Extra: Will Smith to host Nat Geo’s “One Strange Rock”; Cisneros joins Parrot Analytics board

Will Smith to host Nat Geo’s One Strange Rock Actor Will Smith will host National Geographic’s upcoming tentpole series One Strange Rock from filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and Nutopia producer Jane Root. Smith will ...
December 5, 2017

Will Smith to host Nat Geo’s One Strange Rock

Actor Will Smith will host National Geographic’s upcoming tentpole series One Strange Rock from filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and Nutopia producer Jane Root.

Smith will guide viewers through the 10-episode series produced by Protozoa Pictures and Nutopia which journeys across the globe and into outer space.

In the addition to Smith, astronauts including Chris Hadfield and Mae Jemison will bring their insight to the narrative. Themes explored throughout the series include the genesis of life, death, breath, cosmic violence, human intelligence, sacrifice, terraforming and more.

One Strange Rock is slated to premiere globally on National Geographic in March 2018.

Adriana Cisneros joins Parrot Analytics board of directors

Cisneros CEO Adriana Cisneros has joined the board of directors of big data analytics firm Parrot Analytics.

In addition to Cisneros and board director Bruce Tuchman, current Parrot Analytics board members include David Bishop, a media industry strategist for David Bishop Media, Inc. and former president of Sony Pictures Entertainment and president & COO of MGM Home Entertainment; and Adam Clark, an advisor to several start-ups and one of the creators of M-Com.

“Over the past year or so, it has become abundantly clear to me that our conventional ways of measuring the popularity of content are vastly outdated and deficient. I made some sweeping changes within my own company to change our processes and, in so doing, became fascinated with big data analytics,” said Cisneros, in a statement. “Parrot Analytics’ global demand measurement system is at the forefront of a widespread shift in our industry to more accurately gauge demand for content. This is not just the future, it’s the ‘now’ – the new standard.”

Parrot Analytics bills itself as the only global, real-time, platform-agnostic TV audience demand measurement system.

Syndicado acquires Nordic and Russian content for U.S. digital distribution 

Toronto-based digital distribution company Syndicado has brokered agreements with two European companies that give the company digital distribution rights to more than 70 hours of indie documentary and feature film content for the U.S. and multiple territories.

The deal with Danish sales and distribution business LevelK will expand Syndicado’s catalog to encompass over 20 arthouse and indie films including several official TIFF selections and eco-documentary The Last Ocean in the U.S. The deal also sees Syndicado acquire the digital rights for the UK, Australasia and South Africa on various titles.

Syndicado has also inked a digital distribution deal for the U.S., UK and Canada with Russian production company Look Film for 54 hours of content.

The deal features 20 scripted feature and documentary films and unscripted history and reality series including the movie The Soul of a Spy. The slate also features several World War II docu-films, studying key events in the conflict from the Russian perspective including 1944: The Battle for Crimea, Prague; May 1945 and Liberation.

Plimsoll Wales scores first commission with Bringing Home Baby
BBC Wales has ordered its first doc series from Plimsoll Wales, a new arm of Plimsoll Productions.

Bringing Home Baby (4 x 60) aims to go behind closed doors to reveal the ups and downs inherent in having a new baby. The series, which is part observational doc and part specialist factual, will follow the lives of six babies and their parents through their first six months. A team of experts will observe, comment and explain what is happening over the course of the time period, providing insights and context.

Bringing Home Baby is commissioned by Nick Andrews, head of commissioning and editor for BBC Wales. Jobim Sampson, James Smith, Amy Joyce and Karen Plumb serve as executive producers for Plimsoll. 

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.