Doc boss Sheila Nevins exiting HBO after 38 years

HBO Documentary Films’ influential president Sheila Nevins is leaving the premium US pay business after 38 years, saying, “I don’t have to die there”. Nevins, 78, has run all documentary output for HBO and its smaller sister channels such as Cinemax since 2004, but confirmed her departure to US outlets over the weekend. In an […]

Netflix doubles down on true crime with Gibney

Streaming giant Netflix’s successes in the true crime genre have led to the commission of two new doc series, including one from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (pictured). The shows – Gibney’s Dirty Money, and Rotten, which is from Zero Point Zero Productions (Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown) – are the latest in a series of unscripted […]

Twenty Twenty finds replacement for CEO

There’s a new chief at Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP)’s UK prodco Twenty Twenty. Creative director Emma Willis (pictured) has been promoted to managing director to replace Tim Carter, who is moving to become MD of ITV Studios-owned prodco Shiver. At the same time, Hana Canter is promoted to business director, handing her overall […]

Channel 5 to launch premium linear channel

Viacom’s UK broadcaster, Channel 5, will launch a “premium channel” focused on high-end factual, documentaries and drama early next year. 5Prime will launch on January 16, 2018 on all broadcast platforms in the UK, replacing the existing My5 TV network. The My5 brand will remain as Channel 5’s on-demand service, which is distributed through all […]

Z Living names Kheror new president

Z Living, Zee Entertainment’s health network, has named Rajeev Kheror its new president. The news arrives as Rafe Oller, who has served as CEO and general manager at the network since 2015, exits Z living to pursue a new venture. A search is currently underway to find a replacement for Oller. Kheror (pictured), who previously […]

Netflix brings in slate of short docs for 2018

Netflix is set to bring in four documentary shorts for the New Year, two of which were announced as part of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival shorts program. New shorts include Ram Dass, Going Home and Ladies First. Ram Dass follows the life of the well-known spiritual leader and author as he approaches the end […]

SBS & Viasat World speed to factual deals with Drive

Drive, the production-funding and distribution agency led by Lilla Hurst (pictured), has gained a range of worldwide sales for its factual slate including SBS TV and Viasat World. A host of major channels have shopped 8 Days that Made Rome. Smithsonian Channel has acquired the series for North America, SBS for Australia and Viasat World […]

Nordic World signs first post-merger distribution deal

Oslo’s Nordic World has secured its first distribution agreement since joining forces with Digital Content International (DCI). The combined Nordic World-DCI has secured an international coproduction and distribution deal with Canada’s French-speaking pubcaster Radio-Canada / CBC. Keshet International, Cineflix Rights and France Télévisions are also involved in a wider CBC initiative that the former described […]

Blue Planet II is BBC iPlayer’s top series of 2017

Big-ticket natural history series Blue Planet II is the most requested show on the iPlayer this year. The David Attenborough-fronted series saw its first episode received 4.2 million requests on the streaming service of the UK’s pubcaster. This narrowly topped episode one of Tom Hardy drama Taboo, which took 4.1 million. Relationship drama Doctor Foster’s […]

Pilgrim names WME exec as business affairs head

Pilgrim Media Group has appointed WME exec David Harris to serve as senior vice president of business and legal affairs. Harris, who will report to Pilgrim’s COO, Gretchen Stockdale, will head up the deal making for the prodco across all development, sales, talent, distribution and other corporate business. The new business exec joins from William […]

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