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Extra: “Summer of Soul” sets broadcast debut; “Young MasterChef” to BBC Three

Summer of Soul set to premiere on ABC The Oscar-nominated music documentary Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is set to make its broadcast television debut ...
February 11, 2022

Summer of Soul set to premiere on ABC

The Oscar-nominated music documentary Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is set to make its broadcast television debut on February 20 on ABC.

The film (pictured) is the directorial debut of Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, and has garnered acclaim for more than a year. It spotlights the largely forgotten Harlem Cultural Festival, which took place over six weeks in the summer of 1969 in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park), just 100 miles south of Woodstock.

Summer of Soul premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. It swept the Critics Choice Documentary Awards, winning in all six categories in which it was nominated, and has picked up 46 awards from critics’ groups and guilds including DOC NYC, the AFI Special Award, LAFCA, AAFCA and NBR. It also marks Onyx Collective’s first Oscar nomination, in partnership with Searchlight Pictures and Hulu.

The doc is currently streaming on Hulu and Disney+, in conjunction with Onyx Collective, while Searchlight Pictures released it theatrically.

Date set for shareholder vote on Discovery-WarnerMedia merger

Discovery stockholders will vote to approve the US$43 billion merger deal with WarnerMedia at a virtual shareholder meeting on March 11.

The announcement of the voting date came via a letter to shareholders. The massive merger, which will see AT&T spin off WarnerMedia, was recently cleared by U.S. antitrust regulators and appears to be on track to be completed once this vote takes place.

“We cannot complete the transactions necessary to combine Discovery and the WarnerMedia Business, including the Merger, unless Discovery stockholders approve the Charter Amendment proposals and the Share Issuance proposal,” the letter to shareholders, which was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, reads. “If any of these proposals is not approved by the holders of the requisite number of shares of Discovery capital stock, then the transactions will not occur.”

BBC Three commissions Young MasterChef from Shine TV

BBC Three has commissioned the new series Young MasterChef (w/t) from Banijay UK-owned prodco Shine TV.

The new 10 x 30-minute series will focus on up-and-coming food talent between the ages of 18 and 25 as they’re tested by a panel of expert judges and guests, who will be announced later. The show will find the contestants facing unique challenges designed to push them to new culinary heights while reflecting Britain’s food revolution.

Young MasterChef is produced by Shine TV, part of Banijay UK, in association with Ziji Productions. David Ambler is the executive editor for Shine TV, with Sarah Clay the commissioning editor for the BBC.

“With its focus on the culinary talent of tomorrow, Young MasterChef has all the ingredients to be a big success for us, and we can’t wait to watch the next generation of food lovers from across the UK cook up a storm on BBC Three,” said Fiona Campbell, controller, BBC Three in a release.

Added Shine TV’s Ambler: “It’s a great opportunity for any young person passionate about food, and we can’t wait to open the kitchen doors to discover some incredible cooks from all backgrounds.”

Abacus Media Rights secures deal for Reel Britannia docuseries

Abacus Media Rights (AMR), an Amcomri Entertainment company, has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the documentary series Reel Britannia from independent filmmaking duo Jon Spira and Hank Starrs of Canal Cat Films.

The four-part series has been picked up by BritBox for the UK, U.S., Canada and South Africa following deals closed by AMR. The project, from director Spira and producer Starrs (Hollywood Bulldogs: The Rise and Falls of the Great British Stuntman, Elstree 1976) tells the story of modern British cinema decade by decade, from 1960 through to 2010, and how each period reflected what was happening in broader British culture.

Reel Britannia includes interviews with Terry Gilliam, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Hanif Kureishi, Mike Newell, Simon Beaufoy, David Leland and Terence Davies, among others, along with archival interviews and vintage behind-the-scenes footage.

“This entertaining and informative series will thrill our international viewers who love watching movies, and give them access to an incredible line-up of films which no longer get talked about or promoted,” said AMR managing director Jonathan Ford in a release. “It will flesh out the core of modern British cinema history and allow for a prequel series and a number of spin-offs as we move into future decades.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor-in-chief 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 HMV.com. 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.

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