Sky Studios signs screen podcast deal with Tortoise Media
Sky Studios has struck a first exclusive multi-year deal with Tortoise Media to turn the medium’s podcasts into TV shows. Tortoise is highly respected for a series of award-winning podcasts including Sweet Bobby and Prankwhich come from the weekly outfit The slow newscast survey series. With access to all of these podcasts, Sky Studios will work with Tortoise throughout the development process and produce premium TV shows and features through scripts and documentaries. “At Tortoise, we hope that by taking the time to investigate the stories and report them in full, we can get to the heart of things, and together we hope these stories reach even more people,” said Tortoise co-founder James. Harding, who ran BBC News.
BBC Studios natural history unit unveils $1.1m global talent initiative
BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit (NHU) has unveiled a £1million ($1.1m) global talent initiative to develop and support aspiring natural history filmmakers. The three-year program will see local production talent receive training and on-the-job experience, working with NHU teams on site, as the BBC’s next landmark. Kingdom. Funds will also be allocated to ensure that local language versions of NHU productions are made available to local communities. NHU chief Jonny Keeling said the investment “will reinforce our commitment to attracting and developing these exciting new wildlife filmmakers.” The news was unveiled at the Wildscreen Natural History Festival, a day after Deadline revealed the NHU was tied with My octopus teacher Underdog Films from director James Reed. The NHU has grown tremendously lately, getting commissions from Netflix, Apple TV+ and NBC.