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Extra: Opal H. Bennett boards AmDoc; Cineflix Rights takes “Storm Stories”

Opal H. Bennett to join AmDoc as ‘POV Shorts’ producer  American Documentary (AmDoc), the parent organization of the PBS documentary series ‘POV’, has rounded out its creative team with the appointment of ...
November 26, 2019

Opal H. Bennett to join AmDoc as ‘POV Shorts’ producer 

American Documentary (AmDoc), the parent organization of the PBS documentary series ‘POV’, has rounded out its creative team with the appointment of Opal H. Bennet as producer for ‘POV Shorts’.

Bennett (pictured) was most recently shorts programmer for the Montclair and Nantucket Film Festivals. She is currently a programmer for Aspen ShortsFest, Athena Film Festival and DOC NYC, while also consulting for the March on Washington Film Festival.

Additionally, Bennett serves on the selection committee for shorts at Cinema Eye Honors and the International Documentary Association.

She has previously served on juries for SXSW, IndieMemphis, NewFest, Leuven ShortsFest, New Orleans, Cleveland and Seattle International Film Festivals, among other festivals.

‘POV’ has also promoted a number of staff members on its programming and production teams, including Sophie Harari to associate producer for ‘POV’; Nicky Cook to media coordinator; and Robert Chang to coordinating producer for ‘America ReFramed.’

‘POV Shorts’ is a public television series dedicated to short-form non-fiction films.

Cineflix braces for Storm Stories: The Next Chapter

UK-headquartered indie TV content distributor Cineflix Rights has taken the exclusive global distribution rights to science and natural history series Storm Stories: The Next Chapter from American broadcaster The Weather Channel.

Produced by Towers Productions, the 8 x 60-minute documents first-hand survivor testimonies of devastating and deadly weather phenomenon, including hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, wildfires and mudslides. Through a combination of archival footage, CGI and reenactments, the series will reveal the bravery and ingenuity of each individual, while showcasing the sheer force of each storm.

The deal with The Weather Channel was brokered by Cineflix’s Giuliana Benvenuto, manager of acquisitions for North America.

Blue Ant sells Prison internationally, with season two on the way

Blue Ant International, the distribution arm of Blue Ant Media, has sent Spring Films’ award-winning vérité series Prison to nine international broadcasters across 82 territories.

In Europe, the 3 x 60-minute series has been licensed by W9 (M6 Group) for French-speaking Europe, TV2 AS in Norway, RTL in Luxembourg, Polsat Poland, Discovery Networks Italy, and Autentic for German-speaking Europe.

The series has also been picked up throughout the Oceania region by Nine Network Australia and Sky in New Zealand, while Bell Media has in North America has acquired season one for its French-language services.

Prison has recently been renewed for a sophomore season – also running 3 x 60 minutes – ahead of next month’s Content London, where it is available for pre-sale.

Originally commissioned by Channel 4 in the UK, season two will shift its focus to female offenders and the complex bonds they share with the officers and the prison itself. The series will focus on the challenges of female inmates as they struggle with relationships, self-harm and the potential destruction of their family life.

“These new Prison sales for season one exemplify our commitment to bringing high-quality and thought-provoking programs to buyers and audiences internationally,” said Solange Attwood, EVP at Blue Ant International, in a statement. “We’re glad to have the chance to sell such a high-caliber series as Prison and we look forward to debuting Spring Films’ second season of the franchise for pre-sale this month.”

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Jillian Morgan is a staff writer at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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