In brief: CBC unveils dates for Canada/U.K. copro Enslaved

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The docuseries led by Samuel L. Jackson is set to debut on the pubcaster this October, plus TLN welcomes a new member to its team.

Enslaved set to debut this October

Upcoming Samuel L. Jackson-led docuseries Enslaved (pictured) will make its debut in Canada this October.

Premiering on Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBC’s documentary Channel and on Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. on CBC TV and CBC Gem, the six-part series was previously unveiled during the broadcaster’s 2019 Upfront. In May it was revealed the Canada/U.K. copro from Toronto’s Associated Producers and London, U.K.-based Cornelia Street Productions would be part of CBC’s fall 2020 schedule.

Enslaved reveals a new perspective on the history of slavery through underwater archeology. Each episode follows the quest for a sunken slave ship, narrator and executive producer Jackson’s personal journey and a historical investigation led by investigative journalists Simcha Jacobovici and Afua Hirsch.

In addition to Jackson, executive producers include series director Jacobovici, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Eli Selden, Rob Lee, Ric Esther Bienstock, Sarah Sapper and Yaron Niski. The project is produced by Bienstock, Sapper and Felix Golubev, and produced in association with Anonymous Content, along with Samuel and LaTanya Jackson’s production company UppiTV.

Produced in association with CBC and the documentary Channel in Canada, the copro is expected to land on EPIX in the U.S. on Sept. 14. Fremantle holds the global distribution rights to Enslaved, excluding Canada, the U.S. and Israel.

TLN adds to its team

John Arnone has joined TLN Media Group as director, client services and revenue management.

Arnone’s past experience includes serving as marketing director for Outfront Media Canada and programmatic trader, digital and performance marketing for Postmedia Network. “As an established Canadian cultural organization with strong broadcasting brands and deep community roots, our continuing transition in the new digital world will benefit from John’s expertise in developing and realizing offerings in both traditional media and new digital services,” said TLN president Aldo Di Felice in a statement.

Coastal Elites, Selena + Chef and more headed to Crave

Three new projects are headed to Crave. Comedy Coastal Elites from playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick, Selena Gomez-fronted cooking show Selena + Chef and sci-fi series Raised by Wolves from executive producer Ridley Scott are all confirmed to come to Bell Media’s streamer.

HBO series Coastal Elites, which was originally conceived for the Public Theater in New York and is directed by Jay Roach, focuses on five different points of view across the U.S. Meanwhile, 10-part HBO Max series Selena + Chef, features chefs such as Roy Choi, Tonya Holland, Daniel Holzman, Antonia Lofaso and more work with the musician on how to navigate making meals while stuck at home in quarantine. Both projects will premiere on Crave day-and-date with their U.S. broadcast.

Raised By Wolves, meanwhile, is expected to premiere this fall on Crave and CTV Sci-Fi Channel. The 10-episode HBO Max series created by Aaron Guzikowski follows two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious planet.