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BBC Worldwide Channels Orders Global Original Production

LONDON: BBC Worldwide Channels has commissioned Best in Town from the U.K. indie Mox Productions, marking its first fully-funded global production for BBC Entertainment. The new show is the first fully-funded production with an indie since the company’s announcement that it intends to increase the amount of original hours ordered for ...

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Video Interview: Ocean Models’ Kaya Wittenburg

NEW YORK: In this video interview, Kaya Wittenburg tells TV Real about the modeling agency he founded, Ocean Models, and the reality TV show built around it, which is sold by World Wide Entertainment.   brightcove.createExperiences(); The reality series Ocean Models gives a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s first six-star modeling agency. ...

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Al Jazeera English to Air Desmond Tutu Doc Series

DOHA: Tutu’s Children, a four-part documentary series being developed by South African social rights activist and former archbishop Desmond Tutu, is set to premiere on Al Jazeera English in early 2013. The series will center on the members of Tutu’s leadership program, which aims to create a new network of ...

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Syfy Goes for Trio of Paranormal Reality Shows

NEW YORK: Syfy has greenlit the new supernatural reality series Ghost Mine, Stranded and Notorious Hauntings, all of which are set to debut next year. Ghost Mine watches as a group of miners and paranormal investigators explore an allegedly-haunted mine in Oregon. Produced by Endemol’s 51 Minds, the 6×1-hour show will ...

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AMC Schedules Night of Unscripted Programming

NEW YORK: AMC plans to air original unscripted series, including Comic Book Men, Freak Show and Immortalized, on Thursday nights beginning this February. Starting on February 14, the channel will broadcast the last eight episodes of the second season of Comic Book Men at 9 p.m., along with the debut seasons ...

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Military Channel Orders Doc Series from Arrow Media

SILVER SPRING: Military Channel has commissioned Ultimate Warfare, a new documentary series that is slated to debut early next year. The 10×1-hour show will detail major military battles spanning from World War II to the current conflict in the Middle East. Combats will be recreated using footage from cell phones, ...

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Leopard Films Doc to Air on BBC One

LONDON: The War on Britain’s Roads, a one-off documentary from Argonon’s Leopard Films, is scheduled to premiere on BBC One in the U.K. next week. The one-hour-long film focuses on the ongoing battles between cyclists and motorists on the road. It features interviews with both parties, as well as footage from ...

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ABC Commercial Acquires Bench to Bedside

ULTIMO: ABC Commercial has picked up the worldwide distribution rights to the U.S. factual/science series Bench to Bedside, which the company plans to present at the upcoming Asia TV Forum. The 12×25-minute high-definition show centers on humans and animals who have major health problems, and the biomedical research that could ...

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New President at National Geographic Television

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Brooke Runnette has been chosen to succeed Maryanne Culpepper as the president of National Geographic Television (NGT). Runnette recently joined Nat Geo from Discovery Channel, where she was the executive producer and director in charge of development for specials. Over the next month she will transition from her ...

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