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Archive for January, 2011

Seven Wishful Thinking Ways to Improve Creativity

Mark McGuinness’s creativity blog, Wishful Thinking, has a number of tips to help you raise your game as you develop and pitch your non-scripted TV ideas. Here are some of the best for TV developers: Presentation Zen 6 Tips for Dealing With Feedback on Your Creative Work 10 Tips For Overcoming Writer’s Block Can the […]

Greenlit: Seagal vs JLC, C5

Seagal vs JLC (1 x60′) – Justin Lee Collins spends time with actor Steven Seagal at home and work, as he interviews him about his life. Channel: C5 Producer: Summer Films TX: February, 2011 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Porn Again, BBC Radio 5 Live

Porn Again (1 x 60′ radio documentary) – Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who claimed the cost of her husband’s porn videos on her MP’s expenses, interviews people working in the porn industry and feminists, philosophers and other experts to investigate how it affects modern-day society. Channel: BBC Radio 5 Live Producer: Tonic Media and […]

Greenlit: Taїg – Jumping The Tower, Extreme Sports Channel

Taїg – Jumping The Tower – Documentary that follows Taїg Khris as he and his safety team attempt to set a Guinness world record attempt at the highest skate jump at the Eiffel Tower, Paris. Channel: Extreme Sports Channel Producer: Puzzle Media TX: March 2011 Source: Broadcast

In: Catherine Scheinman, VP/Development, MY Tupelo Entertainment

Catherine Scheinman has been appointed as VP/Development at MY Tupelo Entertainment in NYC, reporting to president Michael Yudin. Source: Cynopis

Up: Glen Freyer, Senior VP Development, Atlas Media Corp

Glen Freyer has been appointed as senior VP development at Atlas Media Corp, NYC, where he was previously VP development. Source: C21

Why Are You Like a Great Novelist?

How is the development producer like a great novelist? Oh, let me count the ways… “procrastination, writer’s block, the terror of failure that looms over a new project and the attention-sucking power of the Internet”, so says the Wall Street Journal. They asked successful novelists about the way they write their books. Nobel laureate Orhan […]

NGO’s ‘Fess Up to Failure

Engineers Without Borders Canada have done what many NGOs have failed to do and that is admit that help given to developing countries isn’t always helpful. In some cases a solution to a perceived problem just brings more problems. But no-one will admit it in case people stop donating their money to charity to help […]

The Father of Modern Fitness

Jack LaLanne was able to do fingertip push-ups well into his 90s.  Never heard of him? If you struggle to the gym before or after work you can thank him because he founded the modern fitness movement in the 1930s, when lifting weights was considered weird (some still do consider it weird…). In 1951 he […]

Greenlit: Rome Unwrapped, C5

Rome Unwrapped –  Documentary series that uses experts and CGI to explore ancient Roman history. Channel: C5 / National Geographic Channel US / NGCI Producer: Atlantic Productions TX: Early February 2011 Source: C21

Greenlit: I Was There…When The Beatles Played the Cavern, ITV1

I Was There…When The Beatles Played the Cavern (1 x 60′) –  5oth anniversary documentary about the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool and the people who saw The Beatles play there for the first time. Channel: ITV1 Producer: Shiver TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Geordie Shore, MTV UK

Geordie Shore – UK version of smash hit Jersey Shore. It will be just like the first one but without the sunshine… Channel: MTV UK Producer: Lime Pictures TX: TBC Source: Televisual

Greenlit: Topman CTRL MX, Channel 4

Topman CTRL MX (6 x 30′) – BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens hosts this fashion-retailer-funded music studio-series in which celebrities choose the acts for each week’s show and highlight independent music stores. Channel: Channel 4 (Topman funded) Producer: CC-Lab TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Recipe to Riches, Food Network (Canada)

Recipe to Riches (8 x 60′) – Competition reality show in which contestants compete for category prizes of C$25,000 and a grand prize of C$250,000 with what they hope will be winning dishes. Loblaw’s, a Canadian grocery brand, will develop the winner’s recipe and put it on their shelves. Channel: Food Network (Canada) Producer: Temple […]

Greenlit: Realtree NASCAR Outdoors, Outdoor Channel

Realtree NASCAR Outdoors –  NASCAR drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, Jr and Tony StewartUS travel to prime hunting spots across the USA. Channel: Outdoor Channel / Realtree (camouflage clothing brand) TX: July 2011 Source: C21

Greenlit: Must Love Cats, Animal Planet

Must Love Cats (6 x ) –  Songwriter John Fulton travels across America to meet fellow cat owners and feline experts. Channel: Animal Planet Producer: Powderhouse Productions TX: 12th February, 2011 Source: Cynopsis

In: Tiffany Orvet, Development Producer/US, Pioneer Produtions / Mentorn Media

Tiffany Orvet has been appointed as Development Producer at Pioneer Productions/Mentorn Media, based in San Francisco, working to Nicholas Oakley, Executive Producer US/Development. Source: Cynopsis

In: Nicholas Oakley, Executive Producer/US Development, Pioneer Productions / Mentorn Media

Nicholas Oakley has been appointed as Executive Producer/US Development at Pioneer Productions/Mentorn Media, based in Los Angeles. Source: Cynopsis

Up: Jenn Levy, VP/Development and Production, Bravo Media

Jenn Levy has been promoted to the position of  VP/Development and Production at Bravo Media. She is based in Los Angeles and reports to Shari Levine, SVP/Production. Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Beau Knows Outdoors, Sportsman Channel

Beau Knows Outdoors ( x 30′) – Series on hunting, fishing and land management hosted by CNN founder Ted Turner’s son Beau who looks after two million acres of land for Turner Enterprises. Channel: Sportsman Channel Producer: Warm Spring Productions TX: July 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Louder Than a Bomb, OWN

Louder Than a Bomb (1 x ) –  A documentary telling the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world’s largest youth slam poetry contest. The film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable teenagers; exploring how writing and performing shapes their world. Channel: OWN Producer: Siskel […]

Greenlit: No Woman No Cry, OWN

No Woman, No Cry (1 x ) – In her directorial debut, Christy Turlington Burns’ documentary tells the personal stories of pregnant women and their caregivers in four countries as they try to avoid becoming maternal mortality statistics. Turlington puts audiences in the shoes of a young Maasai mother who has gone into labor and must […]

Greenlit: El Peso del Matrimonio, Galavision

El Peso del Matrimonio (Back in Wedding Shape) – Lifestyle coach Claudia Caporal hosts a reality series in which 13 married couples try to get back to the weight they were on their wedding day. Channel: Galavision TX: 3rd February, 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Out: Brant Pinvidic, EVP/Development, 3 Ball Productions

Brant Pinvidic is leaving his post of EVP/Development at 3 Ball Productions to set up his own company. Source: Cynopsis

In: Mike Powers, Creative Executive, DiGa

Mike Powers has been appointed Creative Executive at the new production company DiGa, an independent production company that will create, develop and produce programming across all platforms in partnership with Ben Silverman‘s multimedia studio, Electus.  The company will be headquartered in New York City with a production/edit center in Los Angeles and was set up […]

Making a Pitch Tape? The Stakes Just Got a Little Higher…

As you set about making yet another pitch tape destined to gather dust on some commissioning editor’s shelf, take a look at the lengths the US networks go to in order to pitch their upcoming shows to their advertisers at a ritual known as the “Upfront”.  At these annual events, the networks invite all their […]

Greenlit: Wikileaks: War, Lies and Videotape, Arte / LCP Assemblée Nationale

Wikileaks: War, Lies and Videotape (1 x 60′) – Investigative documentary about six  months in the unfolding story of the whistle-blowing Wikileaks website. Channel: Arte / LCP Assemblée Nationale. Acquired by Discovery Europe, TV4 (Sweden),  TSR (Switzerland), RTBF (Belgium), TVP (Poland), MTV (Finland), NDR (Germany) Producer: Premières Lignes TX: Various Source: TBI

The Composer – Rashaad Newsome

Think classical music and hip hop don’t mix? Not according to video artist Rashaad Newsome. He’s cut together footage from rap videos to Carl Orloff’s Carmina Burana (in the UK,  you’ll know it as the music the X Factor judges come on stage to) and the result is mesmerizing (and jaw-droppingly awesome when seen on […]

In: Mark Sammon, Head of Factual Entertainment, Sky1, Sky Arts, Sky Living, Sky Atlantic

Mark Sammon has been appointed as Head of Factual Entertainment responsible for Sky1, Sky Arts, Sky Living and Sky Atlantic. Source: C21

How to Kill Innovation

Is the question “what about…” the killer of innovation? Entrepreneur Scott Anthony thinks it is. He says that “resource-rich companies have the “luxury” of researching and researching problems” and that stops progress being made. Is this something you are guilty of when researching an new factual programme idea (especially if it’s a subject you know […]

Greenlit: Becoming Chaz, OWN

Becoming Chaz (1 x ) – A documentary about Chaz Bono’s emotional and physical transition from a woman to a man, a journey of identity and self-discovery. Growing up, Chastity was a shy person who never felt comfortable in the spotlight as the only child of Sonny and Cher. She also felt uncomfortable as a […]

A Brief History of Product Placement

A timely reminder to UK  producers who are about to be allowed to place products in their TV shows (from 28th February) that it’s not a new thing…

Greenlit: Red Sea Jaws, Channel 5

Red Sea Jaws (1 x 60′) –  Documentary about five days in which four swimmers were injured and a German woman killed in shark attacks off the coast of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. The programme pieces together events with the help of survivors and eyewitnesses and follows the ongoing investigation. Channel: Channel 5 Producer: Tigress […]

JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments

Looking for a scientist who could front your documentary or consult on your programme? Check out JoVE which is an archive of experiments captured on video by the scientists in order to share their work and findings with fellow scientists. The production values lack a little something and the titles of the experiments might be […]

Greenlit: School Spirits, Syfy

School Spirits (6 x 60′) – Reality series that hunts for ghostly goings-on in America’s high schools and colleges. Channel: Syfy Producer: Jarrett Creative Group / Mark Burnett TX: TBC Source: Cynopsis

In Development: Dance Complex, Oxygen

Dance Complex w/t –  Docuseries focusing on the competitive world of professional dancers in L.A. Channel: Oxygen Producer: Studio Lambert Source: Cynopsis

The Nanny Photographs

Vivian Maier, was an eccentric, shy nanny who worked for wealthy families in Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s  turns out to have been leading a double life as one of the most talented photographers of the 20th century. But nobody knew this until an author researching a book, John Maloof,  bought a job lot […]

Greenlit: Glamour Belles, Showtime

Glamour Belles –  Docuseries following the staff and customers of a Tennessee pageant gown shop. Channel: Showtime TX:  9th  February, 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Quad Squad, Showtime

Quad Squad w/t ( x 60′) –  Docuseries following teen quadruplet sisters in their last year of school. Channel: Showtime TX:  9th  February, 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: One Born Every Minute, Showtime

One Born Every Minute ( x 60′) –  Docuseries following the emerging human dramas in the maternity ward at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Channel: Showtime TX: 1st February, 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Be My Interviewer

Looking for a new job but a bit rusty at the old interview techniques? Or moving to a different field and not sure what’s expected. Be My Interviewer has gathered together some experienced (and formidable) interviewers who will throw some questions at you to answer so you can practice before the big day. You can […]

Cass Pennant: Football Hooligan and Gentleman Publisher

A recent article in The Bookseller lamented the demise of a small publishing house, Pennant Books, driven out of business by the cold financial climate. John Blake wrote that the owner, Cass Pennant, paid his authors “decent advances. I heard he was meticulous in paying his royalties.”  But look into his back-story (already documented in […]

Kidnapped Baby Reunited with Parents After 24 Years

When Carlina White, just 19-days old, was snatched by a bogus nurse from Harlem Hospital she disappeared without a trace. Twenty-four years on, her parents might be forgiven for not expecting to ever see her again. But they would have reckoned without Carlina’s tenacity at tracking down her biological family, after having suspicions about the […]

Taxi! The Secret Life of Taxi Drivers

A recent phone-in to the Scott Mills show on BBC Radio 1 revealed that taxis are used for much more than getting from one place to another. One woman called a taxi driver to remove a spider from her bath; someone else sent the taxi driver to the local supermarket to do their shopping, and […]

Greenlit: Adam Richman Presents…The Traveler’s Guide to Life, Travel Channel

Adam Richman Presents … The Traveler’s Guide to Life ( x 30′) – Adam Richman interviews celebrities and sports stars in themed episodes about love, friends, family, travel, work, winning, celebrations and childhood, among other key life moments. Channel: Travel Channel TX: 26th January, 2011 Source: Cynopsis

In: Marco Bresaz, VP/Original Programming and Development, Sundance Channel

Marco Bresaz has been appointed as VP/Original Programming and Development Sundance Channel in NYC, reporting to Michael Klein, SVP/Original Programming and Development. Source: Cynopsis

In: Deirdre O’Hearn, VP/Development and Talent, WE tv & Wedding Central

Deirdre O’Hearn has been appointed as VP/Development and Talent at WE tv and Wedding Central in NYC, reporting to John Miller, SVP/Original Production and Development. She was previously at Darlow Smithson Productions. Source: Cynopsis

In: Bre Hamilton, Director/Development, Factual and Lifestyle, Frantic Films (Canada)

Bre Hamilton has been appointed as Director / Development, Factual and Lifestyle at Frantic Films in Canada. Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Stalked: Someone’s Watching, Investigation Discovery

Stalked: Someone’s Watching (6 x 30′ ) –  From obsessed former lovers to unrelenting acquaintances fueled by the thrill of the chase, stalkers can have a range of motivations, but all instill a perpetual fear within their victims. With over three million people falling victim to stalking in the United States each year, this widely […]

Out/In: FitTV becomes Discovery Fit & Health

With a programming slate that combines the most compelling real-life stories of Discovery Health with the audience-favorite fitness programming of FitTV, Discovery Communications will rebrand its FitTV network to Discovery Fit & Health on February 1, 2011. Discovery Fit & Health will be available in approximately 50 million homes and found at the channel location […]

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