Ovation TV orders celebrity interview show The Envelope
U.S. arts network Ovation TV has commissioned the five-part interview series Los Angeles Times’ The Envelope (pictured). Hosted by Times film writers Rebecca Keegan and Mark Olsen, the series will provide unfiltered and in-depth conversations focused on the filmmaking process with directors and actors from some of the year’s top films. Featured celebrities include Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, Helen Mirren, Michael Caine, and Samuel L. Jackson, among others. The series, which premieres January 17 at 8:30 p.m. EST/PST, is produced by The Los Angeles Times in association with LA-based producer-distributor Contend.
Journeyman acquires investigative doc My Jihad
London-based distributor Journeyman Pictures has picked up Rudi Vranckx’s My Jihad from Belgian broadcaster VRT. The investigative documentary focuses on one Muslim community’s fight against extremism in Vilvoorde, Belgium. The film examines why some young Belgians are becoming radicalized and how community leaders are attempting to aid the situation. Since its acquisition in mid-November, the distributor has licensed the film to Sweden’s SVT, Switzerland’s SRF, Norway’s NRK, the Middle East’s MBC, France’s Canal+, Spain’s TVE and Al Jazeera in the U.S.