THE TELCO REPORT

Volume L, No. 11, April 11-17, 2018

International Television Program Magazine

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Forward & Intelligence

ROYAL ROMANCE

A+E Networks has signed top broadcasters around the world for its newest TV movie, “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance.” The first broadcasters to acquire the two-hour TV movie include: Channel 5 (UK), TF1 (France), ATRES (Spain), SBS (Benelux), 7 Network (Australia), Sky (New Zealand), Corus Entertainment (English-speaking Canada), Lifetime (Latin America) and Lifetime (Asia). Produced for day-and-date delivery to broadcasters before the royal wedding, The two-hour special captures the highly publicized courtship between Britain’s beloved Prince Harry and stunningly talented divorcee, Meghan Markle. Was it love at first sight? How did a relatively unknown American Actress sweep the world’s most eligible bachelor off his feet? How did they keep their romance under wraps? Journey back to the exciting moment they met, through their initial courtship, to the intense global media frenzy surrounding their relationship and upcoming wedding (120’).

CONTACT: A+E Networks, New York, NY, USA. Tel. 1-212-210-1400. Fax 1-212-210-9476. Web:  www.AETNinternational.com

 

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Best Shorts Competition is seeking entries for their avant-garde competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, members of creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. Honoring the achievements of filmmakers worldwide who produce high quality shorts, Best Shorts promotes the award-winning films through a press release to over 43,000 filmmakers, industry contacts and media/distribution outlets as well as five additional international media outlets. The deadline for entries is June 8, 2018; see their website for details.

CONTACT: The Best Shorts Competition, La Jolla, CA, USA. Tel. 1-858-779-9544. Fax 1-858-454-6287.  Web www.bestshorts.net

ANDROID NEWS ANCHOR

Nippon Television Network Corporation has welcomed anchor Erica Aoi as its first android employee. Aoi debuted live on the daily show PON!” on April 5, 2018. Erica (ERato Intelligent Conversational Android) Aoi (a combination of AI for artificial intelligence and Ø from “NIPPØN TV,” the corporate logo of Nippon TV) was born out of the first project between Osaka University, Kyoto University, and the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International’s Japan Science and Technology Agency Strategic Basic Research Programs. Their goal was to develop an autonomous robot that can live symbiotically with humans. With numerous experiments lined up, such as acquiring exquisite Japanese language skills, multilingual communication with people around the world, collecting and analyzing vast amounts of information within a short timeframe, and working nonstop for 24 hours, Aoi will aspire to achieve what only an android anchor can. She is already slated this spring to appear as an assistant in the “Sensors” segment of “Chill TV,” a program introducing digital trends, available on Nippon TV’s broadcasting satellite channel and online, as well as deliver the news in English on various online media.

CONTACT: Nippon Television, Tokyo, Japan. Tel. 81-3-5275-4139. Fax 81-3-5275-4008. Web: http://www.ntv.co.jp/english/

Entertainment

 

ALL ABOUT BAKING

Available in stunning 4K UHD, “Flour Power” explains to viewers everything they have ever wanted to know about baking. Set in a retro-style kitchen, the lovely host inspires viewers with simple to extravagant baked treats. Series is accompanied by more than 60 recipes, stunning webisodes, and dazzling food photography (26 x 30’).

CONTACT: Gusto Worldwide Media, Ottawa, ON, Canada. Tel. 1-613-730-1728. Email: sales@gustoworldwidemedia.com Web: www.gustoworldwidemedia.com

CRIME THRILLER

Federation Entertainment has recently acquired the worldwide distribution rights to “Undercover,” a ten-part Flemish crime/thriller fiction-series. Inspired by several real life events, “Undercover” unites a group of unique, fictional characters amidst a backdrop of the Flanders province of Limburg’s growing reputation as a Mecca of synthetic drugs. One of the largest ecstasy producers in the world, Ferry Bouman, lives a charmed life in his chalet on the Dutch-Belgian border. But things start to change when two undercover agents move into his territory, attempt to infiltrate Bouman’s life and shut down his network. “Undercover” is produced by De Mensen, the largest independent audiovisual production company in Belgium. It is currently in postproduction, and is scheduled for delivery in 2019 (10 x 50’).

CONTACT: Federation Entertainment, Paris, France. Tel. 33-01-8417-6528. Fax 33-01-4742- 3228. Web:  www.fedent.com

 

SOCIAL EXPERIMENT

With one marriage out of two ending in divorce, it begs the question—are couples these days giving up too easily? Based on proven and existing couples’ therapy methods, “The Break-Up” seeks to help real life couples with identifiable problems and forces them to face the unthinkable in order to help them find solutions and solve the problems in their relationships before they risk losing everything (60’ format).

CONTACT: KABO International, La Plaine Saint Denis, France. Tel. 33-1-8578-7331. Email: arabelle@kabointernational.com  Web: www.kabointernational.com

Sports/Adventure

ADVENTURE TRAVEL

“Hell of a Trip” is a surprising travel show format where five participants set out on a journey to three countries. They will have amazing experiences, eat exotic food and visit amazing places. With limited time and budget each participant will plan a different day of the group’s trip. Before embarking on this journey, the contestants will discover that they will share the trip with a significant person from their past who has left them scarred. The winner will receive two tickets for a holiday of a lifetime.  He or she will then have to decide whether to take a trip around the world with their travelling partner or pocket the tickets and leave this new found relationship behind once and for all (15 x 45’, format).

CONTACT: GoQuest Media Ventures, Mumbai, India. Tel. 91-22-495-591-00. Email: contact@goquestmedia.com    Web: www.goquestmedia.com

 

 

 

 

LEGENDARY GOALKEEPER

“The Peter Schmeichel Show,” hosted by the Danish football legend, former goalkeeper for Manchester United and Denmark’s national team, has premiered on RT. The new series kicks off its coverage of Russia’s preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with an in-depth look at 11 host cities. Series will be taking viewers behind-the-scenes at each of Russia’s 2018 host cities as well as providing insight into the hottest topics in the world of football as the World Cup approaches. Host Peter Schmeichel is Denmark’s most revered player, having won 129 games for the national team, as well as five Premier League title, three FA Cups, one Champions League title, and a UEFA European championship.   

CONTACT: RT Television, Moscow, Russia. Tel. 7-499-750-00-75 ext. 1200. E-mail distribution@rttv.ru Web: www.rt.com

HISTORY OF FOOTBALL

HISTORY® has officially secured many of the biggest names in football for its upcoming mega television event, “History Of Football: The Greatest Story Ever Played.” This unprecedented event will run on HISTORY® in more than 160 territories outside of the United States, 24/7 for 14 days, from May 28 to June 10 and will present a selection of original, globally and locally focused premium series and documentaries, carefully curated films and short form specials. The weeks-long television event also takes a look at the sporting events that made such football luminaries and players as Pelé, Maradona, Messi, Ronaldo, Zidane, Villa, Rummenigge, Matthäus and Müller, household names around the world.

CONTACT: A+E Networks, New York, NY, USA. Tel. 1-212-210-1400. Fax 1-212-210-9476. Web:  www.AETNinternational.com

Documentaries

 

 

 

NEW DOCS FROM ZDF

ZDF is offering a slate of new documentaries, including “The Story of Europe,” a ground-breaking series that tells the story of Europe by exploring different chapters of its eventful history. A journey through space and time, from the first physical beginnings to the first human settlers (6 x 50’). Another documentary program focuses on the “History of Weapons,” showing the evolution of weapon technology throughout the history of the world (10 x 50’). “Africa River Wild” takes you to the rivers of Africa which spread fresh water and life, through parched desert and scrubland, through grassy savannahs and the deepest African jungles (7 x 50’).

CONTACT: ZDF Enterprises, Mainz, Germany. Tel. 49-6131-991-1601. Fax 49-6131-991-1612. Web: www.zdf-enterprises.de

EXTRAORDINARY SCHOOLS

Quintus Media GmbH is following the huge success of “The Most Dangerous Ways to School” with a brand new program, “Planet School.” Currently in production, the series takes viewers to the most extraordinary schools around the world where they discover amazing forms of education.  These schools are far from what grown-ups in the western world remember even in their very blurred flashbacks. With an insight into a different culture, country, school and routine viewers will also discover things they recognize, can relate to and will be able to directly compare their lives (3 x 48’).

CONTACT: Quintus Media GmbH, Berlin, Germany. Tel. 49-30-208-233-480. Email: info@quintus-media.com  Web:  www.quintus-media.com

 

BLUEPRINT FOR DICTATORS

Featuring a high percentage of gripping, never-seen-before footage, 50% of which is in color, “The Hitler Chronicles—Blueprint for Dictators” tracks Hitler’s life from cradle to grave, but with a unique contemporary interpretation. The chronicles relate the life of the dictator, as it interacts with and responds to Austrian and German society, as well as the national and international political trends and events during the first half of the 20th century. The program is available in several versions, in English or German (4 x 50’, 13 x 50’, 95’ or 460’).

CONTACT: First Hand Films, Zürich, Switzerland. Tel. 41-1-312-2060. Fax 41-1-312-2080. Web:  www.firsthandfilms.com

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