Extra: Sky Arts orders “Failed Novel,” Order of Canada for Buttignol

In today's 'Extra,' Sky Arts greenlights a one-hour documentary about TV personality Giles Coren's (pictured) failed literary career and Knowledge Network's Rudy Buttignol is appointed to the Order of Canada.
January 19, 2016

Factory Films producing doc about literary failure for Sky Arts

UK channel Sky Arts has ordered the documentary Giles Coren: My Failed Novel from Brighton-based producer Factory Films. The 60-minute program follows TV host Coren (pictured) as he revisits the publication of his first and only novel, Winkler, a critical and commercial flop that came out in 2005. In the film, he presents the book to literary stars and critics to get advice on what went wrong. The doc will air this year as part of the Sky Arts ‘Failure’ season, in which the channel tackles the topic of artistic failure.

Knowledge Network president and CEO to receive Order of Canada

Canadian television exec Rudy Buttignol has been appointed to the Order of Canada. The Knowledge Network president and CEO and president of Canada’s BBC Kids channel will receive the country’s highest civilian honor in recognition for “his contributions as a champion of Canadian documentary filmmaking and for his transformative leadership at the Knowledge Network,” according to an Order of Canada press release.

Buttignol joined Knowledge Network in 2007 and has helped transform the pubcaster into a digital media service with TV and web channels serving the province of British Columbia. Prior to that, he was a commissioner at TVOntario and is the founding chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada and a founder of the Hot Docs Forum. Buttignol in November served as a moderator at the IDFA Forum’s Central Pitch in Amsterdam.

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