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History doubles down on docs

US cable network History has commissioned more than 100 hours of documentary series and specials, as part of an “increased focus” on the genre. History president and general manager Jana Bennett (pictured) has greenlit programming focused on topics such as drugs, the emigration of various peoples to the US, and iconic American cars. America’s War […]

Hugh Hefner series set for Amazon

Amazon has given the green light to a new original series about the life of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner for its Prime Instant Video SVOD service. American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story will draw from access to over 17,000 hours of footage and 2,600 scrapbooks from Hefner’s personal archives. The 13-episode docu-series, which will combine […]

Pubcasters set off for The West

Public broadcasters in Italy, Sweden, Denmark and Australia are among channels that have acquired historical docu-drama The West from distributor DRG. The Robert Redford-executive produced show, originally for AMC in the US, has gone to RAI, SVT, DR and SBS, with the latter’s pay TV compatriot Foxtel taking the subscription window. Kabel Eins Doku in […]

Hoogstra resurfaces with Banijay’s Stephen David

Former History programming honcho Dirk Hoogstra has resurfaced as chief creative officer of Banijay Group-owned US producer Stephen David Entertainment. At SDE, he will oversee development, packaging and sales of the production slate in the premium content space, responsible for international financing and coproduction. Hoogstra (pictured) is widely liked within the US creative community thanks […]

AMC goes to The West with Redford

AMC has given a straight-to-series order to The West, a new docudrama series fronted by Hollywood A-lister Robert Redford. The 8x60mins show will be produced by drama-doc specialist Stephen David Entertainment with Redford’s Sundance Productions. The series will recreate and document key moments in the history of the American west, with Redford presenting the series, […]

Banijay buys US indie

Banijay Group has bought a controlling stake in Stephen David Entertainment, the US prodco behind History channel series The World Wars and The Men Who Built America. France-based production and distribution group Banijay comprises several production brands including Nordisk in Europe, Screentime in Australian and, in the US, Bunim/Murray. SDE will sit alongside these in […]

MIPTV Hot pick: World Wars

Former UK Prime Minister John Major, his Italian counterpart Mario Monti, US general Colin Powell and secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld are among the contributors to World Wars, a new six-parter for History Channel that suggests World War I and World War II were in fact one bloody continuum rather than distinct events. From The […]