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LA prodco 1895 Films ups Smithsonian alum amid branded content push

US producer 1895 Films is expanding its short form and branded content business, with Dana DeSanto appointed as SVP of sales & marketing for the LA-based outfit. Former Smithsonian Channel exec DeSanto will also oversee partnerships for the firm and reports to COO Ellen Farmer. DeSanto’s recent development deals for the new division include tech company […]

Factual round-up: Collective takes on ‘Air Warriors’; Escapade takes Lionfish doc rights

Collective takes on ‘Air Warriors’ UK factual prodco Collective Media Group is taking over production duties on Smithsonian Channel’s Air Warriors. The show, which was previously produced in-house by Smithsonian Channel, will now be made by Collective, beginning with its upcoming tenth season. Air Warriors takes the audience behind the scenes to reveal the origin […]

Smithsonian snags ‘Queen Elizabeth II’ as Beyond sells across North America

Smithsonian Channel in the US has snagged rights to Queen Elizabeth II, ahead of the monarch’s platinum jubilee year. The 8 x 60-minute show tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II’s seven-decade rule and uses archive, as well as interviews with prime ministers, royal household members and close friends, to build a personal and memorable […]

Smithsonian delves into engineering secrets in new factual original

ViacomCBS’ Smithsonian Channel has ordered a new original factual series, Impossible Repairs, which explores the engineering secrets of innovative machines. The 6 x 60-minute series is being produced by Canada’s Attraction Images, in association with Smithsonian Channel, Blue Ant Media and Beyond Rights. It makes its global debut on the Smithsonian Channel in the UK […]

Smithsonian Channel & Bassett Vance prep slave trade docuseries

ViacomCBS-owned MTV Entertainment’s Smithsonian Channel is collaborating with Angela Bassett and Courtney B Vance’s Bassett Vance Productions on One Thousand Years of Slavery, a new docuseries exploring the legacy of the slave trade. Produced by Uplands Television for Smithsonian Channel in the US and Channel 5 in the UK, Bassett Vance Productions will executive produce […]

Round up: Hollywood welcomes ‘Line Of Duty’; Silverlining unveils ‘World’s Most Beautiful Landscapes’; Smithsonian goes ‘Searching For Secrets’

Hollywood welcomes Line Of Duty Canadian broadcaster Hollywood Suite has picked up exclusive broadcast rights to the sixth season of UK crime drama Line Of Duty. The show, which recently completed its run on commissioning broadcaster BBC One in the UK, will premiere this October and has been acquired along with the first five season, […]

Factual round-up: Smithsonian unveils Egyptian tomb find; C4 orders ultra-rich property special; ITV orders Covid-19 doc

Smithsonian doc investigates Egpytology find Smithsonian Channel has ordered a new documentary series exploring recent archaeological findings at an excavation site at Saqqara in Egypt. Produced by Lion Television in conjunction with Caterina Turroni of At Land Productions, the four-part Tomb Hunters will premiere next year. Cameras will follow an international team of archaeologists and […]

News round-up: Germany’s Redseven returns to production; BBC Two, Arte explore US foreign policy; Silverlining’s ‘Farm’ to open in July

Redseven returns for Sat.1’s The Taste Red Arrow Studios-owned German producer Redseven Entertainment has returned to studio production for the first time since the outbreak of Coronavirus to work on an eighth season of culinary format The Taste. The show, which has been extended by broadcaster parent ProSiebenSat.1, started production on its eighth run in […]

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