Hot Docs to honour Carole Laganiere
Filmmaker Carole Laganiere will receive this year’s Focus On retrospective. (Laganiere’s Absences pictured)
MIPCOM: Radio-Canada, FIC sign ICI Explora output deal
Radio-Canada has acquired more than 100 hours of Nat Geo docs via a deal with Fox International Channels. (Louis Lalande, exec VP of French services at CBC/Radio-Canada pictured)
Slice, ID prepare to See No Evil
U.S. net Investigation Discovery and Shaw’s Slice have commissioned six-part crime doc series See No Evil, which examines murders solved using closed-circuit television footage.
Super Channel, Canal D board Skyjacker’s Tale
Bell Media-owned Canal D and Super Channel have acquired Canadian TV rights to Jamie Kastner’s forthcoming doc The Skyjacker’s Tale (pictured).
Vice finalizes A+E deal, secures TCV investment
Vice Media has finalized its US$250 million deal with A+E Networks, and has penned a deal to sell a minority stake to Technology Crossover Ventures.
Blue Ant Media hires Gwen Jones McCauley
The former BBC Worldwide Canada exec (pictured) has joined Blue Ant Media as its director of international sales, effective Aug. 18.
Microsoft set to shutter Xbox Entertainment Studios
XES execs Nancy Tellem (pictured) and Jordan Levin will stay on to complete the original programming that is already in production, but the division will close down. (From Realscreen)
Doc pioneer Wolf Koenig passes away
German-born documentary pioneer Wolf Koenig (pictured), who spent 47 years working at Canada’s National Film Board, has passed away at the age of 86.
Amid internal protest, CBC weighs docs unit closure
CBC is weighing the future of its in-house documentaries unit, as a host of notable on-air presenters join news and current affairs staff in signing a letter protesting its potential closure.
Discovery Int’l picks up Bahama Blue
Discovery Networks International has picked up Bahama Blue, an underwater factual series from Parallax Film Productions, to air in 2015.