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Extra: newportFILM unveils summer doc lineup; BBC Studios ups Chris Cole

newportFILM unveils summer doc lineup Following a hybrid drive-in/virtual format for 2020, newportFILM has announced a return to a full lineup of weekly outdoor screenings for newportFILM Outdoors (pictured), which runs ...
June 16, 2021

newportFILM unveils summer doc lineup

Following a hybrid drive-in/virtual format for 2020, newportFILM has announced a return to a full lineup of weekly outdoor screenings for newportFILM Outdoors (pictured), which runs from June 17 through September 9.

The opening night selection of this year’s event will be Emmy-nominated director Sally Aitken’s Playing with Sharks, from National Geographic, about ocean explorer and activist Valerie Taylor. The film premiered in competition at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and won the audience award at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

Also screening at newportFILM Outdoors will be Questlove’s award-winning Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) from Searchlight, Jeremy Workman’s award-winning Lily Topples the World from Discovery+ and Greenwich Entertainment, Mariem Pérez Riera’s Rita Moreno: The Girl Who Just Decided to Go For It from Roadside Attractions, Misha and The Wolves from Netflix, and My Name is Pauli Murray from Amazon Studios.

BBC Studios – Americas ups distribution exec Chris Cole to EVP post

BBC Studios – Americas has promoted Chris Cole to executive vice president, strategic partnerships.

Based in New York, Cole will oversee and provide strategic planning for key partnerships with AMC Networks/BBC America, Discovery, PBS, BritBox and Blue Ant Media.

He will report to Dina Vangelisti, EVP, content sales, BBC Studios – Americas.

Cole was previously SVP of content distribution, responsible for U.S. unscripted coproductions and sales, and for all content sales in the Canadian market.

“This is well-deserved recognition for Chris, who has been an important leader of the Americas sales team for the last nine years. His inner knowledge of the BBC, as well as the UK and U.S. television industries, has proven to be invaluable to the growth of the sales business over his tenure,” Vangelisti said in a statement.

Prior to joining BBC Studios – Americas, the exec worked as part of the specialist factual commissioning team for the BBC in the UK, and as executive producer and head of development for BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, where he was a program maker for over a decade on several landmark series.

Rocket picks up “Everything in Between”

Rocket Rights has acquired the documentary Everything in Between from South Africa’s Fell and Company and will represent the film internationally.

The film tells the story of two men, one British and one South African, who began as virtual strangers and ended up cycling from London to Tokyo together to attend the 2019 Rugby World Cup, covering 20,000 km and 27 countries in 230 days.

Everything in Between was originally broadcast on South Africa’s Showmax and Supersport Channel.

ITV slates travel series from RDF

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned factual entertainment series Bruno and Greg’s Great British Road Trip (w/t) from producer RDF Television.

The 6 x 30-minute travel series will feature the hosts Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, the stars of Strictly Come Dancing, exploring some of the country’s most beloved road trips.

Bruno and Craig’s Great British Road Trip was commissioned for ITV by Priya Singh, commissioning editor of factual entertainment and Sue Murphy, ITV’s head of factual entertainment. The series is produced and directed by Oli Tridgell and executive produced by Fiona Inskip for RDF Television.

With files from Jillian Morgan

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