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Nutopia hires Nat Geo alum Geoff Daniels for unscripted entertainment

Welcome To Earth producer Nutopia has hired former Nat Geo EVP Geoff Daniels to a new role overseeing the company’s unscripted entertainment output. Daniels becomes EVP of unscripted entertainment at the Jane Root-founded company and will work across all series in production, manage program marketing and help to liaise with Nutopia’s production partners and talent. […]

Netflix preps African queen docudrama from Westbrook & Nutopia

Netflix has handed a two-season order to Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Nutopia for a new docudrama series about African queens. Pinkett Smith is set to executive produce the as-yet-untitled series, which is being written by Peres Owino (Bound: Africans vs African-Americans) and NneNne Iwuji (Yellow). The show will follow a […]

Netflix preps UK reality show & orders true crime docuseries

Netflix has ordered three new UK-produced reality and entertainment series, along with a true crime docuseries. Unveiled at the Edinburgh TV Festival yesterday, the new UK shows include Snowflake Mountain, a reality series which takes a bunch of “clueless kidults” who aren’t yet living to their full potential and puts them through their paces at […]

Nat Geo inks first-look Westbrook deal & expands adventure slate

Disney-backed National Geographic is expanding its adventure-based slate, by signing a five-year first-look unscripted deal with Westbrook Studios and making a slew of new commissions. The Westbrook agreement covers the development of all unscripted projects in the areas of adventure, exploration, travel and science for all of National Geographic’s TV platforms and its Disney+ originals. […]

Nutopia rejigs development team with key promotions

US-and-UK-based factual prodco Nutopia has promoted Samantha Fernandes to head of development and Rob MacAndrew to VP of science development. Fernandes, who current serves as deputy head of development, will now oversee the day-to-day running of the development slate across all genres at the Jane Root-led firm. Joining Nutopia as a development researcher in 2015, […]

Cineflix Rights to distribute Nutopia health doc ‘Extra Life’

UK-based Cineflix Rights has acquired distribution rights to Nutopia-produced documentary Extra Life: A Short History Of Living Longer. The 4 x 60-minute series was originally produced for PBS in the US and explores the advances in science and medicine that have doubled the human lifespan in less than a century, as well as the unsung […]

HBO Max shines A-list stars for relaxation show

US streaming service HBO Max has ordered a 10-part series aimed at helping people relax, and featuring a slew of A-list stars. A World Of Calm, from factual prodco Nutopia and the makers of meditation app Calm, will feature narration from stars such as Mahershala Ali, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Lucy […]

Channel 4, HBO partner for ‘Jihadi John’ doc

Months following the success of Michael Jackson two-parter Leaving Neverland, Channel 4 and HBO are again teaming up for a feature doc. The broadcasters have commissioned a film on Kuwait-born British extremist Mohammed Emwazi, better known as Jihadi John. The 90-minute doc promises the inside story of Emwazi’s journey from life as a North London […]

NATPE: History gives Jesus docudrama the premium treatment

The high-end drama boom is having a knock-on effect on docudramas, according to Nutopia boss Jane Root, who says premium drama levels have “pushed up” production values on shows such as the factual producer’s forthcoming History series Jesus: His Life. Told from the perspectives of eight people close to Jesus, including his mother Mary and […]

History doubles down on docs

US cable network History has commissioned more than 100 hours of documentary series and specials, as part of an “increased focus” on the genre. History president and general manager Jana Bennett (pictured) has greenlit programming focused on topics such as drugs, the emigration of various peoples to the US, and iconic American cars. America’s War […]

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