PBS, France TV, NHK, SBS & WELT set Easter Island doc with Blink Films

PBS’s Nova strand in the US is onboard a new documentary from UK factual indie Blink Films that explores recent revelations about the giant stone heads of Easter Island. Easter Island Origins (1 x 60 minutes) is a coproduction with France Télévisions, with distributor PBS International securing additional coproduction funding from NHK in Japan, SBS […]

TBI Factual Hot Picks: Julius Caesar: Rise Of The Roman Empire (w/t)

Producer: BBC Studios The Documentary Unit & PBS | Distributor: BBC Studios | Broadcaster(s): BBC2 & BBC iPlayer (UK), PBS (US) Five centuries of ancient Roman democracy was overthrown in just 16 years thanks to the ambition and power-lust of Julius Caesar. This 3 x 60-minute docuseries explores how Caesar was able to take control […]

BBC Two & PBS track down NHU’s six-parter ‘Big Cats 24/7’

BBC Two in the UK and PBS in the US have linked up on a Natural History Unit (NHU) six-parter about big cats in Africa, while the British broadcaster has also ordered a wildlife special from UK prodco Hello Halo. Big Cats 24/7 (6 x 60-minutes) is from the NHU and takes viewers into the […]

PBS & Love Nature tap Camel Thorn, Terra Mater & WNET for ‘Big Cats, Small World’

PBS and Love Nature have greenlit a one-hour special that tracks how lions, leopards and cheetahs raise their families while coexisting in a fiercely competitive world. Big Cats, Small World (1 x 60 minutes) is from UK-based Camel Thorn Films – founded by Robyn Keene-Young and Adrian Bailey – and The WNET Group, with Austria’s […]

News round-up: ARTE1 & Paramount strike Lat Am factual deals; PBS & NRK open ‘The Letter’; MIP Cancun confirms 2023 dates

ARTE1 & Paramount strike Lat Am factual deals Broadcasters and platforms across Latin America have struck deals for factual content with distributor Abacus Media Rights at MIP Cancun. ARTE1 in Brazil has acquired a line-up including Lennon’s Last Weekend, The Oratorio, Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards, Agatha Christie: 100 Years of Poirot and […]

BBC & PBS explores ‘How Hip Hop Changed The World’ with Chuck D

UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed The World, a new docuseries from Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D, featuring contributions from a long list of music artists. Developed by Chuck D and his producing partner, Lorrie Boula, the four-part series will debut as a boxset on BBC iPlayer and […]

PBS takes ‘Marie Antoinette’ into North America after Banijay Rights deal

PBS in the US has picked up North American rights to Marie Antoinette, the Deborah Davis-penned drama produced for Canal+ in France. The show, which will have its North American premiere in Spring 2023, has been produced by Banijay Studios France, CAPA Drama and Les Gens. Banijay Rights sells globally. The series has been created […]

UK’s Alibi & Masterpiece set sail on Annika S2, following global sales deals

UKTV’s Alibi has partnered with Masterpiece in the US on a second season of detective drama Annika, while Sky Deutschland and ZDF have struck a two-window deal for the show in Germany. The 6 x 60-minute series is based on the BBC Radio 4 drama, written by Nick Walker, and produced by Scottish indie Black Camel […]

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