All 4, the OTT platform for UK broadcaster Channel 4 has ordered I Was There When: House Took Over The World, a new series that documents the birth of house music from its origins in Chicago to its domination of the UK club scene and pop charts.
The two-part series is the first commission from Amsterdam-based entertainment company, Pi Studios, led by ex-VICE Media global executive producer and ex-C4 commissioner Ravi Amaratunga Hitchcock.
Directed by Jake Sumner, the documentary stars music icon Nile Rodgers and house music legends Marshall Jefferson, Jesse Saunders, Chip E, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Honey Dijon amongst others.
The show’s commission also includes a media partnership with Lad Bible.
I Was There When: House Took Over The World was ordered by All 4′s managing editor Charlie Palmer and commissioning editor Thom Gulseven. It is executive produced by Hitchcock.
Elsewhere, C4 has commissioned the new series Manhunt: The Search for Natalie Hemming from award-winning prodco True Vision & True Vision Air.
The series follows the investigation into 31-year-old Natalie Hemming (pictured), who seemingly disappeared without a trace on May 1, 2016. Her distraught mother phoned emergency two days later, triggering what became one of the biggest missing person’s search in the history of Thames Valley Police.
Filmed over two years with the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, each episode of the Manhunt (w/t) series will focus on one crime and the hunt for the criminals involved. The feature will examine all aspects of the case and what takes place when the mother of three’s disappearance becomes a murder enquiry.
The film also follows Hemming’s family as they struggle to come to terms with the upsetting news.
Manhunt: The Search for Natalie Hemming is directed by multi-award winning filmmaker Anna Hall It has been commissioned for C4 by deputy head of documentaries Amy Flanagan. The executive producer is Brian Woods.