Extra: Amazon greenlights KSI doc; Arrow Media podcasting commission

Amazon Prime Video slates KSI doc A new documentary on social media star KSI will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video next year, executive produced by Louis Theroux. The 90-minute UK Amazon ...
September 15, 2021

Amazon Prime Video slates KSI doc

A new documentary on social media star KSI will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video next year, executive produced by Louis Theroux.

The 90-minute UK Amazon Original doc about the YouTube superstar is produced by Mindhouse and executive produced by BAFTA-winner Theroux, following KSI as he prepares for the biggest year of his career yet.

Production is underway on the documentary, which follows 28-year-old KSI, aka Olajide Olatunji, one of the biggest and most influential online stars in the world. He’s built a following across gaming, boxing, music and more, racking up more than eight billion views for his videos. The project is described as an intimate documentary that takes audiences inside the global star’s world with candid access to his life.

The still-untitled documentary is directed by Wes Pollitt (The Last Miners, Murder 24/7), produced by Sophie Grant (The Last Miners, Superkids: Breaking Away from Care) and executive produced by Louis Theroux (Altered States, Shooting Joe Exotic) and Barnaby Coughlin (Sound of Musicals, First Dates). On production management, Donna Ferry is the production executive and Hannah Ramsey is the line producer.

New commissions from UKTV’s Dave and W 

British broadcaster UKTV has commissioned two factual series: Nurses on the Ward for its W channel, and Special Ops: Crime Squad UK for its Dave channel.

Nurses on the Ward (10 x 60 minutes) is produced by Label 1 (Hospital) and focuses on the nursing staff of Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth as they grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. The series was commissioned by Hilary Rosen, UKTV’s head of factual and factual entertainment, and ordered by Adam Collings, channel director for W. Executive producers for Label 1 are Lorraine Charker-Phillips and Jackie Waldock.

Special Ops: Crime Squad UK (10 x 60 minutes) is produced by Red Sauce and gives viewers a look at the criminal investigations of some of Britain’s most elite police investigators cracking some of their toughest cases. The series is the first commission from UKTV for Red Sauce by commissioning editor Kirsty Hanson, and it was ordered by Dave channel director Cherie Cunningham. Red Sauce, part of the Zinc Media Group, is headed by ex-BBC commissioning editor Tom Edwards, who is also executive producer for the show. Series producer is Rob Lambie. Special Ops: Crime Squad UK will premiere on Dave in 2022.

Arrow Media lands first TV/ podcast commission

UK factual label Arrow Media has received its first TV/podcasting order as the award-winning prodco moves into the podcasting space for the first time.

True crime network Investigation Discovery has ordered 18 podcast episodes of Arrow Media’s Mind of a Monster to support the series on both ID and the Discovery+ streaming service. The first six audio episodes will accompany a new 3 x 60-minute Mind of a Monster television series on Ed Kemper, aka “The Co-Ed Killer,” who terrorized Santa Cruz’s ocean highways in the 1970s.

The new Mind of a Monster series will premiere on ID on November 1 and stream on Discovery+ the following day. The 6 x 45-minute podcast series, Mind of a Monster: The Co-Ed Killer and Herbert Mullin, will be available on podcast platforms ahead of the TV premiere.

The Co-Ed Killer: Mind of a Monster series is produced by John Owens and executive produced by Lucie Ridout and Tom Brisley for Arrow Media. It was commissioned by ID with Eugenie Vink executive producing for ID.

“Our feature documentary brand Mind of a Monster has been a huge hit with the true crime audience. In our quest to shed new light on each of the film’s subjects, we both uncover and create a wealth of never-before-heard footage and audio,” said Tom Brisley, Arrow Media’s creative director, in a release.

“The uniqueness of feature docs of this nature depends entirely on the quality of access, and the Arrow team has exceptional access built on many long-standing relationships. In the process, we garner a huge amount of compelling material, so we are thrilled to be able to use the additional medium of podcasting to provide an even richer experience for the audience.”

WTFN lands multiple re-commissions from Australia’s Nine Network

Australian indie prodco WTFN has confirmed multiple re-commissions from long-time broadcast partner Nine Network.

The new orders total 45 hours of programming, and include series four of Paramedics (10 x 60 minutes), an obs-doc series following Australia’s ambulance service; series three of Emergency (10 x 60 minutes), another obs-doc series, this time about the emergency room teams in one of Australia’s biggest and busiest emergency hospitals; series 11 of Bondi Vet (pictured, 15 x 60 minutes), which tells the stories of vets, pets and their owners; and a second series of Space Invaders (10 x 60 minutes), a home renovation series about transformation through decluttering.

WTFN’s distribution company, Fred Media, also announced new international sales for the above franchises.

The third series of Paramedics has been acquired by Sky in the UK, TVNZ and TV3 in Latvia. Series one of Paramedics has also been acquired by ABC Australia in Asia and South Pacific. Series two of Emergency has been licensed to Discovery in both the UK and New Zealand, SBS in Belgium, Amberwood in Malaysia, Cineplex in Thailand and TV3 in Latvia.

Series 9 and 10 of Bondi Vet have been picked up by Nat Geo Wild in the U.S., where it will be retitled as Vets on the Beach. Series 10, meanwhile, has been licensed to both Blue Ant and TVA in Canada, First HDTV in Russia, Discovery in New Zealand and iPrima in the Czech Republic.

And for Space Invaders, Canal+ in Poland, Fox Life in Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Bosnia, Albania and Montenegro, Home Channel in South Africa, The Design Channel by Imagine Media Kids in Israel and TV 2 in Denmark have all picked up the first series.

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