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Greenlit: Beauty & the Blade Runner, Investigation Discovery

Beauty & the Blade Runner (1 x 60′) – Fast-turnaround documentary that explores the events around the killing of Reeva Steenkamp, girlfriend of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, at his South African home. Channnel: Investigation Discoveryy Producer: Peacock Productions TX: 3rd March 2013 Source: Investigation Discovery press release (via KLAS-TV Las Vegas)

Greenlit: Trauma Doctors, Channel 5

Trauma Doctors (4 x 60′) – A medical observational documentary series set in one of the UK’s leading trauma centres, The Royal London Hospital in the capital’s East End and with the pioneering roadside trauma specialists London’s Air Ambulance who are based on the roof of the hospital. Here we’ll meet the Trauma Doctors – […]

In: Fiorella Grossi, Head of Development, Peace Point Entertainment

Fiorella Grossi has been appointed as Head of Development at Peace Point Entertainment in Toronto. Read more: Realscreen

Greenlit: Hidden in America, Destination America

Hidden in America ( x 60′) – A new anthology series that travels behind the veil of secrecy to explore a members-only world. Featuring interviews with individuals directly tied to each group, these first-hand insights reveal little-known facts and breathe a gripping reality into communities largely shrouded in mystery and legend. Episode include: Hidden in America: […]

Greenlit: Meteor Strike: Fireball From Space, Channel 4

Meteor Strike: Fireball from Space (1 x 60′) – Fast-turnaround documentary that uses eyewitness footage to chronicle the extraordinary events surrounding a meteor that injured a thousand people in Russia in Februrary 2013. Channel: Channel 4 Producer: Pioneer Productions TX: 3rd March 2013 Source: TBI Vision

Greenlit: Bear Grylls: Ultimate Survivors, Discovery Networks International

Bear Grylls: Ultimate Survivors (6 x 60′) – Bear Grylls demonstrates how people have survived desperate situations using extreme survival skills. Channel: Discovery Networks International TX: TBC Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Barely Legal Drivers, BBC3

Barely Legal Drivers (6 x 60′) – Britain’s young drivers are some of the most dangerous in Europe. This series follows inexperienced teen drivers to see what they’re really like behind the wheel. Each week two novices will be let loose on the road in their family car. They believe they’re filming a slice of […]

Greenlit: Football, Schizophrenia and Me, BBC3

Football, Schizophrenia and Me  w/t (1 x 60′) – This film will tell the story of an extraordinary football league, in which every player suffers from a mental health problem – be it OCD, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Following a number of key characters over one season, from training sessions to the hotly-contested end-of-year final, […]

Greenlit: Rachel Bruno: Me and My Dad, BBC3

Rachel Bruno: Me and My Dad w/t (1 x 60′) – Twenty-six-year-old Rachel Bruno lives at home with her brother and sister, and works as a waitress in a pizza restaurant. But Rachel is also the daughter of Frank Bruno, ex-heavyweight boxing champion of the world and much-loved national treasure. Since being sectioned for the […]

Greenlit: Inside A Teenage Mental Health Unit, BBC3

Inside a Teenage Mental Health Unit w/t (3 x 90′) – For a year cameras were given unparalled access to the McGuinness Unit in Manchester, one of the largest teenage mental health units in Britain. It’s the place of last resort for young people with psychosis or eating disorders, who self-harm or have OCD. We […]

Greenlit: Minds Like Ours, BBC3

Minds Like Ours w/t (1 x 90′) – Bold, thought-provoking, ambitious, this powerful new documentary will ask young people with mental health disorders to turn the camera on themselves – and show us the world through their eyes. Using handheld cameras, 20 extraordinary young people will take us with them as they navigate the rocky […]

Greenlit: Mental Me, BBC3

Mental Me w/t (1 x 60′) – Mental illness affects us all and often strikes in the late teens and early 20s. In this film we’ll explain the science behind the most common mental illnesses that affect young people – why they develop in the first place, what’s going on inside our bodies and what […]

Greenlit: Jordan & Perri’s Ultimate Block Party, Nickelodeon / Sky 1

Jordan & Perri’s Ultimate Block Party (8 x 30′) – Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely, members of the Britain’s Got Talent winning dance troupe Diversity, travel around the UK staging surprise parties. Channel: Nickelodeon / Sky 1 Producer: Princess Productions TX: Summer 2013 Source: Nick UK Hub

Greenlit: Auction Agent, HGTV

Auction Agent (5 x 30′) –  A new series featuring Missouri State Auction Champ Christie Hatman. The self-described ‘Auction Queen,’ who loves to say she’s a fast talking woman that’s smart enough to get paid for it, is taking her talents and love of unique items on the road. Each episode documents her travels as […]

Greenlit: Deceived, TV One

Deceived – Taking a cue from recent headlines of  love gone wrong, this docuseries delves into the lives of victims who have fallen prey to con artists, charlatans and thieves. It tells the real-life stories of men and women who have been betrayed by someone they trusted through the victims’ testimony, re-enactments, and interviews with […]

Greenlit: OCD Camp, BBC3

OCD Camp w/t (2 x 60′) – Follows six British teens and young adults living with OCD as they embark on a unique, life changing week-long treatment course in the USA.  The series documents their incredible journey to the Blue Compass OCD camp near Seattle, where course leaders use exposure therapy to enable their participants […]

Greenlit: Fit to Rule? BBC2

Fit to Rule? (3 x 60′) – Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Lucy Worsley, explores one of the most intimate aspects of dynastic power: the state of health of the monarch. For hereditary rulers, the impact of individual illness goes far beyond the personal. For Kings, Queens and their children, sickness was a political illness […]

Greenlit: Why Men Cheat, Logo

WHAT!? Why Men Cheat  (1 x 60′) –  Privilege, pride, and promiscuity, oh my! The evolution of male infidelity is explored in this new original documentary that proves love and sex are far from one and the same. It’s a battle of nature versus nurture, as Logo explores how each leads to the lust that […]

Greenlit: WHAT!? The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling, Logo

WHAT!? The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling (1 x 90′) –  Body slams aren’t just for male wrestlers!  In 1986, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling rose to fame as the first television show featuring female wrestlers – and these ladies were feisty!  Within a few years, GLOW become an international phenomenon, entertaining millions […]

Greenlit: 100 Sexiest Artists, VH1

100 Sexiest Artists (4 x ) – They’re sexy and we know it. Stevie Ryan, of Stevie TV, ranks the sexiest in the music business. This four night special includes celebrity interviews and expert commentators like Blake Shelton, Kat Graham, Robin Thicke, VH1′s Drita D’Avanzo, Jill Zarin, Jake Pavelka and many more. When host Stevie Ryan […]

Greenlit: The Gossip Game, VH1

The Gossip Game  – Reality series that focuses on the lives of seven media personalities covering the fast-paced, competitive urban entertainment beat in New York City. Every day, these ambitious women navigate the ever-shifting landscape of the media industry, where they strive to preserve their place in the ‘pecking order’ while chasing the latest exclusive […]

Greenlit: Wicked Single, VH1

Wicked Single – Boston-based reality series that follows six ‘adultsters’ who work hahd, play hard. But although they never miss an opportunity to hit the club, these young Bostonians sometimes wonder if the trappings of adulthood may be passing them by as they revel in ‘Monday Fundays’ and ‘Tuesday Boozedays.’ Ultimately, this group of friends […]

Ten Reasons Not to Pitch Your Independent Documentary to Funders

All filmmakers have ideas. All filmmakers want to see those ideas realized. But not all filmmakers will do what it takes. Why not? Fear. A quite rational fear, as it happens, but fear nonetheless. Here are some of the objections you might be using to comfort yourself as to why no-one will help you make your idea and so what’s the point in trying? I’ve added some suggestions of how to overcome these stumbling blocks whether they are practical or psychological. Add your own tips in the comments or via @tvmole on Twitter. (Photo by dryhead CC BY 2.0)

Greenlit: The Looking Glass War: Britain in the Cold War Years, BBC2

The Looking Glass War: Britain in the Cold War Years (3 x 60′) – Dominic Sandbrook presents this series, which draws on his work on post-war Britain and Seventies America. He contends that the global Cold War between democratic West and Communist East is fundamental to understanding domestic society, economy and politics. This is not the […]

Greenlit: Ancient Egypt: Life & Death in The Valley of the Kings, BBC2

Ancient Egypt: Life & Death In The Valley Of The Kings – The Valley of the Kings is the burial place of the greatest Pharaohs of Egypt’s Golden Age. But for Egyptologist, Dr Joann Fletcher, it isn’t the lives of the great Pharaohs that draws her to the study of Ancient Egypt – but the […]

Greenlit: The Most Dangerous Man in Tudor England, BBC2

The Most Dangerous Man in Tudor England (1 x 60′) – Melvyn Bragg explores the dramatic story of William Tyndale and his mission to translate the Bible into English. Melvyn reveals the story of a man whose life and legacy have been hidden from history but whose impact on Christianity in Britain and on the […]

Greenlit: Time Traveller’s Guide to Tudor England, BBC2

Time Traveller’s Guide to Tudor England (3 x 60′) –  Best-selling author Ian Mortimer transports viewers back to Tudor England. He reveals in amazing detail a living, breathing Tudor world. Viewers learn how ordinary Tudor housewives turned plants into medicine; how the middle classes kept themselves clean using linen cloths; how the poor made pottage; […]

Greenlit: The Last Days of Anne Boleyn, BBC2

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn – The controversy surrounding Anne Boleyn’s death in 1536 is as intriguing today as it ever was. Featuring the Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel and other experts and historians,  this film explores why Henry abandoned Anne to the executioner’s sword. Did Henry’s foreign policy needs lead […]

Greenlit: Our Queen, ITV

Our Queen (1 x 120′) –  A landmark, in-depth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II during one of the most momentous years of her reign. The  documentaryhad unique access during the Diamond Jubilee year to members of the Royal Family, to Her Majesty’s staff – some talking for the first time – to her Prime Ministers […]

Greenlit: Super Scroungers, Channel 5

Super Scroungers (3 x 60′) – In this documentary we meet the Dole Kings and Queens who claim millions every year for housing and family support. Living lives of luxury that many of us can only dream of, these Super Scroungers are the poster families for everything that many people believe is wrong with benefits. […]

Greenlit: Oscar Pistorius Documentary, BBC3

Oscar Pistorius Documentary (1 x 60′) – Rick Edwards presents a fast-turnaround documentary on the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, allegedly shot to death by her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius, who won two Gold medals and a Silver at the Paralympic Games in London in 2012, is accused of murder, though pleads not guilty. Channel: BBC3 […]

Greenlit: Snapped: Killer Couples, Oxygen

Snapped: Killer Couples – From teenage lovers who embark on a multi-state crime spree to lesbian lovers who go to dangerous lengths to eliminate one of their husbands, an array of relationships go awry in this series that profiles couples whose passion drives them to commit terrible criminal acts. Through recreations and gripping firsthand accounts, […]

Greenlit: Million Dollar Intern, BBC Knowledge / BBC Entertainment

Million Dollar Intern (10 x 48′) – A  factual entertainment format that sees business whiz kids from around the world go to work for a week at the bottom rung of a range of businesses which are failing to reach their potential in an effort to re-energise them. Disguised as ordinary interns, they will monitor […]

In: Dave Mace, VP Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming, A&E

Dave Mace has been appointed VP of non-fiction and alternative programming at A&E in NYC, reporting to Elaine Frontain Bryant, SVP non-fiction and alternative programming. Read more: Realscreen

Greenlit: Welcome to Myrtle Manor, TLC

Welcome to Myrtle Manor (10 x 60′) – Follows the crazy antics at a trailer park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Each  episode takes viewers along for a wild ride with these quirky mobile home residents as their lives collide in this proud, tight knit community. Formerly Patrick’s Mobile Home, Myrtle Manor has been handed […]

Greenlit: Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family, MTV2

Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family (6 x 30′) – Chronicles the adventures of young music superstar Mac Miller while he records his next album “Watching Movies with the Sound Off” and lives the L.A. life with his four closest friends from back home in Pittsburgh: the business mastermind Quentin, the artistically gifted Jimmy, […]

Greenlit: Mammas, Sundance Channel

Mammas (9 x shorts) – After showing the world the unconventional mating and scandalous sex lives of animals in her Webby-award winning, internationally acclaimed short film series Green Porno and Seduce Me,  Isabella Rossellini returns to Sundance Channel and sets her provocative lens on creatures’ rites of passage into motherhood in her latest series. Featuring […]

Greenlit: The Wanted Life, E!

The Wanted Life w/t – Reality series following the adventures of British boy-band The Wanted as they record an album in Los Angeles. Channel: E! Producer: Ryan Seacrest Productions TX: June 2013 Source: Zap2it

In: Emma Morgan, Director of Development, Mentorn Media

Emma Morgan has been appointed as Director of Development at Mentorn Media, London. Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: From Here to Timbuktu, Zuku

 From Here to Timbuktu – Documentary series that looks at how globalisation is affecting people living in places such as Uganda, Zanzibar and Kenya. Channel: Zuku (Africa) Producer: On Screen Productions TX: TBC Source: TBI Vision

What a Pitch!

If you are gearing up for doing business at MIPDoc, MIPTV, orHotDocs in April, Cannes Film Festival in May, or Sheffield DocFest in June, you’ll want to make sure your project is in the best possible shape to attract potential buyers, funders or production partners, so here are some top development tips: 1. Develop your […]

Greenlit: Whodunnit? ABC

Whodunnit? (9 x ) –  Reality competition series that puts 13 contestants’ investigative skills to the test. Each week players will use a variety of crime scene investigation techniques to meticulously uncover evidence that will ultimately reveal who among them is the killer. The interactive series will pit 13 amateur sleuths against each other in […]

Greenlit: Oakies Vs. Aliens, National Geographic Channel

Okies vs. Aliens  (2 x pilots) – Following the exploits of a team of redneck vermin exterminators who travel across Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma in search of ‘alien invaders’, in a bid to exterminate them. Channel: National Geographic Channel Producer: Shark Teeth Films TX: TBC Source: Worldscreen

In Development: This Week The Award Goes To…, Oxygen

This Week The Award Goes To… w/t  (1 x 30′ pilot) This self-contained pilot offers viewers a front row ticket to an over-the-top laugh-out-loud pop culture show with a comedian host to be named soon. Visited by a revolving door of characters and correspondents, the most deserving newsmakers will be honored with the kind of […]

Greenlit: Secret Celebrity, Oxygen

Secret Celebrity w/t – This fast-paced, humorous project will put today’s hottest stars right out among the public anonymously – courtesy of prosthetic makeup– to find out what unsuspecting fans, friends and family really think of them without the distraction of their famous personas. Channel: Oxygen Producer: T Group Productions TX: TBC Source: Oxygen press […]

Greenlit: Timebomb Iceland, Channel 5

Timebomb Iceland (1 x 60′) – April, 2010 and a relatively small Icelandic volcano turns much of the Northern hemisphere into an ash-strewn no-fly zone.  From Miami to Moscow flights are grounded, hundreds of thousands of people are stranded. But the volcanic eruption of Eyjafjallajökull could be just the start.  Iceland is packed with volcanoes, […]

In: Simon Horne, Head of Development, Remedy Productions

Simon Horne has been appointed as head of development at Remedy Productions in London, with special responsibility for gameshow and entertainment formats, and reporting to chief creative officer Tom Blakeson. Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: The Burrowers, BBC2

The Burrowers (3 x 60′) – Fixed-rig natural history presented by Chris Packham that explores the world of animals who live below ground. Channel: BBC2 Producer: Dragonfly TX: TBC Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: David Bowie – Five Years, BBC2

David Bowie – Five Years w/t (1 x feature-length) – Fifty years ago, David Bowie released his first demo. Thirty years ago he released his biggest selling album of all time. Ten years ago, he released his 23rd studio album. A year later, while touring the album in Germany, he suffered a heart attack backstage […]

Greenlit: Goodbye Television Centre, BBC4

Goodbye Television Centre (1 x 120′) – Documentary to celebrate 53 years of history behind the iconic BBC building. Some of the biggest BBC stars of all time will gather together for one last time to bid the old building a fond farewell. London’s TVC has been a hub of creativity from the moment it […]

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