Extra: Myleene Klass doc set at W; Insight TV, Vans team on skateboarding series

UKTV commissions Myleene Klass doc for W UKTV has greenlit a new documentary, Myleene Klass: Miscarriage & Me (pictured above), for its W premium channel to air in the fall. The one-hour ...
June 9, 2021

UKTV commissions Myleene Klass doc for W

UKTV has greenlit a new documentary, Myleene Klass: Miscarriage & Me (pictured above), for its W premium channel to air in the fall.

The one-hour doc will focus on the British singer as she opens up about her four miscarriages, with the goal of shattering the taboo that typically surrounds that type of pregnancy loss.

Mylene Klass: Miscarriage & Me was commissioned by deputy director of commissioning and head of factual, Hilary Rosen and ordered for W by channel director Adam Collings.

“Miscarriage is a subject that has been shrouded in taboo and secrecy for far too long. We are so grateful to Myleene for her highly personal, raw and honest examination of its lifelong legacy and we hope this film can spark a bigger conversation,” said Rosen in a release.

Myleene: Miscarriage & Me will be broadcast on W during Baby Loss Awareness Week in October.

Insight TV partners with Vans on skateboarding doc series 

Millennial-focused global channel and content producer Insight TV is teaming up with footwear and apparel brand Vans for a new documentary series on skateboarding, A Simple Path.

The 10 x 30-minute series will launch this month across Insight TV’s linear and digital networks all over the world, hosted by pro skater Yann Horowitz, a Vans team member and LGBTQ+ activist. The series will follow Horowitz as he ventures to 10 skateboarding communities around the world to immerse himself in their scenes and cultures.

A Simple Path is co-produced with South Africa-based Save Your Day Films and executive produced by Arun Maljaars for Insight TV and Stephen Friedman for Save Your Day Films.

“By teaming up with Vans, one of the most inspirational brands on the planet, we can dive even deeper into different worlds of skateboarding and explore some of the most incredible cultures and individuals — all viewed through the lens of a skateboard,” Maljaars, Insight TV’s vice president of content and channels, said in a release.

ZED announces five new doc projects

Independent producer-distributor ZED has announced several new projects as part of its growth strategy in North America.

Flyways: Migratory Shorebirds, The Ultimate Journey is co-produced by Christine Le Goff Goff for ZED, Storyland and HHMI, for ABC Australia, ARTE France and PBS. Slated for delivery in late 2022, the film follows scientists studying the migration routes of five of the world’s most enduring species of birds, and comes from director Randall Wood.

Kalahari, Land of Secret Alliances is a 3 x 52-minute event series from director Pierre Stine about animal evolution, and was produced by Manuel Catteau and Floran Sax for ZED and Patrick Morris for France Télévisions and Blue Ant Media. It’s scheduled for delivery this summer.

Lion Dynasty, A Matter of Pride is a 52-minute documentary directed by Jean Barraud and Romain Quillon. Shot over 10 years, the 52-minute doc film tells the story of a lion pride in Africa fighting from generation to generation to maintain its dynasty. It was produced by ZED’s Manuel Catteau for ARTE GEIE and National Geographic, and was just finalized.

Hitler’s Disastrous Desert War is a historical documentary from director Yvan Demeulandre recounting military operations in North Africa between 1941 and 1943. It was produced by ZED’s Manuel Catteau & Marion Claus for France Télévisions and National Geographic, and will be delivered in July.

Vikings: The Ghost Ship and the Forgotten Kingdom of the North from director Pierre Stine follows the 2018 discovery of a 1,200-year-old Viking burial ship in Norway with exclusive access. It was produced by ZED’s Floran Sax for France Télévisions and CuriosityStream, with delivery scheduled for summer of 2022.

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