WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT RTS WEST OF ENGLAND AWARDS 2019

25 March 2019

The television community of the West of England turned out in force last night to celebrate their work over the last year -“This is the one night of the year the broadcast community in the West comes together to celebrate their achievements and growing reputation as a global leader in production.” The Gala event took place at the newly refurbished Brisol Old Theatre

BBC Studios Natural History Unit  won three awards - two for landmark series Dynasties (Cinematography and Grading, which was overseen by post production facility Films at 59) and one in Natural History for its Natural World film, Pangolins: The World’s Most Wanted Animal.

 

How Netflix’s “Our Planet” aims to kick off a global conversation

25 March 2019

International streaming giant Netflix is hoping to spark meaningful dialog by diving into the prestige natural history space with Our Planet, streaming globally on April 5.

 

The eight-part docuseries, narrated by celebrity naturalist Sir David Attenborough, was made over four years, with more than 600 crew members, in 50 countries, across all continents. It focuses on the diversity of habitats around the world, while also pointing to global environmental challenges and their possible solutions.

Julian Hector - Head BBC NHU - at NHN Event

21 March 2019

This morning Julian Hector spoke to our members about the great work going on at the BBC NHU.  

 

Blue Planet Live ...and Beyond.

RTS Awards This Sunday

20 March 2019

The RTS West of England Awards will take place on Sunday 24th March at the newly refurbished Bristol Old Vic

Drinks/canapes reception from 7pm, ceremony at 8pm. DJ and party until late. Dress code - dress up, black tie optional!

Tickets are now available from the Bristol Old Vic Box Office on 0117 987 7877. Priced at £50 incl VAT/£40 incl VAT for RTS members

Disney completes Fox deal and takes over National Geographic

20 March 2019

After 15 months of wrangling, Disney has completed its historic $71 billion (£54 billion) acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets, sealing arguably the most important television deal in history.  


The Mouse House has taken ownership of a list of high-profile film and TV brands, but most notable for us is it's controlling stake in National Geographic Partners .
 

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival ​Goes ​Annual For Impact:

19 March 2019

In a surprise turn that could ruffle a few feathers, and excite others, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival have announced their ambitious plans to become an annual wildlife film festival.  

These are interesting times indeed for the world of Wildlife Film Festivals, as Jackson's rebranding will inevitably impact the long standing trans-Atlantic alliance between the two pillars of our wildlife film biennial calendar. 

Blue Planet Live - Gears up for TX next week

16 March 2019

A crew of more than 100 is getting ready for the production of Blue Planet Live, which is being executed from a central production hub in Ealing.  The ambition is to add to the environmental legacy forged by 2017 natural history flagship

Blue Planet Live execs are hoping the series can continue the “nationwide conversation” kick-started by the show’s predecessor Blue Planet II

 

Julian Hector, Head of the BBC Studios NHU, will be speaking to NHN members about this and other ongoing work on Thursday 21 March. If you would like to attend Tickets are still available here

Roger Webb, executive producer on the forthcoming four-parter, said the series should “build on the legacy” forged by 2017’s Blue Planet II, which drew overnight audiences above 10m and woke the UK up to the need to eliminate single-use plastics.

Terra Mater Factual Studios and Off the Fence Announce Collaboration

14 March 2019

Terra Mater Factual Studios (TMFS), a subsidiary of Red Bull, and Off the Fence B.V. (OTF), a subsidiary of ZDF Enterprises, have agreed on a global, multi-year deal, which will see OTF distribute TMFS’ present and future TV catalogue.

As of the 1st of April 2019, OTF will begin representing TMFS’ programming and showcase the multi-awarded portfolio for the first time at MipTV 2019 in Cannes, where the two companies will welcome their clients and partners at their adjacent booths.

Five Mile Films wins Channel 4 commission

13 March 2019

New Bristol indie commissioned by Channel 4 to make dog rescue series.  

 

Channel 4 has commissioned a series from Nick Mirsky’s Five Mile Films that takes the fixed-rig into a dog rescue centre. 

The 8 x 60-minute series, The Dog House (w/t), will explore the recovery and rehousing of canines at the Cambridgeshire centre run by Wood Green – The Animal Charity.

Apple anticipated TV streaming service launch March 25th

12 March 2019

 

Apple is holding a ‘special event’ on 25 March that will likely confirm the creation of its long-rumoured television streaming service.

 

By Jesse Whittock

Source  Broadcast

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