Extra: ZED, Show of Force team on Notre Dame series; CNN lands on Pluto TV

ZED, Show of Force team on series about Notre Dame Cathedral Paris-based media company ZED and New York-headquartered prodco Show of Force have teamed up to produce a television series about ...
April 23, 2019

ZED, Show of Force team on series about Notre Dame Cathedral

Paris-based media company ZED and New York-headquartered prodco Show of Force have teamed up to produce a television series about the famed Notre Dame Cathedral that was devastated by a fire on April 15.

Embedded filmmakers will follow a team of architects, engineers and historians tasked with restoring the historic Gothic church. The untitled series (2 x 52 minutes & 90 minutes) also features exclusive access to detailed scans of the building before the devastating fire.

“For the last 10 years, I have been filming Notre Dame’s hidden corners and passageways. It is more than a cathedral, it is a symbol of France that all the world recognizes and loves,” said ZED producer Christine LeGof in a statement. “Last week’s tragic fire reminds us that even the most iconic monuments can disappear. Now comes the time to rebuild it for the future.”

The delivery date and the broadcaster for the series have not yet been finalized.

Smithsonian reveals the “Private Lives of the Monarchs” in upcoming series

Smithsonian Channel is heading into the bedchambers and back rooms of Britain and France’s royal palaces to discover The Private Lives of the Monarchs (pictured).

Produced by Like A Shot Entertainment, the five-part series uncovers the illicit stories of history’s most iconic rulers, from the infamous Henry VIII to Queen Victoria’s long-lasting reign.

The series will follow host Tracy Borman, joint chief curator of the royal palaces, as she journeys to a variety of royal palaces and castles to seek out rare documents and artifacts that tell the hidden stories of the monarchs’ affairs, ailments, drug use and more.

The series is produced by Bruce Burgess and Matthew Bone of Like A Shot Entertainment. Joy Galane and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

The Private Lives of the Monarchs premieres May 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

CNN lands on Pluto TV

News organization CNN has found its way onto ad-based video-on-demand service Pluto TV, recently acquired by multinational media conglomerate Viacom.

The CNN channel, launching today (April 23) on Pluto TV, will host the network’s original feature content to audiences, with programming focused on lifestyle and culture; climate change and the environment; along with original investigations and intimate interviews.

Mediacorp brings Vice programming to Singapore

Youth media brand Vice Media and Singapore-based content creator Mediacorp are collaborating on a portfolio of original Vice digital and TV content for Singaporean audiences.

Vice content will be wrapped into Mediacorp’s roster of digital assets, with its video series hosted on its digital entertainment platform, Toggle. Shows that will be hosted on the platform include Vice Reports, The Cute Show and 10 Questions You Always Wanted To Ask, alongside fashion title i-D, food channel Munchies, tech-focused net Motherboard and more.

Vice currently has bureaus in more than 30 countries. In Asia-Pacific, the youth brand has 11 offices across eight markets, including Singapore, India, Indonesia and Japan.

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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.