DIGITAL / PEOPLE NEWS
Actor Gillian Jacobs (pictured) talks to realscreen about making her directorial debut with short doc The Queens of Code, on late computing pioneer Grace Hopper, for ESPN and FiveThirtyEight’s ‘Signals’ series.
New York-based prodco Jane Street Entertainment has launched a division entitled ‘Yum,’ which is to focus solely on food-related formats. (Pictured L-R: showrunners Vivian Sorenson, Kate Kenny)
BLOGS / FILM
Realscreen correspondent Michael Speier offers his reaction to Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (pictured), following its Sundance world premiere.
U.S. net BET has picked up a 44 Blue- and Whoopi Goldberg-produced docuseries focusing on the actor’s daughter Alex Martin, for its Centric cable channel. (Pictured L-R: Goldberg, 44 Blue’s Stephanie Drachkovitch)
PEOPLE NEWS / TV
Execs from TruTV in the UK are heading to the Realscreen Summit next week, seeking coproduction partners to develop “high-volume, character-led content.” (Pictured: Ian McDonough, Turner Broadcasting’s MD for the UK and Northern Europe)
The UK-based digital content producer/distributor has commissioned six 30-minute docs, including Landing Sharks (pictured), that will premiere on the Barcroft TV YouTube channel before becoming available for linear TV acquisition.
Five doc filmmakers gathered for ‘The Future of Documentaries,’ a crowded Sundance panel session discussing the use of new technology in the non-fiction arena.
Realscreen talks to directors Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe about the secretive shoot – and fundraising process – for (T)error (pictured), which follows an FBI counter-terrorism operation from the perspective of an informant.
Canadian broadcast company Blue Ant Media has ordered a 10-part wildlife series entitled Mysteries of the Mekong from Danish indie GoodLuck/Green Asia Film in association with London-based indie Antidote Media.
Denver-based prodco Everwise Entertainment has partnered with adventurer and mountain biker Patrick Sweeney (pictured) on an event format entitled Racing Down from the Top of the World.
Global producer-distributor Off the Fence has expanded its acquisitions team with the hiring of former Indigo Film & Television sales exec Loren Syer-Willoughby (pictured).