THE TELCO REPORT

Volume LII, No. 01, January 10-16, 2020

International Television Program Magazine

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Forward & Intelligence

HOLOCAUST DOCUMENTARY

The Discovery Channel (and Discovery GO) will debut a new documentary, “Who Will Write Our History?” on January 27, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists, but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told in the documentary “Who Will Write Our History?” Featuring the voices of three-time Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award® winner Adrian Brody, “Who Will Write Our History?” mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations (shot on location in Lodz and Warsaw, Poland) to transport audiences inside the Ghetto and the lives of these courageous resistance fighters (130’).

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

 

 

LAST CALL—NATPE 2020 LISTINGS

The Telco Report is accepting program listings for our upcoming NATPE 2020 edition. Please see our website for further details. The deadline for the NATPE special edition is Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Please note that we publish year-round and that new program listings are welcome any time.

CONTACT: The Telco Report, Santa Monica, CA, USA. Tel. 1-310-828-4003. Fax 1-310-828-3340. Web:  www.telcoreport.com 

CONSTANTIN MEDIEN AG NOW SPORT 1

Sports media company Constantin Medien AG has changed its company name to Sport1 Medien AG. The Management Board of Sport1 Medien AG will continue to consist of Olaf Schroeder as CEO and Dr Matthias Kirschenhofer as Chief Officer Legal and Finance. SPORT1 MEDIEN Group covers entire value chain in sports. With its subsidiaries Sport1 GmbH, Magic Sports Media GmbH, Match IQ GmbH, PLAZAMEDIA GmbH and LEITMOTIF Creators GmbH, Sport1 Medien AG covers the entire value chain in the sports sector.

CONTACT: Sport 1 Medien AG, Ismaning, Germany. Tel. 49-0-89-99-500-0. Email: info@sport1-medien.de  Web: www.sport1-medien.de

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Entertainment

 

MISSING CHILD

A movie for television, “A Child is Missing” dramatizes a missing persons case. When a boy disappears overnight from the Bergisches Land in Germany, Ingo Thiel, head of the special task force assigned to the search, finds himself with a criminal case on his hands. Directed by Urs Egger, the film recounts the “Mirco Case” and is based on the true story that shook Germany when a ten-year-old boy was murdered in the autumn of 2010 in North Rhine-Westphalia. The story begins when Mirco’s parents find him missing one morning, Mirco having failed to return from the skate park the previous night. The police begin their search, and when Mirco’s clothes are found, their fears are confirmed: the boy is dead (90’).

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

WHOLE TOWN MAKEOVER

Scripps Networks’ HGTV is set to take on an ambitious mission—and it will be the most impressive and massive renovation ever—a takeover to makeover an entire town. Ever since Ben and Erin Napier of the hit series “Home Town” helped transform Laurel, Mississippi, fans from small towns across America have flooded HGTV with requests to take on the reno of their home town. Now they will get their shot at a life-changing, whole-town overhaul. Through Tuesday, February 4, anyone who loves their own home town can log on to HGTVHomeTownTakeover.com to show, tell and sell the network on why their small town, with its historic architecture and classic main street, should be the one town featured in the upcoming event series “Home Town Takeover.” With Ben and Erin leading the charge, the selected town, with a population less than 40,000, will witness the rehab of multiple individual family homes and the revitalization of public spaces, such as parks, local diners and recreation centers. And, the town will be featured in “Home Town Takeover,” a six-episode series slated to premiere on HGTV in 2021.

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

 

SKETCH COMEDY

Frantic Films has announced that principal photography has begun on Season five of the multiple award-winning CBC original sketch comedy series, “Baroness von Sketch Show.” Filming is currently underway in Toronto.  Fast-paced and irreverent, “Baroness von Sketch Show” celebrates the absurd, mines the embarrassing and satirizes daily life. Shot entirely on-location, this single-camera comedy series takes a fresh look at navel-gazing, contemporary culture. From marriage equality and screen addiction, to Airbnbs and ultrasounds, this satirical sketch show captures the banalities and absurdities of the modern world. Series is produced by Frantic Films and consists of the talented and award-winning team of Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen.

CONTACT: CBC Int’l. Sales, Toronto, Canada. Tel. 1-416-205-3500. Fax 1-416-205-3486. E-mail cbcis@toronto.cbc.ca web: www.cbc.ca/television

Children’s

CLUMSY ALIEN

Set on a tropical island, “Roger” follows the lively adventures of a little girl, the carefree, joyful and perky Fatou, and Roger, a rather clumsy alien. Throughout their adventures, they trigger small accidents that sometimes grow into major disasters, but (almost) always end on a happy note. In short, Roger and Fatou spend their time saving the island from their own mistakes and blunders. Series is aimed at children ages six to nine and features 3D CGI animation (78 x 7’).

CONTACT: About Premium Content, Paris, France. Tel. 33-1- 8508-7022. Email:  contact@aboutpremiumcontent.com  Web: www.aboutpremiumcontent.com 

 

EXTRATERRESTRIALS

41 Entertainment has announced their second project in young adult animation the science fiction series, “Roswell Conspiracies™.” Monsters aren’t real, but aliens are. And the creatures that humans call vampires, werewolves, ghosts and goblins are actually different species of extraterrestrials – most of whom are peaceful and able to pass as human beings. They live among us, hiding in plain sight. However, there are some aliens that are more horrible and bloodthirsty than any monster of myth or legend. These dangerous creatures are hunted by a cohort of humans and aliens who work for a top-secret multinational organization known as the ALLIANCE (8 x 44’)

CONTACT: 41 Entertainment LLC, Greenwich, CT, USA. Tel. 1-203-542-7310. Email: Kiersten.Halstead@41ent.com  Web: www.41e.tv

GROWN-UP WORLD

Developed and produced by BBC Children’s In House Productions, Biggleton is a unique preschool live action series (50 x 11’) which takes place in an imaginary town where a young cast of five- to seven-year-olds play out their own version of a grown-up world. A young police officer, a gardener, a scientist, a farmer, a hairdresser and a vet are among Biggleton’s residents, whose town environment has been recreated using cardboard and beautiful hand drawn detail.  From the Biggleton Obstacle Race to looking after a noisy puppy, their jobs and daily lives explore what it means to be part of a community, whilst inspiring children to role play and stretch their imaginations. Cake Entertainment will handle distribution outside the U.K. (50 x 11’).

CONTACT: Cake Entertainment, London, UK. Tel. 44-0-207-307-3230. Email: tpeck@cakeentertainment.com   Web:  www.cakeentertainment.com 

Documentaries

 

PRISON EDUCATION                       

Lynn Novick’s “College Behind Bars” is a four-part documentary series that details the transformative impact of college in prison. The film, which premieres on PBS on November 25, is Novick’s directorial debut and is produced by Sarah Botstein and executive produced by Ken Burns, with whom Novick and Botstein have worked on films for decades, including “The Vietnam War,” “The War,” “Prohibition,” and others (4 x 60’).

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

SPECTACULAR CONSTRUCTION

Season two of “Exceptional Engineering” takes a behind-the-scenes look at the spectacular construction processes for some of the world´s biggest and most innovative “boy’s toys.”  From armored vehicles to the most modern airplane, and from one of the largest truck factories to the production site of huge wind generators, this is male-skewed TV at its best (5 x 60’).

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

 

CHANGING PLANET

If you think the Earth takes millions of years to change, it’s time to think again. “A Day in the Life of Earth” reveals how much our planet can change in just 24 hours. A new era of science allows us to watch as the Earth moves, breathes, shrinks and grows right under our noses. The story is driven by scientists, explorers and everyday people whose experiences link up with cutting-edge data, newly launched satellites and blue chip CGI to show us the true personality of the Earth — more dynamic than it’s ever been seen before. Every minute, new land is born. Every hour, tons of rocks arrive from space. Before you go to sleep, a cloud of dust from the Sahara will have fertilized the Amazon. And while all that was happening, the North Pole moved nearly 150 meters. Every day, you’re waking up on a completely different planet (2 x 50’). 

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

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