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Extra: People moves at Zeppelin, Studio Lambert; sales news for Cineflix, Onza

Studio Lambert fact ent director, Gogglebox EP exiting Tania Alexander, Studio Lambert’s director of factual entertainment, is leaving the company after 12 years “to pursue fresh challenges,” according to the prodco. Alexander ...
November 26, 2020

Studio Lambert fact ent director, Gogglebox EP exiting
Tania Alexander, Studio Lambert’s director of factual entertainment, is leaving the company after 12 years “to pursue fresh challenges,” according to the prodco.

Alexander served as EP on multiple Studio Lambert series such as Undercover Boss and Seven Days, and for the past seven years has been EP on the company’s long-running series for Channel 4, Gogglebox.

Studio Lambert’s deputy creative director, Mike Cotton, will oversee the remainder of the current season of Gogglebox, alongside the show’s executive producer Leon Campbell.

Announcing her departure, the company said through a spokesperson: “We wish Tania success with her future projects.”

Amparo Castellano named MD of Zeppelin

Amparo Castellano has been tapped to lead Zeppelin, a Banijay Iberia company, as managing director.

Castellano’s remit includes building the company’s portfolio of programming for the local and global market. She reports to Banijay Iberia CEO Pilar Blasco.

Her responsibilities include the creation of new international IP. Zeppelin is behind such non-scripted shows as The Bridge and Spain’s Big Brother.

She joins Zeppelin from Banijay Iberia’s DLO/Magnolia, where she served as MD of entertainment since 2014.

As part of the move, non-scripted series from DLO/ Magnolia — such as Pioneras, Pop Up Chef and Sing on! — will become part of the Zeppelin portfolio.

Cineflix Rights sells factual content in the Nordics

Cineflix Rights has sold more than 450 hours of factual content to broadcasters and platforms across the Nordic region.

TV2 (Denmark) acquired seasons one to six of Brother vs. Brother (36 x 60 minutes; Scott Brothers Entertainment for HGTV); and Property Brothers: Buying and Selling (104 x 60 minutes; Cineflix Productions for HGTV).

The channel also picked up The Property Brothers at Home (4 x 60 minutes; Scott Brothers Entertainment for HGTV); and The Queen’s Green Planet (1 x 60 minutes; ITN Productions for ITV).

Seasons one and two of My Family and the Galapagos (7 x 60 minutes; Seadog Productions and Motion Content Group for Channel 4) have been bought by SVT (Sweden) and YLE (Finland).

Egypt’s Lost Pyramid (1 x 60 minutes; At Land Productions and Lion TV for Channel 4 and Smithsonian), meanwhile, was sold to DR (Denmark), NENT (Sweden), and YLE (Finland).

Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o (1 x 60 minutes, Sandstone Global Productions for Channel 4) has been bought by DR and SVT.

The Far Traveller (1 x 60 minutes; Pro Films and Mac TV for BBC Alba, RUV and NRK) has been acquired by DR and YLE.

Seasons one and two of Inside Taronga Zoo (McAvoy Media for Nine Network, Channel 4 and National Geographic) sold to Viasat World.

NENT acquired Coast Guard: Mission Critical (10 x 60 minutes, Rum Lime Productions and Gulp Pictures for History) across Sweden, Denmark, Norway together with history special Building Hitler’s Supergun (1 x 60 minutes; Windfall Films for Channel 4, WGBH and National Geographic Channels International) for Sweden.

Finally, SVT bought Extreme Tribe: The Last Pygmies (3 x 60 minutes; Renegade Pictures for Channel 4); Under Thin Ice (1 x 60 minutes, Galafilm Productions and Mario Cyr Productions for CBC, Radio-Canada and SWR-ARTE); and Takaya: Lone Wolf (1 x 60 minutes; Talesmith, Cineflix Productions, MBM TV for BBC, CBC, ARTE).

Onza Distribution, The History Channel Iberia close doc deal

Spanish distributor Onza Distribution has closed a distribution deal with A+E Networks-owned The History Channel Iberia for the international sale of documentaries produced in Spain and Portugal.

The documentaries include: Microkiller (6 x 45 minutes); Gamer Sapiens (6 x 60 minutes); Impossible Sports (6 x 30 minutes); Under the Stars (6 x 60 minutes); Faces of Fatima (1 x 60 minutes); Templar Territory (6 x 60 minutes); Spain: A Lab for War (6 x 60 minutes) and History of the Future (4 x 45 minutes).

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