Ahead of its global debut on TLC this Sunday (July 27), realscreen talks to Discovery Networks International exec Jon Sechrist about TLC’s Escaping Alaska (pictured) and the northern stereotypes he hopes the series will debunk.
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Commissioners from UK nets including the BBC, ITV and Sky will converge at the inaugural Realscreen London in October, where they will join a host of their U.S. counterparts. (Pictured: ITV’s Richard Klein)
XES execs Nancy Tellem (pictured) and Jordan Levin will stay on to complete the original programming that is already in production, but the division will close down, amid 18,000 job cuts at parent company Microsoft.
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The Central Park Five, Which Way is the Front Line from Here?, Valentine Road, The Invisible War and How To Survive a Plague (pictured) are up for Best Doc honors at the 35th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards.
Tony Gerber’s American Warlord, Penny Lane’s NUTS! The Brinkley Story and Pamela Yates’ 500 Years (pictured) are among 133 film projects selected for the IFP’s Project Forum in New York.
Renewals are in store for Nat Geo Wild’s The Incredible Dr. Pol (pictured), Discovery Canada’s Don’t Drive Here and Mexicanal’s El Rayo Vida de Lucha.
If approved by regulators, the UK pay-TV firm’s deal to buy Sky Italia and the majority of Sky Deutschland would increase its subscription base from 11.7 million to 20 million subscribers.
Genevieve Bailey’s I am Eleven (pictured), a documentary focusing on what it means to be an 11-year-old child, will be released in New York and LA in September.
In response to federal budget cuts, the publicly funded agency will cut up to AUD$3 million (US$2.83 million) in production investments and project development programs, and reduce 10% of its staff. (Pictured: Graeme Mason)
The Look of Silence (pictured), Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing, will have its world premiere at this year’s Venice International Film Festival, screening in competition.