s historic relationship with wolves. The 1 x 60-minute series tell the story of a lone wolf living against the odds and its incredible bond with one woman – […]

ITVS GE, NHK tie up for blue chip doc ‘Wild Tokyo’

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has partnered up with Japanese pubcaster NHK on the production of 4K blue chip natural history programme Wild Tokyo. The 1 x 60-minute doc is set to launch in the lead up to the Olympics in Tokyo next summer. It is co-produced via ITV Studios-owned factual producer Oxford Scientific Films. From […]

Op-ed: Uncovering the story in Leaving Neverland

Dan Reed, director of Channel 4/HBO documentary, gives an inside scoop on controversial Michael Jackson doc Leaving Neverland Leaving Neverland took nearly three years to make, from the moment I first read the names “Wade Robson” and “James Safechuck” – the two men at the heart of the documentary – to the four-hour epic that is now […]