Sky orders across true crime, sport & nature in factual boost

European pay-TV giant Sky has boosted its factual offering with six new commissions across its channels, Sky Documentaries, Sky History, Sky Crime and Sky Nature. All six new titles will also be available on streaming service NOW, with three heading to Sky Documentaries, including The Assassination Of Olof Palme, a ‘thriller-esque” four-parter set in Cold […]

Sky appoints Raw alum for documentaries and factual commissioning

European pay-TV giant Sky has appointed former Raw exec Tom Barry as commissioning editor in documentaries and factual commissioning. Taking up his new position in June, Barry will support Poppy Dixon, director of documentaries and factual, in bringing original features and multi-part series to Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime and Sky Nature. He joins the team […]

Sales round-up: BBC goes ‘Searching For Italy’; ITV makes double reorder for ‘The Masked Singer’; Now TV & Discovery+ in slew of  ‘Anti-Vax’ doc deals

BBC goes ‘Searching For Italy’ UK pubcaster the BBC has acquired CNN Original travelogue series Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy. The six-part series will launch on BBC Two and VOD service BBC iPlayer on 27 February, following the actor as he travels across Italy to discover the secrets and delights of the country’s regional cuisines. […]

All3’s Raw rejigs development by merging US, UK teams

The Lost Sons prodco Raw is combining its US and UK development teams, with the All3Media-owned company naming its new-look team. Oliver Calleja becomes SVP of global unscripted development, while Ross Goodlass has been named VP of global unscripted development. Calleja has been leading Raw’s development portfolio since 2017 and before that was head of International […]

‘The Lost Sons’ execs on finding creative partnerships & compelling characters

CNN Films and Raw’s latest factual collaboration, The Lost Sons, debuted on CNN yesterday and CNNgo today. Mark Layton talks to director Ursula Macfarlane, along with exec producers Liesel Evans and Amy Entelis, about bringing the project to the screen. As partnerships go, US-based CNN and UK prodco Raw have rare form. The duo scored […]

Netflix orders ‘Tiger King 2’ in new true crime slate

Netflix has commissioned a sequel to the global factual hit Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem & Madness among a line-up of upcoming documentaries exploring crimes, cons and scams. Tiger King 2 will debut on the streamer later this year, as A Goode Films production in association with Library Films and Article 19 Films, with directors Eric […]

Sky expands docs with Minnow Films, BBCS & RAW commissions

UK-based pay TV operator Sky has commissioned five new shows for its documentary-focused channel, including a three-parter about Mother Teresa, The series and specials will be available via Sky Documentaries, which launched a year ago in the UK, and via Sky’s streaming service NOW. Mother Teresa: For The Love Of God? is a 3 x 60-minute docuseries that is […]

‘Three Identical Strangers’ creators CNN Films & Raw re-team for new investigative doc

CNN Films in the US and UK factual Raw have re-teamed to co-produce The Lost Sons, a new documentary feature about one man’s search to uncover the truth behind his own childhood disappearance. This marks the third collaboration between the companies, who also co-produced Three Identical Strangers in 2018, with CNN Films also having acquired The Imposter […]

All3’s Raw hires BBC Studios exec Fiona Clarke as COO

All3Media-owned UK factual producer Raw has appointed BBC Studios (BBCS) exec Fiona Clarke to take the newly created position of COO. Clarke will report to Raw’s CEO Joely Fether and work closely with MD Piers Vellacott and founder Dimitri Doganis to support the business across all operational areas. She will take up the role in […]

Ink Factory recruits Raw’s Katherine Butler as creative director

Night Manager producer The Ink Factory has hired Raw exec and American Animals producer Katherine Butler as creative director. Butler most recently served as scripted creative director for Raw, and she is also the former Film4 deputy head of film. She is to oversee the studio’s film and television slate globally, which includes managing the […]

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