Extra: Netflix preps “Fire Chasers”; RTS unveils Cambridge Convention lineup

Dogwoof to represent “Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle” London-based distributor Dogwoof has acquired world sales rights to Gustavo Salmerón’s award-winning documentary Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle. Dogwoof will represent ...
August 18, 2017

Dogwoof to represent “Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle”

London-based distributor Dogwoof has acquired world sales rights to Gustavo Salmerón’s award-winning documentary Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle.

Dogwoof will represent the film for world sales, and present it to buyers at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, running Sept. 7-17, where it is also screening as part of TIFF Docs.

In Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle, Spanish actor Gustavo Salmerón steps behind the camera to capture the winsome eccentricities of his mother, Julita, who had three dreams: having lots of kids, owning a monkey, and living in a castle.

The deal was signed between Gustavo Salmerón and Anna Godas, CEO of Dogwoof.

“After 14 years of filming, 400 hours of footage, and two years of editing; this was the greatest challenge of my life. Now, ready for a public audience, I cannot think of a better partner to have than Dogwoof for sales, they truly understand the film and the comedy within it. I have every confidence they will support it fully and look forward to seeing how far and wide we can take this film,” said Salmerón, in a release.

Netflix preps “Resurface,” “Fire Chasers”

Netfllix has announced launch dates for two new documentary projects.

The original doc Fire Chasers, produced by Appian Way, Stone Village Television and Original Productions, will air Sept. 8.

The doc takes viewers into the heart of California’s recent and devastating wildfires alongside the men and women of Cal Fire and the Los Angeles County Fire Department. It aims to give a gripping and dramatic look at the vigilance and valor that come with trying to fight one of nature’s most unstoppable forces.

Elsewhere, the original short doc, Resurface, will launch globally Sept. 1.

The doc premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Mention. It follows Iraq war veteran Bobby Lane, who dedicated his life to helping veterans find solace from the effects of war through surfing.

RTS reveals lineup for Cambridge Convention

The Royal Television Society has unveiled the lineup for the RTS Cambridge Convention 2017: A World of Opportunity.

The biennial event, which takes place in Cambridge from Sept. 13 – 15, sees senior execs in the industry discuss how the television industry can make the most of opportunities and abroad.

Highlights include an opening sessions with Sky’s group COO Andrew Griffith, and managing director of content Gary Davey. Other features on the first day include a session with Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A&E Networks, chaired by Jay Hunt, chief creative officer of Channel 4.

Elsewhere, Andy Harries, CEO of Left Bank Pictures, and Andy Wilman, executive producer of The Grand Tour, will be in conversation with Peter Fincham, co-CEO of Expectation. The group will discuss the opportunities and pitfalls of making mega-budget shows and what it is like creating content for the new platforms.

Wednesday closes with a keynote address from Sir David Clementi.

The second day of the convention will see keynote addresses from James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox, and Sharon White, chief executive at Ofcom.

Other sessions throughout the day will explore the climate of fake news and how journalists approach different stories, as well as the future of advertising in the digital age, and finding the greatest opportunities for the UK production industry.

The final session of the second day features a panel that includes Philip Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts; Siobhan Greene, head of entertainment at ITV; and Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment commissioning at BBC, discussing the next big trends.

The third day includes sessions looking at creating a more diverse workforce, and how to find and nurture new talent.

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