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Up: Andrew Jacobs, Director/Development, Atlas Media Corp.

Andrew Jacobs has been upped to the position of Director/Development at Atlas Media Corp in NYC, reporting to Kaki Kirby, EVP/Business Development and Special Projects Source: Cynopsis

Ethical Hotels

Salve your air miles conscience by staying in an ethical hotel. More Intelligent Life has found five of the best – in Morocco, Mozambique, Dominica, Cambodia and Indonesia. You really will have to plant a whole forest to offset that lot. Never mind, just gaze at them instead.

Greenlit: Candice Tells All, HGTV

Candice Tells All w/t  ( x 30′) –  HGTV Design Star judge Candice Olson shares her interior design principles. Channel: HGTV TX: TBC Source: Cynopsis

Letters from Margritte

In June 2010, Sothebys New York, put up for sale a number of letters from the artist Margritte to Paul Collinet, a poet and associate and also lover of Margritte’s wife. Read all about them in More Intelligent Life.

Greenlit: World Book Night, BBC2

World Book Night w/t – Tie-in coverage of World Book Night when a million books will be given away by 20,000. A list of 25 titles will be drawn up and the book-givers will have 50 copies to distribute as they wish. The aim is to encourage the spread of reading by word-of-mouth. Channel: BBC2 […]

Greenlit: Gold Rush: Alaska, Discovery

Gold Rush: Alaska – Series following the fortunes of six rookie gold prospectors from Oregon who are attempting to make their fortunes by striking gold at a mine they’ve leased in Porcupine Creek, Alaska. Channel: Discovery Channel Producer: Raw Television TX: 3rd December, 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Development and Pitching 101: Getting the Greenlight

So you’ve pitched your idea and a channel has expressed strong interest in commissioning your documentary or series. Congratulations! But you aren’t home and dry just yet. There are still many things that can go wrong before you sign on the dotted line. Click through to find out how to avoid falling at the last fence. (Photo by U-g-g-B-o-y-(-Photograph-World-Sense-) CC BY 2.0)

Greenlit: Where I Became Me, Ch4

Where I Became Me (4 x 60′) – Celebrities such as Boy George and Michael Barrymore return to the homes where they grew up – which have been redecorated as they would have been when the stars were teenagers – to relive their formative years. They will also be reunited with old friends and meet […]

Greenlit: High Society Brides, BBC2

High Society Brides (1×60′) – Documentary looking at brides who have featured in high society magazine Country Life over the past half century. Channel: BBC2 (Wonderland strand) Producer: Keo Films Source: C21

In: Beth Burke, VP/Lifestyle Programming and Development, Meetinghouse Productions

Former Director/Programming at Food Network and HGTV Beth Burke has been appointed VP/Lifestyle Programming and Development at Meetinghouse Productions, NYC. Source: Cynopsis

Being Dirty Makes You Clever. Maybe.

According to research presented at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, exposure to Mycobacterium vaccae in the environment could increase learning behaviour. Previous research studies on M. vaccae showed that heat-killed bacteria injected into mice stimulated growth of some neurons in the brain that resulted in increased levels of serotonin and […]

In: Alberta Noakes, Head/Development, Apartment 11 Productions

Alberta Noakes has been appointed as Head/Development at Apartment 11 Productions in Montreal. Source: Cynopsis

Ocean Photography

National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry takes photographs of ocean life, in his own words: “both the horror and the magic of the ocean”. In this TED talk he explains why humans must be good custodians of the oceans. Watch the video:

Greenlit: Homemade Millionaire, TLC

Homemade Millionaire (6 x 60′) – Reality competition series in which women compete to sell their homemade products on the Home Shopping Network. A panel of judges, including Kelly Ripa and guest judges such as chef Emeril Lagasse decide on the best. Channel: TLC / HSN Producer: Milojo Productions TX: 19th November, 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Thicker Than Water, Bravo

Thicker than Water w/t  –  Documenting the lives of a close, multi-generational family, capturing the highs and lows of the interrelations between brothers, sisters, spouses and offspring. Channel: Bravo Producer: Pink Sneakers TX: Fall 2011 Source: Bravo / RealScreen

Educational Posters for Doctors

B3ta challenged people to design posters for doctors to display in their waiting rooms. Very amusing they are too. See the best here.

Creator’s Program

Next New Networks creates, packages, brands, markets and syndicates some of the Web’s most popular regularly scheduled and episodic programming. Since its inception in March 2007, the company has launched sixteen networks, and its programming has been viewed more than 400 million times.  Its  Next New Creator’s Program is designed to discover and foster talent […]

In Development: Roblé & Co, Bravo

Roblé & Co w/t –  Chef Roblé Ali sets up a new catering business, organizing world-class events from his Brooklyn loft. Channel: Bravo Producer: Red Line Films TX: TBC Source: RealScreen

Greenlit: The Chris March Project, Bravo

Mad Fashion (aka The Chris March Project) –  Chris March, celebrity fashion designer and ex-Project Runway contestant, and his team design outfits for celebrities such as Meryl Streep and Madonna. Channel: Bravo Producer: Matt Westmore Media / No Regrets Entertainment TX: 2011 / 2012 Source: RealScreen

Greenlit: Make Do and Mend, Ch4

Make Do and Mend (20 x ) – DIY expert Jo Behari, food and cookery specialist Simon Wright and fashion/craft expert Lucia Kempsey visit five UK towns per week to help residents come up with cost effective solutions to their problems. Channel: Ch4 Daytime Producer: Presentable TV TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

In Development: Dean’s List, Bravo

Dean’s List w/t – “Hollywood Hair Guy” and former American Idol stylist Dean Banowetz builds his brand one hairstyle at a time in Hollywood. Channel: Bravo Producer: Stone & Co. Entertainment / H2R Entertainment TX: TBC Source: Bravo

Sliding to Work Courtesy of Volkswagen

Volkswagen have put some fun back into the daily commute by installing a giant slide at a Berlin subway station to provide an alternative to taking the escalator or stairs. Watch the video: Via PSFK

Greenlit: Coal, Spike

Coal (10 x 60′) – A docuseries about the coal mining industry, focusing on the Colbalt Mine in Westchester, West Virginia from the producers of Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers and narrated by Jeremy Sisto. Channel: Spike TV Producer: Original Productions TX: 30th March, 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Alesha Dixon: Don’t Hit My Mum, BBC1

Alesha Dixon: Don’t Hit My Mum (1 x 60′) – Singer and Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon investigates the effect that domestic violence has on children, by talking to experts, going on patrol with a police domestic violence unit and talking to a man who abused his wife in front of their kids. Channel: […]

Will You Live to be 100?

Newsweek explores whether science can tell us whether living to a grand old age is in our genes by looking at a study that examines the genes of 1,000 people over 100 years of age.

Greenlit: Wreck Chasers, TLC

Wreck Chasers (6 x  30′) – Docuseries following ‘wreck chasers’ – tow truck drivers who tour the streets of Philadelphia in the hope of finding an automobile accident from which they can profit. Channel: TLC Producer: MY Tupelo Entertainment TX: 28th October, 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Are You a Facebook Cliché?

You might like to think you have an individual style, but allfacebook.com has identified 30 standard styles of profile photo – from the ‘just married’ to ‘me in the mirror’ to ‘I’ve got a girlfriend/boyfriend’ shot. Which cliché are you?

Meet Mr Haynes – Manual Man

Ever wondered who the Mr Haynes behind the Haynes manuals is? Find out here.

London Underground Live

Matthew Somerville created an API that tracked the location of London Underground trains in real time, but it was soon shut down due to overwhelming demand.  You can see a video of how it worked here.

In: Jen Mayer Kulp, SVP/Head of Development, Asylum Entertainment

Jen Mayer Kulp has been appointed as SVP/Head of Development at Asylum Entertainment, Los Angeles. Asylum does accept TV idea submissions – visit their website for more information. Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Chocckywoccydooda, Good Food

Chocckywoccydooda – A delicious documentary that gives exclusive access to the world class shop in Brighton which produces over 7500 cake creations every year and counts Madonna as a client. Channel: UKTV Good Food TX: Winter 2010 / Spring 2011 Source: UKTV

Greenlit: What the Neighbours Did, Home

What the Neighbours Did – Amanda Lamb taps into the universal desire we all have to snoop around our neighbours’ homes. Channel: UKTV Home TX: Winter 2010 / Spring 2011 Source: UKTV

Greenlit: Celebrity DIY with Craig Phillips, Home

Celebrity DIY with Craig Phillips – Big Brother winner Craig Phillips helps Linda Robson and Frankie Dettori conquer their DIY disasters. Channel: UKTV Home TX: Winter 2010 / Spring 2011 Source: UKTV

Greenlit: Fry and Laurie: Reunited, GOLD

Fry and Laurie: Reunited – Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie celebrate the 30th anniversary of their relationship. Channel: UKTV GOLD TX: Winter 2010 / Spring 2011 Source: UKTV

Greenlit: Royale Family: Behind the Sofa, GOLD

Royale Family: Behind the Sofa – Comedy writer/performers Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash reveal the secrets of their seminal sitcom in a star-studded celebration of the iconic series the Royle Family. Channel: UKTV GOLD Producer: Jellylegs TV TX: November 2010 Source: UKTV

PC Carmen

There are many reasons to avoid going to the opera, but if yours relates to your objection to sexism and stereotyping, you might enjoy reading Smoke Free Carmen, which is a politically correct (short) rewrite of the classic opera.

Development and Pitching 101: Finding Alternative Funding

In the good old days, it used to be that you pitched your idea to a TV network, and they gave you all the money you needed to make the programme. No longer. Today, it’s common for networks to pay a proportion of the cost of the show, which means that producers must find top up money from elsewhere.

There are a number of ways to do this. (Photo by mscaprikell CC BY 2.0)

Greenlit: Tricks of Tradesmen, BBC1

Tricks of Tradesmen (13 x 45′) – Series revealing how tradesmen trick homeowners into paying more for repairs than necessary. Channel: BBC1 Producer: Crook Productions Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Wartime Secrets, Discovery History

Wartime Secrets (5×60′) – Taxi driver Harry Harris looks at the British conspiracy theories of WWII. Channel: Discovery History (formerly Discovery Knowledge) Producer: Mandrill TX: Late 2010 Source: Broadcast

Google Tackles Parkinson’s Disease

Sergey Brin, Google’s 36-yr-old president of Technology, carries a genetic mutation that puts him at increased risk of Parkinson’s disease, but he’s not sitting back to see what happens – he wants to reduce his risk of ever getting the disease and he hopes to harness the power of computing to do it. According to […]

Greenlit: The Worst, Ch4

The Worst (3 x 120′) – David Walliams narrates a clip show that concentrates on film, TV and advertising’s most embarrassing moments. Channel: Ch4 Producer: Crook Productions Source: Broadcast

The Sex Lives of Victorians

Dr. Clelia Duel Mosher conducted sex surveys of women between 1982 and 1920, during which time she profiled the thoughts and feelings of forty five women. The papers were stored in a library and only discovered by accident in 1973. The questionnaires were turned into a book, Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America […]

Greenlit: Dan Snow’s Ultimate Castles, Discovery History

Dan Snow’s Ultimate Castles (6×60′) – Dan Snow explores the stories behind the world’s most important castles in military history. Channel: Discovery History (formerly Discovery Knowledge) Producer: Ballista TV / Parallax Film Productions TX: Late 2010 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: George Cross Heroes, Discovery History

George Cross Heroes (4×60′) – Lord Ashcroft reveals the stories behind the George Cross medal, which is awarded for bravery. Channel: Discovery History (formerly Discovery Knowledge) Producer: Dangerous Films / Empire Media TX: Late 2010 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Discovery Education iPad App

Discovery Education is launching an iPad app that gives teachers access to 33,000 items of content from the Discovery Health, Science and Education Streaming archives, including videos, PDFs, audio, images and articles. Channel: iPad Producer: Discovery Education Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Paranormal Investigation Live, Living

Paranormal Investigation Live (2 x 180′) – Journalist Naga Munchetty hosts a Halloween special over two nights, as two teams – one using dowsing and Ouija boards, the other employing more high-tech methods – attempt to find paranormal activity in an allegedly haunted place. Channel: Living Producer: STV TX: 30th/31st October, 2010 Source: Broadcast

Wifi Gravestones Tell a Story

An interesting twist to history: Personal Rosetta Stone makes micro-chipped gravestones that transmit the life story and genealogical information about the deceased person via wifi to mobile phones. The story is written by the person before their death or by their family. Get yours here.

Being a Fake Businessman

Mitch Moxley describes in an article in The Atlantic Magazine describing how he got a job as the token white guy and fake businessmen at a Chinese company that wanted to give the impression of being an internationally connected business. It’s a lucrative gig for expats who want to make good money by pretending to […]

Greenlit: The Facebook Obsession, CNBC

The Facebook Obsession (1x 120′) –  A documentary special looking the Facebook phenomenon. Channel: CNBC TX: 6th January, 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Bar Karma, Current TV

Bar Karma w/t  – An online social network will be invited to help shape a new TV series (co-created by The Sims designer Will Wright) with suggestions for set design, storylines and plot twists. Channel: Current TV Producer: Will Wright (The Sims) TX: Early 2011 Source: Cynopsis

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