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Extra: Passion Distribution unveils fall slate; new series at ID, Discovery

Passion Distribution acquires factual programming UK distributor Passion Distribution has acquired more than 100 hours of premium factual programming, bolstering its slate of docueries and standalone documentaries to be launched this fall. The ...
September 25, 2020

Passion Distribution acquires factual programming

UK distributor Passion Distribution has acquired more than 100 hours of premium factual programming, bolstering its slate of docueries and standalone documentaries to be launched this fall.

The company will showcase the content through its online Pop-Up Market, to be held Sept. 29.

Headlining its factual lineup is the six-part docuseries 1000 Years of History (6 x 120 minutes), commissioned by Channel 5 in June. The landmark series will be produced by a trio of UK indies: Middlechild, Lambent Productions and Raise the Roof Productions.

From Australia’s Wildbear Entertainment comes two docuseries, Beyond Our Earth (6 x 60 minutes) and Cold War: The Tech Race (4 x 60 minutes).

Passion Distribution has also slated Danube: Against the Flow (8 x 60 minutes; Spot Productions for AMC Networks Central and Northern Europe); The Nazis of Nuremberg (1 x 190 minutes; Middlechild Productions for C5); and Gypsy Eviction: The Battle for Dale Farm (1 x 60 minutes; Firecracker Films for C5).

Pandemic programming to be featured at the market include hour-long documentaries How to Avoid a Second Wave, produced by Parable for Channel 4, and South Korea: The Country That Beat the Virus, produced by Quicksilver for C4.

Finally, Passion Distribution has slated factual entertainment series Top 100 Weather Moments (5 x 60 minutes; produced by The Weather Channel) and lifestyle series Kate Humble: My Little Farm (pictured; 4 x 60 minutes; Raise The Roof Productions and Motion Content Group for C5).

ID, Discovery prep October premieres

Investigation Discovery and Discovery Channel have set broadcast dates for two new series in O.J. & Nicole: An American Tragedy from Arrow Media and Homestead Rescue: Raney Ranch from All3Media America and Raw Television.

The two-hour documentary O.J. & Nicole: An American Tragedy marks the 25th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson trial, focusing on Nicole Brown Simpson and reflecting on the events that led up to the tragic killings in Brentwood in 1994.

At Arrow Media, John Owens is the showrunner, Lucie Ridout is executive producer. For Investigation Discovery, Lorna Thomas is executive producer. The film premieres Oct. 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

In Discovery’s Homestead Rescue spin-off, the Raneys set out to build a multi-generational homestead.

For All3Media America, Tim Pastore, Rebekah Fry and Tim Eagan serve as executive producers. For Discovery, John Slaughter serves as EP and Jessica Mollo serves as associate producer.

Homestead Rescue: Raney Ranch premieres Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Nat Geo sets airdate for City So Real

National Geographic Documentary Films will premiere the previously announced five-part docuseries City So Real from Participant and Kartemquin Films this October.

From director Steve James (America to Me, Hoop Dreams) and his longtime producing partner Zak Piper (The Interrupters), the film paints a portrait of contemporary Chicago, delivering a multifaceted look into the quintessentially American city, set against the backdrop of its history-making 2019 mayoral election.

Sylvetta Christmas, Janea Smith serve as producers with James and Piper. Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Alex Kotlowitz, Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg and Jolene Pinder are executive producers.

City So Real will debut as a one-night, five-hour, commercial-free event on Oct. 29 beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT. All five episodes will then be available to stream on Hulu the following day.

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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