Pernel Media

France 5 orders The Real War of Thrones

French pubcaster France Télévisions has greenlit The Real War of Thrones: A History of Europe, a four-part doc series about the history of Europe. Indie prodco Pernel Media is making the series for the France 5 net and will produce French and international versions. The series will use drama reconstruction to focus on a period […]

Immigration doc set for MIPTV launch

Orange Smarty will launch Immigration: Tearing My Family Apart to buyers in Cannes after picking up the doc from French prodco Pernel Media. The one-off doc was made by Pernel for Channel 5 in the UK, marking the first time the Viacom-owned net had ordered a show from a French prodco. The film follows families […]

Death Row doc gets green light

NBCUniversal cable net 13éme Rue (13th Street France) has commissioned 20 Years on Death Row, a doc series following the ongoing case of a Californian prisoner awaiting execution. French indie Pernel Media is producing the series, which has exclusive access to the defence’s legal team, to tell the story of Keith Doolin, a truck driver […]

Prison sells

Prisons have long been a source of fascination for TV producers – as illustrated by series such as British sitcom Porridge, Australian soap Prisoner Cell Block H and HBO limited series Oz. Right now, though, there are more outstanding prison-themed shows than ever, across both scripted and factual television, reports Andy Fry. Prison might not […]

Deal Round-up: Taboo attracts global networks

A number of broadcasters have acquired rights to Tom Hardy drama Taboo from US-based independent prodco Sonar Entertainment. Viasat’s TV1000 from the Russian/CIS territory bought rights to the eight part historical drama. It was also picked up by HBO in Spain, the Nordics and eastern Europe, Fox Networks Group Latin America, AMC in Portugal, Digiturk in […]

Doc series will follow live death row case

An upcoming French doc series, 20 Years on Death Row, will follow the ongoing case of a US prisoner awaiting execution in California. French indie Pernel Media has secured exclusive access in order to document the case of Keith Doolin, a truck driver convicted of murdering two women in 1995. Doolin has always maintained his innocence […]

Brexit strategies

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union is one of the most seismic changes for international television in living memory. Jesse Whittock asks what it means for the industry. The UK has always been a leader in international production and distribution. It is credited, among other things, with helping to develop and fine-tune […]

Motoring up

With petrolhead show Top Gear making headlines, TBI gets to grips with the new show and takes a look under the bonnet at what is driving viewing in the motoring genre. Top Gear’s success is such that is has spawned a host of companion shows. More broadly, motoring formats are in fashion, as the car becomes […]

Format deal for Discovery’s Wheeler Dealers

Wheeler Dealers is getting a French remake after DTT channel RMC Découverte ordered a local version of the car repair and sale format. In the show a pair of car enthusiasts renovate and then sell vehicles. Produced by Atta Boy TV, it has run on Discovery in the UK and around the world for twelve […]

TV’s Big Questions: what is shaping the world of content?

Platforms, technology and marketing aside, what really drives the international TV industry is content. We asked a selection of execs from around the world for the shows that they feel are pioneering, brilliant or genre-defining. In the world of docs, Simon Chinn from Man on Wire prodco Lightbox says 2015 was the year of the […]