Amazon follows tennis star Andy Murray’s road to recovery in feature doc

Amazon Prime Video is readying the roll-out of a feature doc on tennis player Andy Murray, charting the star’s road to recovery following hip surgery. Andy Murray: Resurfacing will track the tennis champ over the two-year period since sustaining a chronic hip injury, during which he has undergone multiple surgeries all while his ranking has […]

Lion TV USA hires Part2’s Rebecca Bregman as executive-in-charge

Lion Television USA has appointed Part2 Pictures exec Rebecca Bregman as executive-in-charge. Bregman, who most recently served as head of production for This Is Life With Lisa Ling producer Part2 Pictures, will build and manage production teams and Lion’s overall production needs. She joins the current programming team, led by Allison Corn, to help oversee […]

Channel 4 preps doc on Boeing 737 Max disaster from Arrow

Channel 4 has commissioned Arrow Media for a doc on the Boeing 737 Max disaster. Boeing’s Killer Plane: What Went Wrong? (1 x 60 minutes) will examine the chain of events that led to the crashes of two passenger jets – first, the Lion Air Flight 601, which crashed in the Java Sea in October […]

Animal rights group PETA hits out against Discovery’s ‘Man vs. Bear’ competition

Animal rights group PETA is hitting out against Discovery’s forthcoming Man vs. Bear in the latest wave of animal welfare concerns raised around recent TV series. The organisation has said Discovery is “normalising exploitation” with the commission of Kinetic Content’s competition series, which finds a group of three grizzly bears – all of whom were […]

Discovery signs up for Kinetic Content’s ‘Man vs. Bear’ competition

Discovery has commissioned Red Arrow Studios-owned Kinetic Content for an unscripted competition series pitting man against grizzly bear. Man vs. Bear, which will debut on 4 December, finds a group of three grizzly bears – all of whom were rescued as cubs and cared for by a Utah couple – taking on human competitors at […]

HBO Max strikes overall deal with Lisa Ling, greenlights travel series

HBO Max has greenlit travel series Birth, Wedding, Funeral as part of an overall deal with US presenter Lisa Ling. Each episode of the series will immerse viewers in a different country to reveal their cultures through the lens of birth, wedding and funeral rituals. Ling currently presents CNN Original series This Is Life With […]

The New Yorker unveils documentary strand

US magazine The New Yorker is rolling out an online doc strand showcasing issue-driven stories from top filmmakers. The New Yorker Documentary will focus on short and long-form stories told in innovative ways, and produced by filmmakers centring on topics that define a particular time or place. The first film in the series is Departing […]

HBO Max expands doc offering with Schumer doc, travelogue series

HBO Max is ramping up its documentary offerings with a number of talent-led commissions including a film from comedian Amy Schumer.  The platform, which is to launch next spring, has ordered Expecting Amy (working title), which goes behind the scenes on Schumer’s recent pregnancy while touring for a stand-up special. Beginning from the day she […]

Sky Atlantic readies longitudinal doc series ‘This Is Our Family’

Sky Atlantic has commissioned a 4 x 60-minute docuseries on families in Britain filmed over the course of three years. Produced by Little Gem, This Is Our Family unites top doc directing talent with four families from across the UK, to tell the stories of their lives in three years. Directors involved in the longitudinal […]