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Greenlit: Britain and the Sea, BBC1

Britain And The Sea (4 x) –  David Dimbleby sets sail on Rocket – his own much-loved, red-sailed cutter – to explore the rich heritage of Britain’s maritime art and culture.  From the raging seascapes of Turner and Constable – and the music and literature of the sea – to the ports and forts that […]

Greenlit: Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals, Channel 4

Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals – A brand new cookery series that pushes the concept of fast, nutritious, everyday food to the next level. Each half hour episode offers two fifteen minute meals back to back to inspire viewers and show them just what they can achieve in a short space of time, every single day […]

Greenlit: I Took My Baby’s Life, ITV1

I Took My Baby’s Life (1 x 60′) – Documentary about Melanie Ruddell who strangled her toddler son after suffering a mental breakdown. Channel: ITV1 Producer: Minnow Films TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Cutting Edge: Meeting Ian Brady, Channel 4

Meeting Ian Brady w/t (1 x 60′) –  A forensic examination of Ian Brady’s upcoming public mental health tribunal hearing which will follow the events leading up to and during the tribunal from the perspective of those closest to the case including his mental health advocate, lawyers and psychiatrists – many of whom have never […]

Greenlit: Cutting Edge: Supercars, Channel 4

Supercars w/t (1 x 60′) –  An insight into the influx of supercars and their wealthy owners in central London each summer. Swapping the searing heat of their homes in the Middle East for the cool of the UK, more and more super rich Arabs are packing their bags and cars for their annual vacation […]

Greenlit: Cutting Edge: Gender Dysphoria, Channel 4

Gender Dysphoria w/t (1 x 60′) – A rare and fascinating story which shows the lives of young children living with gender dysphoria exploring the prejudices that lay ahead and following their families as they work closely with clinicians and psychiatrists to help them prepare for what the future holds. The film will feature interviews […]

Greenlit: Summer Daze With Blackberry, Channel 4, 4Music, E4

Summer Daze With Blackberry(8 x 30′) – Reality series that follows a group of 18-25 year old musicians, volunteers and fans as they move from festival to festival across the summer – the cast will communicate with the audience via social networks as the summer unfolds. Channel: Channel 4 (ad funded by Blackberry) Producer: Monkey […]

In: Shanna Albert, VP Development, Point Load Pictures

Shanna Albert has been appointed as Vice President of Development at Point Load Pictures. Read more: Realscreen

Greenlit: Ross Kemp: Invisible Wounded, Sky 1

Ross Kemp: Invisible Wounded (1 x 60′) – Documentary fronted by actor Ross Kemp as he meets with war veterans who are struggling to readjust to civilian life. Channel: Sky 1 Producer: Freshwater Films TX: TBC Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Cutting Edge: Britain’s Stalking Epidemic, Channel 4

Britain’s Stalking Epidemic (1 x 60′) – Every year over a million people are stalked in Britain, resulting in harassment, fear, physical assault and in some extreme cases rape and murder. The UK has an extremely high stalking rate which is increasingly on the rise and it is estimated that 1 in 5 women and […]

Greenlit: Show Me Your Money, Channel 4

Show Me Your Money (1 x 60′) – Discussing salaries is one of the biggest taboos in the workplace. Everyone is curious about how much their workmates earn but would never dare to ask. Despite doing the exact same job, colleagues are more than likely to receive an entirely different pay amount each month. Inspired […]

Greenlit: Shark Wranglers, History

Shark Wranglers – World-class fishermen and ocean explorers risk life and limb doing a job no one else on the planet has even attempted – conducting hands on research of massive Great White Sharks in a dangerous, high stakes attempt to save them from oblivion. Pre-eminent ocean explorer and elite fisherman Chris Fischer is on […]

Greenlit: Super Saver Showdown, OWN

Super Saver Showdown – Two cost cutters compete to see who can outwit the other with their cunning couponing and DIY skills; Hosted by Design on a Dime‘s DIY expert Kristan Cunningham. Channel: OWN Producer: Glassman Media TX: 20th July 2012 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Chasing UFOs, National Geographic Channel

Chasing UFOs (8 x ) – An investigative team comprised of an UFOlogoist, tech supervisor and scientist/field researcher in their adventure-packed quest to explore alien-related mysteries. Tech Supervisor Erin Ryder and UFOlogist James Fox  will talk to more than 30 Texas residents who swear they saw an unidentified flying object in 2008 and Colorado towns […]

Greenlit: The Liquidator, OLN

The Liquidator (13 x 30′) – Dive into the high-stakes world of buying and selling as we meet haggler, trader and owner of Vancouver’s largest liquidation store, Jeff Schwarz. When it comes to moving discarded merchandise, Schwarz has done it all. Setting his sights on the big-time deal, he’s trading up to become the “Liquidation […]

Greenlit: Get Stuffed, OLN

Get Stuffed (13 x 30′) – A look into the bizarre and thrilling world of wacky international competitions as Erin Simms, Josh Rice, Ryan “6 Pack” Lapadat and Kalyn Miles test their limits on strength, endurance and tolerance in the strangest ways possible. Each week, two of the four brave individuals battle it out in […]

Funding 101: Ping Pong – An Truly International Affair

Ping Pong is a bittersweet feature-length documentary that follows eight pensioners from across the planet as they compete in the over 80s category of the World Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia.
Hugh originally planned to follow the British Table Tennis team, but soon discovered that UK broadcasters didn’t feel that a film on ping pong fitted their remit. He realized he would need to approach international channels for funding and that caused him to rethink the focus of the film to include more foreign players. He’d already shot a short trailer, very cheaply, at the European Table Tennis Championships in Croatia, which gave him something to show to potential funders. He then set of on a punishing schedule of international festivals Docs Barcelona Forum; Sheffield Doc/Fest Meet Market; and IDFA, Amsterdam to meet with commissioning editors and pitch the film. (Photo © Hugh Hartford)

Greenlit: Elizabeth II, The Diplomat Queen, ITV3 / France 5

Elizabeth II, The Diplomat Queen (1 x 60′) – Documentary that looks back at the sixty years of  the Queen’s reign, featuring interviews and archive footage of those closest to the Royal family. Channel: Commission: France 5 Acquisition: ITV3 / Foxtel (Australia) / RDI (Canada) / TVI (Portugal) / CCTV (China) / Cineplex Company (Thailand) […]

Greenlit: Harry’s Mountain Heroes, ITV1

Harry’s Mountain Heroes w/t (1 x 90′) – A documentary that charts an inspirational and heart-stopping adventure, launched by Prince Harry, in which a team of wounded servicemen take on the world’s toughest mountain, Everest. A five-strong team of wounded servicemen face the altitude, extreme climate and sheer physical hard work of summiting the world’s […]

Greenlit: Draw Something, CBS

Draw Something (pilot) – Modern take on old gameshow format Win, Lose or Draw, based on Zynga mobile and tablet game. Viewer can play along at home, as celebs and ordinary contestants compete for cash prizes in a studio. Channel: CBS Producer: Ryan Seacrest Productions / Embassy Row TX: TBC Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Jews at Ten, Channel 4

Jews at Ten (4 x 60′) –  A warm and light hearted celebration of Jewish life offering viewers insight into the community through the jokes, stories and fables as told by some of the community’s most loved faces. Each episode complements the week’s theme showcased in Jewish Mother of the Year and delve deeper to […]

Greenlit: From the Basement, Sky 3D, 3net, Sky Arts

From the Basement – Music series created by Radiohead’s producer Nigel Godrich that features performances from bands such as The White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age. Originally a webseries. Channel: Sky 3D / Sky Arts / 3net / Crackle (Sony’s digital platform) Producer: Sony Pictures Television TX: July 2012 (3net) Source: TBI Vision

Greenlit: Duck Quacks Don’t Echo, Sky 1

Duck Quacks Don’t Echo (pilot) – Women blink twice as much as men. The average office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet. All these amazing facts and many more will be put to the test by a panel of celebrity guests. Four contestants will compete against each other to present their best-known […]

Greenlit: You and Whose Army? Sky 1

You And Whose Army? (pilot) – A unique and ultra competitive new challenge show that’s all about celebrities and their mates. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Two celebrities lead their teams – hand-picked recruits consisting of friends, family, fellow celebs and unlikely experts – as they compete against each other in […]

Greenlit: Help Me I’m Human!, Sky 1

Help Me I’m Human! (pilot) – A smart and candid comedy chat show dedicated to helping us navigate our way through the minefield that is modern life – the mixed signals, indecision, awkwardness and guilt. How do you know if the woman you’re about to offer your seat to is pregnant or just fat? How […]

Greenlit: Last Family on Earth, Spike TV

Last Family on Earth (6 x 60′) – Competition reality show in which families compete to secure a spot in an underground state-of-the-art Vivos bunker that is fortified to withstand nearly any end-of-days disaster scenario.  The finale airs just in time for the family to move into their bunker, built by Vivos, the leader in […]

Greenlit: ER Nights, Discovery Fit & Health

ER Nights  – When the sun goes down, Saint Vincent’s ER fills up. This world class hospital is just a stone’s throw away from Sydney, Australia’s pumping central business district and its entertainment underbelly, Kings Cross, making it one of the busiest hospitals in the world. The ER staff at Saint Vincent’s never knows what […]

Greenlit: Spice Trip, More 4

Spice Trip w/t (6 x 60′) – A new series that uncovers the mysterious and wonderful world of spices, fronted by award-winning chef Stevie Parle and spice expert Emma Grazette, who both have a real passion for spices and aim to produce the definitive spice bible to get viewers cooking and filling their homes with […]

Greenlit: Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses, More 4

Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses (20 x 60′) –  Sarah Beeny helps not-so-savvy sellers maximise the saleability of their homes by giving them a unique opportunity to snoop on the competition. In each episode Sarah works with one buyer and three homeowners desperate to sell. At the start of the programme, the three homeowners get the […]

Greenlit: No Strings Attached, BBC1

No Strings Attached w/t (pilot) – A brand new cast of Jim Henson puppet characters will invite two celebrity guests to enter their world. The guests will go head to head in a series of unique games run by the cast of characters and take part in a variety of sketches, in what will be […]

A Pitching Frenzy at Sheffield Doc/Fest

This time last year I came to Sheffield to pitch my own documentary idea. I’d spent the preceding weeks metaphorically biting my nails and pacing up and down, as I prepared for my first proper, and public, pitch. Having worked as a reporter in news and current affairs, for over a decade, I had never had to pitch an idea before. At least not formally in front of a panel of four commissioning editors – oh, and did I mention the church hall of 150 spectators!

Up until that point, pitching meant phoning the editor or head of news, saying I’d like to do a news piece or feature or half hour on…whatever it was… then putting a few lines in an email and waiting for a yes or no. There was no nail-biting as of course you had your day job to worry about – i.e. getting your 2-minute report sorted for 6pm and in fact it was usually a yes – perhaps with a few provisos usually regarding time and money!

But this was something totally different…

In: Brad Austin, Director/Development, 10×10

Brad Austin has been appointed as Dirctor/Development at 10×10 Entertainment in Los Angeles. Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Warped Roadies, Fuse

Warped Roadies (10 x ) – A behind-the-scenes look at the Vans Warped Tour as it travels across the country with more than 60 bands. Viewers will see what it’s like for the young crew that keeps the tour rolling from city to city, while trying to enjoy the greatest, and yet most challenging, summer […]

Greenlit: Food, Glorious Food, ITV1

Food, Glorious Food –  Competition series in which home cooks compete to win £20,000 and see their dish stocked in Marks & Spencer food hall. Apply to be on the show here. Channel: ITV1 Producer: Syco TV / Optomen Television TX: February 2013 Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Diagnosis: Dead or Alive, Discovery Fit & Health

Diagnosis: Dead or Alive  – This new series explores the medical world’s deepest mysteries through the voices of the patients who lived them, but that’s not to say they lived through them. From the very first symptoms, to the frantic search for a diagnosis, viewers will be left guessing the outcome of the patient until […]

Greenlit: Mobster Confessions, Discovery Channel

Mobster Confessions (6 x ) – Mafia informants come out of hiding to bravely tell their shocking stories while cinematic re-creations illustrate their extraordinary testimonies. This series documents the lives of Mafia members who have come forward to share firsthand testimonies of their experiences amongst America’s most notorious underground families. With re-enactments and compelling interviews, […]

Up: Alex Hoff, Development Producer, Hoff Productions

Alex Hoff has been promoted to the role of Development Producer at Hoff Productions. Source: Cynopsis

In: Ross Greenberg, Director/Development, Hoff Productions

Ross Greenberg has been appointed as Director/Development at Hoff Productions. Source: Cynopsis

Footprints: New Documentary Strand Launched on Sky Atlantic

A new feature documentary strand called Footprints is being launched by Sky Altantic. It will commission or acquire up to twelve documentaries for peak time. The first original commission is The Grim Sleeper, film about a man on trial accused of being a serial killer, directed by Nick Broomfield. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,  a film […]

In: Lina Prestwood, Commissioning Editor, First Cut, Channel 4

Lina Prestwood has been appointed as Commissioning Editor for First Cut (a key documentary strand, which showcases films by up-and-coming directors) at Channel 4. Prestwood joined Channel 4’s Factual commissioning team in March this year to oversee 4 Goes Mad, a bold season of prime-time programming this summer challenging mental health stigma and discrimination. She […]

In: Igal Svet, VP Development, 2C Media

Igal Svet has been appointed as VP of Development at 2C Media in Miami, reporting to presidents and co-founders Chris Sloan and Carla Kaufman Sloan. Read more: Realscreen

Greenlit: Bring Me Morecambe and Wise, UKTV Gold

Bring Me Morecambe and Wise (5 x 60′) – Morecambe and Wise performed together from 1941 until Eric Morecambe’s death in1984, and they quickly became the kings of British comedy with famous sketches such as Singing in the Rain and The Breakfast Sketch. This series provides a fascinating insight into Britain’s most iconic comedy duo, […]

Greenlit: Best of the Road, Travel Channel

Best of the Road  (1 x 60′) – Special that captures the thrills and adventure of the second annual Best of the Road® cross-country road rally, and takes viewers to the front lines of this annual Rand McNally adventure in which road-tripping teams travel from Washington, D.C. to Seattle, WA, in search of the Best […]

Greenlit: Four Houses, TLC

Four Houses ( x 60′) – This new competition series follows four proud homeowners who are invited to preview, critique and score each other’s homes for the chance to win $10,000 and an opportunity to be featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Each episode features design-obsessed homeowners as they vie to impress the other […]

Greenlit: Bumps, Babies & Beyond Discovery Home & Health / TLC Europe

Bumps, Babies & Beyond (6 x 30′) – Myleene Klass chats to mums about pregnancy and parenting in order to bust some myths. Adapted from 48-part video series on Yahoo!’s Lifestyle Channel that got more than 2.5 million views. Channel: Discovery Home & Health (UK) / TLC (Western Europe) Producer: Twofour / GroupM Entertainment TX: […]

Greenlit: NY Med, ABC

NY Med (8 x ) – What do grandmothers, addicts and celebrities have in common? All of them seek care at Columbia and Weill Cornell Hospitals, the crown jewels of the prestigious New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. For a full year ABC cameras had unprecedented access to document the mayhem and the miracles […]

Greenlit: Lee Kern’s Celebrity Bedlam, E4

Lee Kern’s Celebrity Bedlam (6 x 30′) – See a plethora of celebrities confronted with one outlandish set-up after another in a surreal and ambitious take on the prank show. Comedian Lee Kern creates a world of absurd situations as he shows just what sort of mess unsuspecting Celebrities can get themselves into when asked […]

Greenlit: Wild Hawaii, Animal Planet

Wild Hawaii (1 x 6′) -Documentary that explores how wildlife survive in mountainous/maritime environment. Channel: Animal Planet Producer: Parthenon Entertainment TX: TBC Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Wild Appalachia, Animal Planet

Wild Appalachia (1 x 60′) -Documentary that explores how wildlife survive in mountainous environments. Channel: Animal Planet Producer: Parthenon Entertainment TX: TBC Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Wild Alaska, Animal Planet

Wild Alaska (1 x 120′) -Documentary that explores how wildlife survive in extreme environments. Channel: Animal Planet Producer: Parthenon Entertainment TX: TBC Source: Realscreen

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