MIPTV Picks part 2: Cars to cuisine and several points between

At press time, buyers and distributors of screen content were preparing for returning to Cannes for the first in-person MIPTV conference and market since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
April 1, 2022

At press time, buyers and distributors of screen content were preparing for returning to Cannes for the first in-person MIPTV conference and market since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. If this year’s submissions to our annual MIPTV Picks feature are anything to go by, business should be brisk.

Here, we’ve assembled a plethora of picks from a cross-section of non-fiction and unscripted genres, ranging from sumptuously shot natural history to thought-provoking current affairs and many points between, for your consideration as you cruise the Croisette. For part one of our MIPTV Picks, click here.

Partners: Goodthing Productions; distributed by Off the Fence
Length/volume: 1 x 60 minutes; 1 x 90 minutes
Airing: TBD
Rights available: Worldwide, excluding Australia and New Zealand

Designer and zero waste advocate Joost Bakker has made sustainable living a priority in both his personal life and his business ambitions, and the creation of the Future Food System — a two-bedroom residence made entirely of sustainable materials — is the latest step forward in that crusade. Packed with aquaponics, solar power, micro-farms, a charcoal tank and rooftop garden, the climate-friendly complex also, upon its completion last year, housed two celeb chefs, Matt Stone and Jo Barrett, who pledged to reside in the “greenhouse” for a few months to live and work in this modern urban farm, and create cool menus with the aid of vertical veggie gardens and mushroom walls. An inspiring look at a possible future, through the eyes of a visionary. Barry Walsh

Partners: Produced by Earth Touch, a coproduction between Love Nature and The WNET Group (for PBS ‘Nature’); additional commissioning partners: Bonne Pioche Television (for France Télévisions) and SVT; distributed by Blue Ant International
Length/volume: 1 x 50 minutes
Airing: Love Nature, PBS ‘Nature,’ Sky Nature (UK, Italy, Germany), France Télévisions, SVT
Rights available: All rights outside of coproduction territories

You’ve heard of the chicken run (thanks to the wonderful animated film of the same name), and perhaps you know of the salmon run… but are you familiar with the annual sardine run? Well, courtesy of this immersive deep dive into one of the wonders of the watery world, you — and your viewers — can catch a breathtaking glimpse of what is the biggest biomass migration on the planet, with billions of tiny fish converging on the South African coast for reasons that remain mysterious. BW

Partners: ScreenDog Productions; distributed by Orange Smarty
Length/volume: 2 x 47 minutes
Premiered: January 2022, BBC One/BBC Three
Rights available: Worldwide, excluding UK and Eire: all TV rights, on-demand rights, format rights and clip rights; worldwide: non-theatrical rights and DVD rights

Stacey Dooley’s latest two-part investigative doc embeds the British journalist in the anti-stalking unit of the Cheshire police force, where she gets a sobering look at just how many women have been and/or continue to be stalked by their ex-partners (or even complete strangers). Stalkers not only attests to the psychological and, sometimes, physical harm that stalking can have on its victims, but also attempts to shed light on the viewpoint of the perpetrators. Andrew Tracy

Partners: Chimp Productions and Krempelwood; distributed by Cineflix Rights
Length/volume: 6 x 60 minutes
Premiered: October 2021, Discovery+ (UK, Eire)
Rights available: All TV, VOD, non-theatric format and clip rights worldwide excluding UK and Ireland

From Top Gear to The Grand Tour, Richard Hammond has racked up significant mileage in the automotive factual arena, and his self-effacing approach to presenting, combined with his sheer, unbridled passion for cars, makes him an audience favorite. In this series, viewers follow Hammond as he speeds forward in a new direction: establishing his own auto restoration outfit. From neglected hidden gems in need of a little TLC (and a paint job) to top-of-the-line rides, Hammond and his partners take on the challenges not only of tough restoration jobs, but also of running a business. BW

Partners: Produced and distributed by EQ Media; commissioned for Channel 10 Australia
Length/volume: 10 x 60 minutes
Airing: Summer 2022
Rights available:
Worldwide, excluding Australia and certain European territories

This “fly-on-the-wall” docuseries follows the vets and nurses at Australia’s Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital as they tend to wildlife in need of medical attention. Led by Dr. Bree Talbot, the team, going from case to case in its mobile vet truck, utilizes its specialist skills to help animals that often respond challengingly to veterinary interventions. Family-friendly vet programming can perform well with its combination of cute animals and high stakes, and this entry should prove to be no exception. BW

ALL UP IN MY GRILL (pictured, top)
Partners: Produced by Tastemade; distributed by Fred Media
Length/volume: 8 x 30 minutes
Premiered: June 2021
Rights available: Australia & New Zealand, Canada, MENA and Asia (excluding China, Korea, Japan)

Culinary programming can be instructional, it can entertain, and depending upon the kitchen prowess of the presenter, it can make you want to drop what you’re doing and eat whatever it is they’re making. This series, featuring Top Chef alum Dale Talde, hits all three targets via the host’s enthusiastic exploration of innovative and enticing grilled dishes. From tacos to veggies and traditional barbecue to brunch, this series shows that there’s much fun to be had when firing up the grill. BW

This story first appeared in the March/April 2022 issue of Realscreen Magazine, which is out now. Not a subscriber? Click our subscription link here for more information.

About The Author
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.