News round-up: Nat Geo boards Mayan doc, NBC orders ‘Non-Evil Twin’ pilot

Nat Geo boards Mayan doc National Geographic, ZDFinfo and TV5 Quebec have boarded Pernel Media’s documentary series Rise and Fall of the Mayas. They will broadcast the 4 x 60-minute series worldwide apart from in the US, German-speaking Europe and French Canada respectively. Originally commissioned by RMC Decouverte and pre-bought by Histoire TV for the French market, the series features access to […]

ZDF Studios & Curiosity explore ‘Restless Planet’ in co-pro docuseries

ZDF Studios subsidiary ZDF Digital has partnered with Curiosity and ZDFinfo for Restless Planet (working title), a new science series exploring the history of the world. The 5 x 50-minute Curiosity original science documentary series spans 4.5 billion years when Earth was first formed through to the modern day, exploring the dramatic history of our […]

France TV, Yandex & Movistar+ among buyers of ‘Universe’ and ‘The Mating Game’

France Télévisions, Yandex in Russia and Movistar+ in Spain are among buyers of BBC Studios (BBCS) science series Universe and natural history show The Mating Game. Universe, from BBCS Science Unit, reveals awe-inspiring wonders from space and recreates dramatic moments that defined Earth’s destiny using CGI imagery and archival footage. Pre-sale deals have been struck […]

News round-up: TVN snags Fremantle’s ‘kindness’ format; Eccho sells ‘Legacy’; Can’t Stop’s ‘Pharaohs’ travel

TVN takes Fremantle’s Great Giveback Poland’s TVN has ordered a local version of a reality format originally created by Motive Television in Ireland, with Fremantle selling globally. The Great Giveback, which launched on Virgin Media One in Ireland earlier this year, sees successful and well-off families connecting with those less fortunate in their community. They […]