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Extra: NFB preps Tanya Tagaq doc; C4 orders ob-doc from Field Day

Royal Television Society calls for award entries The Royal Television Society (RTS) has issued a call for entries for the upcoming RTS Programme Awards 2018. The awards program seeks to recognize UK series which have ...
October 20, 2017

Royal Television Society calls for award entries

The Royal Television Society (RTS) has issued a call for entries for the upcoming RTS Programme Awards 2018.

The awards program seeks to recognize UK series which have made a material and positive contribution to their genre through originality, creative risk-taking or due to their standard-setting quality.

Wayne Garvie, president of international production at Sony Pictures Television, will chair the awards.

“We ask all organizations to show awareness in their selection of entries of the need for recognizing diversity in our industry and in our wider community,” he said in a statement. “I’d also stress that entries created primarily for online streaming and delivery are very welcome – not solely content created for broadcast.”

The closing date for entries is Friday, Dec. 8. All entries must be submitted using the RTS Online Awards Entry System and programs entered should have been first transmitted between the period Nov. 1, 2016 and Oct. 31, 2017.

The nominations will be announced at a breakfast reception on March 9, 2018, with the awards to be presented on March 20, 2018 in London.

Chelsea McMullan, Tanya Tagaq team on new NFB doc

The National Film Board of Canada’s Ontario Studio in Toronto is now in production on Throat, a doc featuring Inuk artist and activist Tanya Tagaq.

Tagaq is a musical artist from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, whose work has been influenced by the Inuit throat-singing tradition. She’s worked with artists including Bjork and the Kronos Quartest, building global acclaim for her solo recordings and live performances. She has used this international profile to help speak to the injustices and tragedies she’s seen in Canadian society.

The doc is co-created by Chelsea McMullan, who previously worked on NFB’s musical documentary My Prairie Home.

“We are thrilled to be working with Chelsea again, and embarking on what will undoubtedly be a creative and inspiring journey between these two distinctive artists,” said NFB producer Lea Marin, in a statement.

Throat will launch in the winter of 2019. It is co-created by McMullan and Tagaq, and produced by Marin and executive produced by Anita Lee for the NFB.

C4 orders ob-doc from Field Day

London-based Field Day Productions has been commissioned to produce a three-part observational doc series that will profile the U.S. Embassy in London.

Filmed over a six-month period, the doc will aim to go behind-the-scenes to showcase how the modern U.S. Embassy works, following the appointment of a new ambassador, its relocation to another site, and how its approach has changed following Brexit.

“We are delighted to be working on our first commission for Channel 4 on a series that will open up the workings of a previously closed piece of America that sits inside the UK,” said Field Day EP Sally Angel in a statement.

The series was commissioned by Dorothy Byrne, C4 head of news and current affairs. Series producer will be Simon Gilchrist, and executive producers are Roger Graef and Sally Angel.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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