DIGITAL / FILM / TV
With reality ratings slumping, documentaries are back in vogue. Execs from U.S. networks and streaming services discuss their reasons for bringing big docs and blue chip projects to their slates.
Lifestyle programming is thriving in the multi-platform era. Realscreen talks to assorted network execs to examine the financial and creative opportunities to be had in the space. (Pictured: FYI’s My City’s Just Not That Into Me)
U.S. cable net E! Entertainment is to air a two-part special titled Keeping Up with the Kardashians: About Bruce, in which the family (pictured) discusses Bruce Jenner’s transitioning from male to female.
In the third and final part of realscreen’s comprehensive coverage, we present seven projects pitched on day two (April 30) of the Hot Docs Forum.
Further bolstering its reality and non-fiction operations, Toronto-headquartered producer-distributor Breakthrough Entertainment has named Chantal Jackson (pictured) as head of development for alternative content.
The Closer We Get, Karen Guthrie’s study of a strained family dynamic, took the prize for best international feature documentary at the Hot Docs awards presentation on May 1.
The San Francisco Film Society has awarded The Island and the Whales, Learning to Forget (pictured) and The Oakland Police Project a total of US$75,000 through its Documentary Film Fund.
With the former NATPE president and CEO (pictured) leaving the organization after a year, the U.S. based Non-Fiction Producers Association is looking for a permanent executive director.
In this week’s round-up, renewals are in store for Bravo Media’s Married to Medicine, History’s American Pickers and WE tv’s Braxton Family Values (pictured).