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The company behind TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” is one of three companies who have recently signed on the Non-Fiction Producers Association, the trade org for unscripted production entities.
Half Yard Productions (“Say Yes to the Dress”), Park Slope Productions (“Alaskan Bush People”) and Stephen David Entertainment (“The Men Who Built America”) bring the number of companies in the Npa to 37. The association was founded last year.
“Even as the industry continues to evolve, producers like Half Yard, Park Slope and Stephen David exemplify why unscripted entertainment will continue to grow and thrive,” said Npa general manager John Ford. “We’re delighted to welcome these companies to the Npa as we continue to provide a unique, collaborative platform for industry issues and information, and for promoting best practices.”
- Variety Staff
London — Leading international television production and distribution companies Banijay Group and Zodiak Media have agreed to unite their catalogs and production units.
With revenues of around $1 billion, the merger creates one of the world’s biggest independent production and distribution companies.
At the closing of the merger, Stephane Courbit will be named chairman and Marco Bassetti will be appointed CEO of the new company.
The new group will have a presence in more than 18 territories, producing entertainment, drama, factual, reality entertainment, docu-drama, children’s and animation programming. An extensive sales arm will handle worldwide rights distribution and licensing for both in-house and third-party content.
The Banijay/Zodiak Media alliance underscores the growing consolidation of the global TV production landscape, following the tie-ups of Endemol, Shine Group and Core Media Group, as well as the acquisition of All3Media by Discovery and Liberty Global, and the buy-out of Talpa Media by ITV. »
- Leo Barraclough and Elsa Keslassy
Networks are all about the historical mini-series today. Spike has “Tut,” History has “Texas Rising,” and now AMC is delving into the makings of the mob with their upcoming docu-drama “The Making Of The Mob: New York,” coming to the network June 15 at 10/9c. The series takes a look at some of the key architects in New York’s crime families and how they managed to make fortunes as criminal masterminds. The series, consisting of eight, one-hour episodes is produced by Stephen David Entertainment (the company behind “The Men Who Built America” and “The World Wars”). The series is narrated by Ray Liotta and stars Rich Graff, Ian Bell, Jonathan [ Read More ]
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Stephen David Entertainment is certainly having its moment, but it’s one motivated more by economics than creativity — or history. The company has mastered producing a form of docu-hybrid that mixes heavily produced historical reenactments with expert commentary — not a TV movie, exactly, but enough of one to not scare off the documentary-phobic. The latest example: “The Making of the Mob: New York,” an eight-part series for AMC, which will merely remind fans of quality drama how much they miss “Boardwalk Empire.” Many of the names are the same, but everything else about this production screams of an excuse to trot out mob movie reruns.
Narrated by Ray Liotta (whose breakthrough role in “Goodfellas” will be the first movie the channel pairs with the program), “Making of the Mob” begins in 1905 and proceeds through decades of mob history. As with David’s “The World Wars” and another eight-part series currently airing on National Geographic Channel, »
- Brian Lowry
National Geographic Channel has another great event series for you in American Genius, a show dedicated to the rivalries that pushed progress forward throughout significant eras in American history, including our own.
The show focuses on specific developments, in varying eras, and details the genius, and geniuses, that were responsible for some of the most important and life-changing advancements in history.
Take a look below at the full list of episodes and dates.
Behind Great Geniuses Lie Even Greater Rivalries.
(Washington, D.C. – May 6, 2015) For many of America’s boldest, most daring and most creative inventors, the greatest challenge wasn’t beating the odds — it was beating the competition. Behind these iconic innovators are rivals with vision, »
- Marc Eastman
Cannes – AMC event series “The Making of the Mob: New York,” Zdf-backed “Zero Gravity: A Mission in Space,” and “David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef,” sold like “Mob” by Entertainment One, were three highlights of this weekend’s 2015’s Mip Doc mart.
Another highlight: a keynote speech by Discovery Networks’ Intl.’s new chief creative officer Phil Craig, who, underscoring the ambitions of factual TV’s biggest players, said that his brief when he came in was “scale.” That takes in “expanding tramlines, becoming more of a full service provider of content across way more genres than before.”
In another keynote, Tim Pastore, prexy of original programming & production, National Geographic Channel U.S., confirmed that Nat Geo would “delve into a couple” of scripted history-based projects a year.
A two-day mart that wrapped Sunday evening, Mip Doc also saw spirited presentations of the impact of the digital domain and technology »
- John Hopewell
AMC is mobbing up their programming slate with “Making of the Mob: New York,” which will premiere in the summer, the cabler announced on Saturday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.
“Making of the Mob” is an eight-part docudrama that begins in 1905 and spans more than 50 years, tracing the original five families that led to the modern American Mafia, including the rise of Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Meyer Lansky and Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel.
Leading into each of the eight hourlong episodes will be a mob drama from the archives of AMC’s annual “Mob Week,” and will feature interviews with historians, authors, actors including Joe Mantegna and Drea de Matteo and family members.
“‘Making of the Mob: New York’ features fantastic, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Banijay Group will take a controlling interest in U.S. production company Stephen David Entertainment, known for series such as “The World Wars” and “The Men Who Built America” on History Channel, marking the latest purchase by the French content company, which bought Bunim/Murray Productions in 2010.
Under terms of the deal, Stephen David (pictured, above) founder and president of Sde, will report to David Goldberg, Banijay Group president and Banijay Studios North America CEO. Sde is known primarily for unscripted documentary series. Its most recent production, the three-part miniseries “Sons of Liberty,” premieres January 25 in the U.S. on History.
“This new deal underlines our policy to expand our footprint in the English-speaking market, bringing added value to our business as a whole,” said Marco Bassetti, Banijay Group CEO in a statement.
“This move complements our existing business and strengthens Banijay’s ability to break new creative ground in North America. »
- Brian Steinberg
8 items from 2015
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