Extra: PBS to air ‘Icon’ series on music photography; ‘Room to Improve’ to air on C5

Six-part series on music photography to air on PBS this summer PBS has acquired U.S. domestic broadcast and digital rights for the six-part series Icon: Music Through the Lens from FilmRise ...
May 14, 2021

Six-part series on music photography to air on PBS this summer

PBS has acquired U.S. domestic broadcast and digital rights for the six-part series Icon: Music Through the Lens from FilmRise and Universal Music Group’s Mercury Studios.

The project, set to air this summer, covers the history of music photography. Through studio portraits, record sleeves, music magazines, live shows, exhibitions, social media, coffee table books and fine art, the series questions what makes a music photograph iconic.

“This is a comprehensive and definitive series that will appeal to all lovers of music and photography and we feel that the series uniquely and distinctly immerses the viewer in the culture and history of this fascinating art form,” said FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher in a statement.

Dick Carruthers, an acclaimed music video and film director, produced and directed the series. Music photographer Gered Mankowitz is the series curator and was interviewed for Icon, as were photographers such as Kevin Westenberg, Terry O’Neill and Kevin Cummins. Musicians interviewed for the project as well include Alice Cooper, Ziggy Marley, Lars Ulrich and Dizzee Rascal.

Room to Improve licensed to UK’s Channel 5

Channel 5 has licensed five seasons of the hit home-design series Room to Improve, RTÉ Programme Sales announced on Friday (May 14).

The deal covers 32 hours of the series, representing season eight to 12, set to begin airing on May 17. The series follows Dermot Bannon, an Irish architect, as he works to create a range of beautifully designed and cleverly built homes.

“Dermot Bannon is Ireland’s top TV architect and is fast becoming a global talent. We’ve had great success with Dermot’s previous series, Incredible Homes, in which he visits fabulous and unusual living spaces in the world’s coolest capitals. Now, this returning evergreen of a series will be available for the first time to audiences in the UK — and we couldn’t be more delighted,” said Edel Edwards, head of program sales at RTÉ Programme Sales.

The latest season gained an average 44.8% share for RTÉ One where it airs in a primetime Sunday slot.

The Irish public broadcaster has already greenlit season 13, which is currently in production.

Endeavor Content unveils hires to TV distribution team

Endeavor Content has made several new appointments to senior roles on its TV distribution team.

The company has appointed Jennifer Ebell as SVP, EMEA sales, and Fabio Etienne-Tinchant to executive director, handling sales in CEE, MENA, France and Turkey.

Ebell previously negotiated and led strategic and multi-territory EMEA deals as SVP EMEA at ITV Studios Global Distribution. Etienne-Tinchant, meanwhile, joins the team from Miramax where he worked as director, sales EMEA in the company’s London office, leading sales and negotiations on scripted series and feature films across all platforms.

Endeavor also hired Liz Tang as its new Director, Content, Tracy Davis as associate director of rights, Sunil Gupta as SVP business & legal affairs, and Hetal Limbachia as content manager.

Tang comes to Endeavor after more than a decade working in acquisitions and coproductions at broadcasters such as BBC Studios, Viacom and Sky UK. Limbachia was Tang’s first hire after previously working at the Fox Network Group. Davis was hired after having recently served as director, deals & rights management at the Fox Network Group, leading a global team to support sales negotiations for Fox Network and National Geographic content. Gupta most recently worked as head of legal & business affairs for ITV Studios Global Distribution before joining Endeavor.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.