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Greenlit: Bitchin’ Kitchen, Cooking Channel

Bitchin’ Kitchen – Funny, stiletto-shod chef Nadia G. cooks occasion food, such as the one night stand breakfast. Channel: Cooking Channel TX: 7th October 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Finding Sarah, OWN

Finding Sarah (6x  ) –  The Duchess of York takes advice from a range of  relationship, finance and health experts, such as Dr. Phil McGraw, Suze Orman and Martha Beck, in order to get her life back on track. Channel: OWN Producer: World of Wonder TX: Winter 2011 Source: Cynopsis  / C21

Someone Once Told Me

Someone Once Told Me is part photography project (one new black/white photo uploaded to the site everyday) and part cautionary tale about how you should be careful what you say to people. Each subject is asked to write on a piece of paper something that someone once told them, that has since shaped their life. […]

How Fucking Romantic

Stephin Merritt is a prolific (ex-NYC, now LA-based) singer-songwriter known for his bass voice and eclectic tastes in music as well as his collaborations with Lemony Snicket. Now a group of (largely) London artists are illustrating one of his best known albums: 69 Love Songs on  the website How Fucking Romantic (named after one of […]

Greenlit: Small & In Charge, Animal Planet.com

Small & In Charge – A brand-funded website for Animal Planet that celebrates little dogs and their relationships with their owner via a series of webisodes and other online dog-related content. Channel: AnimalPlanet.com funded by Purian Mighty Dog dog food Producer: AnimalPlanet.com / Purina / Spark Source: C21

Greenlit: Extraordinary Dogs, C5 / The Documentary Channel

Extraordinary Dogs (13×30′) – heartwarming family show exploring the world of dogs. Channel: C5 (UK) / The Documentary Channel (USA) – funded by Eukanuba Pet Foods Producer: Back2Back Productions TX: 2011 Source: C21

Greenlit: Louis Walsh & Kian Egan’s Next Big Thing – Wonderland, ITV2

Louis Walsh & Kian Egan’s Next Big Thing – Wonderland (2×60′) -Ob doc featuring Louis Walsh (X Factor judge) and Kian Egan (Westlife singer) as they launch new Dublin-based girl group Wonderland. Channel: ITV2 Producer: CPL Productions / Globe Productions TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Dream Makers: Kobe Bryant, Web

Dream Makers: Kobe Bryant (8x web series + 1×60″ TV special) – US basketball star Kobe Bryant teaches Filipino kids life lessons and basketball skills at a basketball camp in the Philipines. The series will premiere on the web followed by a TV special in the Philippines and then a worldwide roll out. Channel: Web […]

Greenlit: The Passion of Port Talbot, BBC Wales

The Passion of Port Talbot (2×60′) – Actor Michael Sheen performs a 3-day play in the streets of Port Talbot about Christ. Channel: BBC Wales Producer: DCD Media TX: Autumn 2010 / Winter 2011 Source: C21

Mysterious Letters

Expect a mysterious letter sometime soon from Lenka Clayton and  Michael Crowe who aim to get neighbours and friends talking by creating curiosity.  It’s all part of an art project that started when they sent a handwritten letter to 467 houses in Cushendall, Ireland in April 2009.  A few months later, they repeated the exercise […]

Greenlit: Duchess of Malfi, More4

Duchess of Malfi (1×60′) – Documentary about a sold-out collaboration between the English National Opera and immersive theatre company Punchdrunk on The Duchess of Malfi, which was staged in a run down area of East London and scored by German composer and metal fan Torsten Rash. Channel: More4 Producer: DCD Media Source: C21

Greenlit: Mine Collapse Doc, Ch4 / PBS

Chilean Mine Documentary w/t  (1×60′) – An as-yet unnamed documentary following the efforts to rescue 33 miners trapped in a Chilean mine. Channel: Ch4  / PBS Producer: Pioneer Productions TX: Late 2010 Source: Broadcast

In: Colin Nash, VP/Series Development, MTV

Colin Nash has been appointed VP/Series Development, West Coast at MTV, responsible for developing MTV generated ideas and looking after primetime programming and stripped shows. Source: Cynopsis

In: Shannon Fitzgerald, VP/Series Development, MTV

Shannon Fitzgerald has been appointed at VP/Series Development, East Coast for MTV, responsible for the development of reality programmes. Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Delphi – The Bellybutton of the Ancient World, BBC4

Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World (1×60′) – Dr Michael Scott explores the history of the oracle of Delphi. Channel: BBC 4 Producer: Tern Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: The Beauty of Diagrams, BBC4

The Beauty Of Diagrams (6 x 30′) – Documentary series in which mathematician Marcus du Sautoy explores the stories behind some of the most familiar scientific diagrams including Isaac Newton’s Colour Prisms and Leonardo De Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. Channel: BBC 4 Producer: Tern Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Tools of Science, BBC4

Tools of Science (4×60′) –  Documentary series exploring  the tools and ethics that underpin the mechanics of modern science. Presented by Swedish academic superstar, Hans Rosling, The Joy Of Stats takes viewers on a fascinating journey into the world of statistics and their remarkable power to change our understanding of the world we live in. […]

Greenlit: Dr Mosley’s Mind, BBC4

Dr Mosley’s Mind (3×60′) –  Michael Mosley embarks on three immersive journeys to try to understand science’s last great frontier – the human mind. The mind is one of the most complex things in the universe, for centuries it was believed to be beyond the realms of scientific investigation. But in the last century, scientists […]

Greenli: For Crying Out Loud, BBC4

For Crying Out Loud (1×60′) –  For many people crying is part of life and a recent study revealed that people who cry are healthier. But is it something those who blub take for granted, and why do some people find shedding a tear so hard? Comedian Jo Brand can laugh, but she can’t cry. […]

Employee Tracking

DirectLife has a personal fitness programme that monitors your daily activity via a monitor and uploads the information to a personal web page where you can track your goals and results.  You can also sign up for the services of a fitness coach who will provide advice and encouragement. But what sets this apart from […]

Development and Pitching 101: Multiplatform

Most, if not all, TV channel executives expect TV proposals to come with some multiplatform elements. This used to mean that a TV show would have it’s own website. You’ll get no points for suggesting that these days, though. You’ll need to consider whether the show can start online and migrate to TV, or whether you can build an army of committed fans by harnessing the power of social networks. Or perhaps you will build an online presence that is complementary to, but different from the main show. Click through to find out how. (Photo by webtreats.mysitemyway.com CC BY 2.0)

The Museum of Innocence

The Museum of Innocence by Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk is about a character called Kemal who collects items from his love in order to construct a shrine to her. This shrine is called the Museum of Innocence, and is complemented in real life by a the author’s own Museum of Innocence containing 83 objects, one […]

The World’s 50 Best Design Blogs

The Times published a list of the best – and most beautiful –  fashion/interior design blogs. The list features: Brooklyn Limestone – the story of the renovation of a traditional townhouse; Pillar Box Post – Observations on beautiful London things by an expat American; Oh So Beautiful Paper –  pretty paper things such as wedding […]

Bacterial Ads

Glowfungi is a new communication medium made from glow-in-the-dark bacteria created by CURB, a company that provides sustainable advertising and corporate communications. As well as disco fungi they have created ads and messages in wood, crop fields, moss and dust. Visit CURB to see more. Hat tip: Springwise

Xtranormal Text to Video Magic

Xtranormal allows you to make an animated movie, using a choice of sets and characters within minutes. You just type in your script, choose your protagonists, music and camera angles (or let it decide for you) and bingo, you have a mini-movie. Click on the hash/pound sign for a couple of examples:

Greenlit: Song Writers Circle, BBC4

Song Writers Circle –  Great singer-songwriters are paired up for unique concerts celebrating the craft of the song, in a season celebrating the first-person songbook. Filmed at Bush Hall on Uxbridge Road in West London, these casual concerts bring together three simpatico songwriters, give them an hour or so to rehearse in a dressing room […]

Greenlit: ELO – 40 Light Years, BBC4

ELO – 40 Light Years (1×60′) – Charting the fascinating story of musical genius, singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne, this film celebrates 40 years since ELO’s first groundbreaking hit recording. The programme follows the band through their successes, up to their brand new ELO album – their first for almost […]

Selling the Unsellable

NYC-based artist Justin Gignac sells ‘Garbage of New York City‘ cubes containing sidewalk trash. The project grew out of Gignac’s desire to prove how important packaging is to a product. His each clear plastic cube is signed and dated by the artist and costs $50. So far he’s sold more than 1,200 cubes, including limited […]

Greenlit: Chess Records, BBC4

Chess Records (1×60′) – This documentary commemorates the 60th anniversary of American record label, Chess Records. Based in Chicago, Illinois, the artists on this iconic blues, rock ‘n’ roll; R&B and soul label radically shaped the musical landscape of the second half of the 20th century. Run by Polish immigrant brothers Leonard and Phil Chess, […]

Greenlit: Sister Rosetta, BBC4

Sister Rosetta (1×60′) – This documentary biopic tells the story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, one of the most extraordinary black American women of the 20th century, and one of the most influential popular musicians. With her forceful, vibrant singing of Gospel, Blues and Soul, coupled with her spectacular virtuosity on the newly electrified guitar, Sister […]

Out of Print Clothing

Out of Print “celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion”. In other words, they print out of print book covers onto T-shirts; featured books include such classics as On the Road, Catch 22, Slaughterhouse-Five and 1984. But buying a t-shirt isn’t just an expression of your literary taste, it’s an act of philanthropy, as each […]

Getting Rid of the Man Boobs

Breast reduction surgery is booming – at least for British men. According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons there’s been an 80% increase in moobectomies (that’s not an official technical term, in case you were wondering) in the last year. Experts blame the increase on too many pies and not enough exercise. Read […]

Greenlit: Get Your Clogs On, BBC4

Get Your Clogs On –  Conductor and Radio 3 presenter Charles Hazlewood has just two weeks to get Newcastle city centre clog dancing. There was a time when each district of Britain was defined by its own style of folk music and dance, which grew from the industries, landscape and people who’d settled there in […]

Greenlit: Chopin – The Women Behind The Music, BBC4

Chopin – The Women Behind The Music (1×60′) –  Frederick Chopin is known for his technically demanding and expressive piano compositions, but he was also passionate about the female voice.  Chopin – The Women Behind The Music follows maverick young pianist James Rhodes on a journey to Warsaw, Paris and London to discover the women […]

Peep Show

When the grittily picturesque Highline park on the elevated train tracks in NYC’s meatpacking district opened in 2009, visitors strolling along the walkway were distracted from the view of the Hudson River by guests at the Standard Hotel, which stradles the park. Guests of the hotel took to standing in the windows of the hotel […]

Greenlit: Reggae Britannia, BBC4

Reggae Britannia (1×60′) – The story of how reggae music and culture has formed an intrinsic part of British life since the mid-Sixties and how black reggae and ska musicians, either from Jamaica or British-born, found their music and identities shaped by the rejection or acceptance of British audiences. This documentary delves into the world […]

Greenlit: English National Ballet, BBC4

English National Ballet (1×60′) – With unique access to one of the country’s most respected and successful arts institutions, this documentary profiles the English National Ballet in its 60th anniversary year as it strives for success and survival and endeavours to attract a larger, more varied audience. Like the rest of the world, the elite […]

Ten Trends of 20-Somethings

Marian Salzman has published a list of behaviour ten trends of 20-somethings in the Huffington Post. This is the generation that wants it now, wants it local and wants it for free, whilst worrying about the state of the world and struggling with the me vs. we dilemma. Read the full list in the HuffPo.

Greenlit: Freak Like Me, BBC3

Freak Like Me (6×30′) – Comedian Russell Kane investigates Britain’s strangest habits and obsessions. Channel: BBC3 Producer: Remarkable Television TX: October 2010 Source: Broadcast

Out: Bravo UK/Channel One (formerly Virgin1)

After Sky’s buy out of Living TV, two channels –  Bravo UK and Channel One (rebranded on 3rd September 2010, from Virgin1) – have been scrapped. Their top shows will be distributed amongst the Sky channels. Source: Broadcast

PUMA.Creative Funding Launched

Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation and Puma.Creative – part of PUMA’s CSR division PUMAVision – have announced the new PUMA.Creative Catalyst and Creative Mobility Awards. These initiatives will provide financial support, creative counsel and industry recognition to international documentary filmmakers whose creative storytelling highlights social justice, peace or environmental issues. PUMA.Creative Catalyst Awards, a new international […]

Up: Erika Kennair, VP/Original Programming and Development, Syfy

Erika Kennair has been appointed as VP/Original Programming and Development at Syfy, reporting to Mark Stern, EVP/Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head/Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. She is based in Los Angeles. Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day, Cooking Channel

Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day – Popular chef Rachael Ray shows how to make a week’s worth of meals in one day. Channel: Cooking Channel TX: 25th September 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: My Life in Food, Cooking Channel

My Life in Food – Series featuring people whose lives have been profoundly affected by food, eg. via allergies or the healing properties of food. Channel: Cooking Channel Producer: Al Roker TX: 10th September 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Nudes Needed

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that there is a shortage of models for life drawing classes, as most models tend to be young, thin students, but art teachers need a models with a range of body shapes and sizes. One model booker has taken to approaching interesting-looking people at parties and in the street to ask […]

Greenlit: Elgar – The Man Behind the Mask, BBC4

Elgar – The Man Behind the Mask (1×60′) – With his noble bearing, stiff upper lip and imperial moustache, Edward Elgar, the composer of Land of Hope and Glory, is often seen as the epitome of Edwardian England. But this image was deliberately contrived, and far from reality. Based on the enigmatic clues he left […]

Greenlit: Perfume, BBC4

Perfume (3×60′) – This new series about the global perfume industry explores the astonishing creativity behind a commodity that uses single molecules to whisper to the subconscious, trigger memories and spark emotions. From inside this multi-billion dollar business, the series follows the stories of perfumers, scientists, marketing gurus, as well as the celebrities who lend […]

Greenlit: Greek Myths – Tales Of Travelling Heroes, BBC4

Greek Myths – Tales Of Travelling Heroes – Pre-eminent classical historian Robin Lane Fox takes viewers on a journey in search of the origins of Greek legend.  Robin believes these fantastical stories lie at the root of western culture, and yet little is known about where the myths of the Greek gods came from and […]

Greenlit: Al Murray’s German Adventure, BBC4

Al Murray’s German Adventure (1×60′) – Sees the award winning comic embark on a journey to discover the real Germany. In a breathtaking odyssey through one of the country’s coldest winters, Al casts aside the classic German stereotypes of sausages, beer and Nazis – and the preconceptions that have fuelled the Pub Landlord’s “Kraut comedy”. […]

Greenlit: Frederick The Great And The Enigma Of Prussia, BBC4

Frederick The Great And The Enigma Of Prussia (1×60′) – Author and historian professor Christopher Clark tells the story of the life and afterlife of the Prussian King. Frederick the Great was one of the most extraordinary figures in European history. This film explores his reputation both as a military genius and warlord and as […]

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