France Télévisions and some of the other broadcasters that make up the Global Doc command group have launched a major call for ambitious science documentaries as they look for new projects to support.
Global Doc was launched by France Télévisions at the Sunnyside of the Doc three years ago and is inspired by the model of the alliance of pubcasters in scripted television, launched in 2018.
The doc scheme aims for pubcasters to join forces and combine funds so they can access ambitious docs that can compete with streamer rates. Organizations involved in this latest push, in addition to France TV, include Channel 4 in the UK, ZDF in Germany, CBC in Canada, ORF in Austria, SVT in Sweden and ABC in Australia.
This year’s call, launched on the opening day of Sunnyside in La Rochelle, France, invites international producers to submit their projects if they fall into the following two categories: ancient civilizations, archaeology, paleontology, geology and exploration. spatial; ou des découvertes scientifiques majeures qui peuvent sauver la planète.
A jury composed of one representative per broadcaster will select up to three projects, two from the first category and one from the second.
The deadline for projects is October 22, and winners will be announced at the World Science Congress in December.
France Télévisions has already unveiled at Sunnyside a series of projects that are part of Global Doc, including a program on Gustave Eiffel. It was co-created with the German ZDF, prodco Terra X, alongside the French Blue Kobalt and the German Kobalt Documentary.
The French broadcaster has also teamed up with SVT in Sweden for a show about women in the Viking Age, produced by Little Big Story and Nordic Eye Production.