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Channel 5, SBS check into A Hotel Through Time with Wildflame and BossaNova

London hotel The Ritz features in Wildflame’s A Hotel Through Time

Paramount-owned broadcaster Channel 5 in the UK and Australian pubcaster SBS have commissioned documentary series A Hotel Through Time from Welsh indie Wildflame Productions.

The show is the first to come out of London-based BossaNova Media’s 2023 Development Day pitching event, in which buyers from global channels and platforms were pitched a shortlist of projects for commissioning. A total of 26 producers put forward ideas.

A Hotel Through Time (6×60’) explores the hidden histories, secrets and scandals of some of the UK’s most iconic hotels, including The Ritz, The Savoy and The Langham.

It will look beyond each hotel’s opulent exterior to reveal the stories within, from murder and majesty, celebrity scandals to key political decisions, innovation and architecture, as well as the unique exclusive experience each establishment offers its clientele.

Getty Images, which sponsored Development Day 2023, is also partnering on the project, which is set to launch internationally at Mipcom this year.

BossaNova’s Development Day 2024, the fifth edition of the initiative, will take place on October 17. Buyers will be pitched 40 shortlisted projects from more than 200 original submissions.

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