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Ob docs: obsolete or of the moment?

Rumblings that the ob doc trend is stifling creativity on both sides of the Atlantic have divided the factual programming industry. Is the genre coming to the end of its cycle, or is it simply evolving, asks Jesse Whittock The commissions of History’s Pawn Stars and American Pickers in 2009 and 2010 respectively ushered in […]

Sky Vision grabs Reelz-bound Asylum series

Sky Vision, the international distribution arm of BSkyB, has picked up international distribution rights to 50 hours from US-based Asylum Entertainment. The package comprises 10 10x30mins unscripted series Asylum is producing for US pay TV channel ReelzChannel. The shows come from an output deal Reelz secured with Asylum in August. Sky Vision already represents two […]

Mandela doc resonantes with presales

A doc celebrating the life and achievements of former South African president Nelson Mandela has presold to 19 territories. Mandela: The Struggle is My Life was coproduced by BSkyB-owned Sky News and distributor Sky Vision. It features archive footage from Sky News, plus interviews with Desmond Tutu, F.W. De Klerk and members of Mandela’s ANC […]

News brief: US channel Reelz cuts output deal with Asylum

ReelzChannel has inked an output deal with Asylum Entertainment and the producer will make 50 hours of unscripted content for the US cable net in 2014. The agreement, which covers ten series, follows the pair working together on a variety of previous projects. ReelzChannel acquired Asylum’s The Kennedys miniseries and the pair also inked a […]