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Greenlit: Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All, Discovery Channel Canada

Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All (8 x 60′) – Daniel Fathers hosts a new competition show in which ten people compete to show their superiority across a series of physical and mental challenges. They compete both against and with each other to earn points; the person with the lowest number of points at the end of each […]

Up: Maria Mowbray, TV4 (Sweden)

Maria Mowbray has been appointed as head of entertainment, lifestyle and reality commissioning at TV4, Sweden reporting to Åsa Sjöberg, director of programmes for TV4 Group. Read more: C21

Greenlit: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, NBC

Betty White’s Off Their Rockers –  Hidden-camera prank series in which senior citizens reign supreme over their younger victims. Channel: NBC TX: 16th January 2012 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Tamar & Vince, WE tv

Tamar & Vince (8 x 60′) – Docuseries spin-off of  Braxton Family Values following the professional and family lives of Tamar Braxton and her husband, music producer Vincent Herbert. Channel:  WE tv Producer: Magical Elves TX: Late 2012 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution, HBO2

In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution  – Documentary that tells the story of Sharif Abdel Kouddous, an Egyptian-American journalist whose twitter coverage of events in Tahrir Square, Cairo drew the world’s attention to the unfolding protests. Channel: HBO2 Producer: Jon Alpert, Matthew O’Neill and Jacqueline Soohen TX: 25th January 2012 Source: Realscreen

In: Michele Kurland, Head of Factual Entertainment, Sky

Michele Kurland has been appointed as head of factual entertainment at Sky (from March 2012), overseeing production and commissioning of programmes across Sky 1 HD, Sky Living HD, Sky Atlantic, HD and Sky Arts HD. Read more: Realscreen

In: Joseph Maxwell, Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, SBS (Australia)

Joseph Maxwell has been appointed as Commissioning Editor for Documentaries at SBS in Australia, with special responsibility for science and history. He reports to senior commissioning editor John Godfrey. Source: C21  

Greenlit: Ragin’ Cajuns, Discovery Channel

Ragin’ Cajuns – Docuseries following the people working and playing hard in Venice, Louisiana, an area struggling to overcome the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina and a massive oil spill. Channel: Discovery Producer: Gurney Productions TX: 17th January 2012 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Miami International Airport, Travel Channel

Miami International Airport (6 x 30′) –  Go behind the scenes at one of the busiest airports in the country. The series features an unprecedented cross section of an exciting airport staff as they deal with the stresses of getting over 100,000 strangers through its airport safely, every day. Channel: Travel Channel Producer: 2C Media […]

Greenlit: Bud United Presents: The Big Time, ABC

Bud United Presents: The Big Time  (7 x 60′) – Reality series in which people are mentored by famous coaches, celebrities or professional athletes to help them achieve their biggest dream. Producer: @radical.media TX: TBC Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: The Kitchen Shrinks, UKTV Home

The Kitchen Shrinks (20 x 30′) – Nadia Sawalha and kitchen designer Kerr Drummond help people makeover their kitchens after watching how they use the space via CCTV. Channel: UKTV Home Producer: Doghouse Media TX: Late 2012 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Fat Chef, Food Network

Fat Chef –  Series following the progress of overweight chefs as they undergo an intensive 4-month weight-loss regime. Channel: Food Network Producer: Interloc Films TX: 26th January 2012 Source: C21

Greenlit: First Week In, Discovery Channel

First Week In – From drug charges to cases of domestic violence to kidnapping, this new docuseries offers a candid, behind-the-scenes look into the lives of profiled inmates and the moments leading up to their incarceration. With cameras following their every move, viewers will witness how the inmates, who have been arrested in cities around […]

Greenlit: Australia’s Great Flood, National Geographic

Australia’s Great Flood (1 x 60′) – Documentary that tells the story about the devastating floods that inundated Queensland, Australia in 2011, featuring eyewitness accounts and archive footage. Channel: National Geographic Producer: 360 Degree Films TX: 15th January 2012 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Scorned: Love Kills, Investigation Discovery

Scorned: Love Kills (20 x ) – Documentary series that explores how love can turn to obsession with tragic results. Channel: Investigation Discovery Producer: Optomen Productions TX: 21st January 2012 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Too Cute! Baby Sloths, Animal Planet

Too Cute! Baby Sloths – In a sleepy corner of Costa Rica there is a one-of-a-kind sanctuary devoted to saving orphaned and injured sloths. Alaskan born Judy Avey-Arroyo has spent 20 years rescuing these mysterious creatures and has earned the reputation of being the world’s only sloth whisperer. Home to over 160 sloths, the sanctuary is an […]

Greenlit: Gator Boys, Animal Planet

Gator Boys (6 x 60′) – Paul Bedard and Jimmy Riffle are two fearless peas in a pod, and they’ve become Florida’s go-to guys when locals find themselves crossing paths with deadly 1,000-pound reptiles in shocking locations – like master bedrooms, swimming pools or outdoor cafés! The goal of “Gator Boys Alligator Rescue” is for […]

Greenlit: Scam Cities, Nat Geo International Channels

Scam Cities w/t (10 x  60′) –  Docuseries that visits Bangkok, Rio de Janerio and Rome to expose the worst tourist scams. Channel: National Geographic International Producer: Zig Zag (UK)  / Handel Productions (Canada) TX: Late 2012 Source: C21

Greenlit: Putin, Russia and the West, BBC2

Putin, Russia and the West (4 x 60′) – Documentary series that delves into the West’s fraught relationship with Russia since the turn of the millennium. After eight years as President and four as Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin looks likely to be re-elected President of Russia in March. Putin began as a top Russian spy. […]

Greenlit: The Archbishop Who Brought Down a King, Channel 4

The Archbishop Who Brought Down a King w/t –  A revelatory film about the extraordinary Archbishop, Cosmo Gordon Lang, who conspired to bring down King Edward VIII, based on a large archive of unpublished diaries, personal notes and his own secret account of the abdication. Lang was a bold appointment as Archbishop of Canterbury in […]

Greenlit: Britain’s Wicca Man, Channel 4

Britain’s Wicca Man w/t –  Tells the extraordinary story of Britain’s fastest growing religious group – Wicca – modern pagan witchcraft – and of its creator, an eccentric Englishman called Gerald Gardner. Historian and leading expert in Pagan studies, Professor Ronald Hutton, explores Gardner’s story and experiences first hand Wicca’s growing influence throughout Britain today. […]

Greenlit: Philly Undercover, Nat Geo WILD

Philly Undercover  (6 x ) – Docuseries that rides along with the with PSPCA team charged with combating illegal dog-fighting in Philadelphia. Channel: Nat Geo Wild Producer: ITV Studios TX: 7th January 2012 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: RMS Titanic: Case Closed, National Geographic / Smithsonian

RMS Titanic: Case Closed (1 x 92′) – Feature film that uses drama reconstruction interwoven with documentary accounts and scientific evidence to chart the Titanic final fatal hours Channel: National Geographic Channels International  / Smithsonian Channel Producer: Airborne TV & Film / Bedlam Productions TX: April 2012 Source: Realscreen

Out: John Miller, SVP Original Productions and Development, WEtv / Wedding Central

John Miller has left his position as SVP of original productions and development at WE tv and Wedding Central. Read more: Realscreen

Greenlit: Secret Location, Channel 4

Secret Location (20×60’) – New property series that forces people to view a prospective new home purely on the property and not on its location – they get to their viewing in a van with blacked-out windows. Channel: Channel 4 Daytime Producer: Lucky Day Productions TX: Early 2012 Source:C21

Greenlit: How to Cook Like Heston, Channel 4

How to Cook Like Heston  ( x 30′) – Heston Blumenthal steps into a domestic kitchen to show viewers how to inject a good dose of Heston-style magic into homemade food. In the first episode Heston challenges us with the way in which we cook beef. He confronts the biggest culinary myth of all time: […]

Greenlit: The Fabulous Baker Brothers, Channel 4

The Fabulous Baker Brothers ( x 30′) – Stars brothers Tom, a baker, and Henry, a chef who runs the local butcher’s shop, next door to Tom’s bakery, in the heart of Gloucestershire. With five generations of baking tradition behind them, Tom and Henry take viewers into the heat of the artisan kitchen and unlock […]

Greenlit: Fat Fighters, Channel 4

Fat Fighters (5 x 60′) – Overindulged this Christmas? Want to get fit once and for all with some of the most outrageous gym trainers known to man? Welcome to the cool, crazy world of fanatical personal trainers in one of London’s most extraordinary gyms for brand. We go behind the scenes to follow a […]

Greenlit: Japan’s Luckiest Person, Asahi Broadcasting Corporation

Japan’s Luckiest Person – Competition reality series which challenges people to prove that they are lucky. The lucky winner bags a cash prize. Channel: Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (Japan) Producer: Pilgrim Studios (Los Angeles) / Yoshimoto Kogyo (Japan) TX: 2012 Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Wall, Feature Documentary

Wall  (feature-length) – Animated ‘documentary essay’ based on David Hare’s play, which looks at both sides of the Israel/Palestine separation barrier. The film uses motion capture, live action, animation, illustration and photography. Channel: TBC Producer: National Film Board of Canada TX: 2014 Source: NFB

Greenlit: Shooting Stars, Velocity

Shooting Stars –  See what happens when eight of the best trick shooters and celebrity shotgunners turn the Texas night into an explosion of pyrotechnic targets are firepower with thousands of fans adding to a Monday Night Football like carnival atmosphere. It’s big guns, electrifying shots, and plenty of rivalry and laughter as the lost […]

Greenlit: Autoweek’s Vinsetta Garage, Velocity

Autoweek’s Vinsetta Garage ( x 30′) –  Hosted by car enthusiast and TV personality Courtney Hansen (Spike TV, TLC),  this series covers everything from design to driving, customization, cooking and cruisin’, travel, technology and all in between.  Taken directly from the pages of Autoweek, this is the stuff people living the automotive lifestyle care about […]

Greenlit: Galapagos 3D, Sky 3D

Galapagos 3D (3 x 60′) – Following on from the BAFTA-winning Flying Monsters 3D and Bachelor King 3D, David Attenborough presents a three-part natural history series which tells the story of the remote Galapagos islands. Channel: Sky 3D Producer: Colossus Productions TX: Late 2012 Source: Sky Press Office

In: JC Mills, Director of Development, National Geographic Channel

JC Mills has been appointed as Director of Development at National Geographic Channel (as from 3rd January, 2012), reporting to Kim Woodard, VP of Development and Production. Read more: Realscreen

Greenlit: Cajun Pawn Stars, History

Cajun Pawn Stars (14 x 30′) –  Pawn Stars spin-off series  featuring the family owned Silver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry Center in Alexandria, Louisiana. Channel: History Producer: Leftfield Pictures TX: 8th January 2012 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Russell Brand Late Night Series, FX

Russell Brand Late Night Project w/t (6 x30′) – Actor/comedian Russell Brand hosts an unscripted late night series that features his unvarnished, unfiltered take on current events, politics and pop culture. The show will be shot in front of a live audience and the format will draw heavily on interaction with that audience.     […]

Greenlit: Person to Person, CBS

Person to Person  –  A revival of a ground-breaking interview series  originally created by news legend Edward R. Murrow, which originally transmitted from 1953 – 1961.  Murrow took viewers into the homes of people whose names continue to resonate today: John and Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Harry Truman, Fidel Castro and John Steinbeck. […]

Greenlit: Victoria and Abdul, Channel 4

Victoria and Abdul w/t –  This documentary tells the revealing behind-the-scenes story of the first Royal Diamond Jubilee, in 1897 – and how Queen Victoria’s friendship with her Muslim Indian servant Abdul Karim threatened to throw the entire event into chaos. To tx in the year of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, the film reveals how […]

Greenlit: Our Holocaust, Channel 4

Our Holocaust w/t – Multi-award winning director Daisy Asquith takes a unique approach to recording the experiences of the last generation of British survivors of the Holocaust. Made in Daisy’s inimitable warm documentary style, the film takes viewers into the homes of a small group of extraordinary survivors, telling their stories with sensitivity, warmth, humour […]

Greenlit: Dads in the Delivery Room, BBC3

Dads in the Delivery Room (aka Don’t Mind Him, He’s My Midwife) (6 x 60′) – 2012 marks the 50th anniversary since a ground-breaking report first suggested that men should be allowed in the delivery room to be with their partners. But a recent report from the Royal College of Midwives suggests that fathers should […]

Greenlit: Superfans, Discovery Channel UK

Superfans (6 x 60′) –  Scripted reality series in which five celebrities meet their biggest fans. Channel: Discovery Channel UK Producer: Discovery Networks UK TX: 2012 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Shipping Wars, A&E / Channel 4

Shipping Wars (10 x 30′) –  Docuseries that follows six independent shippers who have discovered that fortunes could be made transporting items that traditional carriers won’t touch. Each episode dives into the cutthroat world of these heavy-duty movers as they battle for the chance to transport the unshippable. The competition begins with uShip, the world’s […]

Greenlit: Newport Bouncer, Channel 4

Newport Bouncers (1 x 60′) – Newport – the gateway to Wales. Celebrated in the cult YouTube hit Newport State of Mind, the birthplace of Goldie Lookin Chain and home to LRS Security who look after many of the city centre’s bars and clubs. This funny, irreverent and often surprising film follows the boys of […]

Greenlit: Death Row Stories, Channel 4

Death Row Stories – Most people do not know when and how they will die. Death Row inmates do. They are told the exact day, hour and minute of their death, including all the details, procedures and rituals of their execution. Over the course of a year director and screenwriter Werner Herzog interviewed a number […]

Greenlit: Elizabeth Taylor: The Auction, Channel 4

Elizabeth Taylor: The Auction w/t (1 x 90′) – A documentary that explores the Hollywood legend’s extraordinary life story through some of her most precious possessions which are to feature in landmark auctions in New York and London. With exclusive access to Christie’s, this film brings the excitement of the auctions to life as millions of […]

Greenlit: Truly Madly Disco Kids, Channel 4

Truly Madly Disco Kids (1 x 60′) – A behind-the-scenes look at the dazzling and intensely competitive world of children’s freestyle disco. A booming phenomenon which was invented just 23 years ago, freestyle disco is the fastest and most furious form of competitive dancing, where the costumes are as vivid and flamboyant as possible and […]

In: Andrew Whitney, Director Alternative Development, Syfy

Andrew Whitney has been appointed as Director, Alternative Development at Syfy. Source: TV Tracker

In: Ann Lewis Roberts, SVP West Coast Current Programming & Development, Times Square Studios

Ann Lewis Roberts has been appointed as Senior Vice President, West Coast Current Programming & Development, Times Square Studios Source: TV Tracker

In: Abra Potkin, SVP, East Coast Programming and Development, Times Square Studios

Abra Potkin has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President, East Coast Programming & Development at Times Square Studios in NYC. Source: TV Tracker

In: Ri-Karlo Handy, VP Unscripted Development, New Wave Entertainment

Ri-Karlo Handy has been appointed as Vice President, Unscripted Development at New Wave Entertainment. Source: TV Tracker

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