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“Call Me Mother” drag competition series to air on OUTtv Canadian LGBTQ+ network OUTtv will debut a new drag competition series beginning this fall. The unscripted reality series, titled Call Me Mother, ...
June 3, 2021

“Call Me Mother” drag competition series to air on OUTtv

Canadian LGBTQ+ network OUTtv will debut a new drag competition series beginning this fall.

The unscripted reality series, titled Call Me Mother, is produced by Go Button Media and RedFlame TV. Dallas Dixon, from Entertainment Tonight Canada, will host the series that features drag mothers Peppermint, Crystal and Barbada as they adopt and mentor new talent into their Drag Houses. The series will last eight weeks, as contestants vie for the title of “First Child of Drag” and a grand prize package valued at CA$50,000.

Each week, the three houses will compete in challenges against one another, with the leader of the losing house eliminating one of their contestants.

A full list of contestants will be released later this year. The series will debut on OUTtv and OUTtvGo this fall.

Susan Calman’s Big Seaside Holiday travels to Channel 5

Viewers missing the chance to go on holiday through the pandemic will be able to feel like they’re on a weeklong beach getaway in a new Channel 5 series.

Susan Calman’s Big Seaside Holiday is a five-part hour-long series produced by IWC, a Banijay UK company. It is expected to be released across five nights, and will feature Calman, a Scottish comedian and TV presenter, visiting well-known British beach resorts around the country.

The series will also include celebrity guests like TV presenter Linda Robson and comedian Joe Pasquale.

Gerard Costello will executive produce.

Love Nature launches on Telenor Sweden

Wildlife and nature brand Love Nature is rolling out today on Telenor Sweden.

Telenor audiences will now have access to Love Nature’s programming through its linear channel and on the platform’s VOD service as part of a three-year deal.

“We at Telenor have been impressed by Love Nature which brings audiences powerful stories about the natural world and fosters a deeper understanding and connection to the planet we call home. The launch of the HD-service and the award-winning library of 4K natural history series and documentaries will enable us to further develop our partnership in the near future,” said Leif Björklund, head of TV & media at Telenor Sverige.

Love Nature programming highlights that have been localized in Sweden include Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs and New Kids in the Wild.

Former SBS channel manager joins Stan streaming service as director of programming

Longtime SBS TV leader Ben Nguyen announced on Twitter today (June 3) that he will join Stan, Nine Entertainment’s SVOD service, as director of programming in July.

Nguyen spent the last seven years as Channel Manager at SBS where he led a team responsible for content acquisitions across SBS platforms, and helped oversee content strategy for SBS On Demand. Prior to that, he worked with the broadcaster’s Documentary and Factual team, and for SBS 2.

Nguyen had previously announced his departure from SBS in April.

“If you ask me, Stan has done the best job of all the streaming services in Australia in carving out a clear identity that connects with TV and movie lovers, and landing and curating big, talked about shows,” Nguyen said in a LinkedIn post announcing his decision.

Nguyen was responsible for local launches on SBS of titles like The Handmaid’s Tale, Filthy, Rich and Homeless, Struggle Street, Safe Harbour and The Principal.

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