European nets go Long Haul with Silverlining

C21 Media, John Elmes 6th November 2017 Original article M6 in France is among the networks to have picked up Brinkworth Films’ airline documentary Secret Life of the Long-Haul Flight from UK distributor Silverlining TV. The 1×60’ series, which originally aired on … Continued

Rachel Job surfaces at distribution firm

Broadcast, Manori Ravindran 22nd September 2017 Original article Former A+E commissioner Rachel Job has landed at UK distributor-finance agent Silverlining as director of acquisitions. The former director of programming for History and H2 will be sourcing content for the London-based … Continued

Silverlining lands Brinkworth flight doc

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 8th June 2017 UK-based distributor Silverlining Rights has picked up a one-off special about the truth behind long-haul flights. The Secret Life of the Long-Haul Flight follows Australian operator Qantas’s A380 plane as it flies from … Continued

E4 returns to Stage School

Knickerbockerglory heads back to D&B Academy Broadcast Now, Miranda Blazeby 24th May 2017 Knickerbockerglory TV’s structured reality drama series Stage School is to return to E4 for a second 30-part run. The series, which follows the lives of students and … Continued

Silverlining plays Ivanka Trump card

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 16th May 2017 UK-based Silverlining Rights has picked up a fast-turnaround doc that explores the influence of US president Donald Trump’s eldest daughter.  Ivanka Trump: America’s Real First Lady? (1 x 60′) has been produced by … Continued

Silverlining snaps up Age Gap format

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 8th May 2017 UK-based distributor Silverlining Rights has picked up a new social-experiment format that sees two groups of people from opposite ends of the age spectrum living together. Mind the Age Gap (5×60’) has been … Continued

The Accused, Channel 5

Broadcast Now, Rob McCabe 6th February 2017 I was sold on The Accused within five minutes of meeting Malcolm Brinkworth, executive producer at Brinkworth Films. His idea was ambitious and compelling: a documentary that, for the first time, took the … Continued

Silverlining catches E4’s Polterguest

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 3rd November 2016 UK-based Silverlining Rights has picked up distribution of a hidden-camera gameshow format that debuted on E4 in the UK yesterday. Polterguest (1×60′) is from UK prodco Knickerbockerglory and uses remote cameras to film a … Continued

Stage School – Radio Times Review

Radio Times, Sarah Carson 6th September 2016 “I saw Stage School, and realised what TOWIE, Made in Chelsea, and all the others had been missing all these years: musical numbers. Because when TOWIE-meets-Glee-meets-Fame-meets-High School Musical-meets a can of L’Oreal Casting … Continued

Silverlining drives Sky’s Taxi

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 1st July 2016 Silverlining Rights has picked up a Sky1 show featuring former Pineapple Dance Studios star Louie Spence for distribution. Louie Spence: Taxi Driver (1×60’) debuts tomorrow and sees Spence launch himself onto an unsuspecting … Continued

E4 greenlights stage school reality series

Broadcast 30th June 2016 E4 has ordered a long-running structured reality series described as “the real life Glee”. Based at the prestigious D&B Academy of Performing Arts in Kent, the 30 x 30-minute series is produced by GPs Behind Closed … Continued

Silverlining gets Therapy

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 28th June 2016 UK-based Silverlining Rights has picked up distribution rights to a show about celebrities in therapy which is set to air on Channel 5 in the UK. Celebrities In Therapy (5×60’) is from UK … Continued

Silverlining’s Scotsman steams overseas

C21 Media, Andrew Dickens 22nd April 2016 Broadcasters in Australia and Ireland have pre-bought ITV special Flying Scotsman with Robson Green from UK distributor Silverlining Rights. The Available Light-produced programme has been picked up by SBS in Australia and UTV … Continued

Silverlining plumps for Trump doc

C21 Media 30th March 2016 UK distributor Silverlining Rights has picked up a doc set to air on Channel 4 (C4) in the UK that explores whether Donald Trump could become US president. President Trump: Can He Really Win? is … Continued

Silverlining swims UK waters

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 24th March 2016 UK distributor Silverlining Rights has acquired sales rights to a forthcoming two-parter about whales and sharks living in UK waters. The two episodes, titled Britain’s Whales and Britain’s Sharks respectively, have been produced … Continued

Silverlining comes up trumps with Donald Doc

C21 Media 9th February 2016 UK distributor Silverlining Rights has picked up the rights to ITNP’s latest topical doc The Mad World Of Donald Trump, which premiered on C4 on Tuesday 26 January at 9pm, attracting an audience of 1.75 … Continued

Silverlining Crowns Bloody Queens

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 1st February 2016 UK distributor Silverlining Rights has picked up rights to a BBC docu-drama that has already been sold to Foxtel in Australia. Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary has been produced by Pioneer Productions and … Continued

Silverlining takes Testimony’s Nazi doc

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 20th January 2016 UK-based distributor Silverlining Rights has added a one-off doc about survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp to its sales slate. The Girl Who Forgave The Nazis (1×60′) was produced by Testimony Films for … Continued

Silverlining Downs C5 Alcohol Doc

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 13th January 2016 UK-based distributor Silverlining Rights has expanded its sales slate after picking up a one-off doc produced for Channel 5 (Channel 5) that explores alcoholism. My Name is… and I’m an Alcoholic is produced … Continued

Silverlining to shop doctors doc

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 14th October, 2015 Silverlining Rights has picked up international distribution rights to a show from UK prodco Knickerbockerglory about doctors. GPs: Behind Closed Doors (40×60’) will start airing on Channel 5 in the UK this evening … Continued

Pioneer reconstructs royal doc for BBC2

Broadcast, Matthew Campbell 24th September 2015 Pioneer Productions will explore the explosive relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots in a one-off docu-drama for BBC2. The 60-minute Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary will use dramatic reconstruction to bring … Continued

Pioneer Unmasks Rival Queens for BBC

C21 Media, Clive Whittingham,24th September 2015 BBC2 in the UK has commissioned a one-off factual drama about the lives of Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. Tinopolis-owned UK prodco Pioneer Productions is working on Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and … Continued

Blink’s Biggest Beasts Go Global

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 27th August 2015 National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has linked up with Channel 5 (C5) in the UK and Smithsonian Channel on a two-hour special exploring some of the largest creatures ever to have lived on … Continued

Ben Fogle to front ITV ‘whale-fall’ experiment

Broadcast, Matthew Campelli 21st August 2015 Ben Fogle will front an ambitious ‘whale-fall’ experiment for ITV which will lure large sea creatures – including sharks – to the carcass of a whale. The natural history series, produced by Sussex-based indie … Continued

ABC Oz, Euro Nets Find Lost Hero

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 18th August 2015 ABC in Australia and networks across Europe have picked up a documentary about a little-known hero of the 9/11 attacks in the US. 9/11: The Lost Hero has been produced by UK-based Testimony … Continued

Destination America finds the “Lost Hero”

Realscreen, Daniele Alcinii 14th August, 2015 The Testimony Films-produced doc reveals a firsthand account from Jason Thomas (pictured), a former Marine Corps sergeant, on the events surrounding his rescue of two New York City police officers – Will Jimeno and … Continued

Smithsonian’s Quake hits UK

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 13th August, 2015 A UK broadcaster has picked up Smithsonian Channel’s one-hour doc about the earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 8,000 people in April. Channel 4 has acquired rights to Nepal Quake: Terror on … Continued

Smithsonian visits Emporium for Nepal doc

C21 Media, Richard Middleton 2nd June, 2015 Smithsonian Channel in the US has ordered a one-off documentary about the earthquakes that struck Nepal in April from a fledgling UK production outfit. Nepal Quake: Terror on Everest (1×60′) tells the story … Continued

C4 orders fast-turnaround Germanwings film

Broadcast Now – Matthew Campelli 30 March 2015 Channel 4 has ordered a fast-turnaround documentary about the safety of flying following last week’s Germanwings air disaster. ITN Productions’ How Safe Are Our Planes? is an hour-long film which will investigate … Continued

‘Shark Girl’ wins top film at Blue Ocean Film Festival

The Daily Fray, JOHN HOWELL, 9th November 2014 Madison Stewart wanted to get one thing straight before production began on “Shark Girl,” a film that depicts global misunderstanding and a man-made attack against sharks. “I made them put it in the contract … Continued

Animal Planet goes ape in Borneo

C21Media, Richard Middleton 22nd October, 2014 Discovery Networks Western Europe has ordered an eight-part factual show for its Animal Planet channel in the UK from indie Blink Films. Meet the Orangutans (8×30) reveals the comical and sometimes tragic stories of … Continued

C4 orders fast-turnaround on flight MH17 tragedy

BroadcastNow 18 July 2014 Channel 4 has commissioned a fast-turnaround Dispatches investigating the tragedy of the Malaysia-bound flight shot down in Ukraine. Murder In The Sky – Flight MH17 will TX on Monday night (21 July) in the broadcaster’s 8pm … Continued

Shark girl

Smithsonian Newsdesk 7th May 2014 Madison Stewart is an inspiring young woman with a passion to protect the creatures most people fear: sharks. Known to many simply as “shark girl,” she’s been diving with sharks since the age of 12. … Continued

Smithsonian, Discovery en Español order Flight 370 docs

Realscreen, Kevin Ritchie 3rd April, 2014 U.S. cable networks Smithsonian Channel and Discovery en Español are to air one-off specials about the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 mystery. Smithsonian Channel will air Malaysia 370: The Plane That Vanished on April 6 … Continued

Discovery, Smithsonian probe Flight 370

C21Media, Nico Franks 3rd April, 2014 Discovery Networks International (DNI) and Smithsonian Channel in the US have both commissioned one-hour investigations into the disappearance of Flight 370. DNI has ordered Flight 370: The Missing Links, which attempts to gather the … Continued

Discovery, PBS partner on doc

C21Media, Clive Whittingham 22nd January, 2014 Discovery Networks International (DNI), Discovery Canada and PBS have commissioned a four-part series on the relationships forged between humans and animals. My Wild Affair (4×60’) is being produced by Blink Films and Newroad Media … Continued

C5 orders Ohio Slave Girls doc

C21 Media 16 May 2013 Channel 5 (C5) in the UK has ordered a fast-turnaround doc about the three women imprisoned in a cellar in suburban Cleveland, which is being coproduced with Investigation Discovery (ID) in the US. Ohio Slave … Continued

ID & C5 to co-produce Cleveland kidnappings doc

Realscreen 16 May 2013  U.S. net Investigation Discovery (ID) and British broadcaster Channel 5 (C5) are co-producing a quick turnaround doc on the Cleveland kidnappings, made by ITN Productions and set to air in the UK next Wednesday (May 22). … Continued

Shark Girl swims to US

C21Media, Nico Franks 26th February, 2013 A US broadcaster has picked up natural history special Shark Girl from its Australian distributor. Smithsonian Channel has acquired the 57-minute film, which tells the story of Madi Stewart, who left school at 14 … Continued

PBS profiles Hawking, Holmes

C21Media, Nico Franks 15th January 2013 PBS has ordered an “intimate portrait” of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking as well as a documentary on Sherlock Holmes. A Brief History of Mine (working title) doc features exclusive access to Hawking’s life story, … Continued