DRG to Present New Factual Titles & Formats


LONDON: DRG will be showcasing more than 125 hours of new content at MIPTV, including some newly acquired factual programs as well as formats.

The slate includes Guiltology, created by Nutopia for CNN’s HLN. The series takes viewers inside the world of forensic investigations.

The Churchills is a new history series acquired from DOX Productions and produced for ARTE and PBS. It provides new insight into Winston Churchill by comparing and contrasting him with his ancestor John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough.

Kate’s Wardrobe Secrets and Taste of South Africa lead the lifestyle slate. In Kate’s Wardrobe Secrets, the Duchess of Cambridge’s effect on designers’ businesses is explored, while celebrities and fashionistas scrutinize and discuss her choices. In Taste of South Africa, chef Matt Tebbutt travels the country, exploring everything from urban fine dining to tastes from the townships.

DRG is bringing Norway’s NRK latest ‘slow TV’ offering to MIPTV, Music of the Northern Lights. The hour-long program features new photography of the Northern Lights, accompanied by selected classical works performed by the Norwegian Broadcasting Radio Orchestra.

Produced by Screentime for ABC Australia, Life on the Line Australia sees award-winning documentary maker Todd Sampson, aided by young physicists, put his faith in science to the ultimate test in a series of epic experiments.

Meanwhile, arts presenter Waldemar Januszczak returns with two new titles. The first, Scarlet Woman: The True Story of Mary Magdalene, looks at how Mary has been portrayed by artists over the centuries. The three-part Every Picture Tells a Story for BBC Four investigates the story behind internationally famous works of art.

DRG is launching a new twist on the dating genre this MIPTV: Rewind Love. The format, created by Moskito Television, sees couples on the brink of separation evaluate their relationships with the help of a therapist, by revisiting important moments and places from their past.

12 Stars is a new studio-based, prime-time entertainment format from new first-look partners Magnum Media. It features a range of famous faces doing very funny things.

DRG is seeking presales at MIPTV for Gender Neutral School. Produced by Outline Productions for BBC Two, this social experiment sets out to investigate if the stereotypes imposed on young children go on to define their roles in later life. Dr. Javid Abdelmoneim takes over a class of 30 7-year-olds and, battling teachers, parents and convention, establishes a gender neutral school.

Noel Hedges, DRG’s executive VP of content and acquisitions, commented: “We always like to say we have something for everyone in our catalog and this MIPTV is no exception—from new high-end history and fashion-focused lifestyle to groundbreaking social experiments, new true-crime stories and a whole new take on the relationship format. As well as having great new content to offer our broadcaster clients, we are delighted that our programming has been acquired from such a wide range of excellent production talent from Australia, America, South Africa and Europe—bringing a variety of creative styles to our slate, as well as new approaches to some popular topics. We are very proud that so many of the world’s leading independent producers entrust their content to us and we look forward to presenting it to the international marketplace in Cannes.”