Extra: “For Sama” takes doc prize at BAFTA; Pluto TV launching in LatAm

For Sama wins at BAFTA  Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ For Sama took home the prize for documentary at the 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards, held Sunday (Feb. 2) in ...
February 3, 2020

For Sama wins at BAFTA 

Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ For Sama took home the prize for documentary at the 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards, held Sunday (Feb. 2) in London.

The only film also nominated outside the Documentary category, For Sama (pictured) earned additional nominations in the outstanding British film; outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer; and non-English language film categories.

Other nominees in the documentary category included Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s American Factory; Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11Diego Maradona from Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Paul Martin; and Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim’s The Great Hack.

For Sama tells the story of a young woman’s journey through love, war and motherhood across five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria.

With files from Frederick Blichert

Pluto TV heads to Latin America

ViacomCBS-owned streamer Pluto TV will launch in Latin America at the end of March, ViacomCBS Networks International revealed today (Feb. 3).

The free, ad-supported TV service is slated to offer a range of genre-based content in Spanish and Portuguese, available on cable operator platforms,, and in an app to download on IOs and Android devices.

Pluto TV Latin America will feature a variety of channels, including cooking, travel, wildlife and reality. Following its initial launch, the service is expected to add premium content channels reaching upwards of 80 by the end of the year.

Pluto TV Brazil is slated to launch at the end of 2020.

BBC commissions doc, natural history series

British pubcaster BBC has greenlit the history series Wonders Of The Celtic Deep (w/t) and the 60-minute documentary Freddie Flintoff On Bulimia (w/t).

Flintoff, Top Gear presenter and former cricketer, will meet with experts and male suffers to understand what it means to be a man with an eating disorder.

Drawing from his personal experience with bulimia, Flintoff will investigate the causes and impact of the disorder, and why eating disorders in general are “hidden” in men.

Freddie Flintoff On Bulimia (w/t) is produced by South Shore for BBC1. The film was commissioned by BBC content director Charlotte Moore and Catherine Catton, commissioning editor of factual entertainment and popular factual.

Executive producers are Andrew Mackenzie and Melanie Leach; Leo Burley is producer and director.

Elsewhere, the four-part series Wonders Of The Celtic Deep (w/t), slated to air in the fall of 2021 on BBC Cymru Wales, will shed light on the diversity of life within the Welsh seas, a unique environment created by the confluence of three oceanic and climatic zones: the Northeast Atlantic, the Arctic Boreal and the Lusitanian.

Wonders Of The Celtic Deep (w/t) is produced by Cardiff-based factual specialists One Tribe TV. Dave Templar is executive producer for One Tribe TV; Sally Weale is series producer.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.