Dogwoof comes aboard “Swan Song”
London-based documentary specialists Dogwoof have come on board as international sales agents for Swan Song (w/t), a project that will be made into a feature and a four-part limited docuseries.
Swan Song was created by Sean O’Neill and Chelsea McMullan, and directed by McMullan. The project shows viewers the world of the National Ballet of Canada, with behind-the-scenes stories, as artistic director Karen Kain leaves the company after making her debut with it 50 years earlier.
Dogwoof’s deal will cover world sales excluding Canada where CBC is the commissioning broadcast and streaming partner. Swan Song will soon start production.
“The series mixes intimate vérité work with ambitious, cinematic visuals that will reveal the world of ballet in a way that’s rarely been seen on screen. Our subjects are raw and compelling, their stories are relevant and moving, and the access we’ve been granted is so rare,” said McMullan in a news release.
The project is a Visitor Media and Mercury Films production. McMullan, O’Neill, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier serve as executive producers.
All3Media International racks up more “Snackmasters” territories
Independent distributor All3Media International has secured more international adaptations for the Snackmasters (pictured) format.
Belgian broadcaster RTL TVI launched its local version of the BAFTA-nominated Optomen Television series, produced by Lecter Media. Airing locally as Snackmasters, la recette secrete, the series pits top chefs against each other as they recreate the nation’s favorite snacks.
The format is also heading to Australia, as Nine Network is prepping a local version. The series will be produced by Warner Bros International Television Production and hosted by Scott Pickett, Poh Ling Yeow with Yvie Jones.
The original UK version, which airs on Channel 4, is in its second season, and is hosted by maître d’ Fred Sirieix and comedian Jayde Adams.
Channel 4 acquires Big Little Fish TV’s “The Lancaster at 80″
Channel 4 has acquired the documentary special celebrating the iconic aircraft, the AVRO Lancaster, from UK prodco Big Little Fish.
The special, Sir David Jason: The Lancaster at 80, is narrated by actor and honorary vice patron of the Royal International Air Tattoo Sir David Jason. The program documents how after heavy losses for RAF Bomber command squadrons in the early stages of WWII, AVRO chief designer Roy Chadwick was tasked with creating an aircraft that could not only boost the resolve of aircrews, but enable Allied forces to take the war to their enemies. Today, the Lancaster is celebrated, but its legacy also has a stain the special will explore, because of the way its destructive force was deployed, initially targeting German cities and civilians.
Historians Alexandra Churchill, Dr. Peter Johnson and James Holland, authors Leo McKinstry and Mark Johnson, military history enthusiast Arthur Williams and veteran Lancaster crew members all contributed to the special.
The Lancaster at 80 is produced by Thomas Scott Evans and directed by Matt Harris. Steve Jones and Mark Procter serve as executive producers for Big Little Fish, with Naomi Rose acting as commissioning executive for Channel 4. International distribution is being handled by Abacus Media rights.
TF1 picks up Global Agency’s “Blind Duets”
Global Agency’s series Blind Duets, featured at the Fresh TV session at this year’s MIPCOM, has been commissioned for France’s commercial TV channel TF1
The series was created by Gila Kantar and Izzet Pinto, bringing four celebrity singers together to perform with 12 contestants in a primetime game show. The contestants’ identities are only revealed when a celebrity chooses them, and each one emerges to perform on stage with the celebrity.