Netherlands, Belgium take “Five Days Inside”
UK-based Magnify Media has sold primetime format Five Days Inside to broadcasters in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Dutch indie Vincent TV Productions will produce the 6 x 60-minute series for RTL4, while Lecter Media will air a 6 x 60-minute series on an as-yet undisclosed Belgian broadcaster.
Five Days Inside (pictured) follows a journalist who sets out to learn what it’s like to live and work behind the closed doors of institutions such as a drug rehab unit, a hospice for the terminally ill, a children’s home, an eating disorder clinic and an old people’s home.
“You have big shows, and then you have important shows. Five Days Inside proved to be both,” said Ole Hedemann, head of formats at NRK, in a statement. “It stands out in our schedule as something unique and heart-warming, despite the seriousness of the topics. It’s a big hit with our audience, and we love that this show is moving to new territories bringing these important untold stories to life elsewhere in the world.”
Melissa Kajpust upped to VP, programming at Super Channel
Canadian premium cable net Super Channel has elevated Melissa Kajpust to vice-president of programming.
In this role, Kajpust will oversee programming direction for three of Super Channel’s four channels (SC1, SC2 and SC Vault) and will be responsible for all U.S. and international program acquisitions for the company. She will report to Don McDonald, president and CEO.
Prior to this position, Melissa was director of programming, international distributors and Canadian pre-sales. She also worked with studio partners such as Fox and Paramount to curate and acquire content for the launch of Super Channel Vault.
Melissa initially joined Super Channel in 2007 as the creative development representative for Manitoba.
First Hand acquires “The Hitler Chronicles”
Swiss distributor First Hand Films has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the doc series The Hitler Chronicles — Blueprint for Dictators.
The series, from German prodco Epoche Media, has been pre-sold to The History Channel on Foxtel (Australia) and SRC (Canada).
The Hitler Chronicles tracks Hitler’s life from cradle to grave. Based on archive material, Hitler’s life is shown against the social backdrop of the first half of the 20th century.
“It’s easy to look back with the historical knowledge we have accumulated to date, but we wanted to take a different approach and explore how Hitler was perceived by others in his day,” said Thorsten Pollfuss, producer and CEO, Epoche Media, in a statement. “As such, we relied only on original sources of material from that era and used very limited narration, so that the series would be powerful enough to transport viewers back in time to authentically ‘experience’ the Hitler era.”