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.
The VOD platform has acquired exclusive rights for the eastern Congo-set doc thriller (pictured), following festival screenings at Tribeca, Hot Docs and AFI Docs.
Gravitas Ventures and Submarine Deluxe are pairing up to distribute Showrunners, the feature-length documentary that explores the rising power of the TV showrunner. (Pictured: Sons Of Anarchy helmer Kurt Sutter)
A Year in Champagne (pictured), a follow-up to writer-director David Kennard’s A Year in Burgundy, will uncork the secrets of six champagne houses in early 2015.
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.