Extra: John P. Roberts joins Pure Imagination; FMI takes Boundless, Arrow series

Bunim/Murray’s John P. Roberts joins Pure Imagination Pure Imagination Studios has tapped Bunim/Murray Productions’ John P. Roberts for the newly created role of chief creative officer. In the position, Roberts will lead ...
February 15, 2018

Bunim/Murray’s John P. Roberts joins Pure Imagination

Pure Imagination Studios has tapped Bunim/Murray Productions’ John P. Roberts for the newly created role of chief creative officer.

In the position, Roberts will lead the entertainment company’s push into sourcing, developing and producing original premium content across multiple platforms. Roberts will be based in the company’s Los Angeles headquarters and will report into co-founder and CEO Joshua Wexler.

Roberts most recently served as chief digital officer for Bunim/Murray Productions. Before that, he developed digital and commercial business opportunities for Endemol in North America. He built NewsCorp’s first digital media initiatives, including FX, FOX Broadcasting, Fox Sports and Fox Kids.

He also created and served as executive producer for GSN’s foray into interactive and live late night programming.  He revamped Lucasfilm’s digital media strategy and was part of the executive launch team for The Hub network, a joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro.

FremantleMedia International acquires Boundless, Arrow series

FremantleMedia International has acquired distribution rights to series from several UK producers.

FMI has picked up Wild Pictures’ Miriam’s Big American Adventure. The series follows actor Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, The Real Marigold Hotel on Tour) as she embarks on a road trip through the heartlands of Middle America. The 3 x 60-minute series is produced by Wild and launched on BBC1 in January.

From FremantleMedia’s UK factual label Boundless, Indian Summer School (w/t) seeks to test the theory that white working-class boys perform significantly better alongside ethnically diverse peers. The 3 x 60-minute series follows a group of five British boys as they spend five months immersed in life at an Indian boarding school. The series will launch on Channel 4

FMI has also acquired Love in the Countryside (6 x 60 minutes), which follows a group of men and women who introduce a potential partner to the true realities of life in the countryside. The series is set to air on BBC2 later this year and is produced by Boundless.

Finally, Arrow Media’s historical doc series Inside Balmoral (3 x 60 minutes; pictured) reveals the dramatic past of Balmoral, one of the most famous buildings in the UK. The series is produced by Arrow Media and premiered on Channel 5 in October.

TVF sells “The Truth About Fussy Eaters”

London-based distributor TVF International has secured international sales deals for several of its factual titles.

ERR Estonia and CBC Canada have picked up an episode of Channel NewsAsia’s current affairs series Power and Piety (5 x 46 minutes), which investigates the destructive links between religion and conflict. National Geographic ANZ and TVNZ have also picked up the series.

National Geographic ANZ also acquired Channel NewsAsia’s series The Asian Century (4 x 48 minutes), which deconstructs events which have shaped the current Asian Century. The series has also been acquired by Histoire France.

Australian doc The Truth About Fussy Eaters (1 x 45 minutes) has been bought by Docs De Cologne Germany, SBS Australia, TVN Poland and TVB Hong Kong.

TVB and A+E LatAm have signed up for the latest instalment of CBS’s pop science series Innovation Nation (26 x 22 minutes) from Litton Entertainment, now in its 8th season.

Finally, Beach House Productions’ latest wildlife series Frontier Borneo (10 x 23 minutes) has been picked up by Viasat World for CEE, Nordics and Africa and by Ushuaia for French-speaking territories.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.