Extra: Priya Dogra to lead EMEA, APAC nets for WarnerMedia; TVF, Keshet ink deals

The WarnerMedia vet will be responsible for programming, advertising, distribution and ops in the regions, sharing oversight of the kids business with Tom Ascheim.
July 6, 2020

WarnerMedia ups Priya Dogra

WarnerMedia has named Priya Dogra (pictured) president of WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, EMEA and APAC, replacing Giorgio Stock, who departed the company in late June.

In her new position, Dogra will be responsible for programming, advertising, distribution and operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. She will share responsibility for the kids-focused businesses in EMEA and APAC with Tom Ascheim, president of global kids, young adults and classics for Warner Bros. Dogra will report to Gerhard Zeiler, chief revenue officer of WarnerMedia and president of WarnerMedia International Networks.

Dogra first joined WarnerMedia in 2009 as director of mergers and acquisitions, and most recently served as EVP of strategy and corporate development. In a statement, the company said Dogra will continue her responsibilities as EVP of strategy and corporate development for WarnerMedia “for the time being.” She takes over from Stock, who exited the company after less than a year in the position.

Keith Haring doc sells across Europe

London-based distributor TVF International has sold Keith Haring: Street Art Boy to ZDF, YLE, AVROTROS, VRT and SVT.

The 53-minute doc from BBC Studios for BBC2 and PBS looks at how the artist blazed a trail through the 1980s New York art scene. It features previously unheard interviews with Haring and exclusive archive.

Swedish pubcaster SVT also picked up Doing it in Public: Art for the People, a 60- or 98-minute Felix Media doc on the importance of public art, featuring work of renowned artists like Jeff Koons and Marina Abramovic.

RTVE has secured rights to the ABC Arts commission, Can Art Stop a Bullet, a 60- or 90-minute doc on the stories behind iconic artwork often created from conflict.

TVF International has also added two hour-long BBC commissions to its slate, Gauguin: A Dangerous Life, a doc re-assessing the artist in light of feminist, colonial and indigenous studies, and Titian: Behind Closed Doors, offering an opportunity to view his Renaissance masterpieces together; and Inside the Uffizi (1 x 60 minutes), commissioned for German broadcaster SWR.

Keshet Int’l brings The Hit List to the Netherlands

Israeli distributor Keshet International has inked a deal that sees the Tuesday’s Child-produced BBC1 shiny floor format, The Hit List, having its first daily stripped version of the format on NPO in the Netherlands.

BBC1 recently ordered a third season of the show that sees three rounds of duos competing to identify songs spanning genres and decades.

Vincent TV is in production on the 24 x 60-minute episodes, to air as De Hit Kwis from July 27 on AVRO/TROS for NPO1.

The prodco has also optioned the format in Belgium from Keshet International for the Flemish-speaking market. 

Espresso Media represents Shut Up Sona

Espresso Media International’s newest release is a doc on Indian singing star and #MeToo activist Sona Mohapatra.

Shup Up Sona follows the life of Sona as she’s accused of blasphemy for being obscenely dressed, battles with music executives and her fight for equality in the patriarchal country of India.

The feature-length documentary won the Audience Top 10 Favourite at Hot Docs ’20 and was an official selection at the Mumbai Film Festival and the Rotterdam Film Festival.

The 85-minute film was directed by Deepti Gupta and produced by Mohapatra for Omgrown Music.

Shut Up Sona is available now for worldwide licensing.

With files from Kidscreen’s Elizabeth Foster

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