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Viewpoint: factual TV in a post truth world

Twenty-sixteen saw some fascinating and somewhat worrying developments in terms of truth and the media – particularly around politics and the upheavals around Brexit and the US election. Donald Trump has become a leading exponent of ‘post truth’ in his race to the White House. His support for the ‘birther’ movement and claims that President […]

Nordic pubcasters urges UK gov’t to back BBC

Director generals from the Nordic region’s pubcasters have warned the British government not to weaken the UK’s BBC, claiming there is “a growing need for public service broadcasting”. In an open letter to the government published by The Guardian, the signees said the BBC had shown “an amazing ability to adapt” to the changing world. […]

Swedish pubcaster goes Up in Flames

Swedish educational broadcaster UR has prebought Life in Flames, a documentary for Discovery about firefighters in Andalucia, Spain. The doc, which distributor Java Films packages as 1x52mins, 1x90mins and 3x45mins versions, follows an elite Spanish team who battle raging fires that rapidly spread through the vast areas of vegetation. It comes from Spanish producer La […]

News brief: Java’s Mobile Revolution will be televised

France’s Java Films has presold a documentary about the mobile phone’s impact on history to broadcasters in the Middle East, Belgium, Portugal and Sweden. The Mobile Revolution has sold to MBC, RTL, TVI and UR ahead of its delivery in May. The doc looks at how the mobile phone has impacted every aspect of modern […]

Kids TV seriously

Today’s kids have an endless array of entertainment choices. From Disney, Nickelodeon and Turner Broadcasting TV channels to films, music videos, social media and console & casual gaming, there’s enough compelling content out there to occupy them 24/7. Is there a place for factual programmes in that mix? Andy Fry investigates The overwhelming majority of […]

French documentaries singled out

Despite European public channels closing documentary slots and growing competition from hosted factual and reality series, the French single doc industry is finding success by diversifying and while presales are tough to secure, emerging territories are seeking international copro partners. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly explores the market. At MIPDoc in April, five out of the ten most […]