American Factory named “Best Documentary” at Gotham Awards
Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert’s American Factory won Best Documentary at the 29th Independent Filmmaker Project Gotham Awards, held Dec. 2 in New York.
The Participant Media-produced feature documentary was the first release from Higher Ground Pictures, the prodco founded by former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, in partnership with Netflix.
American Factory chronicles the culture clash that ensues when a Chinese billionaire opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant in post-industrial Ohio.
Nominees in the Best Documentary category included Apollo 11, The Edge of Democracy, Midnight Traveler and One Child Nation.
Across all categories, 33 films and series were nominated by a committee of film critics, journalists, festival programmers and film curators.
TCB restructures senior sales team
TCB Media Rights has restructured its senior sales leadership as part of the distributor’s “international strategy.”
Frederica Rossi, formerly EMEA account executive at CNBC International, has been appointed to the position of sales executive for Asia.
Rossi, who began her career as a sales-support executive for BBC Studios, will report to Simona Argenti, who has been promoted to head of sales.
Argenti, previously a sales manager for BBC Worldwide, joined TCB in 2017. She now manages the U.S., Canada, France and Italy.
In her new role, the executive is tasked with managing TCB’s sales force and driving presales and new partnerships to “maximize TCB Originals strategy” and expand the company’s presence on digital platforms.
Channel 5 commissions more of The World’s Most Scenic Railways
Channel 5′s Daniel Pearl has recommissioned The World’s Most Scenic Railways from BriteSpark East, part of Argonon Group, for two 6 x 60-minute series.
The Bill Nighy-narrated title tells the story of “epic” train journeys through the characters who travel, work and live near the railways.
Seasons two and three will continue to take viewers on train rides around the world, with episodes offering insight into the challenges faced by the trains and local people along the route. It will also include stories of how and why the railways were built.
The series will be executive produced by Tom Porter and series produced by Clare Fisher, and distributed by TCB Media.