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Extra: MTV, Diddy set “Making the Band” judges; DocuBay acquires LGBTQ+ docs

Diddy’s sons to judge MTV’s Making the Band MTV’s Making the Band reboot will see Sean “Diddy” Combs’ sons (pictured) and series vet Laurieann Gibson serving as judges, the ViacomCBS-owned, youth-skewing ...
February 20, 2020

Diddy’s sons to judge MTV’s Making the Band

MTV’s Making the Band reboot will see Sean “Diddy” Combs’ sons (pictured) and series vet Laurieann Gibson serving as judges, the ViacomCBS-owned, youth-skewing net revealed on Wednesday (Feb. 19).

Christian Combs, Quincy Brown, Justin Combs and Gibson, creative director and celebrity choreographer, have signed on for the revived series, which seeks to discover the “world’s next breakout superstars.”

A multi-city casting tour begins this month with auditions in Atlanta, Houston, Charlotte and New York.

The series was originally produced by Bunim/Murray Productions. A production company for the series’ return has yet to be announced.

DocuBay picks up Canadian LGBTQ+ docs

DocuBay, the VOD streamer from Mumbai-headquartered IN10 Media Network, has acquired LGBTQ+-focused documentaries from Canadian net OUTtv.

The films are featured in DocuBay’s new category, PrideBay, dedicated to films chronicling LGBTQ+ experiences.

Titles include: 19 and Homeless, about the lives of former foster kids as they face “overwhelming odds and tragic personal struggles”; Why Go Through That?, which shares the personal stories of six transgender individuals; Made With Pride, tracing the journey of a gay couple who decide to build a family through surrogacy; and Safe Country, which follows the stories of three queer refugees in Vancouver.

The licensed titles and new PrideBay category are now available for global streaming on DocuBay, along with the recently-launched CrimeBay, PoliticsBay, NatureBay, TravelBay, AdventureBay and ScienceBay.

Banijay Rights inks deal for Thomas Markle doc

Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of Banijay Group, has sold the documentary Thomas Markle: My Story to pay-TV provider OnDIRECTV Latin America.

Thomas Markle: My Story sees the father of Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, discuss his version the events that led him to become estranged from his daughter.

OnDIRECTV will broadcast the 90-minute film, produced by Alaska TV, in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The deal follow acquisitions by Movistar+ in Spain, RTL and VTM in Belgium, Yes and Channel 8 in Israel, New Zealand’s TVNZ, Discovery Nordics and Virgin Media in Ireland.

Pat Ferns’ final production to air on CBC’s ‘Nature of Things’

Veteran non-fiction producer Pat Ferns, 75, is retiring from content production, with his final project, Listening to Orcas, slated to air on the CBC’s nature and science strand ‘The Nature of Things’ on February 21.

The science doc, hosted by Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, will explore the research that is shifting attitudes about what were traditionally viewed strictly as killer whales and apex predators, and are now increasingly seen as creatures with emotional, intellectual and social complexities.

The project is a copro between Ferns Productions and Germany’s Anthro-Media in association with France’s Yuzu Productions. The French-language version, Orques en Peril, will air later in the year on Radio-Canada and ARTE, while the German-language version will air on ZDF and 3SAT. The three versions of the film were directed by Michael Allder, Yanick Rose and Volker Barth.

As he pulls back from production, Ferns says he will continue to “deliver the training programs and pitching forums I manage around the world.”

(With files from Barry Walsh)

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