O.J.: Made In America wins at Gotham Awards
Director Ezra Edelman and ESPN Films’ O.J.: Made In America won Best Documentary at the Gotham Awards in New York on Monday (Nov. 28). The eight-hour retrospective look at the O.J. Simpson murder trial is already shaping up as an award season favorite, having picked up nominations from the Producers Guild of America Awards, the Film Independent Spirit Awards, Cinema Eye Honors and the International Documentary Association’s 2016 IDA Documentary Awards. Made In America previously picked up four awards at the Critic’s Choice Awards, including best theatrical doc and best director.
AT&T’s DirecTV streaming service to launch Nov. 30
After acquiring satellite provider DirecTV two years ago, AT&T is rolling out the the live TV streaming service DirecTV NOW on November 30. It will be available via smartphones and tablets as well as connected TV such as Apple TV and Roku. The company is marketing the contract-free service to viewers who have dropped their cable package or considering cutting the cord. Users will have access to up to 100 channels and packages range from US$35 to $70, with options to add premium nets such as HBO and Showtime for an extra $5 each. AT&T has also announced new channel brands with pop star Taylor Swift and actor Reese Witherspoon.
Channel 4 picks up The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey
Critical Content’s The Case of: Jonbenét Ramsay will air in the UK on Channel 4. The Los Angeles-based producer and distributor Electus International has sold the limited series (two x 120 minutes), which aired in the United States in September on CBS, to the British pubcaster for broadcast on More 4.
The program has also aired in Canada on Global TV and in Australia on Channel 9. The Case of reunites the original investigators that worked on the six-year-old murder case, which was a major tabloid story in the 1990s. The 20th anniversary of the crime has inspired a spate of documentary programming. Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus and Eddie Schmidt exec produced the series.
TCB Media Rights sends Combat Dealers, Border Patrol to Germany
London-based TCB Media Rights has sold more than 150 hours of factual content into Germany. ProSieben has picked up season four to eight of Border Patrol as well as the first two seasons of Murder Made Me Famous(13 x 60 minutes), while Discovery Germany picked up What On Earth? (20 x 60 minutes) and Combat Dealers (24 x 60 minutes).
Meanwhile, Bertelsmann’s news channel n-tv acquired Combat Ships (10 x 60 minutes) and Combat Trains (8 x 60 minutes), plus Secrets of the Underworld (five x 60 minutes) and Surveillance (18 x 30 minutes).
WeltN24 acquired Like A Shot Entertainment-produce series Abandoned Engineering (six x 60 minutes) and History’s Greatest Hoaxes (six x 60 minutes).
Lastly, ZDF Enterprises picked up five programs: Forbidden History (12 x 60 minutes), Inquisition (four x 60 minutes), Inside Jaguar (one x 60 minutes), Medieval Dead (13 x 60 minutes) and Medieval Murder Mysteries (six x 60 minutes).