History Detectives (2003– )
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By Allen Gardner
Tree Of Life (20th Century Fox) Terrence Malick’s latest effort is both the best film of 2011 and the finest work of his (arguably) mixed, but often masterly canon. A series of vignettes, mostly set in 1950s Texas, capture the memory of a man (Sean Penn) in present-day New York who looks back on his life, and his parents’ (Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain) troubled marriage, when word of his younger brother’s suicide reaches him. Almost indescribable beyond that, except to say no other film in history so perfectly evokes the magic and mystery of the human memory, which both crystalizes (and sometimes idealizes) the past. Like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, this is a challenging, polarizing work that you must let wash over you. If you go along for the ride, you’re in for a unique, rewarding cinematic experience. Also available on Blu-ray disc.
The British production company also has expanded Lion executive vp Tracy Green's duties and hired two development executives.
In addition, the company said it has received renewals for its series Cash Cab from Discovery Channel and History Detectives on PBS.
Tackaberry, who most recently oversaw the company's stateside growth in New York as executive vp, will oversee the company's operations in New York and Los Angeles and take on the strategic role of planning and leading Lion's growth. Nick Catliff had been Lion's CEO, based in London, and continues as co-managing director of Lion Television and president of Lion.
"In just five years, Tony has transformed Lion's New York operations from a startup into a highly successful business making over 100 hours of primetime programming for American cable and terrestrial broadcasters," Catliff said. "He is the ideal person to take on the challenge of bringing the New York and Los Angeles operations together as a single creative business."
In Los Angeles, Green has taken on an expanded role within Lion's parent company, All3 Media, which is headed by CEO Steve Morrison.
The Box, a reality/game show hybrid, debuted in October on Ireland's TV3. In the Irish version, two contestants are put into a transparent glass box for 24 hours, facing quiz-related tasks throughout the day in full view of the public. At the end of the day, contestants are asked general knowledge questions in a live broadcast, with the winner staying in the box to compete against a fresh contestant the next day.
Lion Television USA is producing. The company's Tracy Green is serving as executive producer along with Nick Catliff, who is with Lion Television U.K.
The project is in development for a possible series pickup, sources said.
GSN and Lion TV declined comment.
Lion TV's credits include Court TV's S.W.A.T. USA, TLC's Family Trip, PBS' History Detectives and History Channel/BBC2's Days That Shook the World.
The "Box" deal was brokered by ICM.
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