Extra: Pernel commissioned for vulture doc; Greenwich to distribute “Ronnie’s”

Pernel commissioned to produce hour-long doc special on vultures Independent factual TV prodco Pernel Media has been commissioned by France Télévisions Group to produce a one-hour wildlife documentary special about vultures. Meet ...
July 21, 2021

Pernel commissioned to produce hour-long doc special on vultures

Independent factual TV prodco Pernel Media has been commissioned by France Télévisions Group to produce a one-hour wildlife documentary special about vultures.

Meet the Vulture Families will encourage viewers to reconsider the bird’s bad reputation as a scavenger, omen of bad luck and killer of livestock. Instead, the special will argue that this endangered species, which is also the largest bird in Europe, are essential for our ecosystems, as their diet makes them an irreplaceable link in the food chain.

The special is directed by award-winning wildlife photographer Emmanuel Rondeau and shot in Provence, south of France over 12 months. The production will focus on four different species of vulture: the griffon, black, Egyptian and bearded vultures.

Fabrice Frank will executive produce the special for Pernel. It was commissioned by Amandine Picault and Anne Gouraud for France Télévisions Group.

“This important documentary further cements our move into premium natural history programming,” said Pernel Media president Samuel Kissous. “We’re thrilled to be producing this film for France Televisions and also to have our new International Executive Producer, Celine Payot Lehmann as part of the team and working with our international partners on this unique project.”

Greenwich acquires distribution rights for Ronnie’s

Greenwich Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to Ronnie’s, a documentary that received positive reviews after its premiere at DOC NYC and UK theatrical run.

The film, directed by Oliver Murray (The Quiet One) and produced by Goldfinch Entertainment (The Ice King) chronicles the life of saxophonist Ronnie Scott, who became owner of an eponymous nightclub. Musical greats throughout several decades played at the club including Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix who played there the night before his death.

“To music fans all over the world Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club is a temple to musical excellence,” Murray said.

“This film is a celebration of the men and women who dreamt of building such a place. They were uncompromising, resourceful, and ferociously loyal to one another in their quest to explore new sounds and create the perfect environment to play and listen to music. Ronnie Scott was as complex and colourful as the music played on his stage and his untimely death left the jazz community bereft of a favourite leader. My hope is that the film offers a look at the truest, most honest version of Ronnie. It’s a tale of great achievement, but also a deep-seated struggle with a traumatic illness and music was Ronnie’s medicine.”

Greenwich will release Ronnie’s next year. It was produced by Goldfinch CEO Kirsty Bell with COO Phil McKenzie executive producing. Abacus Media Rights will distribute Ronnie’s internationally.

WDR and Tresor TV to produce German adaptation of Generation Gap

WDR and Tresor TV recently wrapped production on a German adaptation of Generation Gap, under license from MGM Television’s Global Formats Division.

The four-episode series, Das ist meine Zeit, examines the divide between older and younger generations as they compete in challenges to prove they’re in touch with each other’s technology, pop culture references and more.

Generation Gap has been adapted and produced in various territories. Das ist meine Zeit is slated to premiere on WDR on August 20.

“The entire team at Tresor have produced a great, lighthearted family show which captures the soul of the Generation Gap format. We are excited for the premiere on WDR and look forward to the continued expansion of the format around the globe.” Patrice Choghi of MGM said.

Canadian Screen Award winners named in sports programming

The winners of the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards for sports programming were unveiled on Tuesday (July 20).

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada was named the best sports program or series. The program celebrated its 20th year in 2020, and celebrated with a 12.5-hour program that involved more than 150 people in eight locations across Canada.

The best sports feature segment was awarded to Disorder, a TSN Original feature. The documentary special covered the prevalence of eating disorders among elite athletes in sports, through the firsthand experiences of those who have struggled with it.

The 2019 CFL Grey Cup was named the best live sports event at the awards. Meanwhile, John Szpala won best direction of a live sports event for his work on Hockey Night in Canada.

Tim Micallef from Sportsnet’s Tim and Sid was named the best sports host, while Hockey Night in Canada scored a couple of other awards with Harnarayan Singh winning best play-by-play announcer and Cassie Campbell-Pascall winning best sports analyst.

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