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Realscreen: Sky acquires LGBTQ doc from Drive

Sky acquires LGBTQ doc Cured from Drive Sky has picked up the award-winning LGBTQ documentary Cured (pictured) from UK production and distribution agency Drive for its Sky Documentaries unit. The film examines the crusade by American LGBTQ activists in the early 1970s to have homosexuality removed from the American Psychiatric Association’s...

Realscreen: Drive picks up UK documentaries for international distribution

Production-funding and distribution agency Drive has secured several acquisitions of unscripted content. Drive picked up two BBC documentaries for international distribution, both from Summer Films. The first is Revenge Porn, which follows Zara McDermott, a reality star from Love Island 2018, who seeks to understand the impact of revenge...

Dambusters tops C21 Hot Properties playlist for May

With many parts of the world slowly returning to normal, May’s Hot Properties playlist reflects a move away from pandemic-inspired commissioning, featuring a wide range of scripted and unscripted content. Unscripted producers seem to be branching off from shows about frontline workers as they look beyond...

Drive features in C21 News Analysis: On the Plus Side

With a vast library of intellectual property and an ambitious originals strategy, Discovery+ is the latest big player to enter the streaming wars. Can it do for unscripted what Netflix did for drama? Excerpt: For Ben Barrett, co-MD of UK coproduction fixing agency Drive, Discovery+ is...

C21: Drive powers forward with new factual slate

Lilla Hurst and Ben Barrett, joint MDs of leading UK distributor Drive, discuss the opportunities provided by lockdown, the genres that are selling and the new shows on the company’s Digital Screenings playlist. UK distributor Drive had its “best year as a business” in 2020, according...

C21: Nine, Reelz pick up Diana doc

Nine Network in Australia and US cablenet Reelz are among the international channels to have acquired a two-part ITV documentary on the late Diana Princess of Wales. The Diana Interview: Revenge of a Princess was produced by Minnow Films for UK commercial broadcaster ITV and centres on...

Olly Alexander, It’s a Sin and Growing Up Gay

Our documentary on Olly Alexander - Growing Up Gay - is mentioned in this piece on the New York Times: Olly Alexander is Done with Shame "in 2017, he fronted a BBC documentary called “Olly Alexander: Growing Up Gay.” In it, he returns to his family...