National Board of Review names Summer of Soul as best doc
The National Board of Review revealed its list of 2021 honorees, naming Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Sundance-winning feature-length documentary Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) the best documentary of the year.
The organization also named its top five documentaries of the year, which were (in alphabetical order) Ascension, Attica, Flee, The Rescue and Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.
The NBR honor is the latest accolade for Summer of Soul, which, in addition to its Sundance win, recently took six prizes at the Critics Choice Documentary Awards.
The winners will be honored at the annual NBR Awards Gala, which takes place on January 11, 2022.
ITV Studios sells Love Island, more to APAC
ITV Studios announced a raft of sales on Friday (Dec. 3) for its unscripted programming in Asia Pacific territories.
Netflix has bought Love Island USA season three from ITV Entertainment, to stream it in select territories in Southeast Asia, while TFC in Japan has taken the show’s first two seasons. 9Network in Australia and Sky New Zealand have also both acquired the third U.S. season and Love Island UK season seven (produced by Lifted Entertainment). Sky New Zealand also acquired season three of Love Island Australia (produced by ITV Studios Australia). Lionsgate Play in India, meanwhile, picked up Love Island UK season seven while Viacom 18 took the third series of the U.S. and Australian versions.
Several of ITV Studios’ natural history titles were also acquired. Great Barrier Reef: The Next Generation, from Northern Pictures, was sold to TVNZ. Sky also also bought Atlantic Productions’ Attenborough’s Global Adventure, and BBC Earth acquired Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo from the same prodco, as well as The Wild Landscapes of China from Tin Can Island Productions, which was also bought by BBC Earth in Australia. Wild China with Ray Mears, also from Tin Can Island Productions, was also bought by BBC Studios in Australia.
The Seven Network in Australia also picked up Inside Dubai, produced by Spun Gold. SBS meanwhile acquired historical factual titles like Attila the Hun, Caesar’s Doomsday War and Lost Cities of the Trojans, all of which were produced by Pernel Media.
In India, Twofour’s Impossible Engineering will air on Discovery, while Twofour’s Secrets of the Supercars will air on Lionsgate Play. Both titles were also picked up by Discovery in Japan, which also acquired Windfall Films’ Building Giants.
BS12 in Japan acquired Ancient Cathedral Rescue: Inside the Race to Save Notre Dame from Windfall Films, and Anatomy of a Wildfire from Okuhle Films. The Garden’s Natural History Museum: World of Wonder was picked up by NEP.
TVNZ in New Zealand acquired Bling (produced by Possessed and Twofour), The Pet Show (Lifted Entertainment), Cooking With the Stars (South Shore) and Skin A&E (Boom). Sky, meanwhile, picked up The Cabins (12 Yard), the one-off special Idris Elba Meets Paul McCartney (So Television) and the documentary The Queen: Unseen (Factual Fiction), which will air on the Seven network in Australia as well. The Seven Network and TVNZ also both picked up Indigo TV’s Billy Connolly: It’s Been a Pleasure.
With files from Andrew Jeffrey