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Archive for January, 2010

Looking into the Past

Looking into the Past is a fascinating Flickr group that features historical photographs that have been blended with the modern world in some way. Take a look at: Dam Square shooting 1945 Amsterdam, then & now; Then in now Brandenburg gate; Looking Into the Past: Loudoun Street, Leesburg, VA;

The Paris Review

The Paris Review has an extensive archive of Q&A interviews with authors dating back to 1953. Interviewees include Lawrence Durrell (1959),  Ernest Hemingway (1958) and James Baldwin (1984). Explore more in The Paris Review Archive.

Naughty Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse is being rebranded (or at least taking him back to his original trouble-making incarnation), in a new Wii game Epic Mickey, which allows players to bring out Mickey’s dark side. Read more on Slate and Wikipedia

Nat Geo’s World Atlas for iPhone

National Geographic has released a $1.99 iPhone application called World Atlas. You can zoom into street level and you can see lists of statistics and a database of six million towns, cities and regions, just as you would in a printed atlas. Read more at MinOnline

Greenlit: Haiti’s Killer Quake: Why it Happened, Channel 4

Haiti’s Killer Quake: Why it Happened (1×60′) – Fast turnaround documentary that explores the geological reasons for the Haiti earthquake, featuring CGI and interviews with scientists. Channel: Channel 4 Producer: Pioneer Productions TX: 2nd February, 2010 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, VH1 Classic

Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp (4×60′) – Fifteen musicians go to bootcamp to be trained by rock ‘n’ roll councellors in the hope that they will become rock stars. Channel: VH1 Classic Producer: Mark Burnett Productions TX: July 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Tacky House, The Style Network

Tacky House – Interior designer Thom Filicia and his team turn tacky rooms into tasteful ones. Channel: The Style Network Producer: Lynchpin Productions TX: Spring 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, Food Network

Private Chefs of Beverly Hills (6x ) – Docuseries following the employees of Big City Chefs who provide private chefs for the rich and famous in Los Angeles. Channel: Food Network Producer: Target Entertainment TX: April 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Worst Case Scenario, Discovery Channel

Worst Case Scenario (6 x ) – Bear Grylls shows how to escape and survive dangerous situations. Channel: Discovery Channel Producer: Pilgrim Films & Television TX: Spring 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Yes Men, The Television Show, Planet Green

Yes Men, The Television Show – Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonnano spoof  current affairs as they pretend to be international corporate and government officials. Channel: Planet Green Producer: Renegade Pictures Source: Cynopsis

Copyblogger Articles You Need to Read Before You Write Your TV Proposal: Part II

Copyblogger named by The Guardian as one of the World’s 50 Most Powerful Blogs is a site all about marketing online content, but you can adapt the principles to help you write your TV proposal. In the second of this three-part series on turbocharging your development skills we look at some article that will help your proposal grab a buyer’s attention – making your idea stand out; starting your proposal with a bang, and using bullet points (click through to read more).

(Photo by AuthenticEccentric under CC BY- SA 2.0)

Disloyalty Card

World Barista Champion Gwilym Davies has come up with an disloyalty card that encourages his customers to try the coffee of his rivals. He’s chosen eight quirky, quality coffee shops in east London – buy a coffee and get a stamp from each of them and Gwilym will give you a free coffee. It seems […]

Greenlit: The Glee Project, Oxygen

The Glee Project (10 x 60′) – Competition series which pits a group of talented performers against each other to win a guest starring role on FOX’s Glee. Channel: Oxygen Producer: Ryan Murphy Television / Embassy Row TX: 12th June 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Kate Gosselin, TLC

Kate Gosselin (untitled) – Kate Gosselin, known from her previous starring role in Jon & Kate Plus 8 on TLC will feature in an upcoming reality show that is currently in development. Details are currently unconfirmed but it’s been suggested that Kate could try out working in different professions. Channel: TLC TX: Spring/Summer 2010 Source: […]


mtvU’s RateMyProfessors.com has an iPhone app that lets students check up on the reviews of more than 1 million professors across the USA. I just checked up on one of my old professors and it turns out he’s slated for having ‘contrived English accent’. Hmm – he’s English! Back to school for that reviewer (or […]

Biometric Monitor

The WIN Human Recorder is a Japanese biometric device that is designed to be worn on the skin on a day to day basis as it measures heart rate, brainwaves, skin temperature, velocity and respiration. It wirelessly transmits data to a mobile phone or computer where the data can be managed. Read the full article […]

Greenlit: Fight Science, National Geographic Channel

Fight Science ( x60′) – Docu series that explores the physiology of professional fighters’ bodies. Channel: National Geographic Producer: Base Productions, Inc. TX: 1st February, 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Seducing Cindy, Fox Reality Channel

Seducing Cindy (8×60′) – Former Playboy pinup and single  mom of three Cindy Margolis is looking for true love in this series that sees her dating men from 18-71 years old. Channel: Fox Reality Producer: Glassman Media TX: 30th January, 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Missing in Haiti

Haiti Earthquake Support Center was set up the day after the disaster by The Extraordinaries, a group that  “allows people to complete micro-tasks for organizations, causes or people they’re passionate about, using a mobile phone or web browser, in a few minutes of spare time”. When they sat down to think about what they could […]

Greenlit: Southern Fried Stings, TruTV

Southern Fried Stings – Docuseries centered on crime-fighting Jay Russell, an ex-state trooper and addiction expert, who is cleaning up the deep South. Channel: TruTV Producer: Studio Lambert / Zoo Productions Source: C21

Greenlit: High Street, BBC2

High Street w/t –Dragons’ Den dragon Theo Paphitis follows the fortunes of amateur product designers as they compete to get their products into high street shops, following the process from ‘prototype to production’. Channel: BBC2 Producer: Maverick TX: Late 2010 Source: Broadcast

In: Mark Finkelpearl, VP/Development and Productions, Eyeworks Cuatro Cabezas

Mark Finkelpearl has been appointed as  VP/Development and Productions of the new US office of Eyeworks Cuatro Cabezas. Source: Cynopsis

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (pub. 2 Feb 2010) is the fascinating and disturbing account of a poor black woman, who died of cervical cancer aged 31 yrs-old. During her treatment, cells were taken (unbenknownst to her) from her cervix, and extraordinarily, those cells are still alive decades after Henrietta’s death […]

Greenlit: Fighting Cervical Cancer in Style, Channel 4

Fighting Cervical Cancer in Style (1×45′) Miquita Oliver and Lauren Laverne host a package of highlights from the Fighting Cervical Cancer in Style music and fashion event to be held on 27th January, 2010. Channel: Channel 4 / 4 Music (T4 Strand) Advertiser-funded by GlaxoSmithKline Producer: Eyeworks TX: February 2010 Source: Broadcast

In: Andrew Zein, SVP/Creative, Format Development and Sales, Warner Bros. Int. TV Dist.

Andrew Zein has been appointed as SVP/Creative, Format Development and Sales at Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD). Based in London, he reports to  Ronald Goes, EVP/Head of International Television Production. Zein was previously Managing Director at Tiger Aspect.

Greenlit: Lindsay Lohan in India, BBC3

Lindsay Lohan In India w/ – Lindsay Lohan travels across India to meet the people involved in child trafficking. From poverty-stricken parents sending their children away to work, to traffickers trying to make a quick buck, Lindsay questions if there is any solution to this abominable trade. Channel: BBC3 Source: BBC Press Office

Greenlit: Peston on Money, BBC3 online

Peston On Money w/t –  In six short films, shot exclusively for online and aimed at young people, journalist Robert Peston examines how the UK was hit by the largest financial disaster in half a century and what viewers can do to protect themselves. He also chairs a BBC Three audience debate tackling a wide […]

Copyblogger Articles You Need to Read Before You Write Your TV Proposal: Part I

Writing a concise, compelling proposal is a task that many TV producers and filmmakers find difficult: coming up with the idea and visualizing what it will look like probably comes easily to you; but being able to put your idea into words in a proposal or in a pitch is a different matter entirely. You have to switch from thinking like a director and start thinking like a copywriter. Copywriters (at least good ones) sell stuff and that’s the purpose of your proposal – it’s a sales pitch.

Copyblogger, named by The Guardian as one of the World’s 50 Most Powerful Blogs, is a site all about marketing online content, but you can adapt Copyblogger’s principles to help you write your TV proposal. In the first of this three-part series on turbocharging your development skills we look at some articles that explain the simple writing rules that you should use to polish your proposal so it looks professional. Click through to read more. (Photo by AuthenticEccentric CC BY- SA 2.0)

Author Interviews

Treat yourself to some vintage black and white TV and listen to some author interviews from the archives: Boldtype has put together their favourite five sites featuring charming or combative author interviews. Clips include Paul Auster, Toni Morrisson, Isabel Allende and Ayn Rand. See them here.

Bravo’s Launch My Line

Bravo in the USA has launched an online tool to enable fans to enter their Launch My Line T-shirt design competition to tie in with Bravo’s latest fashion focused competition reality show in which ten entrepreneurs from a range of backgrounds are each paired with an established fashion designer who will help them design a […]

The Sky Online

The BBC is opening up the archives to make 40 years of astronomy programming available to the public The science archives stretch back across the history of the BBC. Charting the course of science’s development over the last century, the archives offer a fascinating glimpse into the changing face of science, with clips from Tomorrow’s […]

Greenlit: Girls on the Frontline, BBC3

Girls On The Frontline – follows four extraordinary young women pushed to their limits as they serve in the British Army on the frontline of the conflict in Afghanistan. With unprecedented access, BBC Three explores how these young women, all in their twenties, face frontline battle and the challenges of some of the most violent […]

Greenlit: Nel: From Camden to Kabul, BBC3

Nel: From Camden To Kabul – 21-year-old Nel returns to Afghanistan to find out what life for women was like under the Taliban, and how much life has really changed for women since. Channel: BBC3 Source: BBC Press Office

Greenlit: Judith: Going Back to Congo, BBC3

Judith: Going Back to Congo – Thandie Newton narrates a film which follows 23-year-old Judith as she returns to the Democratic Republic of Congo where rape has become a weapon of war. Channel: BBC3 Source: BBC Press Office

Greenlit: Stag Weekends – The Dirty Secrets, BBC3

Stag Weekends – The Dirty Secrets – BBC reporter Simon Boazman investigates the impact that the stag industry is having on the sex trade in Europe. Channel: BBC3 Source: BBC Press Office

Greenlit: What Would You Do for a Tan? BBC3

What Would You Do For A Tan? Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts explores the extremes to which some people go to achieve the perfect tan. Channel: BBC3 Source: BBC Press Office

Visit San Diego Zoo on Google Streetmap

San Diego Zoo is one of the first of several locations inaccessible to cars to be mapped by Google Street View. Others include the nearby SeaWorld and Legoland. Google used a camera mounted on a tricycle to map the paths and enclosures. Take a trip to see the giraffes here. Hat tip: PSFK

People of Public Transit

A little frivolity for the end of the week that will make you think long and hard about your pubic image and wardrobe choices for next week’s commute. People of Public Transport is user-generated photo site that documents strange sights on planes and trains. My favourite is this photo, which defies concise description, so you’ll […]

Greenlit: Wags in South Africa, BBC3

Wags In South Africa w/t – In the build up to the World Cup, five Wags of top English footballers leave behind their privileged lives to undertake a life-changing journey to understand the reality of daily life in South Africa. Chantelle Tagoe (Emille Heskey’s partner), Ellie Darby (Matthew Upson’s partner), Elen Rivas (Frank Lampard’s ex-partner) […]

Greenlit: Living with Autism: Autism School, BBC3

Autism School follows the experiences of teenagers studying and living together at a specialist boarding school. Channel: BBC3 Source: BBC Press Office

Greenlit: The Robert Verdi Show Starring Robert Verdi, Logo

The Robert Verdi Show Starring Robert Verdi (8 x30′) Reality-comedy series following celebrity stylist Robert Verdi. Channel: Logo Producer: True Entertainment TX: 10th February 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Panic Attack!

BBC News reports that Fede Alvarez, a Uruguayan film producer, struck YouTube gold when he uploaded short sci-fi film he made for $300. Four days later he was inundated with offers from Hollywood and has been offered a $30million dollar deal to produce a feature-length sci-fi film set in Argentina and Uruguay. Read the full […]

In: Jillianne Reinseth, VP/Development, Cookie Jar Entertainment

Jillianne Reinseth has been appointed  as VP/Development at Cookie Jar Entertainment, Canada. Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Living with Autism: Disco Kid, BBC3

Disco Kid – Two years ago, James Hobley couldn’t read or write, and then he discovered disco dancing and his world changed. Now, 10-years-old, James could soon be eligible for mainstream school and hopes to win the World Disco Dancing Championships. Disco Kid follows his incredible story. Channel: BBC3 Producer: Source: BBC Press Office

Greenlit: Cutting Edge: Harrow, Channel 4

Cutting Edge: Harrow School w/t (1×60′) – Documentary looking at the scholarship selection process at the prestigious Harrow school. Channel: Channel 4 Producer: Boomerang Plus TX: 2010 Source: Broadcast


Maggwire bills itself as ‘the iTunes of magazines’. As you read and rate its 600+ magazine articles it begins to recommend other articles you might enjoy. It includes articles from from Vanity Fair, Men’s Health, Esquire, Time and BusinessWeek and Marie Claire. You can search by topic and share interesting articles via Twitter/Facebook. If nothing […]

Out: Walter Iuzzolino, Head of Features Commissioning, Ch4

Walter Iuzzolino has been appointed as creative directer at independent producer Betty TV. He was formerly acting head of features commissioning at Channel 4, Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Donald J. Trump’s Fabulous World of Golf, Golf Channel

Donald J. Trump’s Fabulous World of Golf (6x ) – A behind-the-scenes look at Donald Trump’s golfing empire – from Scotland to New York via New Jersey and California. Each week, politicians, athletes and celebs play golf on behalf of their favourite charities. Channel: Golf Channel Producer: The Workshop LLC TX: 26th April, 2010 Source: […]

Greenlit: If I Can Dream, MySpace/Hulu/Clear Channel Radio

If I Can Dream – Multiplatform ob doc following a young actor, musician, model and two actresses who are moving to LA and hoping to make it big with the help of mentors and coaches. Weekly episodes show highlights from live 24hr streaming from the house. Channel: Hulu / MySpace / Clear Channel Radio Website: […]

Top YouTube videos of 2009

Almost…but not quite too late to do a best of 2009 – the top five videos on YouTube globally: 1. Susan Boyle – Britain’s Got Talent (120+ million views) 2. David After Dentist (37+ million views) 3. JK Wedding Entrance Dance (33+ million views) 4. New Moon Movie Trailer (31+ million views) 5. Evian Roller […]

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