On the Slate: September, Gebrueder Beetz and Buck

Petals, pregnant men and pioneers: yep, it's the new productions from September Films, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion and Buck Productions.
September 18, 2008

Petals, pregnant men and pioneers: yep, it’s the new productions from September Films, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion and Buck Productions.

Flower Porn
‘It’s basically flower porn,’ jokes Sean Buckley, executive producer and director at Buck Productions, about the prodcos latest program Petal Pushers. ‘Just kidding.’ What Petal Pushers is, is a program akin to Ace of Cakes or Miami Ink except, rather than hanging out with cake decorators and tattoo artists, florists are the subjects of this 13 x 30 minute series. Created by Buck for HGTV and due to debut in January, 2009, Petal Pushers is a spin off of Buck’s Rich Bride, Poor Bride using Karina Lemke’s flower shop as its base. The program blends the struggles of running a business and dealing with clients on tight deadlines with hands on information about flower arranging.

In addition to this new reality series, Buck Productions is unveiling seasons two and three of Rich Bride, Poor Bride internationally and is currently in production on season four.

He’s knocked up?
It sounds like something one might see on Maury Povich or Jerry Springer, but Oprah was the daytime talk show host to break the story of the world’s first pregnant man. September Films picked up from there and followed Thomas Beatie to make the appropriately titled doc, The Pregnant Man.

Beatie was Miss Hawaii before his sex change. Once he was officially surgically transformed into a man he was artificially inseminated and had a child with his spouse, and September followed him from the first scans to birth. This one of a kind one-hour doc is currently being edited for Channel 4 and Discovery and the $600,000 doc is being presold worldwide.

After the doc about the first man to have a baby, September is working on another first, the company’s premiere children’s series Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab. Hammond, the host of Top Gear, directs kids in this studio-based, 26 x 30 minute science challenge show that pits two teams of three children against each other as they perform scientific experiments using household objects. The teams will make a hovercraft out of cardboard and balloons and engineer a hot air balloon themselves. The format is being sold into other territories by DCD Rights.

Emperor tomato ketchup
Levis jeans, Heinz ketchup, Steinway pianos and Dracula, the film. What do they all have in common? They’re all created by Germans who moved to the States to pursue the American dream. And, they’re all the subject of gebrueder beetz Filmproduktion’s newest doc series Pioneers Turned Millionaires. The 8 x 52 minute series will feature brave inventors who took a chance in a new country and found a big payoff in the end. Each doc will tell the stories through reenactments, archival footage, expert interviews and meetings with the descendants of each entrepreneur. The €1.5 million HD project is being made in partnership with NDR/ARTE, Thirteen/WNET and Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig Holstein and is due to be completed at the end of 2009.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.