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Extra: Expectation, BBC2 prep Ghislaine Maxwell family doc; Love Nature expands

Expectation secures BBC2 commission British pubcaster BBC2 has ordered the 3 x 60-minute series The Fall of the House of Maxwell (w/t) from UK producer Expectation. The series charts the story of ...
November 19, 2020

Expectation secures BBC2 commission

British pubcaster BBC2 has ordered the 3 x 60-minute series The Fall of the House of Maxwell (w/t) from UK producer Expectation.

The series charts the story of the Maxwell family, from Robert Maxwell’s beginnings as an impoverished survivor of the Holocaust, to the creation and collapse of his multimillion pound media business, culminating in the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, expected next year.

The Fall of the House of Maxwell (w/t) will feature testimony and archive.

The series was commissioned by BBC2 controller Patrick Holland and Clare Sillery, head of commissioning for documentaries, history and religion.

Expectation’s Colin Barr (Our War, Life and Death Row, Murder 24/7) is executive producer. The BBC commissioning editor is Hamish Fergusson.

Love Nature launches on StarTV

Blue Ant Media wildlife and nature brand Love Nature continues its expansion through Latin America with the launch of its linear channel on StarTV in Mexico.

The brand’s debut on the pay-TV platform will grant Spanish-speaking subscribers access to such programming as Malawi Wildlife Rescue (6 x 60 minutes; Icon Films), Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs (pictured; 5 x 60 minutes; Oxford Scientific Films) and Amazing Animal Friends (6 x 60 minutes; Oxford Scientific Films)

The channel’s line-up will also feature exclusive content from Love Nature’s celebrated ‘Camp Zambia’ programming, which includes Africa’s Hunters (18 x 60 minutes) and The Big Dry (3 x 60 minutes), both of which are produced by Plimsoll Productions.

BIFA selects Crip Camp, Boys State for long list

The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) revealed the films selected for its Best International Independent Film long list today (Nov. 19).

Documentaries to make the cut include Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss’s Boys State; Sara Bolder, Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham’s Crip Camp; Bryan Fogel, Mark Monroe, Jake Swantko, Thor Halvorssen’s The Dissident; and Gianfranco Rosi, Donatella Palermo, Serge Lalou, Camille Laemlè, Orwa Nyrabia and Eva-Maria Weerts’ Notturno.

The nominations will be be announced on Dec. 9, with the BIFA ceremony and winner announcements taking place early February 2021. To see additional long lists, visit BIFA’s website.

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