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Rare TV replaces CEO Fraser with Channel 4’s Gardiner

UK-based factual producer Rare TV has appointed Channel 4 executive Alexander Gardiner as its CEO, replacing Antony Fraser. Gardiner was most recently a consultant commissioning editor at Channel 4 having previously been managing director of UK prodco Shiver, where he led the restructuring of the ITV Studios-owned outfit. He has also served as creative director […]

BBC Four commissions Rare TV’s ‘The River’

BBC Four has commissioned Rare TV for a feature documentary on Scotland’s longest river.  In The River: A Year In The Life Of The Tay, award-winning writer and naturalist Helen Macdonald observes the Tay — which begins as a small Highland watercourse and ends as a vast torrent spilling into the North Sea at Dundee — over the […]

Rare TV scores engineering six-parter for Smithsonian

Smithsonian Channel has commissioned UK producer Rare TV for a six-part series exploring the innovations that changed the world. Inside Mighty Machines is hosted by ex-NASA jet engineer Chad Zdenek and examines the engineering principles that make machines such as a 747 jumbo jet or a North Sea oil rig run. Along the way, Zdenek […]

BBC marks sinking of Britannic with doc

BBC Two in the UK and BBC Northern Ireland are to tell the largely overlooked tragedy of the British passenger ship HMHS Britannic. Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster has Rare TV-owned 360Production attached to produce, with Renny Barlett directing, and Emma Parkins and Justin Hardy executive producers. The doc will explain how the Britannic, which […]

360Production nabs Renegade producer

Britain-based 360Production has hired Belinda Cherrington from Renegade Pictures to become its first creative director of UK factual. Cherrington is an experienced executive producer, who among other roles launched Mentorn Media’s US development office in 2011. Her new company is a factual-focused London- and Northern Ireland-based firm that was acquired by Rare TV in 2014. […]

A Rare occurence

Antony Fraser, CEO of Rare TV answers TBI’s questions as to why now is a good time launch a new production group. Antony Fraser’s new group, Rare TV, is planning to build a UK-based stable of nimble factual prodcos that the increasingly large super-indie monoliths may overlook. The Ingenious Ventures co-founder and his business partner, […]

Shine scores Code of a Killer, Rome rights

Shine International has acquired rights to a pair of series from UK broadcasters. From ITV is the upcoming World Productions drama Code of a Killer, which is based on a true story. It follows David Threlfall as a 1980s detective solving a double murder as the discovery of DNA fingerprinting is unearthed nearby. From Channel […]