Extra: New Zeppelin MD; Viaplay sets Dutch version of “Dragons’ Den”

Rive Gauche lands rights to The Case Against Cosby AfterShock Media’s Rive Gauche has secured the worldwide distribution rights to a new documentary, The Case Against Cosby. The two-part documentary reveals new ...
January 21, 2022

Rive Gauche lands rights to The Case Against Cosby

AfterShock Media’s Rive Gauche has secured the worldwide distribution rights to a new documentary, The Case Against Cosby.

The two-part documentary reveals new truths through exclusive access to some of the women behind the sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby.

The film follows the push for justice driven by Andrea Constand, the only accuser whose case could be tried in court. Based on her memoir, The Moment: Standing Up to Cosby, Speaking Up for Women, the film explores the stories of the many women who have raised their claims publicly against the television icon.

The Case Against Cosby is produced by Prospero Pictures in association with Rive Gauche. Justina Hemperek, Rive Gauche’s EVP of acquisitions & sales, sourced the special.

Marine Ksadzhikyan, COO and EVP of sales at Rive Gauche, said in a release: “It is essential to be a part of tough conversations that our society desperately needs to be having, exemplified through the power of celebrity being upheld over the safety of women but also in non-celebrity cases every day.”

Banijay Iberia names managing director of Zeppelin

Banijay Iberia, part of Banijay, has appointed Miguel Martín as managing director of its Zeppelin label.

Zeppelin, which is nearing its 30-year anniversary, is a major reality player in Spain, with recent success including Secret Story, Big Brother and The Bridge.

Martín (pictured) started at Banijay Iberia in 2019 within Banijay Birds, the territory’s hub for original streamer IP development. He also served as executive producer on local titles like LOL: Last One Laughing for Amazon Prime Video. He’s directed and produced shows across multiple genres, including documentaries, reality shows and scripted series. He also has deep experience in the U.S., serving as executive producer on formats for NBC-Telemundo and FOX.

Martín’s promotion follows previous managing director Amparo Castellano’s decision to leave the company after eight years.

“Since 2019, Banijay Iberia has been fortunate to have Miguel Martín among its ranks, a born leader who has shown unbounded creativity. His commitment to innovation has led to original projects told from unique perspectives. All this, together with his excellent ability to manage large productions with outstanding results, makes him the ideal person to lead Zeppelin,” said Pilar Blasco, CEO of Banijay Iberia in a statement.

Tegna docuseries A Different Cry looks at suicide rates among U.S. Black youth

Media company Tegna unveiled details about a new three-part documentary series investigating rising suicide rates among Black youth in America, A Different Cry.

The series will have its digital premiere on Tegna stations’ Fire TV and Roku apps as well as all Tegna stations’ websites beginning January 23. A special hosted by journalist Madison Carter and featuring guests from the series will also debut on Tegna stations’ streaming apps on February 1.

The series, led by the Atticus investigative unit from Atlanta’s WXIA, focuses on two families who lost their sons to suicide and shows how school systems are challenged by bullying complaints. The show also explores how poor records and data are obscuring the true nature of this issue.

“Journalists rarely get the opportunity in their career to do stories with potential to change or save lives – this series aims to do both,” said journalist Madison Carter, who led the A Different Cry investigation.

Viaplay sets up Dragons’ Den for Dutch market

NENT’s Viaplay streaming service has landed the exclusive rights for a Dutch version of the hit reality series Dragons’ Den and will launch the format in the Netherlands this spring.

The show will be Viaplay’s first local production in the country, giving Dutch entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their business ideas to a panel of renowned investors.

Viaplay will launch in the Netherlands on March 1 with a combination of local and original productions, including international films and series.

Viaplay’s Dutch adaptation of Dragons’ Den will feature restaurant tycoon Won Yip, “avocado queen” Shawn Harris, investor Pieter Schoen, businesswoman Manon van Essen and entrepreneur Bas Witvoet, who will invest their hard-earned money in promising startups.

Dragons’ Den is distributed around the world by Sony Pictures Television under a number of titles including Shark Tank, Lions’ Den, and Dragons’ Den, and the format has won more than 30 awards globally. The Dutch version will be produced by Vincent TV (Five Days Inside, Who Wants to be a Millionaire).

Dragons’ Den is a proven format that blends the brilliant with the unexpected, and which has both kickstarted great businesses and entertained viewers around the world,” said Filippa Wallestam, Chief Content Officer for NENT Group in a release.

Viaplay recently appointed Martijn de Bruin as its first executive producer in the Netherlands for non-scripted content.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.