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The Development Toolkit: Proposal, Trailer, Pitch

The three key elements of your pitch are the paper proposal, the trailer and the verbal pitch. In this panel, which took place at Sheffield Doc/Fest’s DFG Day in 2011 three experts talk about how to hone your pitch materials: Andrea Paterson, Development Producer, Fresh One describes an effective written proposal. Fernanda Rossi, Documentary and […]

BVE North: The New World of Content Funding

At the recent BVE North (November 2012), I chaired a panel featuring Hugo Heppell, Head of Production, Screen Yorkshire and Lynne McCadden, Head of Development, Creative England. I had been expecting them to talk about TV and funding quotas for regional producers and to hear about the development and production grants that they had to […]

Greenlit: Protecting Our Parents, BBC2

Protecting Our Parents w/t (3 x 60′) – Observational documentary series that explores how they elderly are cared for in Britain. Channel: BBC2 Producer: BBC TX: Summer 2013 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon, BBC2

Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon (1 x 60′) –  Documentary that explores the life and achievements of the world’s most famous astronaut. Channel: BBC2 Producer: Darlow Smithson TX: 30th December 2012 Source: Broadcast

In Development: Bags to Riches, Channel 4

Bags to Riches (Non-TX pilot) – Follows an auction of lost property found on UK public transport. Channel: Channel 4 Producer: Keo Films TX: Non-TX pilot Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Secret Life of Dogs, ITV1

Secret Life of Dogs  (1 x 60′) – A scientific exploration of man’s relationship with dogs, narrated by Martin Clunes. Channel: ITV1 Producer: Oxford Scientific Films TX: 22nd January 2013 Source: Facebook

Greenlit: Constitution USA with Peter Sagal, PBS

Constitution USA with Peter Sagal  –  Breathing new life into the traditional civics lesson, Peter Sagal (host of NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me) travels across the country on a customized Harley-Davidson to find out where the U.S. Constitution lives, how it works and how it doesn’t; how it unites us as a nation and […]

Greenlit: The Central Park Five, PBS

The Central Park Five  – This new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from […]

Greenlit: Summer in Blackpool, BBC1

Summer in Blackpool (1 x 60′) – Documentary that follows the residents of the seaside resort as they deal with business and family issues during a sodden summer. Channel: BBC1 Producer: Zig Zag Productions TX: Early 2013 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Australia’s First 3 Billion Years, PBS

Australia’s First 3 Billion Years  –  Of all continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. NOVA’s four-part miniseries takes viewers on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today. With help from high-energy host and geologist Richard Smith, […]

Greenlit: Girl Model, PBS

Girl Model (1 x 60′) –  Go beneath the facade of the modeling industry by following two people whose lives intersect because of it. Ashley is a deeply conflicted American model scout, and 13-year-old Nadya, plucked from a remote Siberian village and promised a lucrative career in Japan, is her latest discovery. As the young […]

Out/In: Liam Keelan, Controller, BBC Daytime / Head of Sky1

Liam Keelan, BBC Daytime controller since 2006, is leaving his post to take up a new appointment as the head of Sky 1. Source: Ariel This post has now been updated here.

Greenlit: Howard Goodall’s Story of Music, BBC2

Howard Goodall’s Story Of Music (6 x 60′) –  An epic overview of the development of western music – from Cave to Cantata, from Bach to Bowie – written and presented by award-winning broadcaster and composer, Howard Goodall. With complementary programming on BBC Radio 3, including free downloads of introductions to 50 key musical works, […]

Greenlit: 2012: A Year of Wild Weather, BBC1

2012: A Year of Wild Weather – To say that the weather in 2012 has been unusual is an understatement: this show features dramatic eyewitness footage and comprehensive analysis of some of the most extreme conditions seen in the UK, ranging from parched riverbeds to devastating flash floods. BBC Weatherman Nick Miller looks at the […]

Greenlit: Magic Man, TLC

Magic Man (2 x 30′) –  Two-parter featuring magician JB Benn as he performs magic tricks in the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco and a tourist resort in the Bahamas. Channel: TLC Producer: JUMA Entertainment TX: 23rd December 2012 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Best Funeral Ever, TLC

Best Funeral Ever (1  x 60′) – For most of us, death is a time to mourn and shed tears for the departed. For others, it’s a time to honor their loved ones and celebrate the life through services that turn the traditional funeral on its head. This documentary goes inside the Dallas-based Golden Gate […]

Greenlit: Diggers, National Geographic Channel

Diggers ( x 30′) – Follows metal detectors George ‘KG’ Wyant and his partner Tim ‘Ringy’ Saylor as they travel across the USA looking for buried treasure that will tell them something about American history, whilst hoping that one day they might strike it rich. Channel: National Geographic Channel Producer: Half Yard Productions TX: 1st […]

Greenlit: Made in Milwaukee, DIY Network

Made in Milwaukee -Docuseries following the staff of Milwaukee interior design firm Flux Design. Channel: DIY Network TX: 4th January 2013 Source: DIY Network press release / Cynopsis

Greenlit: First Time Farmers, Channel 4

First Time Farmers (5 x 60′) – Observational documentary series looking at all aspects of farming life through the eyes of the younger generation. Set in the picturesque English countryside, these fresh faced individuals are certainly not your average looking traditional farmers – they are the hard-working modern breed of the farming generation breathing new […]

Greenlit: Women Who Make America, PBS

Women Who Make America (1 x 60′) –  Review the story of how women, including Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Ellen DeGeneres, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters and Katie Couric, have helped shape America over the last 50 years — through one of the most sweeping social revolutions in our country’s history — in […]

Greenlit: Earth From Space, PBS

NOVA: Earth From Space (1 x 120′) – A groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms them into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustain life […]

Greenlit: Shakespeare Uncovered, PBS

Shakespeare Uncovered (6 x 60′) –  This compelling series tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Each episode combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passions of celebrated hosts Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant. Episodes include: Macbeth With Ethan Hawke – […]

Greenlit: Attenborough’s Life Stories, PBS

Attenborough’s Life Stories (3 x 60′) – In honor of Sir David Attenborough’s 60th anniversary on television, this three-part miniseries focuses on three fields that Attenborough feels have been transformed most profoundly: filmmaking, science and the environment. Richly illustrated with the sequences that Attenborough has spent 60 years capturing, new interviews in which he revisits […]

Greenlit: Soul Food Junkies, PBS

Independent Lens: Soul Food Junkies –  Filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about soul food and its relevance to black cultural identity. As he discovers, the relationship between African Americans and high-fat, calorie-rich traditional dishes such as ribs, grits and fried chicken is culturally based, deeply rooted, complex and often deadly. Soul Food […]

Greenlit: POV Reportero, PBS

POV: Reportero – Follow a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for members of the media. In Mexico, close to 50 journalists have been slain or have vanished since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderón […]

Greenlit: Secrets of Highclere Castle, PBS

Secrets of Highclere Castle – It may be more famous now than any time in its 1,300-year history as the setting of Downton Abbey, but England’s Highclere Castle has its own stories to tell. In its heyday, Highclere was the social epicenter of Edwardian England. See how all the inhabitants of Highclere lived, from the […]

Greenlit: Years of Living Dangerously, Showtime

Years of Living Dangerously (6-8  x 60′)  – This first-of-its-kind series is a collaboration between some of Hollywood’s biggest actors and producers, along with the country’s leading news journalists, who will report on first-person accounts of those affected by – and seeking solutions to – global warming. Film and television stars such as Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and […]

Greenlit: Spontaneous Construction, HGTV

Spontaneous Construction ( x 30′) –  Bridging the gap between television and social media, Spontaneous Construction activates a “task mob” to help homeowners who are struggling with a renovation project. By harnessing the power of email, Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist and others, host Ricky Paull Goldin recruits a massive group of dancing, flash-mobbing strangers. Carpenters, skilled […]

Greenlit: Scoring the Deal, HGTV

Scoring the Deal ( x 30′) –  We follow Jason Abrams, real estate specialist to the pros, through the fast-paced world of real estate for the world’s best professional athletes. Known as the “Jerry Maguire of real estate,” Jason’s intense drive ensures that his clients are taken care of on every level. He serves not […]

Greenlit: My Little Princess, E4

My Little Princess (8 x 60′) – A high concept, fantasy action game show for dating. In each episode a group of eight young male suitors, ‘princes’, are transported to a fairy tale kingdom to face a series of outrageous challenges set by the King, the doting father of a single maiden. Which of the […]

Greenlit: Cage Fighters’ Wives, Channel 5

Cage Fighters’ Wives w/t (1 x 60′) – Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is big business – there are over 150 clubs across the UK and the sport is growing rapidly. But behind every deadly fighter there’s a woman cheering him on and giving him the support athletes of this calibre couldn’t do without. Gaining exclusive […]

Greenlit: Cousins on Call, HGTV

Cousins on Call ( x 30′) –  Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, aka Kitchen Cousins, take on more than just kitchen renovations. In their new series, the guys come to the rescue of outdated and dysfunctional homes and create awe-inspiring spaces for clients. The larger than life renovations sometimes call for extra hands which means […]

Greenlit: Hawaii Life, HGTV

Hawaii Life ( x 30′) –  In Hawaii, from Oahu and Kauai to The Big Island and Maui, properties range from $50,000 plots of land to $50 million dollar dream homes. The brokers at Hawaii Life realty firm, who make island-living dreams a reality, sell by the code “you don’t have to be rich to […]

Greenlit: The Sisterhood, TLC

The Sisterhood – Docuseries following the lives of wives of Atlanta preachers who have to juggle home life with church life. Channel: TLC Producer: True Entertainment TX: 1st January 2013 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Best in Town, BBC Worldwide Channels

Best In Town (10 x 50′) – Three real life competitors from the same type of business battle it out for honours in the same area.  The series challenges the entrepreneurs to use all their knowledge and business sense when they come face to face with their fellow traders for the first time.  After the […]

Greenlit: Pain, Pus and Poison, BBC4

Pain, Pus And Poison (3 x 60′) – Dr Michael Mosley tells the extraordinary story of how scientists learnt to use the world around us to heal our bodies and conquer the common afflictions of pain, pus and poison. He explores how certain chemicals – once invisible and almost magical in their effects – were […]

Greenlit: Carved With Love, BBC4

Carved With Love (3 x 60′) – A fascinating series on the British genius for woodwork. The three-part series tells the story of Thomas Chippendale, a poor Yorkshire carver who worked his way up from humble roots to become the greatest furniture designer in history; Grinling Gibbons, the master carver who worked for Charles II […]

In Development: Babes on a Bus, Fox

Babes on a Bus (1 x pilot) –  Pilot of dating series based on successful Norwegian dating format in which single women travel around the country on a bus looking for love. Channel: Fox Producer: Endemol TX: TBC Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings, PBS

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings  (1 x 60′) –  Follow ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro over the course of a musical season. Enjoy dynamic performances before sold-out crowds, intimate moments of life on the road and visits to Shimabukuro’s native Hawai’i, where he has risen from local hero to international star. Channel: PBS TX: 10th […]

Greenlit: 2012: Mashed, Channel 4

2012:MASHED –  Rich Fulcher introduces an insane look at the big news events of 2012 through totally original commissioned media mash-ups made by the internet’s most famous names including Dan Bull, David Schneider, Cassette Boy and Rob Manuel. News events covered include Barclay’s Bank LIBOR fixing, Kate Middleton, 50 Shades of Grey and Lonesome George […]

Out: Jenn Kuzmyk, VP Factual Development, Cream Productions, Toronto

Jenn Kuzmyk is leaving her post of VP Factual Development at Cream Productions in Toronto at the end of 2012 to pursue other opportunities. Source: C21   

Greenlit: Bloody Tales of Europe, National Geographic Channels International

Bloody Tales of Europe (6 x ) – Building on the success of 2012’s Bloody Tales of The Tower, this spin-off series features a raft of fresh examinations and insights into some of history’s bloodiest events on an even larger scale and with greater geographical spread. Presenters, journalist Joe Crowley and historian Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb, […]

Greenlit: Changing Fortunes, BBC World News

Changing Fortunes (6 x ) – A documentary series that challenges assumptions about patterns of wealth in the early 21st century.  It takes a contemporary look at the new generation of wealthy men and women that have emerged in the last two decades. The fall of the Soviet Union, the liberalization of India and the […]

Greenlit: Stargazing, BBC Worldwide Channels

Stargazing (3 x 50′) –  Broadcast from the control room of the Jodrell Bank radio observatory in Cheshire. Each of the episodes will focus on a different area of astronomical interest and discussion – Mars, Earth and The Big Bang.  Professor Brian Cox (Wonders of the Universe, Wonders of the Solar System), renowned astronomer Mark […]

Greenlit: Bill’s Kitchen: Notting Hill, BBC Worldwide Channels

Bill’s Kitchen: Notting Hill (10 x 50’) – Follows the famously relaxed cook at work and at home in London’s cosmopolitan Notting Hill. Renowned for his bright, breezy and no-fuss approach to food, Bill Granger is currently introducing his own brand of modern Australian cooking to UK diners at his new London restaurant.  From Roast […]

Greenlit: The Riviera: A History in Pictures, BBC4

The Riviera: A History In Pictures (2 x 60′) -A sun-filled series in which Richard E Grant follows in the footsteps of artists who have lived, loved and painted on France’s glorious Côte d’Azur. Richard explores the intertwined relationship between modern art and the development of the French Riviera as an international tourist haven. Travelling […]

Greenlit: Treasures of the Louvre, BBC4

Treasures Of The Louvre – Paris-based writer Andrew Hussey travels through the glorious art and surprising history of an extraordinary French institution to show that the story of the Louvre is the story of France. As well as exploring the masterpieces of painters such as Veronese, Rubens, David, Chardin, Gericault and Delacroix, he also examines […]

In Development: Chris Ramsay’s Social Network, BBC3

Chris Ramsay’s Social network (1 x pilot) – The show sees the Hebburn star take on the week through everything that is happening in social media. Channel: BBC3 Producer: Avalon Scotland TX: TBC Source: BBC press release

Greenlit: Origins of Love, TV3 (Sweden), TV2 (Norway), 1+1 (Ukraine)

Origins of Love (11 x 60′) – Dating format in which immigrant singles look for love with people with the same cultural background. Channel: TV3 (Sweden), TV2 (Norway), 1+1 (Ukraine) Producer: Nordisk FilmTV TX: Spring 2013 Source: TBI Vision

Greenlit: Kind-Hearted Woman, PBS

Kind-Hearted Woman  (2 x 60′) –  In a special two-part series that illuminates the epidemic of child sexual abuse on Native-American reservations and the growing scandal of some tribes’ failure to protect those children, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland  (The Farmer’s Wife, Country Boys) profiles Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman […]

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