Formats

Extra: HBO Max orders docuseries; WCSFP ’22 scheduled for Glasgow

HBO Max orders new series based on Vanity Fair story HBO Max has ordered four-part docuseries, Breath of Fire, from Vanity Fair Studios and SecondNature. The series builds on a recent feature ...
December 1, 2021

HBO Max orders new series based on Vanity Fair story

HBO Max has ordered four-part docuseries, Breath of Fire, from Vanity Fair Studios and SecondNature.

The series builds on a recent feature for Vanity Fair magazine about Guru Jagat, a star of the Kundalini yoga practice and the founder of the RA MA Institute. Jagat’s death this summer ended her expanding wellness empire, which had brought in celebrity followers and loyal disciples. The series examines modern spirituality through the rise of Kundalini yoga in the west.

The series is directed by Hayley Pappas and Smiley Stevens. SecondNature’s Matt Ippolito and Vanity Fair Studios’ Helen Estabrook serve as executive producers, along with Sarah Amos and Lexy Altman of Condé Nast Entertainment. Vanity Fair journalist Hayley Phelan also serves as a co-EP.

WCSFP 2022 slated for in-person event in Glasgow

The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers announced its 30th annual event, next year, is scheduled to take place in Glasgow, UK.

The event will mark a return to large, live in-person gatherings for the event after two years of virtual Congresses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made on the second day of the 2021 World Congress of Science and Factual Producers by conference director Paul Lewis and Tom McDonald, managing director of Factual for BBC Studios Productions, as it coincides with the BBC’s centenary.

“It’s such an incredible hub for creative and innovative factual programming, and the ideal place for our community to gather in person after two years apart to get reinvigorated and inspired. We’re thrilled to be working with our long-time supporter BBC Studios Productions to bring Congress ’22 to Glasgow and to celebrate the BBC’s centenary,” Lewis said in a news release.

The conference plans to offer members events for socializing and networking at next year’s Congress after two years of digital events.

Red Arrow completes new unscripted format deals

Red Arrow Studios International secured a raft of deals across its slate of unscripted reality, entertainment and social experiment formats.

The home improvement format Buying Blind has been commissioned by RTL in Germany for a local version, produced by Redseven Entertainment, which will air in December. The format sees experts use the life savings of a family to buy them a home, without the family ever having seen it before the purchase. The series was originally created by Kinetic Content and produced by Snowman Productions for TV3 in Denmark.

ZDF in Germany has commissioned Don’t Stop the Music for a local version to be produced by Redseven Entertainment. The format was created and produced by Artemis Media for ABC in Australia, in association with Screen Australia. The social experiment format follows children from an under-privileged school when a new music program is introduced.

Vox in Germany commissioned the factual entertainment format Meat the Family for a local remake, produced by Redseven Entertainment. The format was originally produced by Spun Gold TV for Channel 4 in the UK and sees four meat-eating families welcome the animal they most frequently serve for dinner into their homes.

About The Author

Menu

Search