Extra: Red Sauce recommission for Channel 5; doc news for C4 and WaterBear

Channel 5 commissions 54 hours of Bargain Loving Brits franchise from Red Sauce Zinc Media Group label Red Sauce has secured a commission for 54 hours of programming from its Bargain ...
July 12, 2022

Channel 5 commissions 54 hours of Bargain Loving Brits franchise from Red Sauce

Zinc Media Group label Red Sauce has secured a commission for 54 hours of programming from its Bargain Loving Brits franchise for Channel 5, topping the 52 hours of BLB it ordered last year and making this the recently launched popular-factual prodco’s largest volume order to date.

The new order comprises three separate iterations of the franchise. The daytime edition of Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun returns for a 40 x 60-minute second series, along with a second series of the primetime version of the same title, which increases to eight 60-minute episodes from the previous six. These titles, which center on British ex-pats who have made new, budget-priced lives for themselves along Spain’s vacation-destination coastlines, will be complemented by a third series of Bargain Loving Brits by the Sea (6 x 60 min., pictured), which focuses on the hospitality and leisure industries that serve vacationers in the seaside towns of Northern England.

“These series have been a huge hit with viewers, with the daytime version increasing the channel’s slot share by a third and beating tough competition on other channels,” Red Sauce creative director Tom Edwards said.

“With another commission, from a different channel, soon to be announced along with another likely recommission, we are delighted that Red Sauce is delivering high-in-volume but high-in-quality programming. We’ve made, or had commissioned, 120 hours of TV since our launch 18 months ago — we’re really pleased with this start.”

The recommission announcement arrives two months after Red Sauce expanded its development and production team as it looks to ramp up its production scope and capacity.

WaterBear slates animal-cruelty doc Slay for Fashion Month premiere

Eco-activist content platform WaterBear Network has slated the premiere of Slay, a new feature doc that aims to raise awareness of the environmental damage wrought by the global fashion industry, for September 8, to coincide with Fashion Month.

Directed by Rebecca Cappelli, who also co-produces along with Keegan Kuhn (Cowspiracy), Slay foregrounds investigative footage shot over three years to make its case that the fashion industry is responsible for the deaths of 2.5 billion animals every year. The doc also includes interviews with experts and activists who seek to show that the industry also contributes to a host of other urgent contemporary problems, including deforestation, water contamination and the exploitation of low-wage workers.

“The fashion industry is not addressing animal suffering in their supply chain,” Cappelli said in a release. “We have an urgent moral obligation to respond to the suffering of hundreds of millions of individuals in the fashion industry, as animal rights and sustainability are intimately linked. We want Slay to open people’s eyes to the dark underbelly of some of the most common and sought-after skins in fashion.”

“WaterBear Network provides a global hub for converting storytelling into action,” added WaterBear founder and CEO Ellen Windemuth. “Our platform and streaming service helps activists, brands, consumers, and NGOs to deliver on their sustainability initiatives. It’s vital to have powerful documentaries like Slay on our platform to engage consumers and drive change in the fashion industry.”

C4 commissions current affairs doc Myanmar: The Forgotten Revolution

Channel 4 has commissioned a one-hour documentary from Evan Williams Productions, Myanmar: The Forgotten Revolution, which employs on-the-ground video footage and eyewitness accounts to make the case that Myanmar’s army is engaging in mass killings of civilians as it seeks to suppress the ongoing uprising against the military junta that deposed the country’s democratically elected government in February 2021.

Following the army’s seizure of power, an insurgency broke out in May 2021 spearheaded by the armed wing of the government-in-exile established by elected officials who had been ousted in the coup. The confrontation between the two sides, which has been deemed a civil war by the United Nations, has resulted in the deaths of more than 2,000 civilians at the hands of the junta, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma).

Featuring footage shot by Burmese activists over the course of the conflict, the documentary purports to provide proof that the junta is committing potential war crimes against the civilian population, and also seeks to analyze the lack of response from the international community to both the initial coup and the ongoing violence in the country.

“This is a really important piece of journalism on a revolution that the world has forgotten,” said Channel 4 commissioning editor Nevine Mabro, who ordered the doc for the pubcaster. “Through forensic investigation, unseen videos and eyewitness accounts, the film reveals the brutal actions of the Myanmar army and shows how the country is slipping into civil war.”

Myanmar: The Forgotten Revolution is produced for Channel 4 by Evan Williams Productions. Katie Arnold is the producer and director, while Evan Williams is executive producer.

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