Nick Broomfield catalog among more than 100 hours of doc programming acquired by Little Dot Studios
Little Dot Studios has acquired more than 500 hours of programming from Abacus Media Rights for its digital channels, including more than 100 hours of documentary content for its YouTube channel Real Stories.
The full back catalog of BAFTA-winning documentarian Nick Broomfield is included in the package, featuring such titles as the acclaimed Aileen Wuornos portrait Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (pictured).
“We are thrilled to work with Abacus Media Rights to license a large package of content across our 30 channels,” said Caitlin Meek-O’Connor, director of programming & acquisitions at Little Dot Studios, in a release.
Since launching in 2015, Little Dot’s Real Stories channel has amassed five million subscribers for its catalog of award-winning feature docs and docuseries.
Hot Snakes wildlife label Phantasticus signs “Liver King” and other talent to unscripted development deals
Phantasticus Pictures, the wildlife and adventure programming arm of factual production company Hot Snakes Media, has signed several new talent deals to develop future unscripted series.
First up is Brian Johnson, a.k.a. “The Liver King,” who has gained a nearly three-million-strong social media following from his and his family’s colorful espousals of a lifestyle and diet patterned on those of primitive humans, which have included such stunts as blowing up a bed with a tank due to the chemicals contained in contemporary bedding, and taking a shotgun to plant-based meat patties.
“I’m excited to team up with the Liver King and his family, as he offers a unique first-hand view into the ‘ancestral lifestyle’ for our audience,” said Forrest Galante, president and co-founder of Phantasticus Pictures. “Liver King will lend a new authenticity to our platform and will enrich the viewer experience. Our common purpose is to bring untold stories to light — from remote locations to the forefront — in order to educate, engage and inspire viewers around the globe.”
Also signed to the Phantasticus roster were scuba free diver and ocean advocate BJ Scott, scuba diver Marshal Niang, and Argentinian veterinarian and exotic wildlife specialist Sergio Antunez Rossi.
The Phantasticus label was launched in 2021 by wildlife biologist and outdoor adventurer Galante and Hot Snakes Media co-founder Eric Evangelista, and was applied to in-production Hot Snakes titles like Mysterious Creatures with Forrest Galante.
Gusto TV spicing it up with Spice Secrets
Canadian food and lifestyle network Gusto TV has announced a new original series, Spice Secrets, that will explore the unique and complex flavors filling the world’s spice racks.
Currently in production, the 10 x 30-minute series is co-hosted by chefs Shahir Massoud (CBC’s The Goods, Man of the Kitchen) and Jasmin Rose Ibrahim (Gusto’s One World Kitchen). Each episode will look at three or four spices from different cultures and diverse locations around the world, with the hosts sharing stories, banter and historical knowledge.
“Spice Secrets turns everyday recipes into something special with a little bit of spice. The dishes balance common and uncommon spices, exciting aromas and an explosion of global flavors,” said Keren Jackman, senior producer at Gusto Worldwide Media, in a release.