Passion Docs, the non-fiction arm of multiplatform media company Passion Pictures, has brought veteran development executive Cathal McElhinney on board as head of development.
McElhinney (pictured) joins Passion Docs from Box To Box Films, the sports-focused factual prodco behind the hit Netflix series Formula 1: Drive to Survive and the four-part Showtime docuseries The Kings, on the long-running rivalries between boxing champs “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler. McElhinney’s credits at Box To Box include the surfing docuseries Make or Break for Apple TV+; upcoming Netflix projects on the PGA Tour and the pro tennis circuit, in the vein of Drive to Survive; and an upcoming four-part docuseries on fugitive former Nissan and Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn.
Prior to his tenure at Box To Box, McElhinney worked as a producer at Raw TV, where his credits included the Netflix true-crime docuseries Fear City: New York vs The Mafia and Bad Sport.
“We are excited to welcome Cathal to Passion Docs during a period of rapid expansion within the department,” said the label’s creative director David Moulton in a release. “Cathal is a talented developer [who] brings a wealth of rich storytelling experience to the team, and he will be instrumental in building and developing our ambitious premium slate of series and single docs. We’re looking forward to working with Cathal, who will help us to continue bringing brilliant series to premium platforms and build a world-class slate.”
Passion Docs recently scored several nominations at the 2022 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, with the celebrated Nat Geo documentary The Rescue receiving no less than five nods, and Showtime’s The Real Charlie Chaplin snagging a nomination for outstanding arts and culture documentary. Meanwhile, its sister label Passion Planet nabbed an outstanding nature doc nomination for My Garden of a Thousand Bees, and the Passion-backed prodco Keo Films was nominated in the same category for Lucy the Human Chimp.
Upcoming projects from Passion Docs include the recently announced original doc on the eco-friendly UK football club Forest Green Rovers, which will premiere on FIFA’s new streaming service.