"A Crack in the Mountain"
Espresso Media International to launch a slate of 30+ hours of documentary and factual entertainment content ahead of MIPCOM 2022. The slate spans several genres, from crime and social issues documentaries to science and history content; and importantly marks Espresso’s expansion into factual entertainment series.
“We are thrilled to be debuting an incredible slate of international documentaries and factual entertainment at MIPCOM,” says Jess Reilly, Head of Sales and Acquisitions. “From jaw-dropping True Crime with 'Where is Baby Gabriel?', to stranger-than-fiction thriller 'The Man Who Stole Einstein’s Brain', plus exhilarating factual entertainment with 'High-Altitude Carpenters' and much more, we have content across all factual genres to captivate and entertain audience’s worldwide. We look forward to reuniting with clients old and new in Cannes and presenting these remarkable productions to the world.”
New series launching as part of Espresso’s slate include "High Altitude Carpenters" (6x44’ with a second series available for pre-sales). Premiering on Discovery Italy, the programme follows a unique family business renovating historical properties in the Italian Dolomites, with an engaging cast of unique and witty characters.
Building on previous successes in true crime, Espresso will also be debuting "Where is Baby Gabriel?" (2x52’), from the producer of best-selling "Monster in the Shadows" (a Peacock original airing on Foxtel, Viaplay and Sky Crime). This shocking docuseries explores a missing baby case which continues to make headlines today.
Their feature doc slate opens with "A Crack in the Mountain" (1x99’ / 1 x 52’), a visually stunning exploration of Son Doong, a magnificent underground kingdom. Espresso is also expanding upon their history of championing social issues content. "Category: Woman" (1x76’ / 1x58’) from Emmy-award winning director Phyllis Ellis ("Toxic Beauty"), which follows four champion runners from the Global South fighting back against the policing of women’s bodies and biological sex testing in sport.
Espresso will also be presenting two powerful documentaries on motherhood. "Birth Time" (1x84’ / 1x55’) follows three women on a mission to revolutionise maternity care and reduce birth trauma; whilst "My So Called Selfish Life" (1x78’ / 1x52’) is a timely and imaginative journey through one of society’s greatest social taboos: choosing not to become a mother.
Meanwhile, "Philly on Fire" (1x99’ / 1x52’) chronicles the shocking story of Philadelphia Police’s bombing of Black liberation group MOVE, with key figures from the historical event speaking on camera for the first time; and "Kaepernick & America" (1x88’ / 1x52’) examines American racial injustice in the present day, profiling the sports icon and why he took the knee.
In the science and history remit, Espresso will also be presenting to the market "Sound the Alarm" (1x52’), which delves into how Russia reacted to a little-known past nuclear alert that could have sparked nuclear catastrophe; and stranger-than-fiction story "The Man Who Stole Einstein’s Brain" (1x78’ / 1x52’), commissioned by CBC for the Documentary Channel.