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A+E Networks’ Joel Denton On Factual Trends

Even though A+E Networks has been steadily ramping up its focus on drama, factual continues to be a bright spot in which the company shines. Evergreen franchises such as Duck Dynasty, Pawn Stars, Storage Wars and American Pickers are perennial best sellers, according to Joel Denton, the managing director of ...

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The Return of Explorer

After a five-year hiatus, National Geographic Channel’s Explorer series comes back to screens this weekend. From 1985 to 2010, National Geographic Explorer racked up 400-plus awards, including almost 60 Emmys. The longest-running documentary series in cable TV history, Explorer would take an in-depth look at a subject, from human-interest stories ...

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Hot Properties & Beyond

Munia Kanna-Konsek, the head of sales at Beyond Distribution, speaks with TV Real Weekly about the company’s success with the property genre. Beyond Distribution’s catalogue of 4,000-plus hours is comprised of a myriad of factual content, with property series currently making waves globally. Home-based lifestyle programming is a genre that ...

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truTV Is Having ‘Way More Fun’

Chris Linn, truTV’s president and head of programming, speaks with TV Real Weekly about the U.S. channel, which has been undergoing a brand refresh since the launch of its “Way More Fun” campaign. There are plenty of factual channels out there that satisfy viewers’ appetites for more serious subject matter. ...

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Broadcasters Recognize Cecil the Lion on World Lion Day

The killing of Cecil the lion by a U.S. dentist in Zimbabwe sparked outrage globally, with social media and TV news outlets charting the backlash. As factual broadcasters, including Nat Geo WILD and Animal Planet, gear up to recognize World Lion Day on August 10, the issue of poaching and ...

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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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Ten Years of Naked & Funny

AFL Productions’ hidden-camera clip show Naked & Funny, in which actresses in the buff prank unsuspecting bystanders, is celebrating a decade of erotic anarchy this year with a slew of updates, including potential format sales and a beefed-up digital presence. “We’re hoping to open the franchise in various countries, to ...

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Nat Geo’s Missions to Space

Mission Pluto, airing next week, is National Geographic Channel’s latest space doc. Hamish Mykura, executive VP and head of international content, tells TV Real Weekly about the global event special and weighs in on why science remains one of the platform’s hottest genres. Back in 2006, when Pluto was demoted ...

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CBS Reality Captures the Good, the Bad and the Extraordinary

Devoted exclusively to presenting compelling reality content, CBS Reality was formed in 2009, thanks to a partnership between CBS Studios International (CBSSI) and what was then Chellomedia. The operators began the rollout of six CBS-branded channels first in the U.K., with CBS Reality replacing the existing Zone Reality service. In ...

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Supersized Shark Week Returns

Discovery Channel’s long-running Shark Week is taking a bigger bite of the summer this year, rolling out a month earlier than usual on July 5 and staking out a special weekend of programming in August. The supersized stunt also returns with 19 hours of prime-time content—the most in its nearly ...

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