Little Dot Studios names general manager of German business
Digital content studio and distributor Little Dot Studios Deutschland has rounded out its senior management team with the promotion of Nils Franck to general manager of the German division.
Franck has been a key figure in the All3Media-backed indie’s German hub since its launch in June 2018, having most recently served as the studio’s director of content. He has been heading up the Munich- and Berlin-based business alongside James Loveridge, head of entertainment.
He will now report into Wayne Davison, MD of content acquisition and distribution for Little Dot, and Markus Schäfer, CEO of All3Media Deutschland.
Franckhas worked for All3Media Germany in various capacities since 2016 before joining Little Dot Studios Deutschland. Previously, he held senior positions in various TV formats and was formerly an indie producer.
ZED to revisit Prehistoric Worlds
French indie producer and distributor ZED has launched a one-off scientific investigation into the animal and plant worlds of a prehistoric age.
The 90-minute Prehistoric Worlds (pictured) will utilize CGI and VFX to travel 450 million years in the past and revisit five of the most powerful extinction events in Earth’s history. The film will explore how these unique worlds disappeared and how life managed to survive through chaos.
Directed by Alexis de Favitski, the film was shot in Canada, South Africa, Iceland and China’s Zhejiang province.
Prehistoric Worlds is produced in partnership with American SVOD platform CuriosityStream and NHK for France 5.
The 90-minute standalone film is accompanied by a 52-minute version for the international market, which has already been pre-sold to ZDFinfo, ServusTV, Planète+, Planete+ Poland, FTV PRIMA and AMC Networks International Southern Europe Odisea/Odisseia.
Kylie Minogue to spend a Secret Night with Channel 4
Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue will step into the spotlight with British pubcaster Channel 4 for a one-off documentary special.
Kylie’s Secret Night, a 90-minute special from BBC Studios, will feature the singer as she steps in front of an unsuspecting audience to serenade them with memorable performances and heartfelt conversation hosted by English comedian Alan Carr. The specially invited audience will be in for a surprise as they believe they have simply been summoned to a Kylie-themed extravaganza.
The special will also feature a number of special fans joining Minogue on the night, including a select group of fans who have been named in homage to the singer.
Consumer products veteran joins Endemol Shine NA
Endemol Shine North America, part of global prodco and distributor Endemol Shine Group, has appointed Scott Shillet as executive director of licensing.
In the role Shillet will be tasked with supporting the development of brand licensing partnerships across a number of consumer product categories for the company’s non-scripted and scripted titles, including MasterChef, Big Brother, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and The Biggest Loser.
In addition, Shillet will work closely alongside Endemol Shine Group’s brand licensing team to develop global licensing strategies for the company’s top brands.
Shillet joins from 20th Century Fox where he was licensing director of global toys and hardlines. Before that, he held various senior licensing roles at Warner Bros., DreamWorks Animation, Steve and Barry’s and Classic Media.