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Paramount+ announces more unscripted titles ahead of UK, Ireland launch

Following the announcement on Monday (June 20) of the Murder of God’s Banker docuseries as part of an otherwise scripted-dominated upcoming programming slate, Paramount+ has released details of five more ...
June 21, 2022

Following the announcement on Monday (June 20) of the Murder of God’s Banker docuseries as part of an otherwise scripted-dominated upcoming programming slate, Paramount+ has released details of five more original international unscripted titles as the streaming platform prepares to launch in the UK and Ireland on June 22.

First up is Hot Yachts (6 x 60 min.), which spotlights the high-glamour world of luxury yacht brokers as they seek to peddle their nautical wares to both the super-rich and the merely extremely wealthy. Curve Media is producing the series, which was commissioned by Kit Morey and Daniel Pearl, factual commissioning editor and unscripted commissioning editor, respectively, for Channel 5 and Paramount+. Rob Carey, Camilla Lewis and Charlie Bunce are executive producers for Curve Media.

Produced by Two Rivers Media in association with All3Media International, Monster: The Mystery of Loch Ness (3 x 60 min.) purports to tell the definitive story of the legendary creature, examining the forensic evidence of its possible existence and including testimony from those who claim to have seen “Nessie” in action. Narrated by actor Dougray Scott, the series was commissioned by Guy Davies, factual commissioning editor for Channel 5 and Paramount+. Mick McAvoy is executive producer, while Stephen Finnigan serves as series producer. Global sales of the series will be handled by All3Media International.

The 75-minute music doc Simple Minds: Once Upon a Time (w/t) will chronicle the 40-year career of the Glasgow band through previously unseen archival footage, new interviews with founding members Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill and commentary from their musical peers. Produced by Lonesome Pine Productions and financed by BMG, the doc was commissioned by Greg Barnett, commissioning editor, factual entertainment for Channel 5 and Paramount+.

Produced by Firecracker Scotland, part of the Tinopolis Group, Strip (6 x 60 min.) promises to take viewers inside the lives and careers of nine top exotic dancers working the Las Vegas Strip. The series was commissioned by Dan Luow, factual commissioning editor for Channel 5 and Paramount+. Executive producers are Elspeth O’Hare and Jennifer Gilroy. The series will be distributed by Passion Distribution.

Finally, the 4 x 60-minute The Premiership: Rise of the Billionaires (w/t) will combine premium archive and exclusive interviews to chronicle the 21st-century history of the English Premier League, and study the cultural and economic transformation of English football sparked by the buying spree that saw uber-wealthy foreign nationals snapping up the ownership of the league’s top teams.

A coproduction of Story Films, David Beckham’s Studio 99 and All3Media International, the docuseries was commissioned by Channel 5′s Dan Luow and Paramount+. Peter Beard and Adam Hopkins are executive producers for Story Films, while Tom Wilde is series producer. EPs for Studio 99 are Nicola Howson and David Gardner, with Josef Kaplicky as producer. All3Media International is in charge of global sales.

“Our mission is to make Paramount+ the leading destination for unmissable television in collaboration with the UK’s storytelling talent,” said Ben Frow, chief content officer, UK, Paramount +. “These new commissions will join an abundance of original content on the service, as well as the pick of Paramount’s vast catalogue to create a compelling offering for viewers in the UK and Ireland.”

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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