Extra: DRG sends docs to CuriosityStream; WMR dives into cold cases

DRG sends five doc titles to CuriosityStream London-based media content company DRG, part of Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT), has licensed a package of documentary titles to documentary streaming site CuriosityStream. The package ...
September 5, 2019

DRG sends five doc titles to CuriosityStream

London-based media content company DRG, part of Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT), has licensed a package of documentary titles to documentary streaming site CuriosityStream.

The package includes ClearStory’s How To Go Viral (1 x 60 minutes), charting the rise and fall of strong ideas, from visual symbols to catchy music and memes, and What Larks!’ Chocolate Perfection with Michel Roux (1 x 60 minutes; pictured).

The deal also includes three history titles: Channel 5 Productions’ Witches – A Century of Murder (2 x 60 minutes), investigating mass witch hunts and trials in the UK 400 years ago; WildBear Entertainment’s 101 Events that Made the 20th Century (8 x 60 minutes); and Dynasties: Families that Changed the World (4 x 60 minutes), also from WildBear, about the histories of powerful families that have ruled politics, entertainment and business, including the Trumps, Murdochs, Bhuttos and Coppolas.

World Media Rights preps LAPD detective-fronted cold case docuseries

UK indie World Media Rights has entered pre-production on its docuseries Catching the Cold Killers after securing access to Los Angeles Police Department cold case unit veterans, Rick Jackson and Adam Bercovici.

The 10 x 60-minute series sees Jackson and Bercovici re-open cold cases that have bewildered the city’s law enforcement community for years, hunting down the missing evidence that will send the unknown killers to jail.

Jackson, a founding member of the LAPD cold case unit, was the inspiration for author Michael Connelly’s fictional character Harry Bosch in his best-selling crime novels City of Bones, Echo Park and The Concrete Blonde, which have been adapted into Amazon Original television drama series Bosch.

WMR’s Alan Griffiths, CEO, and Dean Palmer are executive producers of Catching the Cold Killers, which will launch to international buyers at MIPCOM 2019, held in Cannes Oct. 14 to 17.

Rive Gauche takes international rights to I Saw the Unknown

Los Angeles-based prodco and distributor Rive Gauche Television has acquired the worldwide distribution rights for Travel Channel’s paranormal series I Saw the Unknown.

The 10 x 60-minute series features stories of everyday people recounting terrifying, unexplained phenomena they have experienced first-hand.

The docuseries is produced by Hit + Run.

NENT Group announces new organization and operating model

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) is moving to a new organizational structure based on focused areas of responsibility working across markets, platforms and brands.

The new model moves away from the traditional country operating model previously in place.

One major change involved is a trimming down of the group’s executive management team, down from 15 to eight members, who will all report to president and CEO Anders Jensen. The new team is comprised of Gabriel Catrina, EVP and CFO; Sahar Kupersmidt, EVP and chief people and culture officer; Filippa Wallestam, EVP and chief content officer; Kim Poder, EVP and chief commercial officer; Matthew Hooper, EVP and chief corporate affairs officer; Kaj af Kleen, EVP and chief technology and product officer; and Mia Suazo Eriksson, EVP and chief marketing officer.

NENT Group will also have an extended management team: Morten Mogensen, SVP and head of NENT Studios Nordics and CEE; Jakob Mejlhede Anderson, CEO of NENT Studios UK; Kim Mikkelsen, SVP and head of NENT Sport; Jonas Gustafsson, SVP and CEO of Viasat Consumer.

The shift is meant to strengthen NENT as a leading streaming player and content producer with multi-market strategy and significant growth ambitions.

The change takes effect Oct. 1.

Pilgrim Media Group ups casting exec to VP of talent development, casting

Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media Group has promoted casting executive Sémi Aboud to EVP of talent development and casting.

Aboud joined the Los Angeles-based prodco in 2007 as a casting producer, moving up to director of talent development and casting in 2009, VP in 2012 and SVP in 2015.

At Pilgrim, he spearheaded casting for shows such as Ghost Hunters (A&E), Wicked Tuna (Nat Geo), Fast N’ Loud and Garage Rehab (Discovery), Bring It! (Lifetime), David Tutera’s CELEBrations (Wetv) and Top Shot (History).

Prior to joining the company, Aboud was part of the casting teams for multiple reality series and game shows across various networks, including Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader (Fox), Bridezillas (Wetv), Battle of the Network Reality Stars (Bravo) and the Average Joe franchise (NBC).

With files from Frederick Blichert and Jillian Morgan.

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