Firecracker Films

Paramount+ UK lands Firecracker’s Federico Ruiz as commissioning editor

Paramount UK has hired Federico Ruiz to work across its original output. Ruiz, who joins from UK prodco Firecracker Films, becomes commissioning editor for factual and non-scripted, reporting into chief content officer Ben From. The remit for Ruiz stretches across both Paramount+, which is set to launch in the UK on 22 June, and fellow […]

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Arte & BBC acquire Herzog doc Broadcasters including the BBC in the UK and Arte in France and Germany have acquired Werner Herzog’s new feature documentary The Fire Within: A Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft, following deals with distributor Abacus Media Rights. BBC took the 1 x 86-minute series in a pre-sale deal for […]

UKTV orders Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over

Firecracker Films has a new project lined up with Stacey Dooley which will see the presenter and documentarian staying with a variety of different people to get a true picture of what life is like for a broad cross section of society. It will run on UKTV’s premium W channel in 2019. The 6×60’ show, […]

Tinopolis names new COO

UK-based production and distribution firm Tinopolis Group has created a COO position for its British factual producers, and handed it to a key company executive. Naomi Carter (pictured) has been named in the role, having previously been group director of production at the company, which houses prodcos such as Mentorn Media and A. Smith & […]

Doctor Christian Will See You in Cannes

Passion Distribution’s MIPTV slate is headed by Dr Christian Will See You Now, the latest series to feature doctor and presenter Dr Christian Jessen. The 10x60mins Firecracker Films-produced series went out on UKTV’s W channel in the UK. Passion also has Don’t Tell the Doctor, a Arrow Films 10x60mins series following four doctors helping patients […]

Passion releasing The Boy Who Tried to Kill Trump

Passion Distribution has snagged The Boy Who Tried to Kill Trump, the doc special about a British citizen who tried to shoot the US president at one of his pre-election rallies. The show was commissioned by BBC Three, the UK pubcaster’s online, youth-skewing net, under the titled The Brit Who Tried to Kill Trump, and […]

Ex-NBCU unscripted chief resurfaces at Tinopolis

NBCUniversal International Studios’ former unscripted chief, David Mortimer, has joined transatlantic production group Tinopolis. Mortimer has become Tinopolis’ first director of content, overseeing content direction and performance across the Wales-headquartered production and distribution group. Placing a particular focus on popular factual and factual entertainment, Mortimer will also be tasked with group growth by identifying and […]

Tinopolis’ Firecracker hires for new office

UK prodco Firecracker Films has opened a new office in Glasgow, recruiting an exec from Banijay Group’s IWC Media in the process. Elspeth O’Hare (left in picture) joins as creative director of Firecracker Scotland, moving to the Tinopolis-owned prodco from IWC, where she was head of documentaries with credits including Britain’s Benefit Tenants for Channel 4, Insane Fight […]

Tinopolis poaches Wall to Wall boss

Wales-based Tinopolis Group has poached Wall to Wall veteran Jonathan Hewes to become CEO of its subsidiaries Mentorn Media and Pioneer Productions. Hewes (pictured) was most recently head of international at Warner Bros. International Television Production-owned Wall to Wall, having worked at the Who Do You Think You Are produce for two decades. He has […]