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Archive for April, 2009

Determined Dating

Ann Marsh decided that she wanted to find ‘the one’ so she set about finding him. In the process she dated 100 men and refused to kiss them all… until she was sure she had found the right man for her. Read about her adventures – and what she learned along the way.

Greenlit: Don’t Bomb Kuala Lumpar, Sundance

Don’t Bomb Kuala Lumpur – An “anthropological comedy series” that sends a pair of aspiring comedians to far-flung cities, where they must immerse themselves in the culture before performing a stand up comedy routine for a local audience. The audience decides which comedian is the funniest. A celebrity comedian mentors the pair. Channel: Sundance Producer: […]

Capzles – Personal Timelines

Capzles is a new way of creating your own storyline using your photos, videos,  blog posts etc. While there are capzles of people’s wedding day, most seem to be presenting documentary subjects in timeline form. Most popular capzles include: A Brief History of Apple Vetting Sarah Palin Financial Meltdown 101 Take the walk-through demo

Greenlit: World’s DeadliestTowns, Animal Planet

World’s Deadliest Towns – Dave Salmoni travels to places in the world where human encroachment on natural habitats has caused tension between people and the wild animals that are fighting back. He meets the victims and tries to understand what’s going on in Churchill, Manitoba where the local population is clashing with polar bears, the […]

Greenlit: Food Party, IFC

Food Party – Thu Tran cooks alongside special effects and puppets in a cardboard kitchen, whipping up gourmet banquets with ordinary ingredients. Channel: IFC TX: 9 June Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Tears, Lies and Videotape, ITV1

Tears, Lies and Videotape (1×60′) – uses archive footage and interviews to explore the people who make impassioned media appeals for the safe return of their missing loved ones, such as Sharon Matthews who was convicted of kidnapping her daughter and Ian Huntley who appealed for help in finding the killer of two young girls […]

Greenlit: Make Me White, BBC1

Make Me White w/t  (1×60′) – Anita Rani goes undercover to expose the harmful chemicals in legally available skin lightening products commonly used by people in Britain’s Asian and Afro-Carribbean communities. She also finds illegal creams and examines the booming trade, whilst looking at the side effects. Channel: BBC1 Producer: BBC Birmingham TX: Summer 09 […]

Greenlit: Drop Zone, BBC1

Drop Zone (6×60′) – Each week, teams of three are dropped into an unknown location – which could be a city or a jungle – and have to complete a series of challenges related to the location before making it back to the helicopter. The last team to reach the helicopter will see it take […]

In: Jennifer Danska, RDF USA

Jennifer Danska, former E! Entertainment VP of talent, development and casting, has joined RDF USA (west coast) as senior VP of development and current programming. She joins Claire O’Donohoe who is Head of Development. Danska has previously developed Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood, Candy Girls and Taradise. Read more at C21

Forensic Entomology

Forensic Entomology is a website dedicated to the study of the insects that live in decomposing remains, which can help with criminal investigations. It’s got information on insect life-cycles and explains what equipment you need to set up an investigation. Alternatively you could attend a forensic entomology course. Best not read over your lunch break.

Greenlit: Red Summer, Sundance

Red Summer (6x ) – documentary series about an isolated Alaskan village and the events that take place over the course of a commercial salmon season when the village’s population explodes. The series is based on a book – Red Summer: The Danger, Madness, and Exaltation of Salmon Fishing in a Remote Alaskan Village by […]

Regret the Error

Regret the Error is an online collection (and book) of apologies that newspapers have been forced to make for mistakes in their copy – they make for hilarious and sometimes tragic reading. The site’s edited by Canadian freelance journalist Craig Silverman – check him out.

Greenlit: Restorer Guy, TLC

Restorer Guy – Gable Painter (yes, that’s his real name) brings new life to old structures.  A meticulous and obsessive home restoration expert, Gable Painter and his team get their hands dirty restoring historic homes in an effort to bring America back to its former beauty one house at a time. Channel: TLC TX: 21 […]

Greenlit: Inside: Lisa Ling Investigates, OWN

Inside: Lisa Ling Investigates w/t  (x 60′) – Lisa Ling investigates topical subjects Channel: OWN Producer: Part2 Pictures Source: Cynopsis

Cross-section of a Murderer

This video shows more than 1800 cross-sections of the body of an executed murderer. The body was put into gelatin before being frozen and slice into millimeter slices. Nice. It’s part of the Visible Human Project at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland.

When Baking Turns Bad

Listverse has put together a series of photos of some seriously deranged cakes. You’d have to wonder who your friends were if you got a ‘kitty-litter’ iced cake… see the rest, including a dead crow and a thorax cake.

Greenlit: NYC Prep, Bravo

NYC Prep –  follows a group of six affluent teenagers who are key players in Manhattan’s elite high school scene and are firmly entrenched in Manhattan’s social circle. Students who travel in packs – whether it’s on sophisticated vacations or to a townhouse for an exclusive midnight party, their lives intertwine as they network, shop, […]

Greenlit: New York Goes to Work, VH1

New York Goes to Work ( x30′) –  Tiffany “New York” Pollard turns her hand to a variety of jobs as chosen for her by audience text voting. Channel: VH1 TX: 4 May 09 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Sea Patrol UK, Nat Geo UK

Sea Patrol UK (6x )  is a ob doc that follows the work of the police who have the English Channel as their beat. Channel: National Geographic UK / Five Producer: Wall to Wall TX: Summer 09 Source: C21

Greenlit: Britain’s Greatest Machines, Nat Geo UK

Britain’s Greatest Machines (4×60′) – documentary series that explore the machines that changed Britain. Each episode looks at machines from a particular decade – 30s, 50s, 60s and 80s, Channel: National Geographic UK Producer: The Gamma Project TX: Summer 09 Source: C21

CONELRAD – Cold War Culture

CONELRAD, named after America’s first Emergency Broadcasting System, is a website dedicated to the what, where, why, who and how of all things atomic, collated and curated by writers who grew up  in the shadow of the bomb. There’s a database of reviews of short films about the Cold War, Cold War music, and books […]

Forensic Artist

ForensicArtist.com is a website dedicated to, well you know.  For a website dedictated to art there are few (if any illustrations) so it’s a little dry to navigate but it’s packed with links and a good resource for finding experts.

Best Cities Placesin the World to Live – If You’re a Man

AskMen.com has produced a list of the 29 Best Places in the World to Live if you are a man. They’ve taken into account health, lifestyle, sports and entertainment, sex and dating, power and money and fashion. Coming in at no. 29 is… Edinburgh. Top three are San Francisco, Barcelona and Chicago, which is in […]

How to Work the Room During Your TV Pitch and Secure a Commission

Everyone has their own pitching style and every commissioning editor will prefer a certain kind of pitch – which is why it helps to know your enemy.

In the UK, commissioners at all levels tend to prefer an informal ‘creative conversation’ in which you both collaborate.

In the US, you might have a one-to-one pitch with a development executive, or you could face a room full of senior executives who sit back and listen to your pitch. If it’s the former, you’re likely to be grilled about the details of your proposal, as they have sell it up the chain of command when you’ve gone. If you manage to secure a meeting with senior executives, you”ll need to make a more formal presentation, before moving on to deal manage a discussion and field questions.

Whichever kind of pitch you face, there are a number of principles you can apply to make things run smoothly and move you closer to a commission.

Poverty is Bad for the Brain

A Cornell University child-development study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that poor children are disadvantaged due to strong links between childhood deprivation and physiological stress and adult memory, which interferes with achievement at school and throughout life. Read full article in Wired.

Greenlit: A History of Christianity, BBC4

A History of Christianity (6×60) – Historian Diarmaid MacCulloch explores what it means to be Christian. Channel: BBC4 Producer: BBC TX: 2010 Source: C21

Mapping Endangered Species

Google continues to take over the world (with the help of Earthwatch this time), as infra-red triggered cameras located in remote locations around the world capture images of rare animals. The cameras are used to identify and audit animals in the wild, but now they’re being added to Google Earth. You should be able to […]

Honey, I Did What?! Bringing Down The Banking Industry.

Eight years ago, Michael Osinski developed the computer software that turns mortgages into bonds; the software became banking industry standard, and the practice of packaging mortgages has been blamed for the global financial meltdown. In My Manhattan Project (NY Mag) he tells the story from his perspective.

Our Choice by Al Gore

In November 09, Al Gore publishes another book: Our Choice. In it he outlines a global plan to tackle the problem of climate change using information gleaned from Solutions Summits he’s had with creative experts over the last few years.

Greenlit: Mystery Files, Nat Geo

Mystery Files (13×30′) – HD doc series that explores famous mysteries around legendary characters such as King Arthur, Robin Hood and Cleopatra etc. Channel: National Geographic Channels International Producer:Parthenon Entertainment Group Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: The Fugitive Chronicles, A&E

The Fugitive Chronicles (9×60′) – Docudrama that uses cinematic reconstructions, interviews with police officers, interrogation tapes and court transcripts to tell the story of how fugitives were tracked down and captured. Channel: A&E Producer: RDF USA / Raw TV TX: Late 2009 Source: C21

Sci Fi turns Syfy

Liz Levenson’s Cable U Confidential blog has an article about Sci Fi channel’s upcoming (7 July 09) rebranding to Syfy, which has upset it’s hardcore fans. While that’s interesting enough in itself, she’s also categorised a lot of the other US cable channels according to their ‘high school types’, which is a really fast (and […]

Greenlit: The Cindy Margolis Dating Project, Fox Reality

Cindy Margolis Dating Project w/t (8×60′) –  Cindy Margolis,  2008 Playboy cover model and the internet’s most downloaded woman, goes on a dating mission to find her perfect partner. Channel: Fox Reality Channel Producer: Glassman Media Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: The Bible: A History, Ch4

The Bible: A History (7×60′) – a major series that looks at seven sections of The Bible and examines how it has influenced the world. Channel: Ch4 Producer: Pioneer Productions TX: 2010 Source: C21

Philadelphia Flower Show

2009 was the 180th anniversary of the 10 acre Philadelphia Flower Show – America’s first flower show. It attracts 250,000 visitors (RHS Chelsea Flower Show draws 157,000) a year. Which got me wondering: Where are the best flower shows in the world?

As well as Hampton Court and Tatton park in the UK, there are shows in Melbourne, Japan, The Netherlands, West Indies, Canada and South Africa, among other places. But which is the best?

Cat’s Brains Regenerate Giving Hope to Humans

A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports that researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered that cats can regenerate damaged myelin (fatty nerve fibre insulator) in their brains, indicating that the central nervous system can repair itself. The discovery was made after a number of pregnant cats suffered neurological […]

In: Philippa Ransford, Development Exec, Daytime and Features, IWC Media

Channel 4 editor Philippa Ransford has been hired as Development Exec, Daytime and Features at IWC Media. Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Blonde Charity Mafia, The CW

Blonde Charity Mafia – ob doc series that follows Washington DC’s 20-something “Alpha Girls” who control the high-flying party and charity scene in the city. Channel: The CW Producer: Capitol Hills Productions Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: People, History

People (1×120′ + online) – A documentary based on A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. Celebrities such as Marisa Tomei, Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Bruce Springsteen, Viggo Mortensen and Matt Damon read emotional and moving dramatic accounts which are intercut with witness testimonies and archive film.  There will be extra footage […]

Doomed to Death

Doomed Engineers chronicles the early demise of engineer through accident, suicide or foul play. Included in the list are: Bohumil Sole – co-inventor of Semtex (blew himself up) Don Aranow – designer of speed boats (murdered) Thomas Andrews – Designer of Titanic (you don’t need me to tell you) Read the rest of the list, […]

Prison Recycling

UK prisons are investigating ways in which they can recycle some of the 50,000 mattresses they have to dump every year. They’re being turned into roof tiles, carpet underlay and fence panels to prevent them going into landfill sites. Can’t we challenge Anneka (or someone) to reinvent a mountain of unwanted stuff every week? The […]

Greenlit: Space Week, Science Channel

Space Week –  Science Channel brings you to the one place where the sky isn’t the limit—it’s just the beginning.  In the fourth annual Space Week, viewers continue a fascinating exploration of one of the last mysterious, awe-inspiring places (un)known to man through in-depth programming on Science Channel, as well as information-rich, interactive experiences online […]

Pretty Shrimp

Go Domestic has a series of photos of weird and wonderful (and vicious) shrimps that you can put in your aquarium. Some look like a cross between creatures from outer space and children’s colourful cartoon characters. See them here.

Greenlit: MoCap, LLC, Spike

MoCap, LLC (6×30′) – A comedy mockumentary look behind the scenes of a small motion capture studio who will go to any lengths to secure work within the video game industry. The show was originally a web series . The series will join Spike’s other gaming programming such as Game Trailers TV. Channel: Spike Producer: […]

Greenlit: Hitched or Ditched, The CW

Hitched or Ditched – Tanya McQueen helps couples decide whether they should get married or split up. The couples are nominated by their friends who think they should make a commitment or go their separate ways. Tanya imposes a deadline of one week, after which they will get married or call it all off. Channel: […]

In: Jonathan Meenagh, Development Producer, IWC Media

Jonathan Meenagh has joined IWC Media as Development Producer. He was previously at the BBC. Source: Broadcast

Biography: Mr America

Bernarr MacFadden was the original American muscleman. In this biography, Mark Adams describes his rise from poverty-stricken orphan to millionaire health nut behind Charles Atlas. He advocated a diet rich in milk and veggies and lots of exercise and sex for recreation. He also founded a long-running fitness magazine (Physical Culture) and was at the […]

In: Richard Bright, Development Producer, Specialist Factual, IWC Media

Richard Bright has joined IWC Media as Specialist Factual Development Producer. His devlopment credits include  Five Days: The Fall of Saigon and the Grierson-winning documentary, Armageddon. Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Cane Toads, Science Channel

CANE TOADS Cane Toads (or Bufo Marinus) are native to Central America, but were imported by the hundreds to Australia in 1935 in an attempt to rid the country of the Greyback beetle which was rapidly destroying the sugarcane crop.  The Cane Toads adapted beautifully to their new surroundings.  The problem was that the Greyback […]

Greenlit: Punkin Chunkin 2009, Science Channel

Punkin Chunkin 2009 – For more than 20 memorable years the Delaware-based “World Championship Punkin Chunkin” has hit the skies.  And Science Channel is honoring the backyard engineers who turn pumpkins into projectiles with an inside look at the high flying, far-flung action of the annual championship competition.  This year’s coverage will feature an additional […]

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