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Greenlit: Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy, History

Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy ( x 60′) –  Larry the Cable Guy travels across America unearthing little-known facts. the nation from coast to coast. Channel: History Producer: Pilgrim Films & Television / Parallel Entertainment TX: 8th February, 2011 Source: Cynopsis

Greenlit: America’s Worst Bakers, Food Network

America’s Worst Bakers –  Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale have drafted twelve of the most disastrous bakers in the country for a grueling baking boot camp. The two stars of sweets attempt to mold these masters of cake-wrecks and colossal cookie-fails until one vastly-improved wannabe baker rises to the level of pastry perfection.  The talentless bakers […]

Greenlit: American Tarzan, Discovery Channel

American Tarzan – On a remote Caribbean island, seven challengers will take on Mother Nature’s most brutal obstacle course. Their goal: to not only survive the wild, but to master it. There was a time when man was truly wild. Survival meant silently stalking your prey, climbing high in trees to escape predators, and utilizing every […]

Greenlit: American Grit, Fox

American Grit (10 x 60′) – A competition series starring WWE Superstar John Cena. Sixteen of the country’s toughest men and women will be split into four teams as they work together to face a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges. Cena and an elite group of mentors from the nation’s most exclusive military units will push these civilians […]

Greenlit: American Epic: The Sessions, BBC4

American Epic: The Sessions – In the heart of Hollywood, in a perfect recreation of the atmosphere and conditions of America’s first ever recording studios, today’s music stars perform in American Epic: The Sessions. Elton John, Willie Nelson, Alabama Shakes, Merle Haggard, Ana Gabriel, Jack White, Nas, Beck, Los Lobos and Steve Martin are among […]

Greenlit: Driving America, Nat Geo

Driving America (1 x 120′) – This summer, millions of friends, families and thrill seekers will participate in a ritual that our ancestors have done for more than century: take a road trip. Trips like these wouldn’t be possible today without motels, highways and fast food restaurants, and those things wouldn’t be a part of […]

Greenlit: Epic America, Destination America

Epic America – Beautifully shot and powerfully narrated, this special is the result of 3,000 days spent filming with cutting-edge cameras across 29 states to capture our country’s beauty and ferocity like never before. Visit iconic, inspiring landscapes like the Mississippi River, the Appalachian Mountains, Yellowstone, the Everglades, and the Aleutian Islands, to learn not […]

Greenlit: One Day in Auschwitz, Discovery Channel / American Heroes Channel

One Day in Auschwitz (1 x 60′) –  Documentary following one woman’s poignant return to Auschwitz-Birkenau 70 years after her liberation. This is the story of Polish-English Holocaust survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon, who was only 16 years old when she was sent to the notorious German-Nazi concentration and extermination camp with her mother. Kitty and her mother miraculously […]

Greenlit: America’s Secret D-Day Disaster, Smithsonian Channel

America’s Secret D-Day Disaster (1 x 60′) –  In April 1944, six weeks before the massive D-Day invasion of France on June 6th, nearly 700 Americans were killed during a clandestine Allied training exercise that went horribly wrong. It resulted in more fatal American casualties than the actual D-Day landings on Utah Beach. “Exercise Tiger,” […]

Greenlit: American Diner Revival, Food Network

American Diner Revival – Diners are an American institution, but they’re struggling to stay alive. Join the host of American Diner Revival as he arrives in town with only three days to revive a cherished diner in desperate need of a makeover. He doesn’t arrive with a construction team in tow, but instead is hitting the ground to connect […]

Greenlit: The Real History of Science Fiction, BBC America / BBC2

The Real History of Science Fiction – Documentary series taht  delves into the real history of science fiction with filmmakers, writers, actors and graphic artists looking back on their experiences and on how their obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown. From Star Wars to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and from Jurassic Park to Doctor Who, each program is […]

Military Channel Rebrands as American Heroes Channel (AHC)

Discovery’s Military Channel is rebranding as American Heroes Channel (AHC) from Monday 3rd March 2014. American Heroes Channel expands on the Military Channel’s promise to honor the great defenders of our freedom, while providing a rare glimpse into major events that shaped our world and the trailblazers and unexpected advocates who made a difference. The […]

Greenlit: Blues America, BBC4

Blues America (2 x  60′) –  Narrated by Huey Morgan and produced by rock photographer and documentarian Mick Gold, this star-studded series sets out to explore how the blues crossed borders and shows that it was not based only in racial oppression and rural poverty but also entertainment, dancing and sexual excitement. The first programme […]

Greenlit: American Daredevils, History

American Daredevils (16 x 30′) – From the dirt tracks of America’s heartland to the bright lights of the country’s biggest speedways, this series brings to life the stories of the men who proudly carry the torch lit by Evel Knievel.  These daredevils travel the country performing live death-defying acts without the luxuries of rehearsals or second […]

Greenlit: 9/11: The Lost Hero, Channel 4 / Destination America

9/11: The Lost Hero – When the twin towers collapsed almost everyone underneath them was killed. But two men were trapped, buried alive, 30 feet deep, under the rubble pile. As fires raged around them, the official rescue effort had been suspended, and they thought they were going to die. Until they heard a voice shouting […]

Greenlit: Last Call Food Brawl, Destination America

Last Call Food Brawl – It’s the perfect recipe for a night cap: one part hungry bar-goers, two parts finger-lickin’ food, a dash of great everyday cooks, with a Golden Fry Basket to garnish. It all adds up to a mouth-watering plateful in this competition series hosted by Adam Gertler, a runner-up forNext Food Network Star and […]

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: Chef Race: UK vs US, BBC America

Chef Race: U.K. vs. U.S. (10 x 60′) –  Pits 16 chefs – eight Brits versus eight Americans – against each other as they race across the country using their culinary skills and business savvy in the hopes of winning a grand prize of $100,000 dollars. Michelin-starred London restaurateur, Richard Corrigan (Masterchef), serves as a […]

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 […]

Greenlit: Fish America, Animal Planet

Fish America w/t – Avid outdoorsman and professional wrestler Showtime Eric Young hits the road and crisscrossing the country to celebrate and fish hand to hand with America’s most extreme anglers. The series follows Young as he tracks down some of the most creative, unusual and dangerous fishing rituals around the country. He takes you […]

In Development: Mark’s American Vacation, ITV2

Mark’s American Vacation (5 x 60′) – Mark Wright (ex-The Only Way is Essex) heads stateside to see if he can turn his reality TV success in the UK into Hollywood success in the USA. Channel: ITV2 Producer: Lime Pictures TX: Summer 2012 Source: Broadcast

Planet Green Becomes Destination America

Discovery Communications announced that Planet Green will turn red, white, and blue when it is re-named Destination America on Monday, May 28, 2012. Kicking off Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the summer season, Destination America will be the first network to celebrate the people, places, and stories of the United States, emblazoned with […]

Greenlit: Richard Hammond’s Crash Course, BBC America

Richard Hammond’s Crash Course – Richard Hammond, host of the world’s biggest car show Top Gear, takes the ultimate driving test. As he travels across the US, Hammond is challenged to learn how to operate America’s largest and most dangerous vehicles. Immersed in some of the country’s most extreme environments, he has only days to master […]

Greenlit: American Stuffers, Animal Planet

American Stuffers (8 x ) – All dogs go to heaven? We hope so, but in Romance, Arkansas, Daniel Ross and his coworkers are giving beloved cats, pet chickens, canines and lizards a different kind of afterlife. Daniel is a taxidermist and Daniel has built his profession around this practice. His company, Xtreme Taxidermy, is […]

Greenlit: No Kitchen Required, BBC America

No Kitchen Required (10 x 60′) – Three chefs are dropped into a remote location where each must work with the locals to hunt, forage and collect ingredients to create a locally-inspired meal that will be judged by the community. The three fearless chefs are award-winning New York restaurateur Michael Psilakis, first ever Chopped Grand […]

Greenlit: The Trip: 2015, Travel Channel

The Trip: 2015 (1 x 60′) – Each year, the Network scours the globe in search of the year’s hottest destination and gifts one lucky viewer a mind-blowing travel itinerary.  This year, The Trip: 2015 features the stunning islands of Hawaii!  Travel Channel hosts Samantha Brown, Bert Kreischer, Anthony Melchiorri and Don Wildman take viewers on an epic […]

Greenlit: Homicide for the Holidays, Oxygen

Homicide for the Holidays (4 x 60′) –  Delves into the terrifying twists, turns and tell-alls that reveal how tumultuous the holiday season can be. F For most, the winter holidays mean bringing family and friends together to eat, drink, and create joyous memories to last a lifetime; but, for others, it’s a time where […]

Greenlit: Man vs Master, FYI

Man vs Master (13 x 60′) – Unknown chefs working in the trenches of the food industry will compete for the opportunity of a lifetime – a coveted apprenticeship with a world-renowned celebrity chef – but in order to win, they will have to beat the master in a face-off first. A rotating roster of culinary masters, […]

Greenlit: Betrayed, Investigation Discovery

Betrayed – In a town like any other town, they were a family just like any other family surrounding themselves with people they could trust… or, so they thought. Things are not always as they seem in this series, which revisits heart-pounding cases of deception that ended in murder at the hands of a trusted […]

Greenlit: The Great War, PBS

The Great War (3 x 120′) –  Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, this seriestells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as “doughboys.” The series explores the experiences of African-American and […]

Greenlit: Homestead Rescue, Discovery Channel

Homestead Rescue – In the last decade, two million Americans have attempted to leave behind civilization in favor of life off-the-grid – but most have failed. For the hundreds of families who decide to become homesteaders, the learning curve is a steep one. In this series struggling homesteaders across the country are turning expert homesteader […]

Greenlit: Teenage Newlyweds, FYI

Teenage Newlyweds (8 x 60′) – Follows three young couples as they take a leap of love and transition from teen sweethearts to husband and wife. The series captures their weddings and all the ups and downs of juggling family, school, career, finances and first homes, while still navigating life as a teenager. Viewers follow three […]

Greenlit: One Shot, BET

On Shot  –  A high-octane hip hop lyrical competition series hosted by Sway Calloway, iconic hip hop personality and radio host. Sway leads a panel of hip hop legends in a nationwide quest for the next explosive hip hop star with mass appeal, on-the-fly musicianship and command of the stage. Neither battle show nor glossy […]

Greenlit: Hidden Money Makeover, TLC

Hidden Money Makeover w/t – Bill and Barb Putman seem like the average American family– they’ve been married for 32 years, have 4 great kids and love to spend time with their grandkids. Yet their still-growing family lives a little bit differently than “normal.” That’s right, 25 people live under one roof and share one […]

Greenlit: Million Dollar Duck, Animal Planet

Million Dollar Duck (1 x ) – Dives into the wonderfully eccentric world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest – the only juried art competition run by the U.S. government. The Duck Stamp is among the most successful conservation tools ever created with 98% of the proceeds going to support the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund […]

Greenlit: The Real O.J. Simpson Trial, Esquire Network

The Real O.J. Simpson Trial (1 x 12 hour marathon) – Ito, Cochran, Shapiro, Scheck, Kardashian, Furman, Kaelin, Clark, Darden, and of course, O.J. “The Juice” Simpson – these were the players in the real-life courtroom drama that played out over two decades ago when “the trial of the century” kept Americans glued to their television sets day and night.  State of California […]

Greenlit: The Runner, go90

The Runner – A groundbreaking new reality competition series in which one individual attempts to make it across the United States unnoticed over the course of 30 days, while the entire country endeavors to locate and capture him or her using all available technology. At stake is a million dollars – not only for the […]

Festival Films: Inform, Educate or Entertain?

When people talk about the public service broadcasting remit of the BBC they often invoke the words of its founder, Lord Reith, who said that the broadcaster’s mission was to ” inform, educate and entertain” and in that order. As serious documentaries have become increasingly sidelined on mainstream television in favour of drama and reality formats, it sometimes seems that the only way to get a concentrated dose of information and education – with or without a smattering entertainment – is to buy a pass to one of the great international documentary festivals, such as Sheffield Doc/Fest or Hot Docs in Toronto. Films that do well on the festival circuit are then just as likely to find a general audience via one of the new challenger platforms, such as Netflix or Amazon, as they are on the traditional TV networks. Here is a selection of documentaries that played at IDFA 2015 and could be coming to a small screen near you in the future.

Greenlit: Billion Dollar Wreck, History

Billion Dollar Wreck (8 x 60′) – Follows famed treasure hunter Martin Bayerle and his son Grant as they embark on a complex expedition in pursuit of both personal redemption and a billion dollars’ worth of treasure aboard the renowned and mysterious sunken cruise liner, RMS Republic. One of the largest and most luxurious ocean liners […]

Greenlit: Life or Debt, Spike

Life or Debt (10 x 60′) – Three quarters of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck with no cushion for the unexpected.  And according to a recent survey, one in five Americans believes they will die in debt.  Fortune 500 business strategist Victor Antonio is on a mission to chip away at these staggering statistics by […]

Greenlit: Million Dollar Duck, Animal Planet

Million Dollar Duck – Feature-length documentary that dives into the wonderfully eccentric world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest—the only juried art competition run by the U.S. government. The Duck Stamp is among the most successful conservation tools ever created, simultaneously spawning a uniquely American subculture brimming with talent, ego, art, controversy, big money, and […]

Greenlit: Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, HBO

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (feature-length)-  “Look at the pictures,” said Senator Jesse Helms, denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed boundaries with frank depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism, igniting a culture war that rages to this day. More than 25 years later, this film does just that, taking an unflinching, unprecedented look […]

Greenlit: Guy’s Wall of Death Live, Channel 4

Guy’s Wall of Death Live – The ‘Wall of Death’ is an epic stunt that involves riding a motorcycle around a vertical wall at high speeds. This spectacle dates back to the early 1900s and became a popular staple of travelling fairgrounds across America and Britain. Guy Martin and his support team of scientists and […]

Greenlit: Cursed: The Bell Witch, History

Cursed: The Bell Witch –  A series following the personal journey of John Ceallach, a direct descendant of the Bell Witch curse; one of the oldest and most legendary ghost stories in America. Ceallach believes that this curse has befallen several generations of his family and he is on the hunt to reverse it before […]

Greenlit: Who Got the Juice? The O.J. Simpson Trial 20 Years Later, BET

Who Got the Juice? The O.J. Simpson Trial 20 Years Later  (1 x 60′) –  Twenty years after the acquittal of O.J. Simpson, this documentary presents an unapologetic and unfiltered look at the O.J. Simpson story from the perspective of a diverse array of African Americans – including many who cheered Simpson’s acquittal in 1995. […]

Greenlit: Billy the Kid: New Evidence, Nat Geo

 Billy the Kid: New Evidence (1 x 120′) – An infamous outlaw and fugitive of the Wild West, William H. Bonney — better known by his nickname Billy the Kid — has captured the imaginations of American history enthusiasts since his death in 1881. Since cameras were a new and rarified technology in his day, […]

Greenlit: Secret Space Escapes, Science Channel

 Secret Space Escapes –  What’s it like to leave earth to explore the unknown? How does it feel to be in space? What happens when you’re in space and something goes terribly wrong? This series reveals terrifying accidents, fights for survival, and stories of close calls and near misses by the astronauts who survived them. […]

Greenlit: Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank, Showtime

Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank – This rollicking film reveals a Barney Frank you only thought you knew. It is an intimate and entertaining look behind-the-scenes at the public and private life of one of America’s greatest legislators. Combining 40 years of rare and archival material with verité footage and interviews […]

Greenlit: Battle of Britain: Heroes Fly Again, Channel 4

Battle of Britain: Heroes Fly Again w/t (1 x 60′) –  On 15th September 2015, the 75th anniversary of Battle of Britain Day, an estimated 40 Spitfires and Hurricanes from across the UK, USA and Europe will come together at the Boultbee Flight Academy, the world’s only Spitfire Flying School to take part in an historic […]

Arts Commissioners: Doing it, Not Just Talking About it.

In order to be successful when pitching to TV commissioners, it’s vital to know what they are looking for. This is harder than it sounds, despite many broadcasters now sharing their commissioning briefs online (via their commissioning portals), because they are often vague and sometimes out of date.

Another way to get a sense of what commissioners want is to attend a panel in which they outline their current needs. These panels are common at TV conferences and festivals around the world. Some commissioners are refreshingly candid, whilst other remain coy and seemingly reluctant to give away their secrets; others appear more interested in scoring political points against their co-panelists than helping the audience of producers understand what they should pitch. So they can be a mixed bag. And so it was with the Arts Commissioning panel at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2015.