GRB announces doc sales in Brazil, Japan, UK
LA-based distributor and producer GRB Entertainment had sold a slate of four docs in Brazil, Japan and the UK.
Globosat Brazil renewed Remembering Whitney, a doc about legendary singer Whitney Houston. The one-hour special celebrates the legacy of the Grammy award-winner, featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with Houston, exclusive concerts, private home videos and insight from her family, including her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown.
Over in Japan, Nippon Television Network has acquired Michael Sam — a 65-minute doc about the life of Michael Sam, the first openly gay U.S. football player in the NFL. Cameras follow Sam (pictured) on his journey from the University of Missouri to the biggest professional sports league in America.
Elsewhere, Sky UK acquired two docs including Confessions of a Superhero, which follows the lives of three men and one woman who make their living working as superhero characters on the sidewalks of the infamous Hollywood Boulevard.
Sky has also picked up The Mona Lisa Myth — a doc narrated by Morgan Freeman. The period docu-drama takes audiences through the ups and downs of Leonardo Da Vinci’s life, including his struggling years in Florence, the controversy surrounding The Mona Lisa and finally, his retirement at the French royal court in Amboise.
James Quinn exits Maverick
James Quinn has stepped down from his role as creative director at All3Media-owned Maverick Television.
“James has left to follow new creative challenges and although only with Maverick for a short period of time, we wish him well for the future,” a Maverick spokesperson told realscreen, adding that Quinn left the company on June 26.
Quinn joined Maverick from Sky where he was a factual commissioning editor. Prior to that role, he worked at Oxford Films & Television where he was head of special projects.
His credits include the Channel 4 doc Psychopath Night and BBC’s documentary sitcom Life is Toff. He also worked as head of factual for October Films where he made several docs for C4′s ‘Cutting Edge’ strand.
Channel 4 Daytime commissions The £100K Drop
UK pubcaster Channel 4 Daytime has commissioned Endemol Shine Group’s Remarkable Television for 60 episodes of the game show The £100K Drop.
Davina McCall will host the revamped afternoon show, which features contestants who take on “the drop” in an attempt to win a cash prize.
At the top of every game, a pair of contestants begin with £100,000. In order to take the money home, they must answer seven questions, and each question answered incorrectly means they will see thousands of pounds of cash drop through the floor before their eyes.
The format made its international debut on C4 in the UK in May 2010. Since then, it has been sold to 54 territories including the U.S., Germany, Russia, Australia and Mongolia.
The £100K Drop will air on C4 in 2018. It was commissioned by Syeda Irtizaali, commissioning editor, entertainment for C4 and will be executive produced by James Fox and Richard Hague at Remarkable Television. The series producer will be Sam Munday.