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Greenlit: Crowning New York, Smithsonian Channel

Crowning New York (1 x 60′) – Documentary that reveals one of modern day’s most daring engineering feats: the installation of a 408-foot spire atop One World Trade Center. The film coincides with the official ceremony that will mark the lighting of the beacon atop the historic skyscraper. Moving such a heavy and complex object […]

New Channel: Pivot

Pivot (pivot.tv), which  launches 1st August 2013, is a new television network from Participant Media serving passionate Millennials (18-34) with a diverse slate of talent and a mix of original series, acquired programming, films and documentaries. Pivot focuses on entertainment that sparks conversation, inspires change and illuminates issues through engaging content, and its website TakePart.com […]

In: Charolotte Moore, Controller, BBC1

Charlotte Moore has been appointed as the new Controller of BBC One. Currently Acting Controller of BBC One, Charlotte has been running Britain’s most watched channel since May, and spent the first part of the year as the Acting Controller of BBC Daytime Television. Since 2009, Charlotte has been the BBC’s Commissioning Editor of Documentaries […]

Greenlit: Celebrity Super Spa, Channel 5

Celebrity Super Spa (6 x ) –  Six celebrities will be plucking, preening and pampering members of the public as Salon Supremo Herbert Howe trains them up to be the very best in the beauty business. Herbert, who has over 50 years’ experience in hair and beauty and is himself a Liverpool icon will tutor […]

Greenlit: Christopher Hitchens, BBC4

 Storyville: Christopher Hitchens  w/t (1 x 60′) – Documentary about the life and times of journalist Christopher Hitchens, who was diagnosed with cancer prior to his death in 2011. Channel: Channel 4 Producer:  BBC TX: TBC Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: Valerie Harper Special, NBC News

Valerie Harper Special w/t (1 x 60′) – Documentary that follows actress Valerie Harper (Rhoda) as she deals with life after being diagnosed with cancer in March 2013. Channel: NBC News Producer: Peacock Productions TX: TBC Source: Cynposis

Greenlit: Melvyn Bragg’s Radical Lives, BBC2

Melvyn Bragg’s Radical Lives –  Melvyn Bragg explores the lives and work of two extraordinary men, both of whom tried to uproot the systems in which they found themselves, and both of whom have left an enduring radical legacy through their actions and their language. John Ball was a cleric at the heart of the […]

Greenlit: A Very British Renaissance, BBC2

A Very British Renaissance (3 x 60′) –  Presented by celebrated art historian Dr James Fox (A History Of Art In Three Colours, British Masters), this series explores the British Renaissance, an epoch that saw Britain shed its medieval shackles and embrace a world of cutting edge art, literature, architecture and science. But this was […]

Greenlit: Ghost Writer, BBC2

Ghost Writer  w/t – Mark Gatiss steps into the mind of MR James, the enigmatic English master of the supernatural story. A long-time admirer of James, Mark will try to solve one of the great literary mysteries: how this donnish Victorian bachelor, conservative by nature and a devout Anglican, created tales that continue to chill […]

Greenlit: Eyewitness War, National Geographic Channel

Eyewitness War ( x 30′) –  Follows the men and women of the armed forces through the chaos of battle with real-life, first-person footage. We’ll see them ready to face whatever hell awaits around every corner – from screeching bullets to IEDs to rockets. Unfiltered, raw and intense, you’ll hear their shouts and see their […]

Greenlit: Battleground Afghanistan, National Geographic Channel

Battleground Afghanistan ( x 60′) –  looks inside the latest chapter of the Afghan conflict as seen by American Marines on the frontlines of the war. As tens of thousands of troops withdraw from Afghanistan, Capt. Ben Middendorf and his men of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines – based at Camp Pendleton in San […]

Hidden Treasure: Secret Sources of Documentary Funding

One of the more interesting funding stories heard at the festival came from Andi Hector-Watkins who has managed to fund her documentary through a variety of non-traditional sources. Andi, a London-based ethnomusicologist and filmmaker, shares an office at Chichester University with cellist Laura Ritche who was taught by the world-renown Hans Jørgen Jensen, a professor of cello at Northwestern University, Illinois. On discovering that Hans Jensen is not only hugely influential, but is also a great character with a compelling back-story, Andi decided to make a film about him.

At this point, Andi might have struggled to raise money for her film due to the niche subject matter (classical music), the lack of arts slots in the TV schedules, and the film’s length, which is currently planned to be a 30′ single (slots for one-off 60-min documentaries are rare; slots for one-off 30-min are nonexistent). Despite this – or more likely, because of this – Andi has been able to find funding in some unlikely places.

Greenlit: Dealers, Channel 4

Dealers w/t (3 x 60′) –  Britain is a nation of car lovers. After our homes, a car is the most expensive thing we’ll ever splash out on. But some people are willing to go thousands of pounds into debt to drive the car of our dreams and, thanks to the likes of Arthur Daley, […]

Greenlit: My God, It’s Full of Stars: A Journey to the Edge of Science Fiction, BBC2 / BBC America

My God, It’s Full of Stars: A Journey to the Edge of Science Fiction w/t (4 x 60′) – The series heads to the very frontiers of space and science to produce the definitive television history of science fiction. The story of one of the liveliest and most stimulating genres in popular culture will be told […]

Out: Michele Kurland, Head of Factual Entertainment, Sky

Michele Kurland is leaving her post of Head of Factual Entertainment at Sky after the role was merged with that of Head of Factual Features resulting in one post of Head of Factual Commissioning filled by Celia Taylor. Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Die Hard History, Military Channel

Die Hard History – The soldiers and everyday heroes in Hollywood action films seem almost superhuman – they dodge bullets on the battlefield, take out the bad guys on the street and save the damsel in distress. Of course, they’re just movie characters. So who are the real heroes of history? In each new episode, […]

Greenlit: Royalty Up Close, Sky Arts

Royalty Up Close (4 x 30′) – Series profiling photographer Kent Gavin who specialises in photographing the British  royal family. Channel: Sky Arts Producer: Brassneck TV TX: 4th July 2013 Source: C21

Greenlit: Inspire: The Olympic Journey, BBC1

Inspire: The Olympic Journey –  Magazine series that will celebrate the biggest names, the rising stars and the unsung heroes of Olympic sport. Presented by Gabby Logan, the series will be accompanied by Get Inspired, a multiplatform, pan-BBC initiative to promote participation and help individuals get more involved in grass-root sporting activities. Alongside the series […]

Greenlit: Big Ballet, Channel 4

Big Ballet w/t (3 x 60) –  Can a troupe of plus size dancers realise their ambition to dance scenes from one of the most emotive and powerful ballets, Swan Lake? Wayne Sleep was the shortest ballet dancer ever to make his debut on the Royal Ballet stage. He confounded his critics who told him he […]

Greenlit: Judgement Day, Channel 4

Judgement Day w/t (15 x 60′)  – Daytime series fronted by restaurateur and hotelier Ruth Watson, which will see her travelling the country to visit pubs, restaurants, tourist attractions and hotels that have suffered from negative reviews posted on the internet. It seems everyone’s a critic these days, but bad reviews can ruin livelihoods and […]

Greenlit: Secrets of the Workhouse, ITV

Secrets of the Workhouse (2 x 60′) – In Victorian society the workhouse represented the underbelly of society, where anyone who was poor, homeless, unemployed or ill was sent to live. With no benefits system in place, destitute people were either left to starve on the streets or forced to submit themselves to the harsh […]

Greenlit: Against the Odds, Military Channel

Against the Odds –  An emotional and awe-inspiring series that tells the stories of an outnumbered group of soldiers whom have found themselves in life or death situation with all the cards stacked against them. Their enemy is larger, stronger, and determined to win, but our band of brothers must pool their resources and summon […]

Greenlit: Rebuilding the World Trade Center, Channel 4 / History

Rebuilding the World Trade Center – Marcus Robinson has been at the World Trade Center site since 2006 filming, photographing and painting this vast building site where five of the world’s largest buildings are being built in a complex, crowded and iconic corner of lower Manhattan. As well as his painting and documentary filming, Marcus specialises […]

Greenlit: Petplan Masterclass with Lucinda, Horse & Country

Petplan Masterclass with Lucinda (6 x ) – Jenny Ruddell hosts a series of masterclasses at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, Banbury (UK)  in which six-time Badminton winner Lucinda Green shows viewers how to best tackle tricky situations. Channel: Horse & Country (sponsored by Petplan) Producer: Cavewood Productions TX: 25th June 2013 Source: Broadcast / Horse & Country

In: Alex Menzies, Commissioning Editor Features, Channel 4

Alex Menzies has been appointed as Commissioning Editor Features at Channel 4. Alex is an experienced television executive who has held a number of senior commissioning positions at both the BBC and Channel 5, and who has produced, directed and commissioned hundreds of hours of programming. As Deputy Controller, Features and Entertainment, at Five from […]

In: Amy Flanagan, Documentaries Commissioning Editor, Channel 4

Amy Flanagan has been appointed as Documentaries Commissioning Editor at Channel 4. She was previously at independent production company The Garden Productions where she  had the role of executive producer on major series and projects. As a multi-award winning executive producer Flanagan has worked on a wide range of challenging and impactful content. She series […]

In: Jonny Goodman, Head of Development, Alaska

Jonny Goodman has been appointed to the post of Head of Development at London-based indie Alaska. He was previously head of development at Tiger Aspect. Source: Broadcast

In: Ian Dunkley, Commissioning Editor Factual Entertainment, Channel 4

Ian Dunkley has been appointed as Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment at Channel 4. Ian has substantial experience working as both a commissioner and an executive producer across factual entertainment and factual programming. He has previously worked as a Commissioning Editor at Channel 5 where he has overseen some of the broadcaster’s most successful returning […]

Greenlit: The Man With 10-Stone Testicles, Channel 4

The Man With 10-Stone Testicles (1 x 60′) – A Bodyshock special that follows Wesley Warren Jr who is trying to find help for a extraordinary condition he developed after suffering an accident. Channel: Channel 4 Producer: TX: 24th June 2013 Source: Channel 4 press office

Out: Katie Boyd, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4

Katie Boyd, who commissioned a range of programmes including Superscrimpers, Double Your House for Half the Money and All Back To School, is leaving Channel 4 to take a career break. Source: Channel 4 press release

Greenlit: The Joy of Honey, BBC4

The Joy of Honey (4 x 30′) –  Presenter-turned-apiarist Martha Kearney sets out to produce her own honey to sell at a village fair. Channel: BBC4 Producer: ITN Productions TX: 2014 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: The Route Masters: Keeping London Moving, BBC2

The Route Masters: Keeping London Moving w/t (6 x 60′) – London’s population has grown by a million in the last 10 years. The city’s roads are full up. But eight out of ten Londoners’ journeys are by still by road. So 25,000 Transport for London workers now face a daily battle to keep the capital moving. […]

Greenlit: Tattoo Stories, Channel 4

Tattoo Stories (3 x 60′) – Docuseries that uncovers the reasons and motives for people getting tattoos – from the carefully thought-through tatts  to  impulsive ink. Channel: Channel 4 Producer: Rondo Media TX: Autumn 2013 Source: Broadcast

Greenlit: The Big Picture, ReelzChannel

The Big Picture –  You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll experience pop culture references in a whole new way. TV personalities Alex Cambert and Lauren Sanchez poke fun in this no-holds-barred, ongoing water cooler conversation about all the latest Hollywood happenings. From the flashing bulbs of the red carpet to exclusive celebrity interviews and one-of-a-kind guests […]

Greenlit: Mountain Monsters, Destination America

Mountain Monsters  w/t –  Chupacabra, Wampus Beast, Wolfman, Mothman and Grassman — with a distinctive landscape of woods, lakes and valleys, the Appalachian Mountains are a hotbed for mysterious creature sightings. The leading researchers of these shadowy figures are The Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS). The team, founded by John “Trapper” Tice, is skilled […]

Greenlit: King of Thrones, Destination America

King of Thrones –  It’s one of America’s most sacred places and deserves the utmost design attention. Does your bathroom seem incomplete without a giant flat screen TV, heated floors, and a urinal made out of solid gold? This series is your one-stop-shop for pimped-out bathroom inspiration including, of course, precious potties. Every week, a […]

Greenlit: The Crane Gang, BBC2

The Crane Gang (3 x 60′) – This series takes a look at the changing industrial landscape of Britain through the gritty world of mobile cranes and their drivers. Granted unprecedented access to UK’s largest mobile crane operator, this new series follows a range of characters from the crane to the boardroom as they battle to […]

Greenlit: Iceland, BBC2

Iceland  w/t (3 x 60′) – Over the course of a year, we follow the fortunes of Iceland supermarkets and its maverick CEO Malcolm Walker. Malcolm – who dishes out suitcases of cash to his best performing workers – believes that his shoot-from-the-hip style of leadership holds the key to a happier workforce and a profitable […]

Greenlit: Piper Alpha, BBC2

Piper Alpha (1 x 90′) – On the 25th anniversary of one of the world’s worst offshore oil disasters, this film chronicles the tragic events that occurred on the Piper Alpha rig on 6 July 1988. It was a cataclysm that killed 167 men and left only 61 survivors, each of whom had to fight for […]

Greenlit: Welcome to the World of Weight Loss, BBC2

Welcome To The World Of Weight Loss w/t (1 x 60′) – All over the country, in Britain’s churches and community halls, tens of thousands of people – mainly women – attend slimming clubs every week. Yet, despite the fact that more people than ever are on a diet, obesity rates are soaring. So does dieting […]

Greenlit: Dangerman: The Incredible Mr Goodwin, BBC America

Dangerman: The Incredible Mr. Goodwin – Like Harry Houdini and Evel Knievel, Jonathan Goodwin has a taste for danger and testing his fate. Impossible is merely a challenge for Jonathan Goodwin, a new breed of escapologist and a professional dangerman, who puts himself in the most extreme situations. Emulating his childhood heroes, the great American […]

Greenlit: Stephen Fry – Out There, BBC2

Stephen Fry – Out There  w/t (2 x 60′) –  Documentary series exploring first-hand how the lives of men and women in different communities across the globe have been impacted by their sexuality. Contemplating his own experience as a gay man in the spotlight, Stephen Fry sets out to explore what lies beneath people’s prejudices […]

Greenlit: Terror in the Skies, Ch4 / Smithsonian

Terror in the Skies (4 x 60′) – Documentary series (presented by Professor Brendan Walker in the UK version) that uses mobile phone and camcorder footage alongside emergency audio communications and witness interviews to explore the circumstances around the many near collisions between aircraft. Channel: Channel 4 / Smithsonian Channel Producer: Arrow Media TX: June […]

Greenlit: Food Court Wars, Food Network

Food Court Wars (6 x ) – Tyler Florence scours the United States to help aspiring entrepreneurs realize their lifelong dreams of opening their own restaurant. Each episode features two teams competing against each other for the chance to open a restaurant, rent-free, for one year in a mall food court. But first, the two teams […]

Greenlit: Poaching Wars With Tom Hardy, ITV

Poaching Wars With Tom Hardy w/t (2 x 60′)  – Documentary series on the stark reality of wholesale wildlife poaching in Africa. Tom Hardy has always loved animals. When he became aware of the truly cataclysmic damage being  inflicted on Africa by a ruthless and voracious poaching industry, the BAFTA award-winning actor (Inception, The Dark […]

In Development: Break Up Tattoos, Oxygen

Break Up Tattoos  w/t – Reunites ex-couples for the opportunity to re-do a tattoo that once represented their love.  Sitting in opposing chairs, the former flames will have to rehash the past while artists fix their once-permanent tattoos and ink them with a brand new one. Channel: Oxygen Producer: Original Media TX: TBC Source: Oxygen […]

Greenlit: Confessions of an Alien Abductee, Channel 4

Confessions of an Alien Abductee (1 x 60′) – Documentary that goes behind the scenes of the Anomalous Mind Management Abductee Contactee Helpline (AMMACH), which puts fellow alien abductees in touch with other people who claim to have had similar experiences. Channel: Channel 4 Producer: Off the Fence TX: 13th June 2013 Source: Realscreen

Greenlit: Tattoos After Dark, Oxygen

Tattoos After Dark  w/t (13 x ) – Uncovers the extreme, wild and crazy shenanigans that take place after 10 PM at tattoo parlors in the hottest party towns.  Nothing is off-limits as the cameras capture the late night chaos from the incredibly talented artists to the over-the-top clients looking to get inked.  This loud […]

Greenlit: Gods, Guns & Automobiles, History

God, Guns & Automobiles ( x 30′) – Seven years ago, a stranger pulled into a sleepy farming community somewhere along the Kansas-Missouri border and bought himself a rundown car dealership.  Before long, he was king of a business empire built out of adrenaline, family values and red-hot patriotism. This series follows Mark Muller and […]

In: Alison Sharman, Head of Commissioning, SBS

SBS in Australia  has appointed Alison Sharman to the new position of Head of Commissioning.  Sharman has over 20 years’ experience as an executive with major public and commercial broadcasters in the UK. Since 2006, Sharman was Director of Factual and Daytime for ITV, leading the transformation of the daytime schedule and restoring ITV’s factual […]

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