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Extra: HBO, Axios team on news docuseries; EDN searches for new director

HBO partners with Axios on news docuseries Premium cable network HBO has inked a deal with media company Axios for a limited docuseries of news-oriented specials that will bow on the ...
August 8, 2018

HBO partners with Axios on news docuseries

Premium cable network HBO has inked a deal with media company Axios for a limited docuseries of news-oriented specials that will bow on the network this fall.

Emmy winner Matthew O’Neill of HBO’s Baghdad ER and Perri Peltz of the net’s Warning: This Drug May Kill You will direct and produce the programs, working with Axios journalists to spotlight the week ahead in politics, business and technology, and big topics shaping the future.

This limited docuseries on HBO will feature a combination of breaking news content, exclusive interviews and short profiles to “help audiences better understand the big trends reshaping America and the world.”

Axios was founded in 2016 by former Politico co-founder Mike Allen; former Politico chief White House correspondent, Jim VandeHei; and former Politico chief revenue officer, Roy Schwartz. The news and info site offers original and narrated coverage of media trends, tech, business and politics.

“The world needs new, smarter ways to better understand the dominant personalities and definitive trends changing politics, business, technology and our lives,” said Axios CEO VandeHei in a statement. “We see this combination of HBO, Axios and award-winning storytellers as a powerful way of bringing clarity and meaning to the most consequential topics.”

Paul Pauwels to depart as EDN director

The European Documentary Network is seeking a new director to head its Copenhagen, Denmark headquarters.

The announcement comes as Paul Pauwels (pictured) has decided to resign from his role as director when his contract ends in May 2019. He  has been at the helm of the association since May 2013.

The new director will begin in the post from early 2019 onwards, with an announcement of the new director to come this November. Interested parties have until Sept. 7 to contact Jörg Winkelmann via email at jorg@edn.network with their applications.

EDN serves as Europe’s largest documentary association and seeks to provide documentary consulting and information regarding opportunities for funding, financing, development, co-production, distribution and collaboration across borders.

“To quit a demanding but very satisfying job, to say goodbye to a wonderful team and no longer being able to serve the documentary community – that I love so much – is not something that I decided overnight. I could have gone on until retirement but I had to ask myself whether this would have been the best solution for EDN. In all frankness, I don’t think I could give a positive answer to that,” said Pauwels in a statement.

“This team is now confronted with a fast changing media environment for which a new path will have to be developed in order to be able to serve the documentary community,” he continued. “Over the past decades, the media have evolved step by step and it was a normal thing that those who had been active in them climbed the ladder and, at a certain moment, offered their experience to their community in a leadership role.

“Today, with the media going through a real revolution, that kind of acquired experience doesn’t hold the same value anymore as it once did and there’s a need for an energetic person who has the talents to deal with the future challenges and to support the team in their work. Let it be clear, however, that I have no intention to distance myself from EDN. I hope that there will be a way in which I can still support the association and push it forward to fulfill its mission, even if in a less active role than during the wonderful past years.”

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