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Extra: Blue Ant Int’l sells “A Wild Year on Earth” to BBC America; BIFA ’20 doc noms

Blue Ant Int’l sells A Wild Year on Earth to BBC America Blue Ant International has sold the blue-chip specialist factual series A Wild Year on Earth to BBC America. The six-part docuseries ...
December 10, 2020

Blue Ant Int’l sells A Wild Year on Earth to BBC America

Blue Ant International has sold the blue-chip specialist factual series A Wild Year on Earth to BBC America.

The six-part docuseries (pictured) is produced by Northern Pictures and narrated by actor and Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael.

BBC America will premiere the series in early 2021 as part of Wonderstruck, its 24-hour block dedicated to wildlife and natural history programming.

A Wild Year on Earth was originally commissioned by Blue Ant Media-owned wildlife and nature brand Love Nature. Karina Holden is EP and Daniella Ortega serves as series producer. Blue Ant International handles international licensing.

BIFA reveals 2020 doc nominees 

The nominees for the 2020 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) were revealed Wednesday (Dec. 9).

In the Best Documentary category, nominees are The Australian Dream from director Daniel Gordon and journalist Stan Gran; director Fred Scott’s Being A Human Person; Jerry Rothwell’s The Reason I Jump; Netflix original film Rising Phoenix, directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui; and White Riot, directed by Rubika Shah.

Winners will be announced in early February.

Truly rolls out on Samsung TV Plus in the UK

Factual producer Barcroft Studios, part of Future plc, has launched its scheduled OTT channel Truly (formerly Barcroft TV) on Samsung TV Plus in the UK.

The channel launches on Samsung TV Plus with more than 50 hours of original long-form documentary content alongside factual programming licensed from a range of distribution partners.

Short-form shows previously featured on digital channel Barcroft TV available on Truly include: Born Different, Hooked On The Look, Shake My Beauty, Love Don’t Judge and Brand New Me.

These originals have been supersized into more than 150 new 30-minute episodes for Truly.

Media Ranch expands development and sales leadership

Veteran format producer David Schiff has boarded Montreal-headquartered Media Ranch as a creative consultant for the European development of game show format Honey In The Box.

The format, born from Media Ranch’s HorsePower development incubator, is part of the company’s recently-announced exchange with South Korea’s FormatEast (an SBS Korea subsidiary).

FormatEast will represent Family Tripped, the HorsePower 1.0 format as well as the HorsePower 2.0 format Heartbreak Hotel.

On the sales front, Malgorzata Gudel has been hired on as a sales consultant, representing all Media Ranch formats for the CEE and CIS territories, reporting to Tanja van der Goes, SVP of distribution at Media Ranch. Van der Goes heads the European operations for the format producer-distributor.

Alexa Jorizzo, meanwhile, has been promoted in Montreal to head of sales for French Canada.

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