HBO Max docuseries Menudo: Forever Young to premiere at Tribeca
Menudo: Forever Young, an upcoming docuseries about the 1980s boy band, will have its world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival on June 11 ahead of its streaming debut on HBO Max on June 23.
The four-part series from filmmakers Angel Manuel Soto (Charm City Kings) and Kristofer Ríos (Havana Skate Days) chronicles the rise and fall of the iconic Latin American boy band, and also examines the allegations of abuse and exploitation made against the band’s manager, Edgardo Diaz, through interviews with former Menudo members. Diaz has denied the allegations.
“The Puerto Rican diaspora in New York played a critical role in the success of Menudo and its crossover in the U.S., shutting down traffic for blocks surrounding the band’s hotel and selling out Madison Square Garden on multiple occasions,” said Soto in a release. “We couldn’t be more excited to premiere this series in their backyard at Tribeca and honor their contribution to the band’s legacy.”
Menudo: Forever Young is executive produced by Soto, Cristina Costantini and Jeff Plunkett of Muck Media, Alex Fumero of Trojan Horse, Bryn Mooser and Justin Lacob of XTR . Co-executive producers are Maura Anderson and Kristofer Ríos.
PBS slates BBC’s Dinosaur Apocalypse for May premiere on ‘Nova’
PBS science strand ‘Nova’ will premiere Dinosaur Apocalypse, the latest collab between the pubcaster and the BBC Studios Science Unit, as a one-night, two-hour special on May 11.
As detailed in a previous announcement, the David Attenborough–hosted doc follows the three-year excavation of a paleontological dig site in North Dakota that reveals startling new evidence about the extinction of the dinosaurs by an asteroid impact 66 million years ago.
While the doc premiered on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on April 14 in a 90-minute version, the ‘Nova’ broadcast will divide it into two one-hour parts. Dinosaur Apocalypse: The New Evidence utilizes the dig team’s finds to create a detailed picture of the prehistoric world prior to the asteroid strike, while Dinosaur Apocalypse: The Last Day employs CGI to visualize the catastrophic effects of the collision.
“The finds at this site are so potentially transformative that they seem almost too good to be true. That’s why telling the story of the painstaking process of analyzing this new evidence is so important,” said ‘Nova’ co-executive producer Chris Schmidt. “And in the end, it just might provide us with the most intimate look yet [at] what dinosaurs and other creatures experienced when the Cretaceous came to an abrupt end 66 million years ago.”
Dinosaur Apocalypse is coproduced by the BBC Studios Science Unit in collaboration with ‘Nova’ and GBH Boston, PBS and France Télévisions. It was commissioned for BBC One by chief content officer Charlotte Moore and Jack Bootle, head of commissioning for science and natural history. Executive in charge for PBS is Bill Gardner, VP of multiplatform programming and head of development, while Helen Thomas serves as executive producer and Tom Coveney as commissioning editor. For ‘Nova,’ the executive producers are Julia Cort and Chris Schmidt.
France’s Prime sells celeb spotlight Close Up to Germany’s Bild TV
Bild TV, the television wing of the German media brand Bild, has acquired more than 25 hours of the celebrity profile series Close Up (105 x 26 min.) from France’s Prime Entertainment Group.
First aired in 2011, Close Up combines archive, interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and commentary from pop culture experts to examine the lives and careers of A-list Hollywood stars. Celebs spotlighted in the series have included Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman (pictured).
The Bild deal comes on the heels of a multi-region Latin American sale of the series in November 2021, with OnDirecTV and DirecTV Go acquiring Close Up for Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay.
(With files from Justin Anderson)