City Confidential revived by A&E
U.S. cable net A&E is reviving the true crime series City Confidential, which previously ran from 1998 to 2005.
The rebooted series kicks off on Oct. 28, exploring crimes across the U.S. and showcasing the emotional and unexpected stories behind those events that catapulted communities, both large and small, into the public eye.
Actor Mike Colter will narrate the series. Each episode tells the story of one crime, the ensuing investigation and the ripple effect it had on a community. Family, friends, detectives, journalists and others close to each case are interviewed, with testimony woven together with archival footage.
The series is produced by Propagate for A&E. Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Gregory Lipstone and Lisa Bourgoujian will serve as executive producers for Propagate, with Elaine Frontain Bryant and Peter Tarshis for A&E. A&E also holds worldwide distribution rights for the series.
Pluto TV completes major content acquisition from Rive Gauche
Free streaming TV service Pluto TV has acquired 435 hours of factual programming from LA-based global production and distribution company Rive Gauche. The content will debut on Pluto TV in markets that include the U.S., UK, Spain and Latin America, including Brazil.
Some brands, such as the crime series Homicide Hunter (pictured, 142 x 60 minutes) in the UK, Spain and Spanish-speaking Latin America, will have their own FAST channels on Pluto TV. Dog Whisperer (167 x 60 minutes) will have its own channel in the UK, Latin America, Spain and Brazil; My Strange Addiction and My Crazy Obsession will combine to create a channel in the UK, Latin American and Spain; and Buying American Homes (92 x 30 minutes) will have its own channel in the UK.
Viewers will also have access through Pluto TV to Am I a Boy or Girl (9 x 60 minutes) in Latin America, Spain and the U.S.; Science of Sin (4 x 60 minutes) in Latin America, Brazil, Spain and the U.S.; Where Cool Came From (10 x 60 minutes) in Latin America, Spain and the U.S.; and Race to the Scene (8 x 60 minutes) in Latin America and Spain.
DOK Leipzig announces Audience Award competition films
DOK Leipzig has unveiled the 20 films from 21 countries that have been entered into the the competitions for the Audience Award: long documentary and animated film and the Audience Award: short documentary and animated film at this year’s festival. These films include two world premieres and four international premieres.
The feature-length films in competition include Balcony Movie (directed by Paweł Łoziński), The Cars We Drove Into Capitalism (Georgi Bogdanov, Boris Missirkov), Dida (Nikola Ilić, Corina Schwingruber Ilić), Flee (Jonas Poher Rasmussen), For a Fistful of Fries (Jean Libon, Yves Hinant), Garage, Engines & Men (Claire Simon), The Good Soldier (Silvina Landsmann), Lo que queda en el camino (Jakob Krese, Danilo Do Carmo), Die Odyssee (Florence Miailhe) and Our Memory Belongs to Us (Signe Byrge Sørensen, Rami Farah).
The short films in competition include 0.2 Milligrams of Gold (Diego Quinderé de Carvalho), 98 kg (Izabela Plucinska), Es ist genau genug Zeit (Virgil Widrich, Oskar Salomonowitz), Fluid Life (Zora Čápová), The Gray Shrimp Report (Rémi Murez), In Nature (Marcel Barelli), In Shallow Water (Marek Moučka), Love, Dad (Diana Cam Van Nguyen), Madrid, Bad Life (María Gómez, Ignacio Ruiz Gómez, Isabela Bianchi, Pablo Adiego Alumdevar), and To Pick a Flower (Shireen Seno).
The feature-length films will compete for a Golden Dove, while the short films compete for a Silver Dove.
This year’s audience jury will announce the award winners on Oct. 30. The jury consists of Lara Hübelt, Pauline Reinhardt, Lisa Marie Rothe, Sarah Schreiner, Paula Schumann, Aviv Sheyn and Alfonso de Toro.
Village Roadshow Television names Murphy Stack as VP, unscripted television
Murphy Stack has joined Los Angeles-headquartered Village Roadshow Television as vice president of unscripted TV.
Stack will report to Village Roadshow EVP of reality and production services Shannon Perry.
She’d previously worked as director of unscripted development at Entertainment One, where she worked on projects including an upcoming limited true-crime series about Carolyn Warmus for Oxygen, and the recent VH1 wedding special My Celebrity Dream Wedding. Stack also developed unscripted projects based on parent company Hasbro’s most popular properties, and bolstered development for several of eOne’s first-look deals, including with Keke Palmer and Ayesha Curry.