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Boys’ Club

Survival and motoring titles are hoping to quench the male audience’s thirst for adventure.  In their bid to supply broadcasters with content that will appeal to the much-sought-after male demo, producers and distributors worldwide are heeding the call of the wild. Within the last decade, outdoor adventure series and survivalist ...

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Transgender Programming

As society’s interest in learning about the transgender community increases, more and more distribution companies are bolstering their catalogues with factual content focused on transgender issues. Beyond Distribution is one of several distributors that have taken notice of—and acted on—this growing trend. The company picked up the rights for Transforming ...

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Factual Channels See Gains in CEE

Major international factual channel brands continue to find expansion opportunities across Central and Eastern Europe. Last week, Scripps Networks Interactive announced it is planning to take 100-percent ownership of one of Poland’s leading broadcast groups, TVN. The move follows the lifestyle-channel operator shelling out $615 million to secure a controlling ...

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Tattoo Shows Leave Their Mark

A decade after the launch of TLC’s Miami Ink and A&E’s Inked—both long credited with mainstreaming the once taboo world of tattoos—unscripted titles focusing on body art continue to draw audiences worldwide and across demographics. At the most recent MIPTV, FremantleMedia International (FMI) premiered Bondi Ink, an Australia-set reality show. ...

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The Good Life

Networks across the globe are seeking out reality shows that help audiences improve their lives. Need advice on buying a home, where to go on your next vacation, sprucing up your living room or changing your fortunes at work? Dump the self-help books and Wikipedia; there are numerous channels across ...

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Science Matters

Jay Stuart puts a spotlight on the latest developments in science documentaries. Science made a splash in 2014. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey was probably the factual television programming event of the year. The show brought back to life a documentary by astronomer Carl Sagan that was first shown on PBS ...

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We Are Family

This article originally appeared in the MIPCOM 2014 issue of TV Real. Family-based reality shows are enabling broadcasters to create brand-defining, long-running franchises. From the unconventional to the downright outlandish, from the unknown to the infamous, families of all sorts have opened their doors and invited us into their homes. ...

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