1
Aug

US pubcaster PBS and Channel 4 in the UK have commissioned Nutopia to make a documentary about the terrorist attacks at Algeria’s In Amenas gas facility.

Terror in the Desert (working title) is a one-hour special from director Bruce Goodison, who previously worked on the Bafta-winning Our War for BBC3.

The programme focuses on the events of January this year when Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists stormed a gas plant in the middle of the Algerian desert and took more than 800 workers hostage. A four-day siege ensued culminating in the Algerian special forces storming the facility. At least 37 foreign hostages were killed and 29 of the militants.

Nutopia will combine both drama and documentary filmmaking and will speak to survivors and their families, many of them appearing on camera for the first time.

The C4 commissioning editor is Daniel Pearl and the executive producer for Nutopia is Nav Raman.

BBC Worldwide will distribute the programme internationally.

 

Clive Whittingham

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1
Aug

By TBI Vision

Channel 4 and PBS have co-commissioned Terror in the Desert, a one-hour documentary about the terror attack on the In Amena gas facility earlier this year.

The UK and US public broadcasters have ordered the doc from Jane Root’s production firm Nutopia, which has brought on Bruce Goodison (Bin Laden: Shoot to Kill) to direct.

The programme makers will interview hostage survivors and include drama reconstructions of the key events.

The film will, Nutopia said, forensically examine the storming of the gas plant, which left a death toll of 37 foreign hostages from Britain, the US, France, Japan and Norway and the international response to the event.

BBC Worldwide has taken international rights and will sell Terror in the Desertinternationally.

Jane Root said:“This is an extraordinary and tragic story which has been almost hidden from the world. We’re incredibly grateful that these brave men and women are going to collaborate with us to try and shine a light on what happened in the desert.”

Beth Hoppe, PBS chief programming executive and general manager, general audience programming added: “This documentary will portray a dramatic and important event in contemporary history from the perspectives those who lived it.”

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1
Aug

Nutopia to recreate terrorist attack on Algerian gas plant

By Pippa Considine for Televisual

Channel 4 and PBS have co-commissioned Nutopia and director Bruce Goodison to makeTerror in the Desert (w/t), a one-hour drama documentary special which details for the first time the full story behind the terrorist attack on the In Amenas gas facility in Algeria.

Nutopia will use a combination of drama and documentary in Terror in the Desert to tell the story of the terrorist siege, using first person interviews with hostage survivors and their families, many speaking on camera for the first time, and dramatic reconstruction of key events during the tense four days, which were punctuated with gun battles, escape and acts of bravery.

The film forensically examines the audacious storming of the gas plant which left a death toll of 37 foreign hostages from Britain, USA, France, Japan and Norway and the international response to the rapidly unfolding events.

“This is an extraordinary and tragic story which has been almost hidden from the world,” says Jane Root, ceo Nutopia. “We’re incredibly grateful that these brave men and women are going to collaborate with us to try and shine a light on what happened in the desert.”

Director Bruce Goodison’s credits include Our War,  Bin Laden: Shoot to Kill and The Flight that Fought Back. Channel 4 commissioning editor is Daniel Pearl and executive producer for Nutopia is Nav Raman.

BBC Worldwide will distribute internationally.

Webpage: http://www.televisual.com/news-detail/Nutopia-to-recreate-terrorist-attack-on-Algerian-gas-plant_nid-3082.html

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1
Aug

PBS, Channel 4 order Algerian terror doc

By Adam Benzine

Bruce Goodison. Photo: official Twitter account

UK broadcaster Channel 4 and U.S. network PBS are uniting to coproduce a documentary about the terrorist attack and hostage crisis at the In Amenas gas facility in Algeria, which left at least 67 people dead in January this year.

The hour-long doc Terror in the Desert (working title) is being produced by Jane Root’s indie Nutopia, and directed by BAFTA-winning director Bruce Goodison (pictured above), whose credits include Our War and The Flight that Fought Back.

Beth Hoppe, PBS’s chief programming executive and general manager for general audience programming, said: “This documentary will portray a dramatic and important event in contemporary history from the perspectives those who lived it.”

Nutopia will use a combination of drama and documentary in to tell the story of the terrorist siege, presenting first-person interviews with hostage survivors and their families, many of whom will be speaking on camera for the first time.

The doc promises dramatic reconstruction of key events during the four days of the stand-off, which were punctuated by gun battles and dramatic tales of escape.

Nutopia CEO Root said: “This is an extraordinary and tragic story which has been almost hidden from the world. We’re incredibly grateful that these brave men and women are going to collaborate with us to try and shine a light on what happened in the desert.”

The commission editor for Channel 4 is Daniel Pearl and the exec producer for Nutopia is Nav Raman. BBC Worldwide will distribute the doc internationally.

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30
Jul

Jane Root

30 July, 2013 | By Chris Curtis

Nutopia and the Bafta-winning director behind Our War are making a doc about the terrorist attack on Algeria’s In Amenas gas facility for Channel 4 and PBS in the US.

Terror in the Desert (w/t) is a 60-minute film combining first person interviews with hostage survivors and their families with dramatic reconstruction of key events during the four day attack, which took place in January and included gun battles and dramatic escapes.

Almost 40 foreign hostages from Britain, USA, France, Japan and Norway died when the facility was stormed by militants.

Nutopia chief executive Jane Root said: “This is an extraordinary and tragic story which has been almost hidden from the world. We’re incredibly grateful that these brave men and women are going to collaborate with us to try and shine a light on what happened in the desert.”

Beth Hoppe, PBS chief programming executive and general manager of general audience programming added: “This documentary will portray a dramatic and important event in contemporary history from the perspectives those who lived it. We are proud to work with our talented partners help bring this compelling story to the American public.”

Director Bruce Goodison’s credits include Our War, Bin Laden: Shoot to Kill and Emmy-nominated The Flight that Fought Back.

The C4 commissioning editor is Daniel Pearl and the executive producer for Nutopia is Nav Raman.

BBC Worldwide will distribute the film internationally.

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11
Jun

Jane Root

by Barry Walsh

Following their recent The ’80s: The Decade that Made Us for National Geographic Channels (NGC), Nutopia is undertaking an examination of the people, inventions and cultural signposts of the 1990s for a miniseries set to air next year.

The ’90s: The Last Great Decade? (w/t) is slated to air on National Geographic Channels worldwide, in 171 countries and in 46 languages. The mini will take a look at the decade’s significant milestones – ranging from the widespread adoption of email to the Clinton era, and the arrival of grunge music – with help from history makers, politicians, celebrities and musicians of the last pre-9/11 era.

“Nutopia proved to be an amazing creative partner and we want to recreate the success on the next groundbreaking, cinematic special event,” said Alan Eyres, senior vice president of programming and development for NGC. “And maybe I will grow out my Beverly Hills, 90210 sideburns again.”

“Now that I’ve put my ’80s fingerless gloves away, I am excited to start production on a series that will bring new insight to the decade that spawned Harry Potter, The Spice Girls, women in power cabinet positions, the Hubble Telescope and MP3s,” added Jane Root, executive producer at Nutopia (pictured). “The miniseries event will be fun and entertaining, but it will also expand the understanding of the decade in smart and surprising ways.”

Also joining the production team for the upcoming mini is Peter Lovering, an EP for the Eighties project. Supervising producer for Nutopia is Fred Hepburn, and for National Geographic Channels, Erik Nelson is executive producer.

Read more: http://realscreen.com/2013/06/11/nutopia-to-dissect-the-nineties-for-nat-geo/#ixzz2VvIgyqQV

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11
Jun

National Geographic is heading back to the ’90s with a follow-up to Nutopia’s hit miniseries The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us.

The international factual broadcaster has ordered the follow up to the three-night, six-hour miniseries that aired earlier this year. It will look at the popularity of email, the Human Genome Project, grunge, the Clinton era and the Friends phenomenon.

The’90s: The Last Great Decade? will air on US cable network Nat Geo in 2014 as well as its international portfolio of channels. It is Nutopia’s latest high-profile commission in the United States.

It was commissioned by Nat Geo senior vice president of programming and development Alan Eyres and president Howard T. Owens.

The series will be exec produced by Nutopia founder Jane Root, Peter Lovering and Nat Geo’s Erik Nelson, while Fred Hepburn will be supervising producer.

“Similar to The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us, our goal is to create the defining biography of another generation as told through unexpected game changers, history makers, world leaders and entertainers of the ’90s,” said Eyres. “And maybe I will grow out my Beverly Hills, 90210 sideburns again.”

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