Showtime picks up New Order doc from Caravan
CBS-owned, premium pay TV network Showtime has acquired indie British prodco Caravan’s feature-length doc about iconic new wave band New Order from White Light Distribution.
Born out of Joy Division after the death of singer and frontman Ian Curtis, New Order has been active from the ’80s to the present day and was at the forefront of the post-punk and new wave movements. New Order: Decades (pictured; 1 x 120 minutes) charts the rise of New Order over four decades of recordings and performances, offering intimate access to the band as the members reflect on their careers.
The film follows the band as they prepare to re-stage So It Goes, a collaboration with artist Liam Gillick and a 12-piece synthesizer orchestra, first performed during Manchester International Festival 2017, with full access to Gillick and art director Peter Saville.
The film was originally commissioned by Sky Arts in the UK and is executive produced by Dinah Lord.
Endemol Shine sends MasterChef: All Stars to Brazil, Sweden
The MasterChef: All Stars series from global producer-distributor Endemol Shine Group has been picked up for a first season in Brazil and Sweden. Endemol Shine Brazil will produce a 10 x 75-minute Brazilian version of the spin-off for the television network Bandeirantes and Discovery Home Health.
Meter TV, part of Endemol Shine Nordics, will create the 8 x 44-minute Swedish series for television network TV4. A third run of the series was also re-commissioned in Denmark. The 12 x 42-minute Danish iteration will be made by Endemol Shine Nordics-owned Metronome DK for TV3.
MasterChef: All Stars brings >MasterChef contestants back to the kitchen to compete in cooking challenges and win the “ultimate champion” title.
DMAX Germany, Redseven Entertainment prep Germany 24/7
Discovery-owned, men’s lifestyle channel DMAX Germany has commissioned Redseven Entertainment to produce the docuseries Deutschland 24/7 — Ohne uns läuft nichts! (Germany 24/7 – Nothing Works Without Us).
The 20-episode series follows “everyday heroes,” such as emergency physicians, pest controllers, water police, tree surgeons and deep sea fisherman, on three eight-hour work days. Viewers will get an inside look at the essential industries often “taken for granted.”
The Red Arrow Studios-owned company, which recently opened a new office in Berlin, has produced other titles for DMAX, including motorsport event series Devil’s Race.
Deutschland 24/7 — Ohne uns läuft nichts! premieres Nov. 18 on DMAX.
newportFILM launches documentary cinematography lab
Rhode Island-based, non-profit film organization newportFILM is launching a new documentary cinematography lab.
The newportFILM lab, developed in consultation with Sean Flynn, co-founder and program director at Points North Institute, will provide support and mentorship to documentary cinematographers, as well as host seven emerging filmmakers for a weekend long retreat offering master classes on cinematography.
Accepted participants in this year’s program include Nausheen Dadabhoy, Jessica Earnshaw, Lucas Guilkey, Dana Kalmey, Robert Kolodny, Souki Mehdaoui and Christina Shaman.
They will be mentored by Shana Hagan (director of photography: The Kingmaker, Generation Wealth, The Queen of Versailles), Nelson Hume (director of photography: Long Strange Trip, Happy Valley, Whitney) and Robb Moss (chair of the department of visual and environmental studies at Harvard University).
The inaugural year will be hosted at the Norman Bird Sanctuary just outside Newport, Rhode Island.