Extra: eOne, Creature Films renew deal; Jackson Wild names award winners

eOne renews exclusive deal with Creature Films Entertainment One (eOne) is keeping its deal with Mark Ford‘s Creature Films prodco running, as the two sides have extended their deal to 2024. The ...
August 5, 2022

eOne renews exclusive deal with Creature Films

Entertainment One (eOne) is keeping its deal with Mark Ford‘s Creature Films prodco running, as the two sides have extended their deal to 2024.

The exclusive agreement began as a first-look deal in 2015, and has produced series like MTV’s recently renewed Siesta Key, Paramount+’s Behind the Music, A&E’s Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G. and Biography: Bobby Brown, Amazon’s Mary J. Blige’s My Life, Lifetime’s Wendy Williams: What a Mess, and the upcoming documentary The Lady and the Legend, about Lady Gaga’s collaboration with Tony Bennett.

Creature Films also announced it has appointed Pat Lambert as head of development. Previously, Lambert worked as vice president of development for 44 Blue Productions, starting there in 2015 as a talent executive across series like E!’s Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry. While at 44 Blue, he was instrumental in helping to launch TruTV’s Backyard Bar Wars and Snapchat’s Coming Out, and also oversaw the development of several unscripted projects with high-profile producing partners.

Jackson Wild announces winners of Legacy, Rising Star awards

Jackson Wild, the non-profit dedicated to science and natural history filmmaking, has named the recipients for its 2022 Legacy Awards in Conservation and Media (respectively), as well as the recipient of the organization’s Rising Star Award, which recognizes an emerging leader in nature, conservation and science media.

The Conservation prize was awarded to Dr. Paula Kahumbu, CEO of the Kenya-headquartered charity WildlifeDirect and one of Africa’s best-known wildlife conservationists. A board member of WWF International and National Geographic, she is also the producer and presenter of Wildlife Warriors, the first African-made wildlife documentary series, which spotlights the continent’s frontline conservationists.

On the Media side, the Legacy Award went to Brian Leith, a multi-award-winning independent producer and veteran of the BBC Natural History Unit, whose credits include the Grierson Award–winning Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life with David Attenborough (BBC), Deep Jungle (ITV), and the Disneynature feature doc Born in China.

Finally, Jackson Wild awarded its Rising Star designation to Faith Musembi, a Kenya- and Bristol-based producer and director who has directed sequences for series on such outlets as Nat Geo, Sky Nature and Disney+. A team member of the Glasgow-headquartered prodco Maramedia, her recent credits include the in-production four-part docuseries Chasing the Rains, a coproduction between Maramedia, Love Nature, Arte France and Sky.

“We are proud to recognize Brian Leith and Dr. Paula Kahumbu with our Legacy Awards in Media and Conservation for the tremendous impact they have had in their fields,” said Lisa Samford, executive director of Jackson Wild. “Their achievements and contributions inspire our community and deeply illuminate our connection to the natural world.

“Jackson Wild is equally committed to amplifying and elevating early-career leaders. Faith Musembi exemplifies outstanding achievement and impact, and we are thrilled to recognize her incredible talent with our Rising Star Award.”

Bunim/Murray brings new dating format to BET

BET has announced that it is set to air a new dating series in which people who were in long-term relationships that ended in divorce or separation set out to look for love, with their exes acting as matchmakers.

Premiering on the network this fall, After Happily Ever After is the latest series from Bunim/Murray Productions, and the prodco’s first for BET. The eight-episode series, which is hosted by hip-hop artist Bow Wow, will see the romantic prospects for the show’s participants convened at a party with the participants’ exes. The exes will then invite one of the prospects to date their former partner for 48 hours, following which each participant will decide whether they want to keep their prospect or send them back to the singles pool.

The series is executive produced by Bunim/Murray president Julie Pizzi (pictured) and Erica Ross. Andrea Richter serves as the showrunner, with Tiffany Lea Williams and Angela Aguilera executive producing for BET.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with the BET creative team on this fresh new format that offers a new perspective on the realities of second-chapter dating,” Pizzi said in a news release. “This unique series is created for men and women looking for their second-act love story while taking into consideration that they are often still entangled with their exes because of their history, their children, and their extended families.”

With files from Andrew Tracy

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