Volume LI, No. 16, August 09-22, 2019

International Television Program Magazine

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Zodiak Kids, part of Banijay Group, is producing Flatmates,” a brand-new comedy/drama for BBC iPlayer. Flatmates follows the lives of young Gen-Z’ers as they take their first uncertain steps into adulthood. Getting to grips with the next stage of growing up the group wrestle with the expectations and anxiety of trying to fulfil the “millennial dream.” Struggling with the realities of independent living are Lauren, an ambitious but scattered young woman, determined to go places, she just doesn’t know where, her dependable and lovesick ‘boyfriend’ Declan, and deluded and insecure step-brother, DJ Craig. The odds are stacked against them as they grapple with the world of work, dating, and new friends, but from their point of view, it’s an exhilarating, intoxicating leap into freedom; and they’ll do anything to make it work.

CONTACT: Zodiak Kids, London, UK. Tel. 44-207-013-4000. Email:   Web:




Reed MIDEM has announced the theme for its MIPCOM 2019 conference is “The Streaming Offensive” and confirms the first keynote speakers as James Farrell, Head of International Originals for Amazon Studios; Farhad Massoudi, CEO/Founder and Adam Lewinson, Chief Content Officer of TUBI; and Twitter’s Kay M. Madati, Global VP and Head of Content Partnership. MIPCOM, the world’s entertainment market, takes place in Cannes, France from October 14-17, 2019.  This year’s big theme, “The Streaming Offensive” reflects the seismic changes in global distribution models, their impact on content production and licensing, and the global response to the direct-to-consumer challenge.  

CONTACT: Reed MIDEM, Paris, France. Tel. 33-1-4662-1777. Fax 33-1-4662-1797. Web:


The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the nominees for the 2019 News & Current Affairs categories. Winners will be presented with Emmys in New York on September 24, at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. The eight nominees span six countries: Brazil, Nigeria, Sweden, Qatar, Russia, and the United Kingdom. The International Emmy winners will be recognized alongside their American news and documentary peers. BBC World Service garnered its first ever Emmy nomination for “BBC Africa Eye: Sweet Sweet Codeine,  a program from its Nigeria feed, making it a first nomination for BBC World Service and for Nigeria. The Current Affairs report covers the country's devastating addiction to codeine cough syrup, revealing the horrors of an opioid crisis and exposing the corrupt forces behind it. Additionally, Brazil's TV Globo is nominated in both categories for the coverage of the killing of city councilor Marielle Franco (News) and 11 days in North Korea during the 70th anniversary of the nation's founding (Current Affairs).

CONTACT: The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York, NY USA. Tel. 1-212-489-6969. Fax 1-212-489-6557. Web:




Janson Media has announced the digital release of the feature film “Fortress of War” to VOD markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. This World War II historical war drama portrays, with incredible accuracy, the heroic defense of the Brest Fortress, which took the first major blow from the Nazis on June 22, 1941. The film follows the troops as they held a border stronghold for nine days of intense fighting, led by the regiment commanders Peter Gavrilov, Commissioner Efim Fomin and the head of the 9th Frontier Andrei Kizhevatov. The Brest Fortress is a 19th-century Russian fortress in Brest, Belarus. The battle marked the start of Operation Barbarossa of the German-Soviet War, when Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union. “Fortress of War,” a Russian language film, subtitled in English, was directed by Aleksandr Kott, and stars Aleksey Kopashov, Andrey Merzlikin, and Pavel Derevyanko (138’).

CONTACT: Janson Media, Tappan, NY, USA. Tel 1-845-359-8488. Email:  Web:


When homeowners love their neighborhood, but have outgrown their house, real estate and home renovation experts Brad and Heather Fox swoop in to save the day in HGTV’s new series “Stay or Sell.” Premiering August 27, the series spotlights the husband-wife duo as they present their Minneapolis-area clients with two options—renovate their current home or buy another property nearby that can be customized. Once they decide to stay or sell, Brad and Heather get to work creating a dream family home. Throughout the season, the Foxes create gorgeous home transformations by incorporating custom designs tailored for each client, including a stylish nursery renovation that reveals the baby’s gender, wall murals by local artisans and family heirlooms repurposed into fresh décor (10 x 30’).

CONTACT: Scripps Networks, Knoxville, TN, USA. Tel. 1-865-694-2700. Fax 1-865-690-9964.  Web:



“Savage Builds” is an eight-part series featuring Adam Savage of “MythBusters” fame. Putting his unending curiosity and nearly unparalleled inventiveness to the test, Adam Savage is taking on bigger and badder projects, from a 3-D printed titanium suit of armor inspired by Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man” films that actually flies, to experimenting with the highly volatile liquid nitroglycerin. Each episode of “Savage Builds” will focus on one project as Adam collaborates with notable experts in their fields, friends, colleagues, and some of his favorite people on the planet. Among those Adam enlists to help sow controlled mayhem are Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, longtime “MythBusters” collaborator Tory Belleci and Academy Award-winning actor Gary Oldman (8 x 60’).

CONTACT: Discovery Networks, Silver Spring, MD, USA. Tel. 1-240-662-5900. Fax 1-240-662-1986. Web



The BAFTA Award-winning series “Secret Life of Boys” is returning for a fourth season. Series four picks up with sixteen-year-old Ginger having adjusted nicely to living in the UK. She starts the summer on a mission to travel across Canada with best friend Heath. Robbie wants to grow up fast and having put his dreams of owning a motorbike on hold, he decides to refocus on his band which is going on a tour through Germany! With Ginger and Robbie away, the series introduces some new characters and Corey and Bob are both hard at work this summer on their own projects, prompting them to call on Bob’s mother to help with the kids. Unfortunately, Granny Bob's idea of ‘helping’ isn’t quite what they expected… (10 x 22’).

CONTACT: Zodiak Kids, London, UK. Tel. 44-207-013-4000. Email:   Web:



Based on the Children's Book "The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived" by Daniel Errico, “The Bravest Knight” follows Sir Cedric, now grown and married to Prince Andrew, as he recounts tales of his journey to his daughter Nia, who is training to become a brave knight herself. Directed by Shabnam Rezaei, the new series is groundbreaking for its inclusivity, featuring Nia, played by Storm Reid, who wants to be a Knight, a family with two Dads (T.R. Knight as Sir Cedric and Wilson Cruz as Prince Andrew), and for the first time in children's TV, a main character that is openly gay. The animated series boasts additional stars including Saturday Night Live's Bobby Moynihan as Grunt, the troll who lost his bridge and Teri Polo as Saylor. The star-studded cast also includes RuPaul as the Big Bad Wolf, Wanda Sykes, Steven Weber, AJ McLean, Jazz Jennings, Maz Jobrani and Christine Baranski, in the role of the Red Dragon (26 x 11’).

CONTACT: Big Bad Boo Studios, Vancouver, Canada. Tel. 1-604-688-6484. Email  Web:


“Kiri and Lou” follows the friendship between Kiri, a feisty little dinosaur and Lou, a gentle and thoughtful creature, as they explore a ‘forest of feelings’ through laughter, song and adventure. Joined by motherly Pania, sensitive Dalvanius, who disappears completely when he feels shy, and Sorry, a small but extremely fast little animal who cares about everyone’s feelings, “Kiri and Lou” invites children to learn about kindness, empathy and how to get along. With warm-hearted and gently humorous storylines, series is an original and imaginative show full of fun and adventure that will entertain the whole family. Hand-crafted in paper and clay and created using traditional stop motion animation from Antony Elworthy, the five-minute episodes are voiced by Jemaine Clement and Olivia Tennet, and is written and directed by feature film director Harry Sinclair (52 x 5’).

CONTACT: Cake Entertainment, London, UK. Tel. 44-0-207 307 3230. Email:   Web:






From Academy Award® winning director Charles Ferguson, “Watergate” chronicles one of the biggest criminal conspiracies in modern politics, telling the entire story of the Watergate scandal from the first troubling signs in Richard Nixon’s presidency to his resignation and beyond. This definitive documentary series features a roster of some of the most important media, legal and political figures from the scandal, including Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, John Dean, Jill Wine-Banks, Richard BenVeniste, among many others (3 x 120’).

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


Directed by Giovanni Totaro, “Happy Winter” has its broadcast debut on the PBS documentary series POV on August 12. The film is an Indyca and RAI Cinema production in co-production with Zenit Arti Audiovisive, in association with Inthelfilm, Onirica, and American Documentary | POV. Part of a summer tradition that has continued to thrive since the 1960s, Mondello Beach draws crowds of people who now look to enjoy a simple life. Through creative and vibrant footage, Totaro captures the energy of Mondello Beach, its huts with colorful tops and clusters of beach umbrellas. The beachgoers too, are bright and jubilant—they play cards, cook and share food together, sing and dance in unison. The community on Mondello Beach is a respite from realities of the outside world, where Southern Italy’s economy remains sluggish. It’s a happy, viable lifestyle—just for the summer (60’). 

CONTACT: Public Broadcasting Service, Alexandria, VA, USA. Telephone 1-703-739-5000. Fax 1-703-739-3889.



A ten-part documentary series, “The History of Weapons” tells the story of weaponry that played important roles in the major battles of history. It reveals the development of arms often accelerated the technical progression of a given eras. It also investigates men’s desperate attempts to tame the destructive power of ever new instruments of war. Since the very beginning of human existence, weapons have been produced and used to kill. Bloody conquests and dreadful crimes are committed by the means of weapons. But freedom fighters, anti-terror units, liberators—all depend on the use of weapons. The series is much more than a technical investigation; it uncovers the connection between the development of a new military device and its aftermath—dynamics that shaped millennia of human existence (10 x 50’). 

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

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