Extra: Lalita Krishna joins Hot Docs board; Travel Channel preps “Legend Hunter”

Lalita Krishna named co-chair of Hot Docs’ board of directors Canadian documentary film festival Hot Docs has named filmmaker and founder of In Sync Media Lalita Krishna as co-chair of its board of directors. Krishna succeeds ...
November 21, 2018

Lalita Krishna named co-chair of Hot Docs’ board of directors

Canadian documentary film festival Hot Docs has named filmmaker and founder of In Sync Media Lalita Krishna as co-chair of its board of directors.

Krishna succeeds board member Michael McMahon who is stepping down from his role as co-chair of the board.

McMahon, who is president and executive producer at Primitive Entertainment, has spent more than 18 years with the Canadian festival, serving as co-chair of the board for 15 of those years. Working alongside co-chair Robin Mirsky, McMahon helped to guide the growth of the Hot Docs Festival, including the purchase of the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in 2016. McMahon also helped diversify the funding opportunities the festival provides filmmakers, including the development of its production funds presently valued at over CA$10 million.

Krishna, meanwhile, won the Best Canadian Documentary at the 2015 Reelworld Film Festival with her film Listen to Me. She also took home the 2013 Crystal Award for mentorship from Women in Film and Television. She is the recipient of the 2012 Reelworld Film Festival’s Trailblazer Award, and the Dream Catcher Award given by the New Jersey-based Hope and Dreams Festival.

A former Hot Docs board member, Krishna is currently the co-chair of the Ontario chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada.

Travel Channel readies Legend Hunter

Wildlife biologist and explorer Pat Spain is leaving his lab to unearth the unsolved riddles, historic conundrums and mythic events in Travel Channel’s upcoming true crime series, Legend Hunter.

The seven-episode series features Spain (pictured) as he uses scientific expertise and cutting-edge tech to examine infamous tales of murder, theft and unexplained events. He journeys on a mission to recover a $20 million stolen Irish fortune, uncovers new evidence that could reveal the identity of Jack the Ripper, and goes on a quest to find a werewolf-like creature in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

In the series premiere, the explorer cracks open the notorious Lizzie Borden murder case to find out who really took an ax to her father and stepmother. Spain gains exclusive access to Borden’s home, belongings and previously sealed family documents. Using psychographic profiling and statistical theory, among other tools, Spain unearths a surprising new suspect never before connected to the case.

Legend Hunter premiers Jan. 8, 2019 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel.

ABC News explores the royal life of Meghan Markle in new special 

ABC News will take an up-close look at how Meghan Markle has adjusted to royal life in the months following her wedding in the one-hour primetime special Meghan’s New Life: The Real Princess Diaries.

The one-off film will explore how Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has been slipped into her new life, role and family after marrying Prince Harry nearly six months ago. Now pregnant with her first child and completing her first international tour with her husband, Markle is officially on the world stage.

Meghan’s New Life: The Real Princess Diaries will look at the new family dynamics, how Markle is honoring Princess Diana’s legacy, the Dutchess’ burgeoning relationship with the Queen, her humanitarian work and how she will navigate motherhood in the spotlight.

Alastair Bruce, who helped the Duchess of Sussex design her new coat of arms, will provide authentic insights into Markle’s new life and lead a roster of Royal commentators – including former palace insiders, historians, contemporaries of the young Royals, and longtime observers of the Royal Family.

The special is executive produced by Jeanmarie Condon for ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions.

Meghan’s New Life: The Real Princess Diaries premieres Nov. 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.

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