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Nat Geo orders first drama series, Aronofsky doc

National Geographic has ordered its first drama series and two big doc projects. The Fox-owned channel operator has recently reorganised its senior management, and today announced the three new landmark shows, which include Blood Ivory (WT), its first scripted series. The show comes out of a new development deal with DNA Films & TV (28 […]

Ex-London Live, Channel 4 exec joins Nutopia

Former London Live and Channel 4 commissioner Katie Boyd has joined Jane Root’s factual specialist Nutopia. Boyd joins the Story of Us… prodco along with CB Films’ Simon Willgoss. Boyd will become executive producer, while Willgoss becomes head of development. Nutopia’s current deputy head of development Lee McNulty is concurrently promoted to in-house producer. Former […]

News brief: Jane Root’s Nutopia hires development chief

Nutopia, the US factual prodco run by former BBC and Discovery exec Jane Root, has hired Allyson Mandelbaum as its director of development. Prior to Nutopia, she was director of unscripted at AMC Networks and has previously worked at MTV and indie prodco Magical Elves

CNN commissions Jesus doc series

Turner’s news and current affairs network CNN has ordered Jesus Code, a six-part series connecting historical artefacts to central figure in the Christian faith. Jane Root’s Washington-based prodco Nutopia will make the Jesus Code, which is the latest factual series ordered by CNN as it broadens its output from pure news and current affairs. It […]

ZDFE, Nutopia join up for Europe’s Story of Us

German rights distributor ZDF Enterprises and Jane Root’s prodco Nutopia are working on a European version of docu-drama format The Story of Us. Europe – The Story of Us is currently in development at format creator Nutopia, with ZDF’s commercial arm ZDFE taking international distribution rights. ZDFE and Nutopia said they are open to further […]

Nutopia’s The Story of Us getting Aussie remake

Factual producer and distributor Nutopia has shopped the format of its docudrama The Story of Us to Seven Network. The Australian free-to-air broadcaster will air a local version of the show. Local indie Essential Media & Entertainment, the producer of legal series Rake, will make the Australian version of the series, which is scheduled to […]

News brief: Nutopia hires Love’s head of development

Jane Root’s prodco Nutopia has hired Simon McKeown from The Great British Bake Off producer Love Productions. McKeown will take on the same role at Nutopia, which is behind doc series such as America: The Story of US, The British, Mankind: The Story of All of Us and We Invented the World. McKeown’s CV includes […]

Vice Media appoints Nutopia’s Franses, preps UK online channels

Vice, the publishing-to-TV media company, has hired Laura Franses to run its UK operation. Franses was the cofounder, along with Jane Root, of Nutopia, leaving the factual producer last September. She has also worked at Zodiak Media, Fox and Film Four in the UK. At Vice, Franses will take the managing director role as the […]

Staff changes at Bake Off producer Love

Love Productions, the UK indie behind hit format The Great British Bake Off, has promoted several staff and hired a new executive from Jane Root’s Nutopia. Kieran Smith is upped to creative director, factual programming, at the producer and will work with joint chief executives Richard McKerrow and Anna Beattie on new content for UK […]

Nat Geo to review the ‘90s with Nutopia

National Geographic Channel is following up docu-miniseries The ‘80s: The Decade that Made Us with another about the pivotal moments, people and inventions of the 1990s. The ‘90s: The Last Great Decade (WT) will be produced by Jane Root’s (pictured) Nutopia, the prodco behind the The ‘80s, which has been producing excellent numbers for Nat […]