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Extra: Nat Geo readies Secret Service special; Histoire chief resigns

Nat Geo preps “United States Secret Service: On the Front Line” National Geographic is prepping a two-hour special that delves into the high-stakes world of protecting the U.S. president at home ...
September 24, 2018

Nat Geo preps “United States Secret Service: On the Front Line”

National Geographic is prepping a two-hour special that delves into the high-stakes world of protecting the U.S. president at home and around the world.

United States Secret Service: On the Front Line (pictured) was filmed over the course of one year, with Nat Geo given access to four Secret Service special missions. The project looks at the agency’s work at home and abroad and features such key divisions as Protective Operations, Dignitary Protection Division, Special Ops and the Protective Intelligence Division.

Interviews with current and former agents, as well as journalists, offer first-person accounts of close calls and matters of national security that have shaped the protective strategy of the agency. Taking part in the special are Anthony Ornato, special agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division; Chad Ragan, special agent for the Presidential Protective Division; Ann Compton, former White House correspondent for ABC News; and Don Gonyea, national political correspondent for NPR News, and many more.

United States Secret Service: On the Front Line is produced by National Geographic Studios for National Geographic. Executive producers for National Geographic Studios are Jeff Hasler, Brian Lovett and Melissa Wood. Matt Renner is executive producer and VP of original programming and production at National Geographic.

United States Secret Service: On the Front Line premieres October 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic.

Written by Selina Chignall

C4 examines Alzheimer’s with cooking series

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has greenlit a culinary series that aims to destigmatize dementia from Red Arrow Studios-owned CPL Productions and Motion Content Group.

Inspired by a pop-up restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes (5 x 60 minutes) will follow the exploits of a restaurant staffed entirely by Alzheimer’s patients who are put to the test in the high pressure environment of a restaurant kitchen to prepare meals for a host of celebrity diners and members of the public over a five-week period.

A team of experts will oversee the project that could potentially change how businesses recruit, employ and retain staff who find themselves living with dementia.

Executive producers include Murray Boland, Danielle Lux, Trish Powell, Benjamin Leigh and Martin Oxley. The series was co-commissioned by C4′s Ed Havard, head of entertainment, and Sarah Lazenby, head of features and formats.

“A dementia diagnosis doesn’t, and shouldn’t mean the end of a career,” said Lazenby in a statement. “This poignant and timely project aims to open the eyes of employers to the importance of keeping those who live with dementia in work by boosting their confidence and independence.”

TF1′s Histoire chief resigns

Patrick Buisson has resigned from his mandate as CEO of TF1 Group-owned thematic channel Histoire.

The French broadcaster did not specify the reasons for his departure.

The conservative French historian, journalist and political advisor joined the French broadcaster in 2007 as chair, and his contract was renewed in 2015.

Buisson previously served as a former advisor to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, but fell out of favor in 2014 after it was exposed that he kept clandestine recordings of Sarkozy without his knowledge.

The former Minute boss was also charged with concealing and embezzling public funds which granted his research company Publifact to personally profit during Sarkozy’s term in office.

Despite the many controversies, Buisson remained at Histoire where he grew the network’s profits by attracting 2.6 million viewers per month on average in the first half of 2017, up 9% year-over-year.

“The TF1 group thanks him for his commitment over nearly 20 years and the work he has done since he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Histoire channel in 2007,” TF1 said in a statement. “We wish him every success in his future undertakings.”

C5 orders live fundraising campaign

British commercial broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned Emmy-nominated Leeds prodco Daisybeck Studios to produce a live, three-hour television event that will serve as a fundraising campaign for animal charities.

Help the Animals at Christmas will feature guest stars, studio performances and special editions of C5 programs, as well as celebrity ambassadors for five animal charities.

The Leeds-based prodco will work with charities RSPCA, Scottish SPCA, Blue Cross, The Donkey Sanctuary and Wildlife Aid Foundation to produce films about their work in an effort to raise funds to help them continue their work.

The program will premiere this December.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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