Nat Geo buys ORF national park doc

National Geographic Channels International has acquired ORF Universum documentaries Making an Ancient Forest – Kalkalpen National Park and Dolomites – in the Heroes’ Garden. The deals were among a number the commercial arm of Austrian broadcaster ORF, ORF Enterprises, closed at the German Screenings. SRC in Canada also bought 4K wildlife doc Wild Venice, Return […]

Small Town America: don’t ignore local TV

British drama is currently the toast of Los Angeles and New York, with shows like The Missing from the BBC and Starz and ITV’s Grantchester launching recently to great critical acclaim, following on from the success of Broadchurch. The major cable channels backing of original UK drama is big news – whether it’s in the […]

News brief: Broadcasters buy ZDF’s Carthage special

Wales’ S4C, SBS in Australia and New Jersey public station WNET have all prebought Carthage’s Lost Warriors, a documentary special about South American settlers. The 1x60mins doc is produced by German pubcaster ZDF, its commercial arm ZDF Enterprises and arts and culture channel Arte. It examines the hypothesis that under attack from the Romans, some […]

Japan’s WOWOW in crowdsourced copro with PBS

Japanese pay TV platform WOWOW has continued its push into international coproduction with a crowdsourced documentary alongside PBS station WNET. The doc, Sacred, is about humankind’s search for the divine over a 365-day period. It will use crowdsourced footage from around the world to show sacred and spiritual moments such as religious holidays, birthdays and […]