Nutopia are very excited to announce that Allyson Mandelbaum has joined the company as Director of US Development. Allyson will be based in New York and will work closely with Jane Root on developing US mega-docs and returnable series.
The 6th July, 14 saw the premiere episode of Nutopia & Nat Geo’s three-part series The ’90s: The Last Great Decade? which unpacks the relatively peaceful decade wedged between the end of the Cold War and our volatile post-9/11 reality. The show features explosive interviews such as one with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, who grants her first televised interview in 10 years and admits she was a “virgin to humiliation” until details of her relationship with Bill Clinton were made public.
Published on 04 June 2014
BBC Worldwide’s Indie format adaptation, Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai, was awarded the Silver award for Best Use of Branded Content at the Media Abby Award show at Goafest 2014 which took place last week. The show was produced by BBC Worldwide India for its client, Madison Media Infinity.
Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai is the Hindi version of UK Indie, Nutopia’s format of The House That Made Me and is hosted by Indian actor and presenter, Vinay Pathak. The series takes celebrities from different walks of life to the homes and people that influenced them to unravel some of their most cherished memories. The series is sponsored by Asian Paints.
Goafest is recognised as a platform that promotes communication excellence as well as the exchange of ideas across the advertising, marketing and media fraternity. This is the 7th year that The Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) and The Advertising Club have come together to deliver the Abby Awards.
More on the Abbys here – http://theadvertisingclub.net/
Nutopia’s production for PBS, How We Got To Now, is receiving a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to launch an “Innovation Hub” to coincide with the TV Show’s premiere in October.
“Carol Coletta, the foundation’s vice president for community and national initiatives, said the project was intended “to engage the audience in a conversation about how you make places that more effectively share and spread ideas.” The project will also include live events.”
“Nutopia is developing Europe: The Story of Us for ZDF Enterprises. The Story of Us is an epic TV event that tells the history of a country or continent through reenactments, CGI and interviews with important men and women. The format has already been done with success in the U.S. and U.K., and is currently being made in Australia. There’s also a global version, Mankind: The Story of All of Us.”
This weekend Nutopia’s CEO Jane Root talked to the Guardian about BBC2 turning 50 in April 2014.
“BBC2’s former controller Jane Root, in charge between 1999 and 2004, characterised it as the “difficult middle child”. At the channel’s core was “a mission to innovate and surprise and try new things, to bring new flavours into the mainstream”, she added.”
Find the full article here: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/feb/21/bbc2-winter-olympics-janice-hadlow
Sky Living have recently announced that She’s Having A Baby, the intimate commission that brings all the ups and downs of pregnancy and childbirth, will be airing Summer 2014.
Watch this space for more information.
“She’s Having a Baby brings Sky Living all the ups and downs of pregnancy and childbirth. Each episode will feature two mums to be, charting their bumpy ride over the months leading up to the birth.
This docu-series will give an entertaining and moving insight into the contrasting hopes and dreams of both women and their partners, with laughter, tears and opposing views to pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.
Antonia Hurford-Jones, Director of Sky Living: “There’s no better way to demonstrate the channel’s ambition to put relationships at its core, than to make a bold move into new territory with new long-form series about the journey of modern families today. This will give customers a window in to the lives of the couples featured as they face challenges I am sure”