Extra: CBSN acquires Sundance doc; UKTV, BBC Studios go “Scouting for Toys”

CBSN picks up Sundance wildfire doc Bring Your Own Brigade Digital news streamer CBSN has acquired the documentary Bring Your Own Brigade, the latest project from two-time Academy Award nominee Lucy ...
July 2, 2021

CBSN picks up Sundance wildfire doc Bring Your Own Brigade

Digital news streamer CBSN has acquired the documentary Bring Your Own Brigade, the latest project from two-time Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker and Topic Studios.

The film explores the issue of wildfires from a character-driven perspective as the blazes increase in number and severity around the world and looks at what, if anything, can be done about it. Bring Your Own Brigade premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and will play in theaters this summer ahead of its debut on CBSN and Paramount+. Specific release dates are yet to be announced.

Bring Your Own Brigade was written and directed by Lucy Walker (Waste Land, The Crash Reel), presented by Topic Studios in association with XTR and Artemis Rising Foundation and is a Tree Tree Tree and Good ‘n Proper Production. Producers are Holly Becker, Julian Cautherley, Lyn Davis Lear, Martha Eidsness Mitchell and Walker. The sale was negotiated by Cinetic Media on behalf of the producers.

Non-fiction winners at SeriesFest pilot competition

Projects about an animal sanctuary and a look at Britain’s culinary scene were the non-fiction winners in the latest pilot competition at SeriesFest.

The non-profit organization and TV festival crowned the winners of the Season 7 independent pilot competition on June 30, including prizes for non-fiction series.

Freedom Farm Sanctuary from director and producer Taliya Finkel was named best pilot in the non-fiction category. The documentary series follows the animal sanctuary of the same name in Israel, which gives “imperfect” animals a home. The moving docuseries tells the stories of the animals and the volunteers who care for them.

Meanwhile Desi Traichevska was named as best director of an unscripted pilot for Flavours Without Borders, a show exploring lesser-known cuisines in Britain. The series is a celebration of the diversity of Britain’s food scene and the immigrant women who’ve built successful careers bringing their native foods to the UK. The pilot episode looks at the popularity of Thai food in Britain.

The SeriesFest audience awards will be announced at the end of the festival on July 11.

UKTV commissions Scouting for Toys doc series

UKTV is adding to its portfolio of original commissions with the nostalgia-focused docuseries Scouting for Toys (pictured), which will run on the broadcaster’s Yesterday channel.

The 10 x 60-minute series comes from BBC Studios’ Documentary Unit and follows Vectis Toys Auctioneers in County Durham, an internationally-renowned auction house where buyers and sellers trade every kind of toy imaginable, from vintage dolls to Star Wars figures. The series will examine how toys are valued and catalogued, and will introduce viewers to the passionate collectors involved.

Production on the series is underway, adhering to COVID-19 protocols. The series will air on Yesterday in 2022 and will also be available on UKTV Play.

Scouting for Toys was commissioned by deputy director of commissioning Hilary Rosen and ordered by Yesterday’s channel director Gerald Casey. Executive producers are Alan Holland and Ben Mitchell for BBC Studios.

Rocket Rights nabs Siobhán McSweeney travel series

British indie distributor Rocket Rights has inked a deal to represent the travel series, Exploring Northern Ireland with Siobhán McSweeney, from Waddell Media.

The 4 x 60-minute series was commissioned for More 4 and follows McSweeney, the star of Derry Girls as she travels around Northern Ireland and learns about the beautifully rugged landscapes and the people who live there.

“Siobhán is a very funny and intrepid traveller and willing to have a go at anything. It makes for a highly amusing journey for the viewer in this beautiful country,” said Rocket Rights CEO Matthew Frank in a release.

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.