Studio Lambert shuffles exec team
UK indie Studio Lambert, part of All3Media, has shuffled its executive team.
Jo Crawley (pictured) has been elevated from head of production to director of production.
Crawley has served as head of production since Studio Lambert’s inception in 2008. Her background in both creative editorial and production management has led her to hold positions at BBC, Endemol and RDF Media.
Elsewhere, Steve Hunt – Crawley’s deputy – has been promoted to the new role of head of unscripted production. Hunt joined the company in May 2017 after a five-year posting at The Garden, where he worked as a production executive.
Twofour Rights sells bundle of factual to Europe
Twofour Group has sent a 130-hour package of factual and fact-ent content to broadcasters throughout Europe.
Medialaan Belgium has bought a package consisting of Twofour Group’s Extreme Cake Makers and The Hotel Inspector. Both programs have also been acquired by M6 France, who has additionally picked up This Time Next Year, including two seasons of the UK version, the U.S. version and the Australia version.
In Italy, Discovery Italy has secured rights to broadcast This Time Next Year, while Sky Italia will air a package of shows including Extreme Cake Makers, World’s Most Expensive Presents and Hidden Restaurants.
In the Benelux, VRT Belgium has snapped up Second Chance Summer (6 x 60 minutes) and RTL Holland has licensed Give It A Year, Twofour’s business-time travel series with Baroness Karren Brady.
Wrapping up the sales is Discovery Spain, who secured rights to Impossible Engineering 4. The new season is slated to premiere in the U.S. later this year.
Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story to air exclusively on iTunes
New York-based indie distributor Abramorama has sent Ashley Bell’s feature-length documentary Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story exclusively to iTunes.
Beginning July 24, the 77-minute documentary looks at the large mammals and what can be done to prevent the abuse of captive Asian elephants. Bell and world-renowned Asian elephant conservationist, Sangdeaun Lek Chailert, undertake a heartwarming, yet dangerous journey to bring one elephant from trekking camp to sanctuary. The film features a better way to co-exist with and enjoy elephants that don’t harm them.
Abramorama is handling the global release and rights for the film, in collaboration with Cargo Films & Releasing, on behalf of production companies Grumble Grumble, Change For Balance and Campfire.
Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story re-opens in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on July 20 due to popular demand. The film will air on U.S. network Starz on July 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will also be available on the Starz app beginning July 30.
On Va Continuer! takes French Culture Film Grant ’18
French-language entertainment channel TV5Monde USA, in partnership with #CreateLouisiana, has unveiled Bruno Doria’s documentary feature film On Va Continuer! as the recipient of the 2018 French Culture Film Grant.
The documentary, about the Grammy-winning Lost Bayou Ramblers, will receive a US$30,000 grant after being selected by the French Culture Film Grant Committee from five finalists. The film will also premiere at the 2019 French Film Festival, in partnership with the New Orleans Film Society, at the Prytania Theatre in New Orleans in spring 2019.
Along with the $30,000 cash award, the winning project will be considered by TV5Monde USA for a broadcast.
Now in its second year, the TV5Monde USA-sponsored French Culture Film Grant program is designed to support new films that showcase both Francophone culture and the talents of Louisiana filmmakers.