“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”
Find out why Nutopia is leading the way in global in factual TV production.
Jane Root, the founder and chief executive of Nutopia, talks about how America The Story of Us spurred a format that has now been sold into several markets.
Full Story can be found here http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/2013-12-9-for-nutopia
We are very pleased to announce DESERT WAR won Best Docudrama at the ATOM 2013 Awards in Melbourne last week!
Congratulations to all involved who helped make this such a splendid documentary series!
We can also announce that DESERT WAR has just received four AACTA Nominations
A wonderful achievement and fingers crossed!
• AACTA Award for Best Documentary Television Program
• AACTA Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary – Episode 1: Tobruk
• AACTA Award for Best Editing in a Documentary – Episode 1: Tobruk
• AACTA Award for Best Sound in a Documentary – Episode 1: Tobruk
The Screen Producers Australia Awards, established in 2001, recognize the creation of outstanding screen content by Australian Businesses and provide a great opportunity to celebrate the industry and this year Electric Pictures and Nutopia were acknowledged with the Documentary Television Production of the Year Award for Desert War.
Simon McKeown has joined Mankind: The Story of All of Us prodco Nutopia, in the role of head of development.
Most recently the head of development at Love Productions, McKeown has also been a series producer for Sky, the BBC, Wall to Wall, and Objective Productions.
His credits include How Sherlock Changed the World for PBS, Why Don’t You Speak English for Channel 4, and The People Watchers for the BBC.
“It’s a really exciting time here at Nutopia and I’m delighted to have someone as talented as Simon joining the development team,” said Jane Root, Nutopia’s CEO, in a statement.
McKeown added: “I’m delighted to be working for a company that believes in big, bold ideas of the highest quality and excited about being given the daunting responsibility of building on the stunning success Nutopia has had to date.”
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.
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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.”