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Up Close with Showtime’s New Doc Strand

The U.S. pay service Showtime has become known for its distinctive and cutting-edge original series, including Weeds, House of Lies, Nurse Jackie and, of course, the megahit Homeland. Now, the channel is making its foray into original documentaries. “Showtime is at a place now where people give our shows the ...

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The Scripted Scene

HISTORY, National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel are all testing the waters with airing ambitious scripted productions. There have been more and more scripted pieces popping up on the major factual channels as of late. This trend toward historical drama was likely propelled by the success of Hatfields & McCoys, ...

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Factual with an Aussie Angle

For 18 years (and counting!) ABC Commercial has been involved in producing and selling factual content from Australia’s national broadcaster. It is the country’s largest TV production house, offering programming across every possible genre, with around 50 percent of the catalogue comprised of factual content. “The number of factual titles ...

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Lifetime’s New Reality

Rob Sharenow, the executive VP of programming at Lifetime, talks to TV Real Weekly about the network’s reality-heavy programming lineup and cultivating brands that can become part of the “pop culture conversation.” Lifetime Television has always been committed to offering the highest quality entertainment programming, touching on a wide range ...

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What’s New for NATPE

TV Real Weekly spoke with a range of distributors to find out what are some of the newest factual titles that will be on offer in Miami. From documentaries on current events and places of interest to reality shows to lifestyle series, there is a wealth of new factual programs ...

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Non-Scripted from the Nordics

Since opening its doors in 2004, Nordic World has featured factual content as the backbone of its catalogue. “Nordic World was founded on factual and it remains one of our core strengths,” says Espen Huseby, the company’s CEO. Huseby points out that the last few years have seen an escalating ...

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Power Lights Up Factual Arena

Epic drama series, mini-series and TV movies were the bread and butter of Power’s catalogue for quite some time. Recently, however, the U.K. indie has been making a name for itself in the factual arena. The company officially debuted its non-scripted catalogue at MIPTV this year, and has been steadily ...

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Expanding the Factual Portfolio

Joy Rosen, the co-founder and president of Portfolio Entertainment, talks to TV Real Weekly about the company’s foray into producing factual content. When Portfolio Entertainment entered the television-production market, kids’ programming was its sweet spot. It began with live-action shows for children, then expanded into animation, and, eventually, into the ...

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Eye of the Storm

The superstorm that recently battered the U.S. East Coast has spurred a number of fast-turnaround documentaries. A late-season post-tropical cyclone swept through the Caribbean and up the East Coast of the U.S. just a couple of weeks ago, leaving in its wake a path of destruction. The phenomenal meteorological force, ...

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Channel Profile: Smithsonian Channel

Channel Profile: Smithsonian Channel Programming Strategy ACQUIRED TO ORIGINAL RATIO: About 30 percent acquired.The remainder is original or co-produced. SIGNATURE BRANDS: The Real Story, Aerial America, Air Disasters, Mighty Ships, 9/11: Day That Changed the World. SCHEDULING: Programming largely revolves around air and space, science and nature, culture, history and ...

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