Extra: BBC2 orders “Suspect”; Grierson board adds exec

In today's 'Extra' wrap, Sky commissioner James Quinn boards the Grierson Trust's board of trustees, while BBC2 orders a true crime doc from Minnow Films and AFI Docs reveals its opening and closing night films. (Pictured: Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You)
April 25, 2016

Sky exec joins Grierson Trust board of trustees

James Quinn, Sky commissioner for factual and documentaries, has joined the Grierson Trust’s board of trustees following the exit of Celia Taylor. Quinn commissions doc series and factual programs for both Sky 1 and Sky Arts, as well as feature docs for Sky Atlantic and theatrical release. His fellow trustees include Grant Thornton’s Liz Brion; Coutts and Co.’s Judith Chan; ITV’s Jo Clinton-Davis; Renegade Pictures’ Alex Cooke; Channel 4′s Amy Flanagan; The British Council’s Briony Hanson; Firecracker Films’ David DeHaney; Century Films’ Liesel Evans; City Screen’s Chris Harris; Minnow Films’ Morgan Matthews; the BBC’s Tom McDonald; Voltage TV’s Sanjay Singhal; and Dogwoof’s Andy Whittaker.

BBC2 orders true crime doc from Minnow Films

UK pubcaster BBC2 has ordered a documentary that re-examines two 1996 murders in Chillenden, Kent. Produced by Minnow Films, Suspect (working title) will delve back into the cases, which saw the murders of a local woman and her daughter, along with the attempted murder of a nine-year-old. After a year-long investigation, police arrested a Kent man, who was later convicted of the crimes and sentenced to life imprisonment. Suspect will examine the conviction and explore new information around the case. Minnow Films most recently produced Abused: The Untold StoryHow to Die: Simon’s Choice and The Detectives.

“BBC documentaries do not shy away from tackling complex and difficult subjects, and this film will investigate all angles of this shocking crime,” said Patrick Holland, head of docs for the pubcaster, in a statement.

“Zero Days,” “Norman Lear” to book-end AFI Docs

Washington DC-set festival AFI Docs will open with Alex Gibney’s Zero Days and close with Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (pictured). The opening night gala for Gibney’s film marks its North American premiere, and will feature a Q&A with the director following the screening. The screening of Norman Lear will similarly hold a discussion with the two directors as well as subject Norman Lear. AFI Docs runs from June 22 to 26. Both screenings will take place at news and journalism museum, the Newseum.

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