Extra: eOne denies ITV takeover, CIFF calls for doc fellows

In today's 'Extra,' Entertainment One denies it is in takeover talks with ITV, Nat Geo bolsters its scripted development team and the Camden International Film Festival puts a call out to docmakers for its Points North Fellowship.
April 14, 2016

Entertainment One denies ITV takeover talks

Entertainment One (eOne) has denied that it is in takeover talks with ITV. Following a Bloomberg report that the Canadian media company was in private discussions with the UK broadcaster, eOne issued a statement on Thursday (April 14) to deny various media reports. “Entertainment One notes the press speculation regarding a potential offer,” the company said. “No approach has been received by eOne.” An ITV spokesperson told realscreen that the company does not comment on speculation.

ITV has participated in a string of high-profile deals in recent years, acquiring production companies such as Talpa, Thinkfactory Media, DiGa, High Noon Entertainment, Gurney Productions and Leftfield Entertainment.

EOne’s stock price has fallen 50% in the past year, but shot up this week amid the takeover rumors. The company recently acquired Grey’s Anatomy producer Mark Gordon Company, Astley Baker Davies, which produces the children’s hit Peppa Pig, and Naked and Afraid producer Renegade 83.

Camden film fest calls for Points North Fellowship submissions

The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) has put out a call for docmakers to submit for its Points North Fellowship. The Fellowship provides six teams of international filmmakers working on feature doc projects with development support through a combination of funding, focused mentorship, workshops, industry meetings and participation in the festival’s Points North Pitch. Additionally, participants in this year’s pitch will receive a US$2,000 cash grant from the Chicago Media Project and an individual donor. The deadline for submissions is July 14. Get full details via the festival’s website. CIFF takes place from September 15 to 18 in Camden, Maine.

Nat Geo hires scripted development exec Hugh Fitzpatrick

National Geographic Channel is continuing to expand its scripted division. Hugh Fitzpatrick, the former head of television for Homeland and 24 producer Teakwood Lane has joined the network as VP of scripted development. He will be based in Los Angeles and report to executive VP and head of global scripted development and production Carolyn Bernstein, who joined Nat Geo last December. Prior to working at Teakwood Lane, Fitzpatrick was VP of scripted programming at BBC Worldwide Productions and was also a television literary agent at WME.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.