Extra: “Carbon” to premiere on CBC; “Space Invaders” lands in UK, France

Carbon: The Unauthorized Biography to have world broadcast premiere on CBC The Canadian-Australian documentary Carbon: The Unauthorized Biography will have its world broadcast premiere on the science-focused series The Nature of Things ...
February 9, 2022

Carbon: The Unauthorized Biography to have world broadcast premiere on CBC

The Canadian-Australian documentary Carbon: The Unauthorized Biography will have its world broadcast premiere on the science-focused series The Nature of Things on March 4 on the CBC and its free CBC Gem streaming service.

The documentary coproduction comes from Canada’s Handful of Films and Australia’s Genepool Productions, and is part of a creative and commercial collaboration between the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) that began in 2019.

Co-directed by Handful of Films’ Niobe Thompson (Equus) and Genepool’s Daniella Ortega (Enigma Man: A Stone Age Mystery), Carbon: The Unauthorized Biography will have its world premiere screening (in accordance with public health guidelines) on February 28 at the Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto. The screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (pictured), Canadian carbon capture scientist Dr. Phil de Luna, and Carbon co-director Thompson.

The doc features Golden Globe-winning Australian actor Sarah Snook (Succession) voicing carbon itself and telling the story of how it sparked the earliest life through evolution, keeping the planet’s atmosphere in balance. The film also features animation from renowned Canadian animator Bruce Alcock, and interviews with world-renowned experts like Tyson and Tamara Davis, climate scientists Katharine Hayhoe and Will Steffen, and forest ecologist Suzanne Simard, among others.

Fred Media bringing Space Invaders to the UK and France

Australian-based distributor Fred Media’s popular factual entertainment series Space Invaders has been acquired for the UK by Channel 4 for More4 and by 6ter (a Groupe M6 FTA channel) for France.

Each broadcaster has picked up both seasons (20 x 60 min.) of the original Nine Network Australia show.

Additionally, prodco Bloom Media House, whose CEO is ex-Masterchef Italia executive producer Marco Chiappa, has optioned the format rights to develop the series in Italy. The format has already been optioned in Germany, France and Finland.

Produced by Fred Media’s parent WTFN, Space Invaders focuses on decluttering, renovation and transformation. The show’s second season premieres in Australia on February 19.

“We are thrilled that Space Invaders is proving to be so popular and are excited that the second season gives even more opportunity to broadcasters looking to establish new program brands for their audiences. With their existing commitment to property and renovation shows, both More4 and 6ter are ideal partners for the series,” said Karen Connell, Fred Media’s senior sales manager for UK & Western Europe, in a release.

Shahid VIP slates first reality series, Joelle Unfiltered

Shahid VIP, the flagship streaming service from Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC Group, has unveiled the region’s first reality-TV show under the Shahid Originals brand, Joelle Unfiltered.

The series, which premieres on Shahid VIP on February 14, stars Joelle Mardinian, a makeup artist, TV host, entrepreneur, influencer and founder of the Joelle Group beauty empire. The series offers viewers a look into Mardinian’s life, showcasing her blended family, demanding career and the challenges of managing her business empire.

With nearly 18.5 million Instagram followers, Mardinian is one of the Arab world’s biggest TV stars, having been featured on MBC’s channels in a number of lifestyle shows for over a decade. She’s also the head of Joelle Group, a leading beauty conglomerate that includes Maison de Joelle, Clinica Joelle, and Joelle Paris.

Abacus Media Rights sells Peckham’s Finest to Hulu in the U.S.

Abacus Media Rights, part of Amcomri Entertainment, has signed a deal with premium streaming service Hulu in the U.S. for the reality show Peckham’s Finest, which will launch on their platform on Thursday (February 10).

The 10-episode series, which debuted on ITV2 and ITV Hub in December, follows a diverse group of young people living their lives in the eclectic pocket of one of London’s liveliest neighborhoods.

“This is a very different reality series which we are sure will be a strong show for Hulu,” said Jonathan Ford, managing director of Abacus Media Rights, in a release. “It is warm, engaging and funny, and you can’t help but become caught up in the lives of this disparate and ambitious group as they work hard and play hard to reach success in Peckham.”

Peckham’s Finest is produced by Bandicoot Scotland Limited, part of Argonon Group. Steve Earley, Daniel Gray and Sophie Hales are producers, with Justin Lennox Bradley directing, and Derek McLean, Daniel Nettleton and James Lessell serving as executive producers.

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