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Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Names Oliver Lang as COO

  • Variety
Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Names Oliver Lang as COO
Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions, whose credits include “Medici: Masters of Florence,” “Ransom” and Emmy winning “The Man in the High Castle,” has named Oliver Lang as chief operating officer. Based at the company’s London headquarters, Lang will oversee its operations, strategic partnerships and financing for drama projects.

Writer-showrunner Spotnitz, who credits include “The X-Files,” “Hunted” and “Strike Back,” founded Big Light five years ago to produce a diverse slate of international television series, and has since become one of Europe’s fastest-growing independent production companies.

As well as Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle,” now in its fourth season, the company’s projects include “Ransom,” now in its third season for CBS and Global; “Medici: Masters of Florence” and two seasons of “Medici: The Magnificent,” both for Rai and Netflix; and “The Indian Detective” for Netflix.

Lang is managing director of Sharp Edge Media, the
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ITV Hires BritBox & New York Times Exec To Bolster Digital Services

  • Deadline
ITV has hired executives from BritBox and the New York Times as it looks to grow its digital services.

The British broadcaster has hired BritBox’s Reemah Sakaan and Nyt’s Karine Serfaty to help with its ‘More Than TV’ strategy.

Sakaan becomes Group Launch Director – ITV Svod. Most recently, she was Svp Creative & Editorial BritBox Us and Canada of the BBC Worldwide Jv. She will still be involved in the Svod service but will oversee its subscription video on demand plans in the UK. She has been at ITV since 2013, having previously worked at the BBC for eight years, holding posts including Head of Marketing for BBC One and BBC Drama and BBC Film leading launch campaigns for Sherlock, Doctor Who and Frozen Planet.

Meanwhile, Serfaty becomes ITV’s first Chief Data Officer. She was most recently Senior Vice President of Data and Insights for the New York Times,
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Emmy for ‘Wild Wild Country’? It may follow in the footsteps of true crime phenoms ‘The Jinx’ and ‘Making a Murderer’

Emmy for ‘Wild Wild Country’? It may follow in the footsteps of true crime phenoms ‘The Jinx’ and ‘Making a Murderer’
According to our racetrack odds, the Emmy front-runner for Best Documentary/Nonfiction Series is the nature program “Blue Planet II.” But are we underestimating Netflix‘s “Wild Wild Country”? The six-part series generated water-cooler discussion after it premiered in March and could appeal to the same voters who awarded this category to the true-crime docs “The Jinx” in 2015 and “Making a Murderer” in 2016.

Directed by Maclain Way and Chapman Way, “Wild Wild Country” recounts the story of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, his charismatic personal assistant Ma Anand Sheela, and the escalating conflict between his spiritual followers and the Oregon community that surrounded them. The series has five total nominations, also including bids for its directing, picture editing, sound editing, and sound mixing.

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As of this writing “Blue Planet II” leads our predictions with 2/5 odds. It would be the third nature series
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BBC Hits Like Doctor Who, Sherlock And More To Go Online Over Christmas

The BBC has announced today that it’s giving its viewers a special treat over the upcoming yuletide period, as several of the network’s top shows will be made available to stream online. The series chosen include Doctor Who, Sherlock, Line of Duty, Planet Earth, Happy Valley and many more. From what we understand, they’ll be made available on the BBC’s catch-up service BBC iPlayer, in a move that suggests the corporation is trying to rebrand the site as a rival to the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime.

BBC director of content Charlotte Moore had this to say about the treat in a statement released earlier:

“It’s fantastic to give audiences a special gift on iPlayer to complement our schedules. Sit back and indulge as we curate some of the most loved shows you may have missed first time round or favourites you want to watch again.
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‘Planet Earth II’ Producers Reveal 6 Sneaky Ways They Filmed Their Animal Stars

‘Planet Earth II’ Producers Reveal 6 Sneaky Ways They Filmed Their Animal Stars
It’s been a decade since the original “Planet Earth” became a cultural event on TV, thanks to its stunning filmmaking and unparalleled access to the natural world. Since then, the team has surpassed its previous efforts to capture footage for “Planet Earth II,” thanks to innovations in technology and good old-fashioned human tenacity.

Being able to observe the natural world is not as easy as sending out a cameraman to just point and shoot. Elusive snow leopards are rare and avoid humans, soaring birds spiral up and down heights with dizzying speed, some predators are too dangerous to get near, many prey animals are too skittish to hang around humans, and some animals — such as a massive population of penguins that rule a remote island — are simply too difficult to access because of the unfriendly terrain.

Read More: ‘Planet Earth II’ Video: Epic Iguana and Snake Battle Sets Internet Ablaze — Watch

Fortunately,
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Chicago Med Season 2 Episode 4 Review: Brother's Keeper

  • TVfanatic
Another Dick Wolf fake-out trailer strikes again.

Seriously, if there was an Emmy category for most creatively misleading promo, Chicago Med Season 2 Episode 4 would have it in the bag. Despite the lack of follow through on all that hype, there was plenty of damn good medicine, and possibly the grossest procedure so far.

In addition to the nauseating abscess drainage, there was plenty of human drama to captivate us. Nat may be more confused about her relationships than ever, even as she helped Connor understand his teacher. And it turns out that Dr. Charles is great at helping others, but he's got plenty of his own problems too.

I can't decide if the editor who puts together the promos for Med should be fired or promoted to the writing staff. I'm sick of teasers that are so misleading, but at the same time, the stories that they pitch us are so much.
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Fake it to make it: a history of TV shams

After the furore over the BBC’s Trainspotting (not-so) Live, we look at the phenomenon of fakery on ‘factual’ TV from Frozen Planet to Top Gear

‘It was not captioned as live on-screen to viewers, but in the excitement of a live broadcast, it was mistakenly suggested that it was a live spot.” A BBC spokesperson there, reacting to the startling revelation that footage of a Class 66 train on Monday night’s episode of Trainspotting Live was not, in fact, live. Even though host Peter Snow had excitedly proclaimed, “We’ve just seen one going past … There we are, Class 66” and the show was called Trainspotting Live. In reality, the footage was five months old, and had been included to inject a drab episode with the kind of pizazz only a Class 66 diesel locomotive can provide.

It would be comforting to say that this was an isolated incident – that, though trust in Snow,
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BBC's David Attenborough app offers over 1,000 clips free

Project marking presenter’s 90th birthday features footage from series including Zoo Quest, Planet Earth, and Frozen Planet

He may have just become a nonagenarian, but Sir David Attenborough shows no signs of slowing down as he launches a mobile app offering more than 1,000 clips of his work for the BBC.

The Story of Life app, which is in development, marks the presenter’s 90th birthday on 8 May and aims to bring Attenborough’s work to a younger generation focused more on iPhones than TV screens. It will be available in the Autumn.

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: January 25-31

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Goosebumps"

Jack Black plays author R.L. Stine in this monster family hit, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD January 26. The "spook-tacular" special features include an alternate opening and ending, deleted scenes, a blooper reel, and a casting gallery. There are also two new featurettes -- "Beginners Guide to Surviving a Goosebumps Creature" and "Strange Things are Happening...On-Set" -- with actors Dylan Minette and Ryan Lee. Blu-ray exclusives include "All About Slappy" and a "Creaturefied!" featurette with makeup FX artist Steve Prouty demonstrating how to become your favorite Goosebumps creature.

Check out this exclusive clip with Jack Black and Slappy talking about working with each other: "Chi-Raq"

Spike Lee's clever modern-day adaptation of the Greek play "Lysistrata" comes out on DVD
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Attenborough and Giant Dinosaur BBC's top natural history show in five years

Investigation into new species of Titanosaur discovered in Patagonia is highest rated since Frozen Planet with over 7m viewers

David Attenborough’s investigation into the world’s largest dinosaur gave the BBC its largest audience for a natural history show in five years.

BBC1’s Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur drew an average audience of 7.5 million, and a five minute peak of 8.5 million, a 34.8% share of all TV viewing between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Sunday.

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6 New Netflix Releases to Marathon Through the Blizzard

If you’ve a mind to listen to officials from up and down the east coast this weekend (Mayor Bill de Blasio, for one, insists New Yorkers stay indoors through Saturday and Sunday’s projected blizzard), then this weekend is the perfect time to grab your roommate, a bottle (or two) of wine, and movie marathon your way straight through to Monday morning. For your viewing pleasure, we’ve rounded up the best of Netflix's January 2016 movie releases, in all featuring six excellent performances from the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anna Kendrick, and Tilda Swinton. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until Jan. 28 to catch “Frozen Planet” (though you have “Ice Age: The Meltdown” to tide you over till then). Stay safe and warm out there, and happy watching! 1. “Along Came Polly” Sure, the chemistry between Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller as this comedy's central odd couple is tepid,
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Here’s What’s Coming And Going From Netflix in January

The new year is upon us, and it’s time to clean up Netflix once again. Don’t fear too much though, as much as we hate to see some of our favorites leave Netflix, they do a pretty good job at adding some great new content. We lose Almost Famous, A Clockwork Orange, American Psycho, The Graduate, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and all the Rocky movies – and we get Intolerable Cruelty, Training Day, The Rundown and a new Netflix Original for Degrassi: The Next Class.

All Title Dates are Subject to Change

Netflix U.S. Release Dates Only

Available 1/1/16

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Along Came Polly (2004)

American Girl: Grace Stirs up Success (2015)

Angry Birds Toons: Season 1

Bring It On: Fight to the Finish (2009)

Bring It On: In It to Win It (2007)

Catwoman (2004)

The Celebrity Plastic Surgeons of Beverly Hills: Season 1

Constantine (2005)

Forensic Files: Collection 2

Friday Night Tykes: Season 1-2

The Good Road
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New on Netflix in January 2016

  • Moviefone
What to watch in the post-holiday doldrums of January? Coming to Netflix streaming next month are the Ben Stiller comedies "Meet the Parents," "Meet the Fockers," and "Along Came Polly" as well as "Intolerable Cruelty" and "The Ladykillers" from the Coen Brothers.

Also check out the new "we faked the moon landing" comedy "Moonwalkers," starring Rupert Grint and Ron Perlman, the Chelsea Handler special "Chelsea Does," and, of course, "Sharknado 3."

New on Netflix in January 2016

Available Jan. 1, 2016

"2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003)

"Along Came Polly" (2004)

"American Girl: Grace Stirs up Success" (2015)

"Angry Birds Toons:" Season 1

"Bring It On: Fight to the Finish" (2009)

"Bring It On: In It to Win It" (2007)

"Catwoman" (2004)

"The Celebrity Plastic Surgeons of Beverly Hills:" Season 1

"Constantine" (2005)

"Forensic Files: Collection 2"

"Friday Night Tykes:" Season 1-2

"The Good Road" (2013)

"House of Wax" (2005)

"How to Change the World" (2015)

"Ice Age 2: The Meltdown" (2006)

"Intolerable Cruelty" (2003)

"Journey to Le Mans" (2014)

"Loins
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How we made Frozen Planet

‘Polar bears actually like to eat humans. We had to learn how to shoot rifles’

David Attenborough, presenter

Even though I was 84, being at the poles wasn’t too hard. It’s not as if I ever had to walk far or pull a sledge. If you wear the right clothes, you can tolerate low temperatures – though if something goes wrong and you lose a glove, you might equally lose a hand.

Related: Frozen Planet: On Thin Ice – in pictures

Related: Planet Earth team head to Netflix for epic new series Our Planet

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BBC's The Hunt goes to Nine

BBC Worldwide has sold a range of natural history titles to the Nine Network and Network Ten and two new science series to the ABC.

Nine.s package deal includes the landmark wildlife series The Hunt from Alistair Fothergill, the executive producer of Planet Earth and Frozen Planet, which examines the relationship between predators and their prey.

Other titles include Atlantic, Animal Super Parents and Nature.s Weirdest Events and library series Frozen Planet, Life In Cold Blood and The Blue Planet.

Network Ten has secured Shark, which highlights the diversity of sharks around the world, with some scenes shot by cameras mounted on helicopters, plus Natural Curiosities series 3 and two Sir David Attenborough documentaries, Attenborough.s Fabulous Frogs and Attenborough.s Big Birds, the Africa series Planet Earth and Tiger: Spy In the Jungle.

ABC pre- bought Forces of Nature, which reveals what lies beyond Earth.s beauty and
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Stunning destinations from film & TV to add to your bucket list

Film and TV is guilty of instilling us with wanderlust, throwing up amazing locations from all over the world and leaving us wishing nothing more than to jump straight on a plane to distant climes.

Here are some stunning destinations from movies and shows (all ready to check out on Netflix now) that have us eyeing our suitcases with longing:

The Florida Keys - Bloodline

An amazing chain of tropical islands hanging from the tip of Florida, connected by a series of bridges running all the way to Key West and frequently offering amazing views of both sunrise and sunset.

It's the perfect temperate getaway, as long as you don't get entangled with the dysfunctional Rayburn family, that is.

New York City - Manhattan

From the opening peals of Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue', Woody Allen classic Manhattan is pure New York City from head to toe.

Diane Keaton
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Call Your Weed Dealer: The Planet Earth Team Is Making a Netflix Series

  • Vulture
Call Your Weed Dealer: The Planet Earth Team Is Making a Netflix Series
The geniuses behind Planet Earth, Blue Planet, and Frozen Planet are coming back with an eight-part series called Our Planet for Netflix. The production company Silverback Films said it would be shooting the series in ultra-high-def. "Our Planet is going to raise the bar for natural history landmarks," said producer Alastair Fothergill. "We will reveal the most amazing sights on Earth and show them in ways they have never been seen before." The bad news is that the series won't premiere until 2019. (Nature documentaries take a long time!) For you, the major difference will be that you'll use a vape this time around.
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Netflix Orders Eight-Part Nature Documentary Series ‘Our Planet’ From Creators Of ‘Planet Earth’

Netflix continues to round out its slate of original non-fiction programming, this time with one of its biggest documentary projects yet. The streaming video service has ordered the eight-part nature docu-series Our Planet from the creators of BBC’s Planet Earth.

Filmed in Ultra HD 4K, Our Planet will explore remote parts of world and feature rare animals almost never seen by human eyes. The series will be produced by Silverback Films, with Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey leading the project. The filmmaking duo previously developed the documentaries Planet Earth, Blue Planet, and Frozen Planet for BBC, which later aired in the U.S. on the Discovery Channel.

Additionally, wildlife conservation organization WWF will assist in the creation of Netflix’s Our Planet series. WWF will provide the Silverback team access to protected habitats for filming purposes. The organization will also work with the production company to develop Our Planet-inspired multimedia content for various platforms.
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Netflix Unveils "Our Earth" Doco Series

Netflix has ordered "Our Planet," an eight-part nature documentary exploring remote wilderness areas across the globe.

Its biggest documentary project to date, the project comes from the creators of the "Planet Earth," "Frozen Planet" and "Blue Planet" series and the various Disneynature films.

The series will be a four-year collaboration with Silverback Films and conservation group WWF and is to be shot in Ultra HD 4K format. WWF will provide the Silverback team access to its projects in protected areas around the world.

The aim is to present never-before-filmed settings featuring some of the world's rarest animals and most precious natural habitats.

The series is scheduled to premiere across all Netflix territories in 2019.

Source: Variety
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Eight-Part Nature Documentary Our Planet Picked Up By Netflix

When Planet Earth first screened on the BBC back in 2006, audiences were transfixed. Offering unprecedented access to some of the world’s most elusive animals and wildlife, the documentary irrefutably raised the bar for the genre of nature documentaries and its lofty production values still set the precedent years later.

Almost a decade on, though, and it seems Netflix is hoping to emulate on its success with the eight-part natural history series Our Planet, which has been described by producers as the largest project of its kind ever attempted, projecting content from the four corners of the world in 4K resolution. Due to film over the course of four years, the online giant stated that it plans to have the series available to stream by 2019.

Silverback Films are involved in bringing Our Planet to existence, with Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey spearheading the nature documentary behind the cameras. Given that
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