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Principal Media acquires six films from Taylor Street Global content licensing distribution company Principal Media has signed a deal with filmmaker Loki Mulholland’s Taylor Street Films to represent the worldwide rights ...
June 18, 2021

Principal Media acquires six films from Taylor Street

Global content licensing distribution company Principal Media has signed a deal with filmmaker Loki Mulholland’s Taylor Street Films to represent the worldwide rights to six documentaries, including his Emmy-winning film The Uncomfortable Truth.

Mulholland, a filmmaker, author and activist, is the son of civil rights pioneer Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. His work directly engages with subjects like racism and civil rights.

“The topic of systemic racism has not only been elevated and amplified in the United States in the past couple of years, it has become a discussion point around the world as we all examine its impact on our society,” Danny Boluarte, VP of business development and acquisition for Principal Media, said in a statement.

“Loki Mulholland’s films provide enlightening personal accounts of how deeply rooted the foundations of racism are, as well as inspiring stories of those who fought against social injustice.”

In addition to The Uncomfortable Truth, the deal will see Principal Media represent After Selma, about voting rights; Black, White & Us, which examines families adopting African-American children; An Ordinary Hero, about Joan Trumpauer Mulholland; The End of Slavery, the story of Utah’s first black female state official; and The Evers (pictured), about the family of the NAACP’s Medgar Evers, who was assassinated in 1963.

Waddell Media’s new Northern Ireland travel series

Belfast-based Waddell Media will premiere a new travel series, Exploring Northern Ireland with Siobhán McSweeney, for More 4.

McSweeney is one of the stars of Channel 4′s comedy series Derry Girls, and hadn’t been to Northern Ireland before making the show. She fell in love with the countryside, and her travels to places like Strangford Lough and the Mourne Mountains will make up the four-part series. The travelogue series is supported by Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland.

Exploring Northern Ireland with Siobhán McSweeney was commissioned by Deborah Dunnett and executive produced by Jannine Waddell. The director and series producer is Ewen Thomson, with Sarah Reddin as producer.

E! to debut “We Got Love Teyana & Iman”

E! has announced a new reality series about the relationship between actress Teyana Taylor and NBA player and rapper Iman Shumpert, We Got Love Teyana & Iman.

The series will premiere on Sept. 2, with a special 30-minute preview airing on June 20. The show promises unprecedented access to the couple’s lives as they raise their daughters and pursue their ambitions.

We Got Love Teyana & Iman is produced by STXalternative with Shanta Conic and executive produced by Taylor, Shumpert, Jason Goldberg, Michelle Kongkasuwan and Ailee O’Neill.

RTG signs with ICM Partners

Basketball-focused global content studio and financier RTG Features has signed with ICM Partners for representation in non-scripted television and film.

RTG (“Respect the Game”) focuses on development, along with adapting articles from SLAM magazine’s 230-plus magazine issues into scripted and unscripted multimedia projects from feature films and TV to documentaries and podcasts.

The first project represented by ICM is a partnership with the iconic basketball shooting game Pop-A-Shot to develop an unscripted competition show for television. Competitors will include pro athletes, celebrities and the world’s foremost amateurs racking up points at local arcades and views on social media.

Other RTG projects include a Pau Gasol docuseries bound for Amazon Prime Video later this year, a new documentary on John Thompson and the Georgetown Hoyas featuring the coach’s last interview, and the documentary Alaskan Nets, executive produced by Chris Pratt, which won the Audience Choice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. RTG’s first feature doc, A Kid From Coney Island, about Stephon Marbury, was released last year.

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