Luc Besson is taking on the role of executive producer for a captivating documentary delving into the unbelievable story of the Rainbow Warrior ship bombing. The project is currently in development with Doscville Studios, GNZ, EuropaCorp, and Expanded Media. Pre-sales to DR, SVT, and NRK have already been secured for the documentary, titled “Rainbow Warrior,” and a streaming platform and UK broadcast partner will soon be revealed. The documentary explores the events of 1985 when two explosive devices detonated in the Auckland, New Zealand port, causing the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, a vessel owned by a small environmental organization, under cover of night. Initially suspected as a terrorist act, investigators soon unraveled a series of clues leading straight to the French secret service. Director Edward McGurn emphasized the relevance of this story today, given the ongoing nuclear threats and the environmental crusade that many young individuals now see as their life’s mission. Luc Besson serves as an executive producer alongside his wife and film producer, Virginie Besson-Silla. Fremantle is responsible for the global distribution of the documentary, which will make its North American debut at Doc NYC on November 9. The list of executive producers also includes Lawrence Elman, Nick Fraser, Duncan Heath, Francis Hopkinson, Steve Rabineau, and Angela Neillis.
ITV has appointed Tatiana Jezierski as the Head of Creative Strategy for its in-house advertising unit and introduced a training program in memory of Technical Director Roger Pearce. Tatiana Jezierski, previously the Strategy Director at creative agency Mother, will join ITV later this month in this newly established role. Her responsibilities will encompass embedding strategic elements within the agency and contributing to creative campaigns, including those for the new streaming platform ITVX. Jezierski will be part of the creative leadership team, working alongside the Executive Creative Director, Head of Campaign Management, Head of Production, and Head of Post Production, with the opportunity to build a team of her own. Niki Garner, ITV Creative Director, praised Jezierski’s exceptional skills and the warmth and generosity she brings, which align perfectly with ITV’s culture. ITV’s in-house agency was established to promote the content of the public broadcaster and produces numerous campaigns each year. Additionally, the ITV Academy, in partnership with Creative Access, has introduced a traineeship program in honor of the late Sport Technical Director Roger Pearce, who passed away last year. The selected candidate will receive a 12-month contract and the opportunity to join ITV Sport’s technical team, where they will receive training in technical production processes and skills from technical facilities providers.