Extra: British Doc Awards noms unveiled; Love Nature, Sky expand partnership

BBC and Netflix lead 2021 British Documentary Award nominations Documentary films that feature Katie Price and David Attenborough highlighted the 2021 British Documentary Awards nominees, announced on Monday (Sept. 20). The Grierson ...
September 20, 2021

BBC and Netflix lead 2021 British Documentary Award nominations

Documentary films that feature Katie Price and David Attenborough highlighted the 2021 British Documentary Awards nominees, announced on Monday (Sept. 20).

The Grierson Trust unveiled the awards, in association with All3Media and digital partner, Little Dot Studios. Included in the Best Single Documentary – Domestic category are David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet from Silverback Films and WWF Production for Netflix; Defending Digga D from Lambent Productions for BBC Three; Katie Price: Harvey and Me from Minnow Films for BBC1; and Locked In: Breaking the Silence from Marble Films for BBC4.

Meanwhile, the nominees for Best Single Documentary – International include Collective: Unraveling a Scandal from Alexander Nanau Production for BBC4; Father Soldier Son a Netflix Original Documentary and New York Times Production; The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo from Vice Studios Latin America and Scopio Productions for Netflix; and Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge from Public Square Films for BBC Four.

In total, 56 films and five presenters were included in the nominations, which will go forward to judging ahead of the 49th annual awards ceremony on Nov. 10.

The BBC led the way with 28 entries nominated, followed by Netflix with 10, Channel 4 with seven, Sky with three, ITV and Apple TV+ with two apiece, and PBS, HBO and S4C each receiving one nomination. The remainder of the nominees were made up of festival and university screenings alongside theatrical releases.

The full list of nominees can be found here.

Love Nature and Sky expand partnership

The wildlife and nature brand, Love Nature, with linear and streaming channels available in more than 136 countries, and Sky, Europe’s leading media and entertainment company, have announced the expansion of their five-year content deal in support of Sky Nature, which originally launched in 2020 in the UK.

Sky Nature became the official home of Love Nature’s content as part of the deal. The expansion of the deal will ensure Sky customers in Italy and Germany can access Sky Nature and its original content catalogue, including 670 hours of content by 2025.

Notable titles included in the deal include Osprey: Sea Raptor (1 x 60 minutes), Malawi Wildlife Rescue 6 x 60 minutes), Battle of the Alphas (pictured, 12 x 30 minutes) and other original titles currently in production.

“The expansion of our partnership with Sky TV is an important milestone in Love Nature’s history, bringing our universally loved wildlife and nature stories to millions of new fans in Italy and Germany,” said Carlyn Staudt, global general manager, Love Nature, in a news release.

“Not only does this expanded deal highlight the quality of our stunning series and documentaries, it validates Love Nature’s decision to invest in 4K over seven years ago, while navigating through all the uncharted territory that came with being one of the first to market in the natural history space.”

Distribution360 reveals fall slate

Distribution360 revealed a major push into formats in its fall programming slate this year. First, Race Against the Tide (10 x 30 minutes), created and produced by marblemedia, is a competition series featuring world-class sand sculpting teams building sculptures to impress judges and avoid elimination, before the tide crashes in to deconstruct their work.

Best in Miniature (10 x 60 minutes), also created by marblemedia, is another competition format, this time featuring miniaturists building their dream home with painstaking detail at 1:12 scale.

D360 will also pick up season two of Blown Away (10 x 30 minutes), also from marblemedia, a glass-blowing series where contestants create works of art out of glass in themed challenges. Blown Away has been a hit series for Netflix, before this new season was made available for worldwide sales.

Distribution360 is also introducing new titles for children with Just Like in Space (13 x 30 minutes), an educational series exploring different scientific concepts each episode from Connections Productions, and Escape If You Can (26 x 30 minutes), a challenge show for kids where contestants try escape the spooky chambers of a mad professor, from Orbite Media.

“The past year or so cemented the benefits of having strong and compelling formats in your catalogue, especially when they are tightly structured and can be readily and safely reproduced,” said Diane Rankin, Distribution360′s SVP rights and executive producer, in a release.

“Both Race Against the Tide and Best in Miniature tick these boxes, but more than that, they successfully provide a window into a world of authentic skills and the incredible characters that practice them. We are thrilled to increase our formats presence with such strong new titles and are confident that the completed versions of the shows, which are themselves totally bingeable, will also prove successful in the international marketplace.”

ZDF Enterprises sell SS docuseries

ZDF Enterprises have sold Beyond the Myth – the SS Unveiled (6 x 50 minutes) to documentary VOD platform MagellanTV.

The series on Hitler’s notorious paramilitary organization, which recently completed production, is produced by Cinecentrum for ZDF and global distributor ZDF Enterprises. The series tracks the rise of the SS to the ‘Final Solution,’ to the integration of foreign nationals into the unit and its later flight from justice.

“Powerful and gripping, the series contains previously unpublished material that sheds new light on the SS,” said Ralf Rueckauer, vice president of ZDFE.unscripted, in a release.

“It also includes intimate interviews with victims and their descendants as well as recordings of the perpetrators, some of which have never before been made public. MagellanTV’s reputation for selecting only the very best documentaries makes it the perfect home for this blue chip title.”

Internationally renowned experts and historians who contributed to the series include Moshe Zimmermann, Richard J Evans, Adam Tooze, Christopher Browning, Jean Luc Leleu, journalist Uki Goni and authors Robert Gerwarth and Jan-Erik Schulte.

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