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Family Coaching

While the last couple of decades were all about ‘me’, it looks like the next few years might be about ‘we’, at least in life coaching terms. More and more families are calling a coach to help them improve their uncommunicative or toxic relationships, particularly between grown up children and their parents. A quick glance […]

Greenlit: Swarm Chasers, Animal Planet

Swarm Chasers (2×60′) – Explores the science of swarms, examining the behaviour of rats and locusts. Channel: Animal Planet Producer: Oxford Scientific Films TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: The Door, ITV1

The Door – (2x special) – Six brave celebrities put their pride on the line and take on the challenge of enduring a multitude of tests, all delicately designed to instil them with gut wrenching fear, as they discover what lies behind The Door. Actors Dean Gaffney, Louisa Lytton, Coronation Street’s Jennie McAlpine, Boyzone’s Keith […]

In: Mike Duffy, EVP Development, RDF USA

Mike Duffy has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President Development in RDF USA’s LA office, where he was previously SVP of development. Source: Broadcast

In: Siobhan Sinnerton, Commissioning Editor, News and Current Affairs, Channel 4

Siobhan Sinnerton has been appointed as commissioning editor for news and current affairs at Channel 4,  including overseeing  Dispatches and Unreported World strands. Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Rock’n’Roll, BBC2

Rock’n’Roll (5×60′) – Documentary series narrated by DJ Mark Radcliffe that explores the recipe for the perfect rock’n’roll band and traces the history of rock’n’roll over the last half-century.  Viewers can vote online for their favourite musicians and listeners to BBC Radio 2 can discuss their opinions. Channel: BBC2 TX: Spring 2010 Source: Broadcast

Wild Robots

The New York Times has rounded up several sightings of robots in the ‘wild’ –  from the supermarket robot that will carry your shopping basket  for you to Hanako  a robot with bleeding, saliva-excreting mouth designed to help dentists train. Seem more robots at work and play in The New York Times.

Greenlit: There’s a Rhino in my House, Animal Planet

There’s a Rhino in my House (1×60′) – Documentary about a Zimbabwean woman who raises a baby rhino. Channel: Animal Planet Producer: Oxford Scientific Films TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Battle on the Block, HGTV

Battle on the Block – Weekly competiton series in which three families in the same neighborhood compete to win a $10,000 for redesigning their home with the help of contractors and a design advice from host Genevieve Gorder. Channel: HGTV TX: 11th April 2010 Source: Cynopsis

In: Katie Griffin, Manager of Development, Kinetic Content

Katie Griffin has joined Kinetic Content as manager of development. Source: C21

Sniffer Dogs

The Washington Post reports that a side effect of the Mumbai bombings in 2008 is that there is a huge demand for sniffer dogs. Some of the dogs are trained at a military institute in the northern city of Meerut, but they are struggling to keep up with requests for highly trained dogs, especially with […]

In: Kristen Kelly, VP/Series Development, VH1

Kristen Kelly has been promoted to the role of VP/Series Development and Original Programming at VH1 reporting to Jill Holmes, SVP/West Coast Production and Development. Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: The History of Safari, BBC4

The History of Safari (1×90′) – Richard E. Grant recounts the history of safaris, from trophy hunting to tourism, as he travels through Kenya. Channel: BBC4 Producer: Oxford Scientific Films TX: 26th April 2010 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: I Hate Your House, DIY Network

I Hate Your House – Contractor Jonathan O’Leary and designer Nicole O’Leary make over houses that have been dragging the neighbourhood down. Channel: DIY Network TX: April 2010 Source: Cynopsis

In: Gerald Massimei, VP Development and Current Programming, Kinetic Content

Gerald Massimei has joined Kinetic Content as SVP of development and current programming. Source: C21

In: Matlida Zoltowski, Senior VP Development and Current Programming, Kinetic Content

Matilda Zoltowski has joined Kinetic Content as SVP of development and current programming. Source: C21


A man had a lucky escape after being  pronounced dead at his home by a team of paramedics – he later showed signs of life and was taken to hospital. Read the full story in The Washington Post.

Gorrillas Doomed?

Bad news for gorillas, according to CNN, which reports that logging, mining, poachers and the Ebola virus mean that gorillas may be extinct in central Africa by 2025. Read a United Nations report on the situation: The Last Stand of the Gorilla – Environmental Crime and Conflict in the Congo Basin

Good Screenings

Good Screenings is a new joint venture between the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation and Franny Armstrong, which allows filmmakers to license their social justice documentaries to the public. So for example, if you wanted to host a screening in your church hall, you can download a screening license on payment of a fee (calculated on […]

In: Noah Pollack VP/Series Development, VH1

Noah Pollack has been promoted to the role of VP/Series Development and Original Programming at VH1 reporting to Jill Holmes, SVP/West Coast Production and Development. Source: Cynopsis UPDATE: As of November 2011, Noah Pollack is VP Reality at Lifetime.

Greenlit: Turf War, DIY Network

Turf War – Ahmed Hassan hosts a competition between two landscaping experts who each have two days to transform a yard. Channel: DIY Network TX: 5th April 2010 (preview 8th March) Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Miracle Detectives, OWN

Miracle Detectives w/t ( x60)  – A team of two – a believer in miracles and a scientist – travel the globe to try to uncover the truth behind two miracles per episode using witness testimony and expert interviews Channel: OWN Producer: Pilgrim Films and Television Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: The Real Face of Jesus?, History

The Real Face Of Jesus? (1×120′) – A team of experts examine the Shroud of Turin and use computer graphics to attempt to create a moving, 3D visualisation of Jesus’ face. Channel: History Producer: Left/Right / Studio Macbeth TX: 30th March 2010 Source: C21

Greenlit: A Comedy Roast, Channel 4

A Comedy Roast ( x60′) – Comedy tribute series in which celebrities such as Bruce Forsyth, Sharon Osbourne and Chris Tarrant are subjected to abuse from their colleagues and friends. Channel: Ch4 Producer: Monkey TX: Late 2010 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Boyzone: A Tribute to Stephen Gately, ITV1

Boyzone: A Tribute to Stephen Gately (1×60′) – Tribute to the late Stephen Gately. Channel: ITV1 Producer: 10 Star Entertainment TX: Late Spring 2010 Source: Broadcast

Meet the UK Factual Commissioners: Andrew O’Connell, Head of Factual, Five

Andrew O’Connell, Head of Factual, Five recently outlined his commissioning needs to attendees of the Broadcast Factual Forum. Click through to see what’s working on Five and what kind of programmes they’re looking for. (Photo by Torres CC BY-SA 2.0)

Slumdog Magicians

Kathputli Colony, a ragged slum in New Dehli, houses circus performers – “acrobats, conjurers, dancers, fire throwers, monkey handlers, musicians” – who entertain guests at fancy weddings and embassay functions. But these performers might be about to lose their homes as the bulldozers are set to move in. 2,800 of the 3,000 have been promised […]

Greenlit: Kid-napped, OWN

Kid-napped w/t ( x60′) – Children take control of their workaholic parents’ schedules by confiscating their phones and stopping them form working all hours (based on UK format Kidnapped by the Kids). Channel: OWN Producer: Love Productions Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Young, Autistic and Stagestruck, Channel 4

Young, Autistic and Proud w/t  (4×60′) – Nine autistic teenagers with put on their own musical. Channel: Channel 4 Producer: Love Productions TX: April 2010 Source: Broadcast

Virtual Autopsy

Just as the furore over the all-seeing scanners at British airports starts to take hold, along comes another piece of technology to creep you out. The Virtual Autopsy Table constructs a 3D image of a living – or dead – body using x-ray imaging. Doctors can then make a diagnosis without resorting to surgery. It […]

Greenlit: Breakout, National Geographic Channel

Breakout (8x ) – Documentary series that reveals the dramatic stories behind recent jailbreaks. Channel: National Geographic Producer: RAW TV / Cream Productions TX: 28th March 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Priceless, National Geographic

Priceless (3×60′) – Documentary series looking at the history of some of the world’s most iconic structures, ancient and modern. Channel: Nat Geo and Nat Geo International Producer: Bullseye TX: Easter 2010 Source: Broadcast

Appetite for America by

In Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West Stephen Fried chronicles the life and times of railroad restrauteur Fred Harvey, who fed travellers and cowboys at the turn of the 20th century. But for the cowboys, there was the possibility of something else on […]

Greenlit: Keeping Up With the Joneses, Centric

Keeping Up with the Joneses (8x )  – Docuseries following founder and Editor-in Chief of Jones magazine, Tracey Ferguson. The magazine’s readers are high society African-American women in Houston. Channel: Centric Producer: Film Garden TX: 8th April, 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Space Dive, National Geographic / BBC2

Space Dive (1×60′) – Documentary about Felix Baumgartner’s attempt to skydive from 125,000 ft. Channel: National Geographic / BBC2 Producer: BBC TX: Late 2010 Source: C21

Haiti’s Troubles

As Haiti continues to struggle with the aftermath of the recent earthquake, Joshua Keating looks back over the last few decades and comes to the conclusion that it’s one heck of an unlucky country, with its history of dictators, foreign interventions and coups. Read about its history in Foreign Policy.

Greenlit: What Chilli Wants, VH1

What Chilli Wants (8x ) – Ex-TLC member Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas goes on a search for love with the help  of relationship expert Tionna Smalls. Channel: VH1 Producer: FremantleMedia North America TX: 11th April 2010 Source: Variety

In: Holly Pye, Head of Television, James Grant Group

Holly Pye, a  former William Morris agent, has been hired as head of television of a new TV formats division at James Grant Group, an artist management company. She will be responsible for developing new talent vehicles for artists and help them retain their intellectual property rights in the formats by creating their own production […]

Greenlit: Seduce Me, sundancechannel.com

Seduce Me (10×2′ online series) – Very much the spawn of the 2009 multiple “Webby Award” winning series Green Porno, this new series will once again star Isabella Rossellini, only this time, she acts out the bizarre seduction strategies of nature’s most unique creatures, from bed bugs to jellyfish. Channel: Sundancechannel.com TX: 20th April 2010  […]

Huge Ambition

Donna Simpson, a 42-yr-old New Jersey woman, weighs 602lbs (43 stone), but she’s busy eating 12,000 calories a day as she has a big ambition: to weight 1,000lbs (71 stone).  The mom of a three-yr-old makes a living posing in a bikini on a website. Read the full story on Fox News.

Project Rant

Luis Caffesse and Cliff Wildman of PitchProductions have created Project: Rant which uses actors dramatize rants from the Rants and Raves section on Craigslist (from the approx. 30,000 published every week). If getting writing in to Craigslist makes you feel a little scuzzy,  you can submit your rants directly to Project: Rant for their consideration. […]

Paralympic Photos Vancouver 2010

There was a lot of buzz around the winter Olympics in Vancouver this year, but did you stick around to watch the Paralympics? More than 500 athletes from 44 countries competed in Sledge hockey, Wheelchair curling, Alpine skiing, Biathlon, and Cross-country skiing.  See some spectacular photos of the action on the Boston Globe website. John […]

Boy Scouts Sex Scandal

Another day, another molestation scandal. A lawyer in the US, acting for a man who claims he was sexually abused by a Boy Scout leader in the 1980s, is threatening to release the contents of 1,000 files chronicling years of abuse within the organization. The files, known within the Boy Scouts as ‘the perversion files’, […]

In Development: Fashion Icons, Sundance

Fashion Icons – Celebrities model new clothes designed specially for them by famous designers. Channel: Sundance Channel Producer: Full Picture Source: Cynopsis

In Development: Fashion Fix, Sundance

Fashion Fix – Two fashion experts try to save the troubled business of an up-and-coming fashion designer. Channel: Sundance Channel Producer: World of Wonder Source: Cynopsis

In Development: All on the Line, Sundance

All on the Line – Fashion intervention that aims to save an emerging designer whose business is in trouble. Channel: Sundance Channel Producer: Authentic Entertainment Source: Cynopsis

In Development: Agent of Fashion, Sundance

Agent of Fashion – Brian Stark of Brand Equity Showroom talent seeks up-and-coming fashion designers to launch. Channel: Sundance Channel Producer: Magical Elves Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, Sundance

Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (8×30′) – Through the lives of four couples, this series explores the relationships between women and their gay best friends and the emotional and social tensions that frame them. Channel: Sundance Producer: World of Wonder TX: August 2010 Source: Sundance press release

Meet the UK Factual Commissioner: Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller Popular Factual, ITV

Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller Popular Factual, ITV recently outlined her commissioning needs to attendees of the Broadcast Factual Forum (March 2010). Click through to find out what’s working on ITV, what they’re looking for in Factual, and what they’re willing to pay. (Photo by Torres CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Mystery of Flight 447

When the Air France Flight 447 disappeared from the sky during a flight from Rio to Paris it was a mystery as to what could have happened. Scientists have finally managed to reconstruct the final four minutes of the flight to find out what went wrong – it all started when ice crystals started to […]

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