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Netflix celebrates Quincy Jones in new doc

The life of legendary US music producer, arranger, composer and songwriter Quincy Jones will be the subject of a new Netflix documentary set to air next month. The documentary, Quincy, has been directed by Jones’ daughter, the actress Rashida Jones, along with Alan Hicks and will air on Netflix on September 21 following a limited […]

Sonar partners with Felipe Esparza for comedy-travel series

Sonar Entertainment is developing a new comedy-travel series with comedia Felipe Esparza based on making bad decisions along the US/Mexico border. Crossing Over – Bad Decisions Along the Border sees Esparza tackle the debate around ‘The Wall”, where the Mexico/US border lies, and give it a comedic twist. In this multi-part series, Esparza and his […]

BBC Two orders first VR property show

BBC Two has commissioned Remarkable Television to make Watch This Space, a virtual reality property series. Each episode will feature two couples who disagree about the best design solutions for their homes. Architects Laura Clark and Robert Jamison will be given the couple’s conflicting briefs to produce one design each, offering radically different proposals. Working […]

Netflix picks up Emporium’s World’s Toughest Prisons

Netflix has ordered Emporium Productions Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons, due to premiere this month. The factual series follows ex-prisoner and journalist Raphael Rowe as he immerses himself in prison activity at a range of locations. His journey takes him to Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Ukraine and Belize, where he discovers a world of extreme […]

HBO greenlights diversity doc from Whitney prodco

HBO has greenlit Storm Over Brooklyn, the winning project from the Feature Documentary Initiative created by the Whitney prodco Lightbox and the American Black Film Festival (ABFF). Storm Over Brooklyn is a feature documentary, directed by Muta’Ali (pictured), which tells the story of Yusuf Hawkins, a black American teenager who was shot and murdered after […]

A&E Network unveils launch date for David Cassidy doc

A&E Network is to premiere its original ‘Biography’ documentary special David Cassidy: The Last Session on June 11 at 9pm ET/PT. Produced by Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company, the film chronicles the last few months before the pop icon’s death when he went back into the recording studio for the last time. During this […]

AMC Int’l inks distribution deal with VR studio

AMC Networks International Southern Europe has made a deal with Rooftop Immersive Studio to aggregate and distribute VR content. Rooftop will aggregate VR content on a monthly basis from a wide range of genres with a focus on documentaries and factual VR experiences for AMC’s factual brand Odisea/Odisseia. Rooftop Content Group, the Amsterdam based international […]

Ray Winstone visits Sicily in factual TV debut

British actor Ray Winstone is to front his first ever factual TV series Ray Winstone’s World: Sicily, which will be a 6×60 minute travelogue about the Italian island. It is currently in production and being financed by Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of Banijay Group, and producer SWR Media in association with Dash Pictures. Winstone, […]

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 […]