Richard Melman (pictured), who stepped down last summer as channels director for AETN UK, has resurfaced, taking a role at UK-based factual indie Urban Canyons, realscreen can reveal.
Melman has joined the production company as director and program consultant, serving also as exec producer on the indie’s forthcoming NINJA Shadow Warriors (1 x 52 minutes) and working closely with Urban Canyons MD Sebastian Peiter.
The news comes after Melman called time on AETN UK in July 2010 after eight years, exiting a role that had seen him overseeing a suite of nets including History Channel UK, Biography Channel UK, Crime & Investigation Network, Military History, and the History Channel feed for Africa, Greece and Northern Europe.
At MIPCOM next month, Urban Canyons will roll out NINJA Shadow Warriors, which was coproduced by ZDF/Arte, Smithsonian Channel and National Geographic Television International (which is distributing the title), with additional funding from MEDIA and the Japan Foundation.
The £215,000 (US$340,000) production, which looks at the history, military skills and ancient traditions of the infamous Japanese Ninja, is intended to be the first episode in a 6 x 52 minute series entitled Untold History.
Peiter told realscreen he is seeking to set up a dedicated 3D production and distribution company, which will produce future Untold History episodes in 3D and HD. Among the other titles Urban Canyons has at MIPCOM are the 18 x 25 minute series Urbanation, and the hour-long street art documentary Guerrilla Art.