Extra: ITV marks Queen’s 90th, A+E grows in Middle East

In today's 'Extra' wrap, ITV has commissioned a documentary celebrating the Queen's 90th, A+E Networks launches H2 across the Middle East, and Brian Flanagan forms a new full-service prodco. (Pictured: H2's Brad Meltzer's Lost History)
February 1, 2016

ITV celebrates The Queen’s 90th birthday 

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered the tentatively titled The Queen at Ninety from London-based producer Oxford Film and Television.

The two-hour film will provide exclusive access to Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family from the over the last year, including Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales; Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The film, which was commissioned by ITV’s controller of factual Jo Clinton Davis and director of factual Richard Klein, will also mix archive footage and interviews with leading national and international figures.

Nick Kent serves as executive producer for Oxford Film and Television, with Ashley Gething directing and producing.

A+E Networks expands in Middle East

A+E Networks has launched H2 HD, an extension of the History brand, throughout the Middle East with pay-TV network OSN.

H2 will provide viewers across the region with series and specials geared toward a “deep perspective” of history from across the globe, including Last Days of the Nazis, Brad Meltzer’s Lost History (pictured) and the sixth season of The Universe.

Meanwhile, A+E flagship channel History, which spotlights history by celebrating intrepid individuals who go out and make their mark, will see a more tailored schedule with the rollout of a local feed across the territory.

The channels will launch concurrently today (February 1).

Arabic programming will be available on History for primetime beginning March 1. H2 will be fully available in Arabic starting April 1.

Former Magilla exec forms full-service prodco

Former Magilla Entertainment co-founder and partner Brian Flanagan has partnered with sports, film and branded content producers Michael and Anthony Amoia to launch Switchblade Entertainment Group, a full-service production house.

Based out of New York, the company will focus on developing and producing unscripted series, documentaries, sports programming and online/offline commercial content for traditional and non-traditional mediums.

Flanagan, whose production credits include Long Island Medium and Moonshiners, will work alongside Michael Amoia to head up development and sales. Anthony Amoia, meanwhile, will oversee production and the company’s daily operations.

The Amoias’ Vidiots, a full-service post-production firm, will slowly be folded into the Switchblade banner within the coming months.

The new company is represented by CAA.


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