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Greenlit: What You Didn’t Know About the West, CCTV (China)

What You Don’t Know About the West w/t (7 x 30′) – Popular factual series that gives Chinese viewers a new perspective on the West. Channel: CCTV (China’s state broadcaster) Producer: Westminster University TX: TBC Source: TBI Vision

Greenlit: Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial, Channel 4

Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial w/t (2  60′) – Volunteers will take MDMA, the pure form of Class A drug ecstasy, as part of a groundbreaking scientific study that is using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the effects of MDMA on resting brain activity in healthy volunteers for the first time. Volunteers will […]

Greenlit: British Gangster: Faces of the Underworld, UKTV Yesterday

British Gangster: Faces of the Underworld (6 x 60′) – Docuseries presented by Bernard O’Mahoney that goes back in time to the 1940s and 1950s to meet gangsters from Britain’s criminal underworld. Channel: Yesterday (UKTV) Producer: Altmar Entertainment / Revelation Films TX: Late 2012 Source: TBI Vision

Greenlit: Top Secret Weapons Revealed, Military Channel

Top Secret Weapons Revealed (6 x 50′) – The series reveals an array of outlandish weapons devised by military forces around the world, some so bizarre that they never made it off the drawing board. Unorthodox military innovations featured in the series include a U.S. smart bomb, which was piloted by live pigeons, a jet […]

Greenlit: Raiders of the Lost Past, UKTV Yesterday

Raiders of the Lost Past (13 x 50′) – Docuseries that looks at attempts to uncover the secrets of famous historical artefacts such as the Holy Grail. Channel: Yesterday (UKTV) Producer: WMR Productions TX: Late 2012 Source: TBI Vision

Greenlit: The Estate, Channel 4

The Estate (3 x 60′) – Documentary series that examines life on housing estates – good and bad. Channel: Channel 4 Producer: Keo Films TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Britain’s Oldest Standup, Channel 4

Britain’s Oldest Stand Up (1 x 30′) – Chelsea Pensioner, 90-year-old Jack Woodward has a dream: to revive his career as a stand-up comic and perform on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo. This film follows Jack on a heart-warming journey as he attempts to make it in the modern world of stand-up comedy. Jack has […]

In: Harrison Land, Manager/Development, Jupiter Entertainment

Harrison Land has been appointed as Manager/Development Jupiter Entertainment’s new New York office, reporting to Matt Sprouse. Source: Cynopsis  

Greenlit: Lights Out, The Weather Channel

Lights Out ( x 30′) – When severe weather knocks out power and it’s “lights out!,” it’s the unsung heroes of the Entergy Arkansas power crews who come to the rescue. This series follows the modern day cavalry who comes to save the day when storms create havoc for communities. Winter ice storms, spring tornadoes, […]

Greenlit: Counting Cars, History

Counting Cars ( x 30′) – Most people in Las Vegas bet with chips. Danny “The Count” Koker bets with cars. He’s a Sin City legend with an insatiable appetite for anything on wheels. Danny acquires, restores and customizes classic cars and motorcycles – and then “flips” them for a profit. Ever since the first […]

Greenlit: The Boy With Two Heads, Channel 4

The Boy With Two Heads (1 x 60′) – Shock doc about a Brazilian baby born with a rare deformity. Channel: Channel 4 Producer: Rize TX: TBC Source: C21

Greenlit: The Girl Who Became Three Boys, Channel 4

The Girl Who Became Three Boys (1 x 60′) – Documentary about twenty-one-year-old Gemma Barker, from Staines, who is currently serving 30 months in prison for fraud and sexual assault. Over the course of several months Gemma invented and impersonated three different boys, ‘Aaron’, ‘Luke’ and ‘Connor’ and under these three separate guises went on […]

Greenlit: House Party, Channel 4

House Party (1 x 360′) – In an unprecedented live television event, Channel 4hands  In the past DJs have taken over warehouses, fields, car-parks and derelict office blocks. This summer, for the first time ever, DJs take control of a national broadcaster to bring the country together with a six-hour House Party that hands over […]

Greenlit: How Clubbing Changed the World, Channel 4

How Clubbing Changed the World (1 x 120′) – Idris Elba explores how clubbing went from a counter cultural movement that defined a generation to a multi-billion pound business whilst revealing how 25 years on Great Britain is still king of the underground.. Twenty-five years since the birth of Rave, a new generation of British […]

Greenlit: Fight Club: A History of Violence, UKTV Yesterday

Fight Club: A History of Violence (4 x 60′) –  Docuseries that explores the history of organised fights from the Tudor through Victorian eras. Channel: Yesterday (UKTV) Producer: Like a Shot Entertainment TX: Late 2012 Source: TBI Vision

Greenlit: Upload With Shaquille O’Neal, truTV

Upload with Shaquille O’Neal w/t (10 x ) – A new series starring basketball superstar and TNT NBA analyst Shaquille O’Neal. Each week, Shaq and his comic friends Gary Owen (Think Like a Man), who hosts the series, and Godfrey (The Mr. Men Show), along with a special guest, will scour the internet looking for […]

Greenlit: Girl Power: The Story of the Spice Girls, ITV1

Girl Power: The Story of the Spice Girls w/t (1 x 90′) – Documentary that follows girl band The Spice Girls as they prepare for the premiere of a muscial based on their lives. Channel: ITV1 Producer: Burning Bright Productions TX: Christmas 2012 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Mars Landing 2012: The New Search for Life, Discovery Channel Canada

Mars Landing 2012: The New Search for Life – Daily Planet co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin provide extensive coverage as NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab embarks on the final stages of the most complex Mars mission in history. Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), more lovingly known as Curiosity, weighs a metric ton. That’s 900 kilos of […]

Greenlit: Wings for Science, Ushuaia TV

Wings for Science – Documentary that follows a French couple who fly around the world to carry out scientific experiements. Channel: Ushuaia TV (France) Producer: Docland Yard (France) TX: TBC Source: C21

Greenlit: Sentinel Islands, Ushuaia TV (France)

Sentinel Islands – Wildlife documentary set in the Caribbean. Channel: Ushuaia TV (France) Producer: Docland Yard (France) TX: TBC Source: C21

Greenlit: Christmas Over the World, Canal+

Christmas Over the World (1 x 90′) – Documentary that follows five different families in different parts of the the world to see how they celebrate Christmas. Channel: Canal+ Producer: Gedeon Programmes TX: TBC Source: C21

Greenlit: Swimming Beyond Borders, France 3

Swimming Beyond Borders (1 x 110′) – Documentary about Phillipe Croizon as he tries to swim from continent to continent via four straits, despite having had all four limbs amputated. Channel: France 3 Producer: Gedeon Programmes TX: TBC Source: C21

Greenlit: Paris Over the Ages, Planete+

Paris Over the Ages (4 x 60′) – CGI docudrama about the history of Paris. Channel: Planete+ (France) Producer: Gedeon Programmes TX: TBC Source: C21

Greenlit: Looking for Pablo Picasso, Arte

Looking for Pablo Picasso (1 x 90′) – Documentary about the Spanish artist. Channel: Arte Producer: Gedeon Programmes TX: TBC Source: C21

Out/In: John Hay, Commissioning Editor, Channel 5 to Commissioning Editor, Channel 4

John Hay has been appointed as commissioning editor for history at Channel 4 from mid-August 2012, reporting to Ralph Lee, head of factual. He was previously commissioning editor at Channel 5. Source: Broadcast  

Greenlit: Strippers: Cars For Cash, National Geographic UK

Strippers: Cars for Cash (10 x 60′) –  Two teams, each comprising a car salesman and a mechanic, go head-to-head in an attempt to make the most money from stripping the parts from an old car. Channel: National Geographic UK Producer: Attaboy TX: Autumn 2012 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Big Tiny, TLC

Big Tiny – This series opens the door to the extraordinary life of Bridgette (Bri) and Bradley (Brad) Jordan, the world’s smallest siblings. Crowned the “World’s Shortest Living Woman,” Bri weighs 18-pounds and stands at a diminutive 27-inches while her brother, Brad, weighs 35-pounds and stands at 38-inches, making them the world’s shortest living brother […]

In: David Ellenberg, SVP/Unscripted Development, TBS & TNT

David Ellenberg has been appointed as SVP/Unscripted Development for TBS and TNT, based in Los Angeles and reporting to Michael Wright, President, Head/Programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. Source: Cynopsis

In: Colleen Flynn, Head of Development, Keo Films

Colleen Flynn has been appointed as Head of Development at Keo Films. Source: Televisual

Greenlit: The uneXplained, BIO

The uneXplained ( x 30′) – Series that explores strange real life cases and individuals who turn to the supernatural world for help when all traditional methods have failed to provide a resolution. From intuitive healers to spirit channelers to psychic mediums, the series approaches mysterious physical circumstances with alternative spiritual methods.  It includes first-hand […]

In: Dave Snyder, VP/Development, Jigsaw Productions

Dave Snyder has been appointed as VP/Development  at Jigsaw Productions in NYC, reporting to Founder/President Alex Gibney. Source: Cynopsis

In: Stacey Offman, VP/Development and Production, Jigsaw Productions

Stacey Offman has been appointed as VP/Development and Production at Jigsaw Productions in NYC, reporting to Founder/President Alex Gibney. Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Prom Queens, Lifetime

Prom Queens (8 x 60′) – An all-new docu-series closely following the intense dynamic surrounding high school girls vying to be crowned queen at their Senior Proms.  Featuring eight different high schools from around the country, including California, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the series will document prospective girls from each school as they […]

Greenlit: Sex Story: 50 Shades of Grey, Channel 4

Sex Story: 50 Shades of Grey – Documentary that looks at the phenomenon that is the UK’s fastest selling paperback of all time. Has Fifty Shades of Grey really transformed us from a nation of prudes to one of happy spankers? It may have brought bondage into the mainstream, but are we Brits really ready […]

In: Lauren Deen, Associate Vice President Development, Leopard Films USA

Lauren Deen has been appointed as associate vice president of development for Leopard Films USA overseeing development and production of food programming. Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: The Lost Treasure Hunters, Animal Planet

Lost Treasure Hunters – An elite team of leading prospectors, gemologists and miners set off on an adrenaline-fueled adventure as they head to an ancient Indian city believed to have been the source of some of the world’s most valuable diamonds, including the Hope diamond and the Koh-i-nor. Now, the city’s mines are about to […]

Greenlit: At Your Service, CNBC

At Your Service w/t – Follows a high-end international concierge service that caters to a clientele that never needs to ask “how much.” They are dream makers who take on the most outrageous requests. Need 10 emperor penguins for a “Happy Feet” themed kid’s party? Looking for a 15th century castle for a Henry the […]

Greenlit: American Greed: The Fugitives, CNBC

American Greed: The Fugitives (7  x 60′) – White-collar crime can destroy companies, cost investors billions, devastate families and wipe out a person’s entire life savings. This series, narrated by Stacy Keach, goes in search of the alleged masterminds behind some of the biggest financial fraud cases in the U.S., and tells the never-before-heard stories […]

UKTV Yesterday Rebrands for Younger Audience

UKTV channel Yesterday has launched a new brand proposition with a raft of fresh programmes that will reflect the channel’s brand promise, Entertainment Inspired By History. The strategic shift in Yesterday’s content is aimed at attracting a more diverse audience to the channel by providing programmes that are accessible and entertaining, while keeping history at […]

In: Seth Goolnik, VP/Development, Twofour LA

Seth Goolnik has been appointed as VP/Development at Twofour in Los Angeles. Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Freaks and Creeps, Nat Geo WILD

Freaks and Creeps –  National Geographic Emerging Explorer and zoologist Lucy Cooke explores the weirder side of wildlife. Channel: Nat Geo WILD TX: 17th July 2012 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: The Strange Theatre of Madame Tussaud, Arte

The Strange Theatre of Madame Tussaud (1 x 90′) – Documentary about Marie Grosholtz, a wax modeller, who later founded Madame Tussauds Museum in London in the 19th century. Channel: Arte Producer: Gedeon Programmes TX: TBC Source: C21

Greenlit: The Secret History of Servants, BBC2

The Secret History of Servants (3×60′) – Dr Pam Cox presents a series that explores the lives of British domestic servants in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Channel: BBC2 Producer: Betty TX: Autumn 2012 Source: C21

Greenlit: Inside the Mind of Ian Brady, Channel 5

Inside the Mind of Ian Brady – Documentary about murderer convicted in 1966 of killing three children alongside Myra Hindley, who is appealing to be allowed to die. Channel: Channel 5 Producer: 1212 Productions TX: Early August 2012 Source: C21

Greenlit: North Pole Ice Airport, Channel 5

North Pole Ice Airport (3 x 60′) – A new documentary series with exclusive access to one of mankind’s most ambitious, and most improbable, projects – and to the extraordinary cast of characters it attracts. Every year, for one month only, a bizarre community springs up in the planet’s most hostile environment. Men and machinery, […]

Ten Habits to Generate New Ideas

To be successful at generating commissionable new TV programme ideas you need to do two things: ·Understand what channels are looking for ·Actively look for new ideas. The best ideas for factual TV programmes come from a flash of insight about human behaviour, or from talking to an expert about new developments in their field, […]

Greenlit: Happily Never After, Investigation Discovery

Happily Never After – It was the happiest day of the bride’s life, but it was also her last. For the newlyweds featured in this new series, the reality of “til death do you part” hits sooner than expected when homicide crashes the honeymoon. Part wedding show and part police drama, each episode unveils the […]

Greenlit: What the Nazis Really Thought, Channel 4

What the Nazis Really Thought w/t –  The programme is based on research conducted by a team of leading German and Austrian historians scientists who have collated and analysed the verbatim conversations of German prisoners of war. This unprecedented record of loose talk between battle-hardened soldiers was secretly recorded while they were incarcerated in British […]

Greenlit: The Taste, ABC

The Taste (8 x ) – Famed foodies Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain head a distinct panel of four judges in this unique cooking competition pitting America’s most skilled cooks against one another. For the first time ever Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson are teaming up to get down to what truly matters, the way […]

Greenlit: Secret Life Of…, History Channel Canada

Secret Life Of… A cheeky and provocative new biography series that deliciously dishes dirt on icons of the past, such as Napoleon, Catherine the Great, and Casanova.  A rare glimpse into the rarified world of the rich, famous and scandalous, this 14-part series features A-list historians and experts as you’ve never seen them before.  Their […]

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