Extra: Endemol invests in Douglas, Nat Geo goes WildBear

In today's 'Extra,' Endemol Shine UK claims a 50% stake in Lenny Henry and Barbara Emile's Douglas Road, Brinkworth Films rolls out a global sales and rights arm, and WildBear scores Nat Geo Wild orders. (Pictured: Brinkworth's Secrets of the Mona Lisa)
December 10, 2015

Endemol Shine UK claims stake in Douglas Road
Endemol Shine UK has acquired a 50% stake in UK-based prodco Douglas Road Productions. Founded last year by actor/comedian Lenny Henry and BAFTA Award-winning producer Barbara Emile, the company produces and develops content across the drama, comedy and factual genres, including the Sky Arts documentary When Lenny Got the Blues. The deal will see original content developed for the UK marketplace distributed globally by Endemol Shine International. Douglas Road joins a roster of prodcos under the Endemol Shine UK umbrella, including Artist Studio, Bandit TV, DSP, Dragonfly, Fifty Fathoms, Initial, Remarkable Television and Shine TV.

Nat Geo Wild orders 10 hours from WildBear
U.S. net Nat Geo Wild has ordered 10 hours of wildlife content from Australian prodco WildBear Entertainment. Titles include The Wildest River in the World (3 x 50 minutes), a 4K copro series with Nat Geo Wild in which cameras chart the varying landscapes that run along the Kinabatangan River in Borneo, from the Maliau Basin through to the Pacific Ocean; Dolphin Dynasty (1 x 50 minutes), a 4K copro with Sea Dog TV International and Moers Media that chronicles three generations of dolphins from a well-known pod in Australia’s Shark Bay; Faces Only a Mother Could Love (3 x 50 minutes), exploring the functionality of visibly unattractive creatures, including naked mole rats and pangolins; and Moody Beasts (3 x 50 minutes), examining the impact of hormones on animal behavior. All four series will be distributed throughout Nat Geo Wild’s 140 international markets.

Brinkworth Films goes global
London-based factual indie Brinkworth Films has launched Brinkworth Films International to manage sales and rights. Former National Geographic Television International exec Margaret Yoshida will head up the division. The announcement comes after the BBC2 premiere of investigative doc Secrets of the Mona Lisa (1 x 60 minutes) on December 9, which generated considerable interest from international broadcasters. The documentary, presented by art expert Andrew Graham-Dixon (pictured), utilized new technology to uncover who the real Mona Lisa was while unearthing news that three additional images lay beneath the surface of Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic painting.

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