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How To Write a Letter to Your MP

In this TED Talks video, Omar Ahmad, vice-mayor of the City of San Carlos (and ex-Discovery Channel online exec) explains why, if you need something doing, you should write your MP a handwritten letter once a month. For those of you who have forgotten how to write in more than 140 characters he also provides […]

In Development: The Dome Experiment, Syfy

The Dome Experiment – Twelve volunteers enter sealed The Dome to participate in an experiment where they will rely on each other. Channel: Syfy Producer: 3 Ball Productions Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Face Off, Syfy

Face Off – Competition reality series based around special effects make up artists. Channel: Syfy Producer: Mission Control TX: 26th January, 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Ten Mile Menus, ITV1

Ten Mile Menus (5 x 60′ stripped across a week) – Two teams, comprised of famous chefs and celebrities compete against each other in different locations across the UK. Channel: ITV1 Daytime Producer: Cactus TV TX: Summer 2010 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Kid in a Candy Store, Food Network

Kid in a Candy Store – Adam Gertler discovers where America’s favourite candies are manufactured. Channel: Food Network TX: July 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Dinner Date, ITV1

Dinner Date (30 x 60′) –  A dating show in which a single choose thee different menus and then go on a dinner dates with the chefs who cook their menu for them at home. Channel: ITV1 Daytime Producer: Hat Trick Productions TX: Summer 2010 Source: Broadcast

Story of Science in Tweets

Nice use of Twitter by @DrMichaelMosley, presenter of BBC2’s new sereis The Story of Science, that premiered on 27th April 2010. As the programme aired, he was answering questions from viewers; today he’s defending criticism of his choice (or lack thereof) of shirts.

Greenlit: Paranormal Witness, Syfy

Paranormal Witness  – Drama doc series that tells the stories of people who have had strange paranormal experiences. Channel: Syfy Producer: Raw TV TX: Sepetember 2011 Source: Cynopsis

In Development: Mr Impossible, Syfy

Mr Impossible –  Docuseries featuring maverick inventor Denzo Molnar as he attempts to solve technological problems. Channel: Syfy Producer: Storyhouse Productions Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Food Network

24 Hour Restaurant Battle – Competition reality series in which chef Scott Conant challenges amateur cooks to plan, set up and provide a evening’s  service in their own restaurant in just 24 hours. A changing judging panel decides on the winners of each episode, who win $10,ooo towards setting up a real restaurant of their […]

Greenlit: The Naked Office, Virgin1

The Naked Office (6×60′) –  Follows on from the original documentary. The series visits six companies – from an online beauty business  to a family run delivery company – and asks them to get naked under the supervision of behaviourist Seven Suphi  in the hope that it will boost team morale. . Channel: Virgin1 Producer: […]

MIP Online Screenings

If you didn’t make it to MIP this year (and let’s face it, given the fall out you are probably glad you didn’t) you can still catch up on the progammes that were pitched by signing up for MIP online screenings (for the princely sum of €390, which gives you access to full-length programmes until […]

In Development: The Latimer Project, Syfy

Force of Nature –  Feng Shui master Ariel Towne brings tranquility, good luck and health to clients using Feng Shui principles. Channel: Syfy Producer: Evolution Media Source: Cynopsis

In Development: Force of Nature, Syfy

Force of Nature –  Feng Shui master Ariel Towne brings tranquility, good luck and health to clients using Feng Shui principles. Channel: Syfy Producer: Evolution Media Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Cupcake Wars, Food Network

Cupcake Wars – The USA’s top bakers compete in this series to produce the best cupcakes to display at a big event. Channel: Food Network TX: 18th June 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Sex Talk for Teens, Channel 4

Sex Talk for Teens w/t (pilot) – 16-20-yr-olds share their sexual experiences and get advice about their relationships. Channel: Producer: Betty TV Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Lightning Rod, The Weather Channel

Lightning Rod (1×60′) – Meteorologist Mark Elliot hosts an interactive/social  media driven, entertaining look at the weather news –  interact via Twitter, Facebook, email, phone or Skype. Channel: The Weather Channel TX: June 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Fast Forward, Planet Green

Fast Forward (13×30′)- The stories of thirteen people who are trying to create a greener future. Channel: Planet Green TX: Spring 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Strewth -It’s Stonhenge!

Not content with having Ayers Rock, the Australians plan to build a life-sized replica of Stonehenge…in pink granite. Villagers  in Esperance, western Australia hope the stones will be a tourist draw. Read the full article in The Telegraph.

Greenlit: Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen, Syfy

Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen –  Top Chef and molecular gastronomist Marcel Vigneron combines science and culinary expertise to produce dishes for special events. Channel: Syfy Producer: Mission Control Media TX: 22nd March 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Beast Legends, Syfy

Beast Legends w/t (x60′) –  Docuseries investigating mythical monsters. Channel: Syfy Producer: Yap Films TX: July 2010

In: Gareth Williams, SVP/Content and Production South America, BBC Worldwide

Gareth Williams has been promoted to SVP/Content and Production, South America with BBC Worldwide. He will be responsible for development, pitching and production new formats produced in South America in conjunction with  production partners such as GP Media in Argentina and Mixer in Brazil. Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Urban Insight, Planet Green

Urban Insight (4×30′)-  Graham Hill, founder of treehugger.com attempts to make NYC a greener place. Channel: Planet Green TX: Spring 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: The Laurieann Gibson Project, BET

Born to Dance: Laurieann Gibson (aka The Laurieann Gibson Project) (8 x ) – Dancer and (Lady Gaga’s) choreographer  Laurieann Gibson hosts a dance competition for 20 aspiring dancers who compete to win $50K. Channel: BET TX: 2nd August 2011 Source: Cynopsis / Realscreen

Baby’s Eye View

Tiny Eyes allows you to see the world as a  newborn, and a baby of 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 3 months and 6 months. You upload your photographs, perhaps of you or the baby’s room, and the site alters them to the age of your baby. The site was set up by two opthalmologists and […]

Facebook Brokers Kidney Donation

When 44-yr-old Carlos Sanchez posted on Facebook that he was in need of a kidney transplant, but that none of his relatives was a match, he didn’t expect an offer of a kidney to come to his inbox, least of all from Capone Almon, the Mayor of East Haven, Connecticut. The Mayor has returned to […]

Volcano Tourism

USA Today observes that one man’s volcano is a holiday nightmare, while another man’s volcano IS the holiday. Recent eruptions have been a reminder that the natural world offers some of the greatest shows on Earth. Read the full article.

Greenlit: Celebrity Pressure Cooker, ITV1

Celebrity Pressure Cooker (5 x 60′ stripped across a week) – Lorraine Kelly oversees celebrities who are tasked with the challenge of cooking like a top chef. Channel: ITV1 Daytime Producer: Cactus TV TX: May 2010 Source: Broadcast

Pixels at Dawn

Get on down to the fabulous Rich Mix Cinema, Bethnal Green Road, London on Tuesday 11th May for an evening of networking and creative collaboration between the broadcast, advertising and design industries. Organised by Ravensbourne College and facilitated by Eye Magazine’s John Walters, Pixels at Dawn Two: A pub debate will challenge you to respond […]

Development Insider: Commissioning Steers

Back by popular demand is the Development Insider who tells it like it is. This week, commissioners get skewered:

Sky recently revealed they want “dynamic and challenging subject matter about the contemporary world.” Bravo declared that “programmes need to stand out; we want ‘did you see?’ moments that will get people talking.” Five “want to tackle mainstream subjects in interesting new ways and find talent that help pull an audience to our shows.” No shit… (Photo by das.viereck CC BY-SA 2.0)

Greenlit: Stefan Gates on E-numbers, BBC2

Stefan Gates on E-numbers (3×60′) Stefan Gates explores the history and myths of E-numbers using experiments and taste tests. Channel: BBC2 Producer: Plum Pictures Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Dudesons in America, MTV

Dudesons in America – Four extreme pranksters travel from Finland to stage outrageous stunts across the USA. Channel: MTV Producer: Rabbit Films and Dickhouse Entertainment Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Paranormal Investigators, Syfy

Paranormal Investigators w/t (x60′) –  Docuseries following that investigates supernatural phenomena around the world. Channel: Syfy / Sci Fi Channel Europe Producer: BASE Productions TX: 15th July 2010

Greenlit: Mary Knows Best, Syfy

Mary Knows Best w/t (6×60′) –  Docuseries following psychic and radio host Mary Occhino at work and at home on Long Island. Described as   “The Osbournes for the sci fi enthusiasts!” Channel: Syfy Producer: Atlas Media Corp TX: 15th July 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Taking on Tyson, Animal Planet

Taking on Tyson – Ex-heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson steps into a different sporting arena in this documentary series that follows Tyson as he indulges in his hobby of pigeon racing, where he is a rank outsider. Channel: Animal Planet Producer: Touch Productions / Tyrannic Productions TX: 6th March, 2011 Source: Cynopsis


I didn’t spot this when I was at the London Book Fair earlier this week (blame it on the ash cloud), but it seems that publisher Eichborn attached tiny flags to the backs of 200 specially bred flies at last year’s Frankfurt Book Fair and let them fly free to attract delegates to their stand. […]

Greenlit: Me and My Stalker, Current TV

Me and My Stalker (1×60′) – Unprecedented access to a stalking case, as it unfolds over the course of a year. Ayelet is a normal girl Living in London, with a normal life and yet she is part of a terrifying statistic; one in every six women that will be stalked in their lifetime. Channel: […]

Greenlit: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Bravo

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills ( x60′) – The latest location for the Real Housewives brand. Channel: Bravo Producer: Shed Media Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Pregnant in Heels, Bravo

Pregnant in Heels – Observational documentary series following the eponymous owner/designer  of high class brand Rosie Pope Maternity as she helps expectant moms maintain a glamorous edge. Channel: Bravo Producer: Shout Media TX: 5th April 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Cleaning Up the Dead Zone

This week, twenty Nepali climbers are venturing into the ‘death zone’, at over 8,000m on Everest in order to retrieve the expedition detritus – oxygen bottles, tents, climbing ropes – that are littering the treacherous upper reaches of the mountain. It’s a dangerous expedition, but the sherpas expect to bring back 2,000kg of rubbish and […]

Greenlit: South Africa: Shoot to Kill, Current TV

South Africa: Shoot to Kill (1×60′) – Despite all efforts to curtail it, the crime rate in South Africa remains amongst the highest in the world. But with preparations for the World Cup underway and the arrival of a new president, the government has decided to toughen up its act. RTS award-winning journalist David Matthews  […]

Greenlit: Battle of the Wedding Designers, TLC

Battle of the Wedding Designers w/t – Engaged couples choose a designer to help them stage their perfect wedding. Channel: TLC TX: 2nd Quarter 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Dolphin Warriors, Animal Planet

Dolphin Warriors w/t –  Docuseries following father and son dolphin activists, Ric and Lincoln O’Barry, as they try to raise awarness and stop the slaughter of dolphins in The Cove, Japan. Channel: Animal Planet Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Million Dollar Decorators, Bravo

Million Dollar Decorators (8 x ) – Observational documentary series following  five of LA’s top interior designers. Channel: Bravo Producer: Goodbye Pictures TX: Early summer 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Miami Social Club, Bravo

Miami Social Club w/t – Observational documentary series focused on Miami’s social elite. Channel: Bravo Producer: MC Filmworks Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: I’m Coming Out, Current TV

I’m Coming Out (1×60′) – Current’s cameras follow two British gay men as they prepare to come out to their families, colleagues and friends. One is a family man in his fifties, the other a young man from a strict Muslim family. The film is a personal and intimate look at an important rite passage […]

Gay Power List

Out has published its 4th Annual Power 50 List of the USA’s most influential gay men and women. Top five are (in reverse order): Adam Lambert,  Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper,  Barney Frank and, at number one, Ellen Degeneres. Visit Out for the full list.

Greenlit: Indedible to Incredible, TLC

Inedible to Incredible w/t – Chef John Besh helps hapless cooks makeover their recipes. Channel: TLC TX: 2nd Quarter 2010 Source: Cynopsis

In: Danielle Ostroske, Development Producer, WE tv and Wedding Central

Danielle Ostroske has been appointed as Development Producer, at WE tv and Wedding Central. Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Heston’s Mission Impossible, Ch4

Heston’s Mission Impossible w/t (5×60′) – Heston Blumenthal goes into five organisations to try to improve their food, including the NHS, Cineworld cinemas and a cross-channel ferry. Channel: Channel 4 Producer: Renegade TX: Late 2010 Source: Broadcast

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