Extra: Lionsgate inks Anderson, C4 builds “Flat Pack” doc

In today's 'Extra,' Lionsgate inks an overall TV deal with The Soup exec producer K.P. Anderson (pictured), while Channel 4 commissions Boomerang for a doc on prefab homes, and Steve Spangler will host a pop science series.
February 12, 2016

Lionsgate, K.P. Anderson ink overall television deal

Vancouver- and Santa Monica-based content studio Lionsgate has secured an overall television deal with K.P. Anderson (pictured), executive producer and head writer of E!’s The Soup , to develop original series and formats via his Pygmy Wolf Productions banner.

Under the agreement, Pygmy Wolf will provide Lionsgate with the exclusive rights to its forthcoming slate of alternative and scripted television content.

The Anderson deal marks some of the latest activity from Lionsgate, which acquired a major stake in Craig Piligian‘s Pilgrim Studios in November and signed an overall television deal with unscripted producers David Shumsky and Mark Harris in January. Lionsgate TV’s stable of unscripted series includes Freeform’s Monica the Medium, Hulu’s RocketJump: The Show, E!’s Christina Milian: Turned Up and GSN’s Hellevator.

Anderson’s development and production credits include such series as BBC America’s The Nerdist, Nickelodeon’s You Gotta See This, Style Network’s The Dish, G4′s Web Soup and Versus’ Sports Soup.

YouTuber Spangler to host science series

Steve Spangler, YouTube personality and ‘The Science Guy’ for The Ellen Show, will host a pop-science series to be syndicated across Fox affiliates in the U.S. via the ‘Xploration Station’ programming block. DIY Sci, premiering in the fall, will feature Spangler using everyday items in scientific experiments.

The programming block is produced by Steve Rotfeld Productions (SRP), and other content within the block, geared towards promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, includes nature and technology series Xploration: Nature Knows Best, hosted by marine biologist Danni Washington; Xploration Awesome Planet, hosted by environmentalist Philippe Cousteau; Xploration Outer Space, hosted by aeronautics expert Emily Calandrelli; Xploration Earth 2050, hosted by futurist Chuck Pell; and Xploration FabLab, a series illustrating the positive impact science and technology has in our lives.

Autlook shopping Becoming Zlatan

Vienna-based distributor Autlook has acquired international sales rights to Becoming Zlatan.

The doc, which premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, profiles the rise of Swedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic using rare archival footage and interviews with Zlatan shot over six years. It was directed by Fredrik and Magnus Gertten.

Autlook picked up the doc just before the Berlinale and is shopping a 95-minute cut to buyers at the European Film Market, which runs concurrently to the festival through February 19.

Ahead of Berlin, producers sold theatrical rights to Rai Cinema in Italy, September Film in the Netherlands and Sweden’s Triart, which will open the film on 200 screens in the Scandinavian country this year.

Channel 4 builds up Flat Pack Mansions

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has ordered the hour-long documentary Flat Pack Mansions from Cardiff-based producer Boomerang. The film will feature a comprehensive look at the world of pre-fabricated supersized homes that are being built cheaper and faster through advanced technology, from luxury penthouses built in a day to mansions sitting on cliff edges.

Jon Lloyd serves as executive producer on the series, which was commissioned by Anna Miralis, C4′s commissioning editor of documentary. Twofour Rights will distribute Flat Pack Mansions worldwide.

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