Raydar Media Launches New Factual Slate at MIPCOM


Los Angeles/London - September 30, 2015 - Independent distribution and co-production boutique Raydar Media unveiled a compelling lineup of factual programming for MIPCOM including Alleycat TV’s new BBC commission Keepin it Country and the latest in the Extreme Franchise from Sundog Pictures, Reggie Yates: Race Riots in the USA, it was announced today by Raydar Media’s Managing Director, Alison Rayson.

"The most compelling documentaries tell stories that have the ability to engage like no other," commented Rayson. "Finding and bringing these unique stories to a global audience is at the heart of Raydar’s factual strategy and we are proud to be working with some of the best factual producers in the business to achieve this."

KEEPIN IT COUNTRY (1 X 40' or 6 X 30' for the BBC from Alleycat TV)

The Northern Irish country music scene has undergone a revival in recent years, due in part to the appeal of younger stars like Derek Ryan and Nathan Carter. These new acts have sparked a frenzy amongst a younger crowd of concert-goers and sparked a country music renaissance in towns and villages across the land. This observational documentary filmed over the summer of 2014 follows a group of young country music fans as they look for love on the dance floors of Northern Ireland.

THIS IS GREECE (4 X 60' or 8 X 30')

"This is Greece" follows Dr. Michael Scott (Rome’s Invisible City) as he meets with various people and families from the cities and towns to the remote Islands of Greece to discuss what it's like to live in their country during turbulent times they are facing, how it affects them and their hopes for their beloved country. "This is Greece" takes viewers on a journey of discovery through this extraordinary nation, its history and culture.

REGGIE YATES: RACE RIOTS IN THE USA (1 x 60', Sundog for BBC3/1)

"Reggie Yates: Race Riots in the USA" is the latest installment in the Extreme Franchise, which examines the position of African-Americans in U.S. society one year after the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager killed by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri. Reggie visits the small town of Ferguson to find out if a community so polarized by the shooting of Michael Brown can come together and heal. He witnesses firsthand how new police recruits are being trained and speaks to a new generation of young activists about racism in America.


"The Heartbeat of the Rotten Apple" is a brand new four-part series about Huey Morgan trawling the night life of New York in search of the heartbeat that makes it the most exciting city in the world. Huey was the front man in the Fun Lovin’ Criminals which sold over 10 million records, fusing hip hop, rock, blues, jazz and funk to tell tales of real life growing up on the mean streets of New York’s Lower East Side. Today, Morgan is a successful and popular broadcaster, presenting his top rated show on BBC 6 Music as well as a late night R2 show with network TV experience and a wry sense of humour. He knows those clubs and backstreet dives where the musicians hang out, where the characters lurk and the city reveals itself. Part travelogue, this is an entertainment show with live performance, anecdotes and a fresh informed look at the story of popular music at its wild heart.

BESTSELLERS (1 X 60' for Channel Four)

Shopping is now a leisure activity, not just a chore – and by harnessing the incredible amount of information hidden in retail sales data and combining that with celebrity shoppers and experts from our favourite stores, we create an eye-opening special packed with recent nostalgia, amazing did-you-knows, and a review of how we spent £300 billion in just one year.