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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 […]

Ex-Discovery content chief finds Electric role

Former Discovery Networks International content chief Phil Craig has joined Australian producer Electric Pictures as head of factual. Craig (pictured), who has also worked at the ABC, will work out of Electric’s Fremantle, Western Australia base, working closely with founder Andre Ogilvie and his team to build the business locally and internationally. The role will […]

Canada to tell Story of Us

Canadian pubcaster CBC has commissioned the latest version of epic docu-drama format The Story of Us. Bristow Global Media will produce the 10x60mins Canada: The Story of Us, with a 2017 airdate pencilled in as part of a slate of original shows that will celebrate the country’s 150th birthday. Since History commissioned Jane Root’s prodco […]

October hires from Channel 5, staffs up

UK prodco October Films has made a two hires and appointed a new head of factual. It has brought in David Arrowsmith from Channel 5 and Josh Wilkins from Discovery, and upped Jos Cushing from within its ranks. Arrowsmith (left) will head up development in the UK, having launched the in-house development and production unit […]

Nat Geo orders first drama series, Aronofsky doc

National Geographic has ordered its first drama series and two big doc projects. The Fox-owned channel operator has recently reorganised its senior management, and today announced the three new landmark shows, which include Blood Ivory (WT), its first scripted series. The show comes out of a new development deal with DNA Films & TV (28 […]

Blue chip to new chip: natural history with bite

Stewart Clarke speaks to commissioners, producers, distributors and digital pioneers about their efforts to reimagine the natural history genre. Alastair Fothergill is the embodiment of blue-chip, making landmark series for the BBC and films for Disney Nature, but he is now seeking to reinvent the genre, out of necessity as much as anything. “When I […]

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