Extra: WIFTS honors docs; C4 orders Levison Wood series

In today's 'Extra,' TheWIFTS hands out documentary honors to feature films Gayby Baby (pictured), Frame by Frame and My Voice, My Life, while Kathy Myers joins Spring Films as creative director.
July 8, 2016

The WIFTS Foundation honors “Gayby Baby,” “Frame by Frame”

Maya Newell’s Gayby Baby and Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli’s Frame by Frame have been honored by The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase with The WIFTS 2016 Documentary Award for best documentary in the environment and politics categories, respectively.

Gayby Baby, Newell’s feature directorial debut about four Australian children whose parents are gay, was awarded in the environment category, while Bombach and Scarpelli’s Frame by Frame, which follows a group of renowned Afghan photojournalists, picked up the Documentary Award in the politics category.

The WIFTS 2016 Documentary Award honorees also included Ruby Yang and Ada Ho for the best documentary award in the people category for My Voice, My Life, which follows a group of misfit high school students from Hong Kong cast together for a musical theater performance.

Kathy Myers joins Spring Films as creative director

London-based prodco Spring Films has appointed Kathy Myers as creative director.

Myers will be charged with expanding the Night Will Fall producer’s fact-ent output and will work closely alongside head of global development Figs Jackman to developing long-running and returnable series for the UK and international markets.

Myers joins the firm from BBC Worldwide- and Greenbird-owned indie Hello-Halo, where she served as executive producer, creative director and head of development. Her credits include such series as BBCWW’s forthcoming Ice People and BBC2′s natural history series In the Wild.

Previously, Myers served as an executive producer for BBC on such productions as the BAFTA-winning CoastThe One ShowTrawlermenTrust Me I’m A Doctor and The Big Painting Challenge.

Channel 4 orders third major Levison Wood series 

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Walking the Americas, its third major series set to feature explorer Levison Wood.

Produced by October Films and GroupM Entertainment, the series will follow the adventurer as he journeys 1,700 miles across eight countries on the spine of Central America from Mexico to Colombia.

Wood will begin his expedition from the north-eastern tip of Mexico before trekking south to explore the ancient Mayan ruins in the jungles of Guatemala and Honduras, the wildlife diversity of Costa Rica, active volcanoes in Nicaragua and the Panama Canal before crossing the Darien Gap – which is billed as “the most intense and brutal 90km of terrain anywhere on earth” – into Colombia.

Walking the Americas, which follows on the successes of Wood’s Walking the Nile and Walking the Himalayas, is being filmed by Wood with visits at key points from a television crew. It is scheduled to broadcast in early 2017.

October Films’ Jos Cushing and GroupM Entertainment’s Melanie Darlaston serve as executive producers. The series producer is Jamie Berry. C4 commissioning editor John Hay ordered the series for the pubcaster.

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