London-based distributor Dogwoof is taking its first steps into original content with the launch of its new production investment fund, TDog Productions.
The fund – which is managed by the Weiner distributor’s CEO Anna Godas - is to back feature-length documentaries at any stage and provide development funding to “formats spin-offs which may arise from those docs,” with a focus on episodic series.
The international sales company holds a 50% stake in the fund, with the remaining 50% owned by a private investor.
The first trio of projects to be backed by the fund are as follows, with synopses provided by TDog:
Director: Frederic Tcheng
Production company: Rolaball Enterprises
Halston will capture the epic sweep of the designer’s life and the decades he shaped. With access to never-before-seen archives, Tcheng will build a touching portrait of Halston’s highly dramatic life, and how, ahead of his time, he defined the 1970′s and minimalism in fashion.
Natalya, Queen of the Seas
Director: Gaya Petrosyan and Martin Herring
Production company: RoastBeef Productions
Exec produced by Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land), Natalya is in pre-production and tells the story of free-diving world champion Natalya Molchalnova, who disappeared last summer in the Mediterranean sea. She could hold her breath for nine minutes and 20 seconds, and held 41 world records.
Vivienne Westwood, Get a Life
Director: Lorna Tucker
Production company: Passion Pictures, We Are Finished Films
Vivienne Westwood takes us into the never-before-seen world of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, with unprecedented access into both her atelier and her personal life. Confirmed contributors include Emilia Clarke, Naomi Campbell, Christina Hendricks and Kate Moss among others