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Greenlit: American Hoggers, A&E

American Hoggers aka Boar Hunters (9 x 30′)  – Docuseries following the Campbell family who hunt wild hogs. Channel: A&E Producer: Original Productions TX: 19th October 2011 Source: Realscreen

Digital Map of Manchester

The tourist honchos in Manchester have put together a map of online activity in the city,  including blogs and websites for tourist attractions, local interest groups and businesses. Explore digital Manchester here.  

Critical Past Archive

Critical Past is a new history-focused online photo and video archive that has 57,000 royalty-free clips and  7,000,000 still photos collected from U.S. government agency sources.  Footage and images are available for immediate download after payment of a license fee (by credit card or PayPal).  Explore here. Hat tip to: documentarytelevision.com

Greenlit: Monster In-Laws, A&E

Monster I-Laws – Series in which people who are at crisis point in their relationships with their other half’s family seek help. Channel: A&E Producer: Leftfield Pictures TX: 24th October 2011 Source: TBI

Greenlit: Hollywood Complex, ARTE

Hollywood Complex (1 x 86′) – Independent documentary that follows the inhabitants of a Los Angeles housing complex that is home to young actors and their parents during the US pilot season. Watch trailer. Channel: ARTE Producer: Dylan Nelson and Dan Sturms TX: TBC Source: Realscreen

In Development: KARA Project, Bravo

KARA Project w/t – Behind the scenes docuseries looking at the music business through the eyes of singer/songwriter Kara DioGuardi. Channel: Bravo Producer: World of Wonder TX: TBC Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Ship Happens, A&E

Ship Happens w/t – Docuseries following the high sea exploits of shippers who transport unusual cargoes. Channel: A&E Producer: Megalomedia TX: TBC Source: TBI

Greenlit: I Hate My Mum, MTV

I Hate My Mum (1 x 60′ pilot) –  Ob doc that looks at the whys, wherefores and solutions to relationship breakdowns between parents and teens. Channel: MTV (UK) Producer: Firecracker Films TX:  TBC Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: The Conversation, Lifetime

The Conversation (8 x 60′) – Amanda de Cadenet interviews celebrities. Channel: Lifetime Producer:  decadenet Inc. TX: 26th April 2012 Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Jamie’s Great Britain, Channel 4

Jamie’s Great Britain (6 x 60′) – Jamie Oliver cooks traditional British dishes from around the nation whilst exploring the social and cultural history of food. Channel: Channel 4 Producer: Fresh One TX: Autumn 2011 Source: The Bookseller / Broadcast

Greenlit: Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold, Lifetime

Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold (aka The Tracey Gold Project) (6 x 60′) – Tracey Gold draws on personal experience of anorexia to help women confront their eating disorders. Channel: Lifetime Producer:  GRB Entertainment TX: 2nd December 2011 Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Picker Sisters, Lifetime

Picker Sisters (aka To Live and Buy) (7 x 60′) – Tracy Hutson and Tanya McQueen travel the length and breadth of the USA to find treasures for their interior design store in Los Angeles. Channel: Lifetime Producer:  RelativityREAL TX: 2nd August 2011 Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: The Day That Changed My Life, Lifetime

The Day That Changed My Life (6 x 60′) – Docuseries that uses reconstruction and interviews to explore human dramas such as accidents and miracles. Channel: Lifetime Producer:  Sirens Media TX: TBC Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Dance Moms, Lifetime

Dance Moms (6 x 60′) – Docuseries that follows the ambitious mothers who hope their kids will be competitive dance champions. Channel: Lifetime Producer:  Collins Avenue Entertainment TX: TBC Source: Realscreen

Old Men in Speedos

Apologies in advance to those of a nervous disposition, but I couldn’t resist the Ronseal-titled Old Men in Speedos. Don’t pretend you don’t know what you are getting yourself into. via @ajtesler

Tweeting Animals You Should Follow

Are you on Twitter? Obviously you should be following @tvmole on there but there are a number of (funnier, if less useful in an industry intelligence context) other animals you should also be following for those moments when you need a little light relief. Top tweeters include (feel free to add your own suggestions below): […]

Up: Rob Shaftel, VP/Development, Leftfield Pictures

Rob Shaftel has been promoted to the position of VP/Development at Leftfield Pictures in NYC. Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Kew 3D, Sky 3D

Kew 3D w/t (3 x 60′) – Sir David Attenborough guides us around the 30,000 species of plants at Kew Botanical Gardens. Channel: Sky 3D Producer: Atlantic Productions TX: Christmas 2012 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Baby Hospital, ITV1

Baby Hospital (3 x 60′) – Access documentary set in the largest neo-natal unit in Europe, at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. Channel: ITV1 Producer: Wild Pictures TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

Out: Richard Kingsbury, Controller, UKTV Good Food and Yesterday

Richard Kingsbury has  left his position as head of  UKTV channels Good Food and Yesterday to set up a UK offshoot of PBS.  Claire Laycock will be interim head of Good Food until a replacement is found. Source: Broadcast    

Out: Catherine Whelton, Commissioning Editor Factual and Factual Entertainment, UKTV

Catherine Whelton has left her post as commissioning editor for factual and factual entertainment at UKTV to return to production company Kindle Entertainment. Adrian Willis will be interim head of Yesterday until a replacement is found. Source: Broadcast    

Greenlit: Dino Gangs, Discovery Channel

Dino Gangs (1 x 120′) – Professor of Dinosaurs (I paraphrase) Dr Phil Currie travels the world to analyze tryannosaur tracks and fossils in the belief that they hunted in packs.  Brought to life with CGI. Channel: Discovery Channel UK Producer: Atlantic Productions TX: 26th June 2011 Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Deception with Keith Barry, Discovery

Deception with Keith Barry (4 x 60′) – Series in which illusionist Keith Barry performs mend-bending stunts. Channel: Discovery Producer: The Lizard Trading Company / Discovery Studios TX: 31st May 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Extreme Chef, Food Network

Extreme Chef (8 x 60′) – Marsh Mokhtari hosts a competition cooking show in which three chefs have to tackle extreme culinary challenges such as preparing an outdoor party suitable for a rainstorm. A panel of judges decide who wins $10K. Channel: Food Network Producer: Smart Dog/Valencia Productions TX: TBC Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Caged, MTV

Caged – Docuseries following a group of Louisiana graduates turned MMA fighters. Channel: MTV Producer: Joke Productions TX: 9th January 2012 Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: The Kristoffer Winters Project, Bravo

The Kristoffer Winters Project w/t – Property makeover series in which a property developer flips mansions. Channel: Spike TV Producer: 25/7 Productions TX: Fall 2011 Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Flipping Foreclosures, Spike TV

Flipping Foreclosures (6 x 60′) – Property makeover series in which a couple of Utah house flippers show how to turn around a foreclosed property and make money on it. Channel: Spike TV Producer: 25/7 Productions TX: Fall 2011 Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Married Young, MTV

Married Young ( x 60′) – Docuseries following young couples as they adjust to their changed relationship in the first year of their marriage. Channel: MTV TX: TBC Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: The Super, HDNet

The Super – Docuseries following Dave Paladno as he looks after 1,700+ apartments in his role as superintendent. Channel: HDNet TX: TBC Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: The Ferris Wheel, HDNet

The Ferris Wheel – Docuseries following Kate and Jeremy Ferris who travel the world and enjoy an open marriage. Channel: HDNet TX: TBC Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Mr Personalities Takes on the World, HDNet

Mr Personalities Takes on the World – Comedian Ben Morrison travels the USA to visit different festivals; at each one he tries on a different personality. Channel: HDNet TX: TBC Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Celbridate, HDNet

Celebridate – Roger Lodge (Blind Date) finds interesting dates for his celebrity friends. Channel: HDNet TX: TBC Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: On Freddie Roach, HBO

On Freddie Roach (6 x 60′) – Ob doc series following Hollywood boxing trainer Freddie Roach as he coaches young boxers and celebrities whilst dealing with the effects of Parkinson’s disease. Channel: HBO Producer: Film 44 / Atticus Entertainment TX: 2012 Source: The Futon Critic

Greenlit: Behind Mansion Walls, Investigation Discovery

Behind Mansion Walls (13 x 60′) – Documentary series that shares the stories of crime and investigation that unfold behind the veil of wealth, where secret affairs, hidden accounts and false identities are just the tip of the iceberg.  As the long time respected chronicler of high society and its duplicitous affairs, host Christopher Mason […]

Greenlit: The Genealogy Roadshow, RTÉ One / PBS

The Genealogy Roadshow (4 x 60′) -Derek Mooney hosts a show that promises to reveal the exciting hidden family histories of ordinary people with the help of expert genealogists. Several stories feature in each episode. Channel: RTÉ One / PBS Producer: Big Mountain Productions TX: August 2011 Source: IFTN

Out: Nick Cohen, Multiplatform Commissioner, BBC Factual and Arts

Nick Cohen is leaving his post as multi-platform commissioner for factual and arts at the BBC. Read more: Realscreen

Greenlit: Live Like an Animal, National Geographic Wild

Live Like an Animal (3 x 60′) – A series that explores the ingenuity of animal architects as a team of presenters find out what it’s like to live in human-sized version of animal homes such as a beaver’s lodge and bird’s nest. Channel: National Geographic Wild / Channel 5 (2nd window) Producer: Tigress Productions […]

Greenlit: Brazil-France: The Mystery of Flight 447, Discovery Latin America

Brazil-France: The Mystery of Flight 447 – Documentary that uses reconstructions and CGI to examine what happened to the Air France flight that went missing en route to Paris in 2009. Channel: Discovery Latin America Producer: Darlow Smithson TX: 29th May 2011 Source: C21

Up: Elaine Frontain Bryant, SVP Nonfiction and Alternative Programming, A&E

Elaine Frontain Bryant has been promoted to the post of  Senior Vice President, Nonfiction and Alternative Programming, A&E in New York. Source: www.TVtracker.com

Greenlit: James Martin’s Mediterranean, Good Food

James Martin’s Mediterranean (10 x 30′) –  Chef James Martin sails around Ibiza, Mallorca, Majorca and the Greek Islands in search of local produce before cooking a meal to be enjoyed at sunset with local chefs, ex-pat food growers and farmers. Channel: UKTV Good Food Producer: Splash Media TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Britain You’re Welcome to It, BBC3

Britain You’re Welcome to It w/t – Every month, thousands of Eastern Europeans start a new life in the UK. Since 2004, 1.5 million have arrived, and there are now more foreign workers in the country than ever before. But is their new home quite what they expected? This documentary  joins a unique bus tour, […]

Greenlit: Mixed Up in the Middle East, BBC3

Mixed Up in the Middle East – Reya’s half Arab, half Jewish. Her parents fell in love across the Middle East divide, but she’s grown up in Britain. So what happens when she goes to Israel and the Palestinian territories for the first time? This is a journey of understanding for the audience as Reya […]

Greenlit: Up For Hire, BBC3

Up For Hire – A live event stripped across a week that follows four talented but unemployed young people (18-24) as they get their careers put on fast track. In just four weeks, they progress from ‘tea boy’ to making executive decisions. It’s 40 years’ service in just one month at a range of companies. […]

Greenlit: Silent Library, Channel 5

Silent Library –  UK version of successful Japanese format in which six people (including celebrity guests) have to endure painful challenges without making a sound for the chance to win £2K. Channel: Channel 5 TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die, Current TV

50 Documentaries to See Before You Die (5 x 60′) – As part of a month long Season (August 2011) on the feature documentary genre, Morgan Spurlock hosts run-down of the best documentaries of the last 25 years. Over the course of five one-hour episodes, in his unique and inimitable way, Spurlock counts down fifty […]

Need to Make a Pitch Tape on a Shoestring?

Think you need to spend a load of cash making that pitch tape? Think again. This short film was made, edited and scored using an iPhone:

Greenlit: Brighton Beach, Lifetime

Brighton Beach (12 x 30′) – Docuseries following life in the Russian-American Brooklyn neighborhood. Channel: Lifetime Producer:  Left/Right TX: TBC Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Project Accessory, Lifetime

Project Accessory (8 x 60′) – Competition reality series that seeks to find the best fashion accessory designer/stylist. Channel: Lifetime Producer:  The Weinstein Company and Goodbye Pictures TX: TBC Source: Realscreen

Against All Odds by Paul Connolly

Paul Connolly was abandoned as a new born baby and grew up in care at the St. Leonards’ Children’s Home in London’s East End, where the children were regularly abused by their carers. Paul became a boxer and personal trainer, but six of the children he shared his 8-bed dorm with are dead. Against All […]

Greenlit: Weird Travel, Science

Weird Travel  – Casting the strangest people and places hidden from the world. From the moonshiners of Appalachia to the Bigfoot hunters of Southern Florida, this series exposes some of the strangest subcultures found anywhere. Channel: Science TX: 2012 Source: Discovery Communications press office

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