Extra: CBC slates “Reef Rescue”; former Fox Networks Group exec joins ProgramBuyer

Merit Motion Pictures’ “Reef Rescue” to premiere on CBC A Canada and France copro documentary on scientists discovering new methods to save coral reefs is set to bow on CBC’s ‘The ...
February 28, 2020

Merit Motion Pictures’ “Reef Rescue” to premiere on CBC

A Canada and France copro documentary on scientists discovering new methods to save coral reefs is set to bow on CBC’s ‘The Nature of Things’ on March 6 at 9 p.m.

Reef Rescue follows scientists using the latest methods of genetics, epigenetics, and assisted evolution to reproduce super coral. It’s a pressing issue as in the last 50 years, half of the planet’s coral, a vital underwater ecosystem, has been wiped out by overfishing, pollution and rising water temperatures from climate change.

By examining how some coral has survived some of the planet’s worst coral bleaching events, the super coral will resurrect dead or dying reefs the world over.

Three women are at the forefront of these science discoveries: Ruth Gates at the Gates Lab in Hawaii; Madeleine Van Oppen at the Australian Institute of Marine Science at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia; and Julia Baum at the Baum Lab, University of Victoria, in Canada. They work alongside biologists Greg Asner and Andrew Baker.

Reef Rescue is produced by Merit Motion Pictures, Capa Presse/Films à Cinq, and ARTE France, in association with Vulcan Productions and CBC’s ‘The Nature of Things.’

It will also be available on the free CBC Gem streaming service.

For Merit Motion Pictures, Merit Jensen Carr and Aaron Floresco are producers. For Capa Presse/Films à Cinq, Sally Blake is producer and co-writer, and Su Rynard is director and co-writer. For CBC’s ‘The Nature of Things’, Sue Dando is Executive in Charge of Production

ProgramBuyer names head of sales, adds new distributors

Nina Bareta, a former senior sales manager at Fox Networks Group Content Distribution, has joined as the company’s first head of sales.

Bareta (pictured) had previously served as a consultant to the platform, a non-transactional screening site for global buyers and seller of TV programming. As a consultant, she played a “pivotal role” in driving both distribution and buyer numbers.

She joins co-founders Roz Parker and Edwina Thring.

Elsewhere, the company also announced that its number of distributors has risen from 100 to more than 120 as rights holders such as A+E Networks (U.S.), Autentic Distribution (Germany), Kanal D International (Turkey), Beyond Distribution (UK/Australia); SPI International; Rive Gauche Television (U.S.); DLT Entertainment (UK); Ying Group (Singapore); and CTC Media (Russia) have uploaded content to the portal.

Green Inc. launches EU office

Northern Irish indie Green Inc. has launched a new office in the Republic of Ireland.

Based in Dublin, Green Inc. Republic of Ireland will allow the company to continue to operate in the European Union (EU) and have access to the Single Market following Britain’s split from EU on Jan. 31.

Green Inc. Republic of Ireland will act as a subsidiary business to Green Inc.’s main Belfast operation, serving as a regular operational base for domestic Republic of Ireland commissions from broadcasters including RTÉ, Virgin Television Ireland and TG4.

The company’s credits include Ireland’s Got Talent, a coproduction with Kite Entertainment for Virgin Television Ireland; BBC2 blue chip series The Many Faces Of…; and RTÉ series Crimecall, coproduced with Rare TV.

The launch of Green Inc. Republic of Ireland follows the prodco’s recent RTÉ One commission High Road Low Road (w/t), a format that will see different pairs of celebrity friends or colleagues embark on a holiday destination or city break. Green Inc. was also recently commissioned by BBC Northern Ireland to produce the original format Tricked Out Tractors.

With files from Kelly Anderson

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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.