Former Megalomedia producer joins AMS
Grant Cross, a former development producer with Megalomedia, has joined the original programming division of Dallas-based AMS Pictures.
As development producer, he will report to founder Andy Streitfeld.
“Grant brings with him over ten years of unscripted television experience, a strong background in development and a tenacity for storytelling,” said Streitfeld in a statement. “He is a welcome addition to AMS and our development team.”
Zed teams up with Karel for Hillary Clinton doc
Paris-based distributor Zed has pre-sold the latest documentary from director William Karel (pictured) to networks in the Middle East, Canada, Belgium and Denmark.
Hillary Clinton: A Woman on the Edge is produced by Flach Film Production for France Télévisions and promises a behind-the-scenes look at the efforts of the former First Lady and U.S. Secretary of State to secure the Democratic nomination for the upcoming presidential election.
The doc, available in 52-minute and 70-minute versions, has been pre-sold to MBC (Al Arabiya), Blue Ant Television in Canada, RTBF, RDI (Radio Canada) and DR in Denmark. It is set to be finished by September of this year, in time for fourth quarter air dates.
Zed also handled Karel’s previous political profile docs, covering Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy.
Hiltz Squared Media takes Syria short doc worldwide
Toronto-based producer-distributor Hiltz Squared Media has acquired the worldwide TV rights to Spin Film’s short documentary 50 Feet from Syria .
The film shadows Syrian-American surgeon Hisham Bismar as he volunteers to perform necessary medical procedures on victims of the Syrian civil war along the Turkey-Syria border.
The doc was initially among the short-list Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Short, but was ultimately cut from consideration.
“This documentary is a topical and important film that helps the world understand the horrors that are happening in Syria right now,” said Shane in a statement. “We feel compelled to represent it.”