ZDF Studios boards aviation doc ‘Race For The Sky’

ZDF Studios in Germany has boarded new aviation history documentary Race For The Sky. The 2 x 50-minute doc is produced by Spiegel TV in association with TV in association with broadcasters ZDF and Arte and will now be co-produced and distributed internationally by ZDF Studios. It tells the stories of aviation pioneers and how […]

Exclusive: France TV, C4, ZDF, CBC & others link to co-fund science projects

France Télévisions and some of the fellow pubcasters that make up the Global Doc commissioning group have launched a major call for ambitious science documentaries as they seek new projects to back. Global Doc was launched by France Télévisions at Sunnyside of the Doc three years ago and is based on the model of the pubcaster alliance in […]

C More, TV4 & ZDF link for Sofia Helin & Camilla Ahlgren drama ‘Fallen’

Swedish operator C More, its broadcast network TV4 and Germany’s ZDF have commissioned a Sofia Helin-starring crime drama that has been created and written by The Bridge’s Camilla Ahlgren. Fallen is from Banijay label Filmlance and sees Helin stars as the new head of a group solving crimes in Malmö, Sweden. Due to a tragedy, she moves from […]

The TBI Interview: Manuel Alduy, France Télévisions

France Télévisions has a new international team and a rejuvenated global scripted strategy to attract younger viewers. Marie-Agnès Bruneau speaks to Manuel Alduy, who is leading the charge “We want ‘organically international’ shows, appealing to a mainstream audience with a key 25-50 focus, and able to generate conversation” France’s TV industry could be about to […]

The CW, Globo & Movistar Plus buy BBCS docs

US network The CW, Globo in Brazil and Spain’s Movistar Plus+ are among buyers of documentaries from BBC Studios, as the distributor’s virtual Showcase event wraps its week-long run. A Life In Ten Pictures, which re-examines the lives of six famous faces from the recent past through the photographs that have come to define them, […]

Germany’s ZDF orders new series tackling human-led climate change

German broadcaster ZDF has commissioned Surviving Hothouse Earth, a new factual miniseries exploring the issue of climate change. The 3 x 50-minute series is being produced by Bilderfest Factual Entertainment for ZDF in association with France-based Arte and ZDF Enterprises, which also hold international distribution rights. The documentary takes a look into our planet’s distant […]

ZDF, Arte & Crave explore gender identity in German-Canadian co-pro

ZDF in Germany, European broadcaster Arte and Canadian VOD platform Crave have ordered topical science series Naked – Generation Gender. The German-Canadian co-production is produced by Spiegel TV and Primitive Entertainment in association with Crave/Bell Media, ZDF, Arte and global distributor ZDF Enterprises. The documentary goes into production this month and will be launched to […]

‘Harry Wild’ prodco Dynamic hires ZDF int’l commissioner for German co-pros

Harry Wild producer Dynamic Television has poached the commissioning editor for international co-productions at ZDF to oversee its German and European output. Annika Schmidt becomes head of German originals & European co-productions at Dynamic, based out of Germany and reporting into the prodco’s co-founder Klaus Zimmermann. Her remit includes the development and production of scripted drama […]

Show of the week: Green Planet

Natural history legend Sir David Attenborough is back on screens with this latest ambitious and high-end series as he guides viewers through an exploration of our planet from the perspective of its plant life. Travelling to the US, Costa Rica, Croatia and northern Europe, his globe-trotting journey will take in environments from deserts and mountains […]

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