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News round-up: FilmRise snags ‘MythBusters’; Nat Geo goes underground with Blink; Quibi orders adult animation; UKTV grabs ‘The Bill’

FilmRise takes on MythBusters & Deadly Women sales New York-based acquisition and distribution company FilmRise has acquired select international streaming rights to science show MythBusters and true crime series Deadly Women following a deal with Beyond Distribution. The company will distribute Deadly Women in the UK and MythBusters in both the UK and Australia. FilmRise […]

TBI Factual: How Arrow generated returns from UGC

The way shows are being produced is changing fast and User Generated Content (UGC) is now a key ingredient for many factual series. Lucie Ridout, executive producer at Arrow, highlights how her UK prodco maximised UGC’s potential on a recently launched Nat Geo commission The facts and figures about User Generated Content (UGC) are mind […]

Gina Brogi exits at 20th Century Fox TV Distribution

Gina Brogi is stepping down at 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, as the ramifications of Disney’s acquisition of Fox continue to ripple through both companies’ senior exec ranks. Brogi, who told colleagues of her exit yesterday, had been president of global distribution at the company since 2016 and oversaw sales of Fox TV shows and […]

Disney-Fox merger sees scores of job losses at Nat Geo

National Geographic is feeling the impact of the Disney-Fox merger, with scores of employees set to be laid off. According to Variety, around 70 to 80 staff will be affected by a round of lay-offs, which will largely impact the brand’s publishing and events division. The move comes as Disney – in a drive to […]

Nat Geo greenlights The Bible From Space from All3’s Caravan

National Geographic has commissioned two-part documentary special The Bible From Space, from UK indie Caravan. The doc recounts stories from the Old Testament, with Nat Geo explorer Albert Lin guiding viewers through historical events that lie behind biblical stories including the Exodus and parting of the Red Sea. Travelling with a mobile laboratory through the […]

Nat Geo appoints FNG Asia’s Baek as channels head

Fox Networks Group Asia has appointed Andy Baek as head and vice president of National Geographic Channels. Baek, who is currently Fox Networks Group Asia’s head and VP of Hollywood movie channels, will occupy a dual role, continuing to look after regional channel brands such as Fox Movies, Fox Action Movies and Fox Family Movies. […]

Fox Networks Groups restructures African team

Fox Networks Group (FNG) Europe and Africa has unveiled a new executive team structure for its Africa division, which currently operates eight PayTV channel brands including National Geographic, FOX, FOX Sports and Baby TV. As part of the shake-up, Vasilis Iliopoulos (left) will expand his role to become SVP for FNG Africa, alongside his existing […]

Nat Geo orders string of drama & factual titles

National Geographic has announced a string of new titles across its channels including a Ridley Scott drama and a double factual order from the UK’s Plimsoll Productions. The Hot Zone, is a scripted series based on Richard Preston’s best selling book about the Ebola Virus, which will be executive produced by Ridley Scott. Lynda Obst […]

Sundance kicks off with deals for US cable networks

A host of factual deals have been announced during the Sundance Film Festival in 2018, including acquisitions for Starz and original shows for the event’s affiliated network, SundanceTV. The latter has invested further into true crime by greenlit three new docuseries. The Road to Jonestown, is from Appian Way and Stephen David Entertainment. Ministry of […]

Nat Geo & Fox bring back Seth MacFarlane’s Cosmos

Fox and National Geographic have announced that they will bring back Emmy Award-winning series Cosmos, after a successful series in 2014. Cosmos: Possible Worlds is a new 13-part series and will premiere globally in Spring 2019. The title which hails from executive producer, writer, director and creator Ann Druyan with executive producers Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga and […]

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