Extra: Netflix’s Hastings joins RTS Cambridge lineup; Quest Red preps “Being Reuben”

RTS adds Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to Cambridge Convention 2019 The Royal Television Society (RTS) has added Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to the RTS Cambridge Convention 2019 lineup as an international keynote. This ...
June 26, 2019

RTS adds Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to Cambridge Convention 2019

The Royal Television Society (RTS) has added Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to the RTS Cambridge Convention 2019 lineup as an international keynote.

This year’s event is titled “Content, consumers, and everything in between.”

Hastings will be joined by fellow international keynotes Jeremy Darroch, group chief executive of Sky, and David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery.

Other confirmed speakers include Karen Blackett OBE, chair of MediaCom UK; Howard Davine, EVP of business operations, ABC Studios; Sir Lenny Henry, actor, comedian and diversity campaigner; Tim Hincks, co-CEO of Expectation; Jane Turton, CEO of All3Media; and Linda Yaccarino, chairman of advertising and client partnerships, NBCUniversal; Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC; Alex Mahon, chief executive of Channel 4; Carolyn McCall, chief executive of ITV; Sharon White, chief executive of Ofcom; and Jeremy Wright, secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport.

The event is set to take place at King’s College in Cambridge from Sept. 18 to 20.

YouTuber Reuben De Maid signs on for Quest Red series

UK free-to-air women’s entertainment channel Quest Red has commissioned a new observational docuseries from Ricochet, featuring YouTube celebrity Reuben De Maid (pictured).

Being Reuben (6 x 60 minutes) follows De Maid, a 14-year old Welsh singer, influencer and make-up expert who gained traction after an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and his family.

The series will touch on issues of puberty, gender and bullying.

It was ordered by Clare Laycock and commissioned by Charlotte Reid, senior director of production and development. Romy Page is executive producer for Quest Red, and Emma Walsh is executive producer for Ricochet. Krempelwood is co-producing the series. They will oversee distribution outside of the UK.

Zed, CCTV-9 launch first wildlife copro

Indie prodco and distributor Zed is partnering with Chinese doc channel CCTV-9 on a new wildlife series.

Wild Treasure of China (5 x 52 minutes) explores rare species in the wild spaces of China.

The Zed team will have access to wild areas rarely open to foreigners shooting teams.

The first episode, on snow leopards, was shot over three years and has been pre-sold to France Télévisions, The Smithonian Channel, National Geographic Wild and NDR. The other four episodes will be completed in 2021, focusing on the Siberian tiger, the Tibetan blue bear, the Tibetan antelope and the giant panda.

The series has a total budget of €3 million (US$3.41 million).

All3Media Int’l inks CEE deals for gardening-themed content

Global distributor All3Media International has secured a host of deals from its gardening portfolio with broadcasters across Central and Eastern Europe.

AMC Networks Central Europe has acquired a 123-hour package for its Hungarian audiences. Slated to air via Spektrum Home later this year is Britain’s Best Back Gardens (Spun Gold TV for ITV), Monty Don’s Japanese Gardens (Blink Films for BBC) and the Monty Don-presented Gardeners’ World (25 x 60-minutes) from BBC Studios.

Slovenia’s RTVS, meanwhile, has acquired a 25-hour package of content that includes the BBC2 two-part special Monty Don’s Japanese Gardens from Blink Films and Alexandra Hendersen Associates, and the BBC2 three-parter Monty Don’s American Gardens from Alexandra Henderson Associates. The latter program, which sees Don visiting unique and private gardens, is currently filming in America.

Elsewhere, Lithuania’s LNK has renewed its commitment to Spun Gold TV’s Love Your Garden, acquiring season eight (8 x 60-minutes, for ITV), having previously acquired all previous seasons of the program.

Wrapping up the CEE acquisitions are three seasons of Garden Rescue licensed by Croatia’s RTL, alongside a package deal with First HDTV for Russia and CIS rights to Monty Don’s Paradise GardensThe Secret History of the British Garden and season one of Love Your Home and Garden. The channel also renewed its license for seasons four and five of Love Your Garden. Poland’s Domo+ has also taken Gardeners’ World and Love Your Garden alongside a range of titles fronted by Monty Don.

(With files from Daniele Alcinii)

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