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Greenlit: Whisker Wars, IFC

Whisker Wars (7 x 30′) – Documentary series exploring the weird world of facial hair competitions as a group of men from the National Beard and Mustache Championship in Bend, Oregon compete to get to the  World Competition in Norway. Channel: IFC Producer: Original Productions TX: 5th August 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Commericial Kings, IFC

Commercial Kings (10 x 30′) –  Comedians Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal travel the USA producing ads for small town businesses, using local people. Channel: IFC Producer: Reveille TX: 24th June 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Scrubs Magazine

Take a peek behind the scenes of life as an Emergency Room worker in this online magazine aimed at ER nurses. Scrubs “The Nurse’s Guide to Good Living” is more of a niche lifestyle mag than a clinical journal, with tips on How NOT to Gain Weight As A Nursing Student, 4 Fun Facts About […]

How to Work in a Mortuary

Down Among the Dead Men by Michelle Williams tells the story of a year in the life of a mortuary technician; doing a job many people would rather die than do. It’s full of detail  of what happens between unexpected and hitherto unexplained death, and disposal of the body. Just as fascinating are the stories […]

Greenlit: Ready, Steady… Drink, Emily Atack, BBC3

Ready, Steady… Drink, Emily Atack, (1×60′) –  Charlotte Hinchcliffe, who plays in The Inbetweeners, looks at the UK’s culture of drinking games and whether they should be banned. Travelling the length and breadth of the country Emily investigates why young Brits like to find new and more risky ways of drinking and she asks if there […]

Greenlit: One Born at Christmas, Ch4

One Born At Christmas (5×60′) – Festive spin-off of One Born Every Minute. Multiple cameras follow the birth stories of babies born at Christmas in Southampton’s Princess Anne Hospital, mixing live and pre-recorded footage to follow their progress into the world. The show will be accompanied by ‘Gurgle Earth’, an interactive map that shows births […]

Greenlit: Me, Myself & HIV, MTV

Me, Myself & HIV (1 x 60′) – A rights- and cost-free documentary being screened in more than 150 countries on World Aids Day. It follows the lives of two people living with HIV – a 25-yr US college student and a 21-yr-old Zambian DJ and music producer. Channel: MTV Producer: Firecracker / MTV Networks […]

Greenlit: The Nail Files, TV Guide Network

The Nail Files ( x 30′ ) – Docuseries following the Katie Cazorla, owner of Hollywood celebrity nail bar The Painted Nail. Channel: TV Guide Network Producer: 495 Productions TX:  21st June, 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Developing Factual/Reality TV Ideas From Concept to Pitch by Nicola Lees

There are some simple principles to successfully developing and pitching your ideas, whether you are working for a global ‘super-indie’ production company, or are a documentary filmmaker pitching a passion project. The extraordinary thing is that no one will tell you what they are! Greenlit is the first book to reveal, step-by-step, how to originate, develop and pitch your factual/non-scripted TV ideas in a global market.

Get insider tips from: * 10 TV development producers – who have a combined 50+ years experience of developing and pitching ideas at all levels; * 20 senior executives who have sold some of the world’s most successful shows, to: * 16 channel executives, who between them have worked at: * 18 TV channels in: * 7 countries across 4 continents.

Greenlit is available now from Amazon and all good bookstores.

Out: Matt Bennett, Commissioning Editor, Factual, C5

Matt Bennett has left his role as Commissioning Editor for Factual at C5. Source: C21

Greenlit: Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag, OWN

Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag  – Series that follows Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic as they attempt to faithfully recreate classic cookbook recipes. Channel: OWN daytime Producer:  Worldwide Bag Media Inc. / W Network (Canada) TX: 3rd January, 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Murder Map: London

Make sure you’re too scared to ever leave your house by exploring the data on the MurderMap of London. It aims to log details of every homicide in the city from Jack the Ripper to today and is based on crime reports from the Old Bailey.  The site is easily navigable and data can be […]

Four Stages of Eureka!

Sudden Genius by Andrew Robinson explores Henri Poincaré’s four-stage model of sudden Eureka moments in creativity: conscious thought incubation illumination verification Robinson goes on to dismiss this theory, but the good folks at New Scientist believe it’s still the best model we’ve got.

Why Things Don’t Work

Marketing guru Seth Godin explains why things don’t work – such as lines for taxis outside airports – in this TED Talk. He also outlines several types of broken, including “it’s not my job syndrome”. Seth Godin at Gel 2006 from Gel Conference on Vimeo.

Greenlit: Is Oral Sex Safe? BBC3

Is Oral Sex Safe? – Actress Jaime Winstone investigates how oral sex could cause oral cancer. As the numbers of younger people being diagnosed with orophyrangeal cancer rise, Jamie looks at the cause – the human papillomavirus – and whether there is any way to reverse this trend. Channel: BBC3 Producer: Leopard Films TX: Winter […]

Guinness World Record Breaking Animals

The Guinness World Records 2011 features ten pages of animal records, including the longest jump by a rabbit (9’6″), the oldest dog ever (29 years and 5 months) and most eggs laid by a chicken (371 in 364 days). Read a round up of animal records in USA Today. Go straight to the Guinness World […]

Greenlit: I Survived…Beyond and Back, BIO

I Survived . . .Beyond and Back (6 x 60′) –  Documentary series that tells the stories of people who have survived after having been pronounced dead. Channel: BIO Channel Producer: NHNZ TX: 5th December, 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Bachelorette Party, Oxygen

 Bachelorette Party (8 x ) – Docuseries  following VIP pre-wedding parties for brides-to-be and their friends at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Channel: Oxygen Producer:  Pariah Entertainment/ PB&J Television TX:  TBC Source: Cynopsis

How to Predict a Malaria Outbreak

Scienitists at The Kenya Medical Research Institute have developed a prediction tool that uses knowledge about mosquito breeding habits and weather patterns to predict outbreaks of malaria. Authorities will have warning of an outbreak three months in advance, allowing them to mobilize resources to the areas that will be affected in advance. The tool can […]

Greenlit: Secrets of the Arabian Nights, BBC4

Secrets of the Arabian Nights (1×60′) – Richard E Grant presents a documentary about the stories of the Arabian Nights, which includes interviews with famous names.   Channel: BBC4 Producer: Quickfire Media TX: Late 2010 Source: Broadcast

What Does an Army March On? Its Stomach…

The New York Times has published a list of the various army rations fed to the troops of different countries – and which have various barter values between the soldiers keen to give their tastebuds a break from the monotony of home-grown (or at least packed) food rations.  Aussies are issued with Vegemite and the […]

Greenlit: Sextuplets, ITV1

Sextuplets w/t (1×60′)-  Documentary following the story of the first set of sextuplets to be born in England in a quarter of a century.   Channel: ITV1 Producer: ITV Studios TX: Late 2010 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: The Science of Attraction, Ch4 online

The Science of Attraction (6×10′) – Derren Brown and Charlie McDonnell explore how smell, voice, first impressions and dating habits can affect attraction. Channel: Ch4 online Producer: Objective Productions TX: Late 2010 Source: Broadcast

Google Tracks Your Health

Google gets even deeper under your skin… its developed an online health tracker  – cleverly called Google Health – that allows you to gather, store, track and share your health records and fitness goals, from blood pressure and medication to how many cups of coffee you drink a day. All the information can be accessed […]

Greenlit: Cookery School, Ch4

Cookery School (50×60′) – Chefs Gizzi Erskine and Richard Erskine give aspiring chefs a master class in cooking. Channel: Ch4 Producer: Red House TV TX: 2011 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Civilization: Why the West Beat the Rest, Ch4

Civilization: Why The West Beat The Rest (6×60′) –  Historian Niall Ferguson presents a documentary series that examines how competition, medicine, consumerism, science, property and the Protestant work ethic have driven success in the West.  Channel: Ch4 Producer: Chimerica Media TX: 2011 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals, OWN

Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals ( x60′) – Series that follows the father and daughter as they try to repair their estranged relationship.   Channel: Oprah Winfrey Network Producer: Endemol USA TX: 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Storage Wars, A&E

Storage Wars (12 x 30′) – Docu series following four buyers who get quick glimpse inside repossessed storage units before they have to decide whether to bid on the lot in an auction in the hope of  winning the potentially valuable goods hidden inside. Channel: A&E Producer: Original Productions TX: 1st December, 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Teens in Solitary Confinement

I Don’t Wish Nobody To Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup by David Chura, who spent ten years tutoring teenaged inmates at Westchester County Jail, New York, describes what it’s like to be a young person committed to an isolation unit. Mother Jones wonders whether isolation does more harm than […]

Reverse Graffiti

Reverse graffiti is practiced by people who clandestinely clean the dirt off buildings or vehicles, leaving behind an artwork. See some stunning examples on Environmental Graffiti.

Patterns for Life

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction is a classic design text written in 1977 bby Christopher Alexander. It ambitiously catalogues, with photos and illustrations, everything in the build environment – from parks to tower blocks to bedrooms – and explains how good design enhances life and community. High-rise apartments and uniform ceilings: bad. East facing […]

Top Ten Christian Relics

David Farley produced a handy list of ten Christian relics you should see before you die (if so inclined). The top five are: The Holy Foreskin (but you already knew that, didn’t you?) Holy Breast Milk The Holy Teardrop The Holy Umbilical Cord The Holy Moly Actually, one of those is fake. Take a look […]

No Shame

Christine Rosen notes that people seem to have no problem undergoing beauty treatments – like teeth whitening or eyebrow (or ladies’ mustache) threading – in public places, such as in the middle of shopping malls and wonders if we have lost the capacity to be embarrassed. It’s safe to assume she’s yet to be acquainted […]

Greenlit: Hookers: Saved on the Strip, Investigation Discovery

Hookers: Saved on the Strip (3×60′) – Docuseries following the work of Annie Lobert who works for Hookers for Jesus and who founded Destiny House where the sex workers of Las Vegas can seek refuge. Channel: Investigation Discovery Producer: Sara Productions TX: 8th December, 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Up: Rex Vigil, Director/Development, Hoff Productions

Rex Vigil has been promoted to Director/Development at Hoff Productions. Source: Cynopsis

In: Robert Asher, VP/Development, The Idea Factory

Robert Asher has been appointed as VP/Development and Executive Producer for The Idea Factory in Los Angeles.

Greenlit: Carson-Nation, OWN

Carson-Nation ( x60′) – Carson Kressley gives fashion makeovers to people all over the USA. Channel: Oprah Winfrey Network Producer: Relativity REAL LLC TX: 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: The Judds, OWN

The Judds (6 x 60′) – Docuseries following the lives and relationships of mother/daughter country singing partnership as they get ready to tour for the first time in a decade. Channel: Oprah Winfrey Network Producer: Gay Rosenthal Productions, Inc. TX: 10th April, 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, TLC

Cake Boss: Next Great Baker  (8x ) – Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss) hunts for the next star pastry chef in this competition reality series. The winner will get a job with Valastro at Carlo’s Bakery plus $50k. Channel: TLC Producer: High Noon Entertainment TX: 6th December, 2010 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Most Lethal, Spike TV

Most Lethal (10×60′ ) – Members of the special operation forces battle against each other to find out who is the most formidable opponent. Producer: GRB Entertainment TX: Summer 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Homecoming, TLC

Homecoming (3×60′) – Billy Ray Cyrus hosts a series in which soldiers make a surprise homecoming to the delight of families. Channel: TLC Producer:  Authentic Entertainment, Inc. TX: Spring 2011 Source: Cynopsis


When Shannon and Paul Morell finally had two daughters after undergoing the misery of IVF, they were overjoyed. The also looked forward to having a litttle brother or sister for the girls using the six remaining frozen embryos… until the fertility clinic called to say the embryos had been implanted in another woman. Misconception: One […]

Greenlit: Wonderland – A Hasidic Guide To Love, Marriage and Finding A Bride, BBC2

Wonderland – A Hasidic Guide To Love, Marriage and Finding A Bride (aka My Big Hasidic Wedding) (1 x 60′) – gets inside the world of the Stamford Hill orthodox Jewish community. Film-maker Paddy Wivell follows a traditional wedding and explores the world of matchmakers, weddings and the Hasidic tradition. Channel: BBC2 TX: Early 2011 Source: […]

Red Carpet Disasters

The Miami Herald notes that celebrities have flocked to earthquake-torn Haiti, as they did to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. But this seems to be part of a growing phenomenon that is based on a real desire to roll up their sleeves and help, rather than just show up and glad-hand a […]

Greenlit: Hot Like Us, BBC3

Hot Like Us  (7×60′) – Reality series in which a group of good-looking couples live together in a house and compete to over a series of challenges to win a modelling contract. The challenges will test the couples’ commitment to each other and ask whether their attraction is only really skin deep. Channel: BBC3 Producer: […]

Greenlit: A Year to Save My Life, Sky1

A Year To Save My Life (8×60′) –   Series in which morbidly obese people undergo a weight loss regime supervised by US weight loss expert Jessie Pavelka. Each episode focuses on the story of one person’s struggle. Channel: Sky1 Producer: Eyeworks TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Pawn Queens, TLC

Pawn Queens ( x30′) – Series following the lives of Minda and Nikki, boutique pawn shop owners, as they run their business, which is aimed at women shoppers. Channel: TLC Producer: Varuna TV TX: 18th November, 2010 Source: Cynopsis

The Animal Review

The Animal Review: The Genius, Mediocrity, and Breathtaking Stupidity That Is Nature, by Jacob Lentz and Steve Nash is an objective  (and humorous) review of animal species. The king cobra gets A+ and the garden snail D- (although garden snails regularly outwit TV Mole despite regular mass murder attempts in order to preserve the vegetable […]


John Hooper writes an article about the pleasures and frustrations of living in – as opposed to visiting – Rome: the snarled traffic, two-tier system for locals and tourists,  the sense that anything could happen at any moment and holes in the road that swallow whole cars. Sounds a lot like New York. Read the […]

Greenlit: Roman Wasn’t Built in a Day, Ch4

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day (Roman Villa w/t) (6×60′) – Six workmen use Roman building techniques to recreate a Roman villa and bath house, based on the archaeological remains found nearby. Channel: Ch4 Producer: Darlow Smithson TX: 20th January, 2011 Source: Broadcast

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