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Greenlit: Celebrity Ghost Stories, BIO

Celebrity Ghost Stories (8×60′) –  Celebrities such as Joan Rivers, John Waters, Scott Baio and Carrie Fisher tell of their real-life ghostly encounters. Channel: BIO Producer: Jarrett Creative Group TX: 3rd October 2009 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Mossy Oak’s Full Frame, Outdoor Channel

Mossy Oak’s Full Frame –  Eight field producers pair up at then end of a hunting season to compete on the same pieces of land to hunt for food for their freezers. The channel promises “exhaustion, sleep deprivation and personality conflicts kick in when the big buck syndrome hits camp” Channel: Outdoor Channel TX:  From […]

Daisy Whitney’s New Media Minute

Does the the thought of social networking, tweeting and podcasting make your head spin? Or do you find it hard to see what all the fuss is about? Enter Daisy Whitney,  a new media specialist who focuses on Internet video, social networking, YouTube and iTunes.  She hosts a series of (roughly weekly) one-minute videos on […]

Teens Build Jobs

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics 22.7% of 16- to 19-year-olds are unemployed and are finding their traditional jobs taken by people in their thirties and forties. But this is a generation that has role models like Steve Jobs of Apple and Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google and they are turning […]

In: Keith Quinn, SVP/Creative Development and Production, Paramount Digital Entertainment

Keith Quinn has been appointed SVP/Creative Development and Production at Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE), looking after the development and production of original digital content for the Internet, cell phones and other Web-enabled handheld devices.

Greenlit: Moments of Impact, Discovery

Moments of Impact (13×60′) –  Archive driven show that reveals the shocking moments when crashes, stunts or explosions are caught on camera and tells of the dramatic rescues that ensued. Channel: Discovery Producer: Nash Entertainment TX: 2 July 2009 Source: C21 Media

Greenlit: How’d You Get So Rich, TV Land

How’d You Get So Rich, – Joan Rivers visits the super rich to in their fabulous homes to find out how they got to where they are today. Channel: TV Land Producer: Zoo Productions (Exec Producer, Mark Burnett) TX: 5 August 09 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Head-Shrinkers of the Amazon, Five / Nat Geo

Head-Shrinkers of the Amazon (1×60′) – A documentary that explores the practice of head-shrinking. It examines piece of archive footage from a 1960 expedition to the Amazon that shows a human head being shrunk and then sets out to try to authenticate it. Channel: Five / National Geographic Producer: Diverse TX: 22 July 2009 Source […]

100 Most Creative People in Business

Fast Company has published a list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business – “dazzling new thinkers, rising stars and boldface names” with an emphasis on people who are tackling the bigger issues of the day.  Here’s a selection: Shai Reshef – Founder of University for the People Susan Athey – Microsoft’s Chief Economist […]

Michael Jackson Twitter Tribute

Billie  Tweets mashes up twitter tweets alongside Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean video – each word is flashed up karaoke style in time with the video, but look closely and you will see that each word is also a word from a twitter message. Make no sense? See it here.

Greenlit: Bang Goes the Theory, BBC1

Bang Goes the Theory (10×30′) – Dallas Campbell (Gadget Show) Jem Standsfield (Scrapheap Challenge), Dr Yan Wong and Liz Bonnin (RI:SE) present a new science show that looks at “the world’s most advanced technological breakthroughs”and shows how you can test scientific theories in your backyard. There will also be free events, interactive resources and a […]

Greenlit: 40 Years of Delia, BBC2

40 Years of Delia w/t (5x 30′) – Delia Smith celebrates 40 years on TV with a series that sees her recreate some of her most popular dishes. She will remake with modern ingredients while looking back to see what the dish tells us about its era. Archive film and celebrity interviews explore Delia’s ability […]

Greenlit: The Best Defense: Survival, Outdoor Channel

The Best Defense: Survival – Self-defense survival show that shows you how to survive attacks in armed and unarmed situations at home, work or in the backwoods, as well as reviewing self-defense products for men and women. Hosted by Michael Bain who visits military training schools, law enforcement trainers and academies. Channel: Outdoor Channel TX:  […]

In: Todd Lichten, VP/Program Development and Production, The Strand Creative Group

Todd Lichten has been promoted to VP/Program Development and Production at The Strand Creative Group, NYC, supervising all new series development. Strand makes Celebrity Dish (E!), Modern Girl’s Guide to Life (Style Network), Battle of the Bartenders (Travel Channel) and A Second Look (Style Network) Source: Cynopsis

RIP: Billy Mays (Pitchmen, Discovery)

Billy Mays, co-presenter of Discovery’s Pitchmen, died on 28th July, 2009, aged 50 years. He was well known in the USA for his distinctive infomercials for cleaning products such as OxiClean and Orange Glo. He presented Pitchmen with fellow marketer Anthony Sullivan. Read more.

Developing Factual TV Shows – How to Get the Best Out of TV Mole

TV Mole is now six months old and has grown hugely, so I thought it would be good to look back at some of the best articles and signpost how you can get the best out of TV Mole – whether you’ve been here since the beginning are are just dropping by for the first time. You’ll find 350+ potential ideas ideas for new programmes, information on 97 TV channels in the UK and USA and a range of resources to help you successfully develop and pitch your nonfiction TV ideas.

Read on to find out how TV Mole can help you generate new ideas, write a punchy proposal, research potential buyers, pitch, and engage with your audience.

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Holland Art Cities

This year and next (2009-2010) The Netherlands’ top ten museums across four cities – Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht – are joining up in a huge event called Holland Art Cities, which the organisers boast will have “more art & culture per square mile than any other country on earth”. The event coincides with […]

The Living Dead

Ex-CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite is said to gravely ill with cerebrovascular disease according to his family, and the  media have been preparing their obituaries and the untimely death of Michael Jackson has had TV channels scrambling to produce tributes. I recently a cramped taxi ride through the Atlas mountains with an off-duty British Marine […]

Underground Humour

Travelling on the London Underground is not normally a laughing matter, however sometimes the straitened circumstances bring out the best of British humour, the best of which has been captured by Zipadeeday.

The New York Subway Project

Columbia University graduate Arun Wiita spent two-weeks riding the NYC subway to all 468 NYC stops to describe the station architecture and take photos of the surrounding areas. He recorded his photos and comments on an interactive map. What promises to be an interesting psycho-geographic mapping project turns, with the reading of his judgemental comments, […]

Pet Airways

Pet Airways is a new US airline service that allows you to fly your dog or cat across the US in the relative comfort of a travelling crate in the main cabin of a turboprop plane. Fight attendants walk the animals pre- and post-flight and fly supervise the pets in the air. Unfortunately you can’t […]

Greenlit: Berreta’s Wild & Raw, Outdoor Channel

Beretta’s Wild & Raw ( x 30′)  – Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and shooting champ Scott Robertson are pitted against each other to compare their hunting styles. Channel: Outdoor Channel TX: From w/b 29th June 2009 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Dancing on Wheels, BBC3

Dancing on Wheels w/t (6×60′) – Heather Small, Michelle Gayle, Martin Offiah and Mark Foster will step onto the dance floor with disabled wheelchair users in a new spin on the Strictly/Dancing with the Stars format.  Brian Fortuna and a team of professional dance trainers will train the pairs who will compete in a knockout […]

Greenlit: Ducks Unlimited TV, Outdoor Channel

Ducks Unlimited TV – Wade Borne, Jared Brown and Mike Checkett travel across Mexico, USA and Canada to hunt duck, and present tips on dog training, hunting and cooking. Channel: Outdoor Channel TX:  From w/b 29th June 2009 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: The Last Tommy, BBC1

The Last Tommy (1×60′) – Documentary profiling Harry Patch, 111-yr-old survivor of WWI. It tells the story of his life from his time in the trenches to the present day, a story that Patch didn’t tell until he was 100 years old. Channel: BBC1 Producer: Quickfire Media Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: John Lewis Doc, BBC2

John Lewis (untitled) (3×60′) – Documentary series looking at how 150-yr-old department store John Lewis is coping in the current economic crisis. It tells the rags-to-riches story of its founder and follows the outfitting of a new store. Channel: BBC2 Producer: BBC Bristol TX: Late 2009 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Full Throttle, truTV

Full Throttle (4x ) – Ob doc on Ballard’s Full Throttle Saloon, the  largest biker bar in the world,  during the famous nine-day motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.  This series is described as Deadliest Catch meet Coyote Ugly. Channel: truTV Producer: A. Smith & Co. Productions Source: Cynopsis/ Mickie’s Zoo

Greenlit: Junior Apprentice, BBC1

Junior Apprentice (5×60′) – Spin-off of  The Apprentice, featuring 16-17-year-old contestants who could win a prize of £25,000 if they manage to impress Sir Alan Sugar. Channel: BBC1 Producer: Talkback Thames Source: C21

V Day – When Boys Need Sanitary Products

Tampax have come up with a novel way to sell their products – via a boy. Zack is an ordinary boy who wakes up one day to find that all is not right in the trouser department. In fact there’s something missing. But not to worry – he’s got something else instead: his period! His […]

NY Times Homicide Map

The New York Times has compiled a grimly fascinating interactive map of homicides in NYC that reveals who and what of murders over the last six years. Zoom out to get  geographical overview or in to see the exact location. Where available the names, ages and of the perpetrators and victims along with weapon used […]

Greenlit: Benelli Presents Duck Commander, Outdoor Channel

Benelli Presents Duck Commander – “Duck Commander” Phil Robertson (pioneer of the modern duck call) and his Louisiana Duckmen go on the road to shoot duck and prove they are the world’s best duck hunters. Channel: Outdoor Channel TX: From w/b 29th June 2009 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: US Special Ops: Declassified, truTV

U.S. Special Ops: Declassified w/t – Reconstruction, animation and interviews reveal the contents of America’s elite terrorist hunters’ case files. Channel: truTV Producer: 44 Blue Productions Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: NFL Full Contact, truTV

NFL Full Contact w/t – An exclusive look behind the scenes of professional football from draft day to the Super Bowl. Channel: truTV Producer: NFL Films Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Field & Stream Outdoor Icons, Outdoor Channel

Field & Stream Outdoor Icons ( x30′) –  Biography series honoring famous outdoor personalities such as The Drury Brothers (hunting video producers), Jim Shockey (photographer and wilderness guide), Keith Warren (outdorr adventurer), Bill Jordan (owner of Realtree hunting outfitters) and Will Primos (hunting call manufacturer). Channel: Outdoor Channel TX:  From w/b 29th June 2009 Source: […]

Awkward Family Photos

For no other reason that it will make you laugh out loud, visit Awkward Family Photos

Slag off Current

Current TV (UK) are asking for feedback on the channel now that it’s been two and a half years since its launch. Tell them what you think about the TV channel and website and you could be in line for one of five £10 vouchers to be spent at play.com. Email Lina at: lprestwood@current.com

Greenlit: Drive TV, Outdoor Channel

Drive TV –  Pat Reeve and Nicole Jones hunt whitetail deer. Channel: Outdoor Channel TX: From w/b 29th June 2009 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Deer City USA, Outdoor Channel

Deer City USA – Host Steve Gruber hunts for trophy deer hunting within the city boundaries of Chicago, Detroit and Cincinnati. Channel: Outdoor Channel Producer: Wolf Creek Productions TX: From w/b 29th June 2009 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Trip of a Lifetime, TNT

Trip of a Lifetime – ‘Unscripted drama’ series that reunites deserving family members with a lost loved one or a returned keepsake. Channel: TNT Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: The Mayo Clinic, TNT

The Mayo Clinic – An ‘unscripted drama’ that follows the lives of doctors and patients at the renowned Mayo Clinic. Channel: TNT Source: Cynopsis

Suburban Treasure Trove

When bereaved relatives turned up to attend to the affairs of antique dealer John Sisto, they found more to sort through than they bargained for. Inside the nondescript Illinois bungalow was a haul of 3,000 stolen Italian artifacts, dating back to the 4th century BC and worth up to $10 million. A two year police […]

Last Night the TV Saved My Life…

The Associated Press reports that  a nine-year-old boy, Grayson Wynne, survived 18 hours lost in a Utah forest by remembering what he’s seen Bear Grylls do on the Discovery Channel’s Man Vs. Wild (aka Born Survivor, Ch4). He left a trail of clues so rescuers could find him, made a makeshift shelter and followed a […]

Greenlit: Destination Polaris, Outdoor Channel

Destination Polaris – Experts ride all terrain vehicles along America’s remotest trails. Channel: Outdoor Channel TX: From w/b 29th June 2009 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: On Your Own Adventures, Outdoor Channel

On Your Own Adventures –  Hunting series aimed at the average hunter. Channel: Outdoor Network TX: From w/b 29 June 2009 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Benelli’s American Safari, Outdoor Channel

Benelli’s American Safari – Steve McKelvain and guests visit the top hunting grounds in the world Channel: Outdoor Network TX: From w/b 29 June 2009 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: There Goes the Neighborhood, CBS

There Goes the Neighborhood (7×60′) – Matt Rogers hosts a competition reality show that pits the inhabitants of eight neighbouring Atlanta houses against each other in order to win a $250,000. To keep their minds focused producers have built a 20′ wall around their homes so they can’t leave during the three weeks of filming. […]

Greenlit: Monsters Inside Me, Animal Planet

Monsters Inside Me (6 x ) – Documentary series that follows the stories of people whose bodies have been invaded by dangerous parasites. Channel: Animal Planet Producer: Optomen Productions TX: 1 July 2009 Source: Cynopsis


If you’ve ever seen Space Invader mosaics in and around your city, you might want to check out what else the artist, Invader, has been up to  in this video. His work is known as rubikcubism, so that should give you a clue what it’s all about. You can also catch a solo show at […]


Showbizzle is a new website that mixes social networking, scripted web series (x23 eps) with 40 different characters, and career advice for making it in Tinsel Town. The action focuses on Janey who hangs out with her friends who are trying to make it in the biz in Hollywood. The site also features interviews with […]

Greenlit: You’re Nicked!, Five

You’re Nicked! (6×60) – Natalie Pinkham presents a series that reveals dramatic police chases and raids that have been captured on camera, and she talks to the officers involved to find out how they caught the criminals. Channel: Five Producer: Raw Cut TV Source: Broadcast

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