Volume L, No. 17, June 29-July 12, 2018

International Television Program Magazine

Published since 1969

Forward & Intelligence


ZDF Enterprises will be handling the worldwide distribution of the documentary "Gold for Kim—A Life for North Korea's Leader." Produced by the Berlin film production company Hanfgarn & Ufer and written and directed by Michael Höft for ZDF and ZDF Enterprises, the documentary sheds light on a completely new and different aspect of North Korea—sport in the country of Kim Jong-un. The film plays dramatically on the contrast between the viewer's acknowledged expectations and completely new impressions. On a journey across the country, using the theme of "sport" as its vehicle, the film delves as far as possible into the reality of everyday life behind the official façade and, with the help of personal contributions, captures the thoughts and feelings of the country's aspiring sports stars. In addition to focusing on athletes, the documentary also looks at ordinary people and their everyday life (52’).

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




The Television Academy announced today that Samira Wiley and Ryan Eggold will present the nominations for the 70th Emmy® Awards from the Wolf Theatre at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center on Thursday, July 12. Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington will join Wiley and Eggold at the nominations ceremony, which will stream live on The 70th Emmy Awards will telecast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 17, on NBC. “Saturday Night Live’s” Colin Jost and Michael Che will serve as co-hosts. The 70th Emmy Awards will be executive produced by Lorne Michaels

CONTACT: The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York, NY USA. Tel. 1-212-586-8424. Fax 1-212-246-8129. Web:

 Credit: Saint Mary’s Hospital Archives, Rochester, MN


PBS has announced that “The Mayo Clinic: Faith—Hope—Science,” a new two-hour documentary executive-produced by Ken Burns and directed by Burns, Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers will air this fall on September 25. Blending historical narrative with contemporary patient stories, “The Mayo Clinic: Faith—Hope—Science” is a timely look at how one institution has met the changing demands of healthcare for 150 years—and what that can teach us about facing the challenges of patient care today. Film begins with the story of Dr. W.W. Mayo who, after traveling throughout the Midwest looking for a place to practice, settled with his family in rural Minnesota. Together with the Sisters of Saint Francis and his sons Will and Charlie, he laid the foundation for a medical center that now treats over a million patients every year from 50 states and 150 countries…and employs 64,000 people in Rochester and at campuses in Jacksonville, Florida and Scottsdale, Arizona. (120’)

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



STUNTS AND COMEDY                   

“Busted” is an unscripted look at the most audacious, daring and adventurous physical comedy and action film stunts of the past century. Host Nathan Barnatt will guide the audience through the history of two specific stunts per episode, diving into the backstory of the creation of each stunt through interviews with the performers, crews and family members surrounding them, leading to the physical recreation of the stunt by Barnatt and culminating in a new hybrid stunt combining the two classic stunts in a way only Barnatt could.     

CONTACT: Red Arrow International, Unterföhring, Germany. Tel. 49-89-9507-2320. Fax 49-89-9507-2321.  Web:


Real estate broker and attorney Wayne Chi helps clients find a tropical getaway to call home in the new HGTV series “My Aloha Dream Home.” In each of the eight episodes, Wayne will go above and beyond to showcase three different properties to potential buyers so they can choose their dream home on the gorgeous islands of Maui or Oahu. Wayne will use his knowledge as a native Hawaiian and seasoned real estate broker to highlight the “aloha” life. From oceanfront condos to hilltop bungalows, each family will compare each home's amenities, such as ocean views or proximity to the shore, while carefully considering their budget (8 x 30’)

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



Available as a format or finished drama, Anone is the story of a young girl who, after losing her family, becomes separated from society and can no longer figure out a way to live. The drama begins when she meets an old woman, like herself, who is no longer able to believe in people due to so much deception and betrayal. The two eventually realize that they feel the same way about many things and the woman shelters the girl. It's a story of searching for meaning is life, one that has misguided beginnings but evolves into true human love (10 x 60’). 

CONTACT: Nippon Television, Tokyo, Japan. Tel. 81-3-5275-4139. Fax 81-3-5275-4008. Web:



Janson Media has announced a partnership with Crawford’s Corner, LLC to bring the new children’s animation series, “Crawford the Cat,” to Amazon Prime Video worldwide, as well as a range of U.S. educational digital platforms such as Discovery Education and Safari Montage.  The first season of Crawford the Cat includes thirteen five-minute episodes designed for kids ages three to seven. Each episode features entertaining educational lessons on personal grooming, manners, exercise and nutrition. Additional half-hour episodes and one-hour specials are in production. “Crawford the Cat” has a strong following among Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers nationwide in the United States, and the video programs and associated website content have already aggregated over 10 million unique views. Geared to preschool children and populated with warm, friendly characters, series encourages cooperation, learning, accomplishment, imagination and self-discovery (13 x 5’).

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






A live-action series for six- to nine-year-olds, Lolly Laffalot features Lolly, who spends most of her spare time at home with her best friends Cara and Marx. Hardly surprising, as her father Lex is an inventor and Lolly’s house is a great place to play. Most of the time her dad Lex is away from home and often sends his daughter new inventions – to try them out, to help her and her friends or for some other reason. The thing is–something always does go wrong with these experiments. Marx thinks all inventions are cool, while Cara is more skeptical and is afraid of everything. But together they have loads of fun (26 x 12’).

CONTACT: Studio 100 Media, Munich, Germany. Tel. 49-89-5434-4780. Fax 49-89-5434-47810. Web:


Produced for Digital Television Russia by the Parovoz Animation Studio, “Heroes of Envell was created by Anton Lanshakov and Evgeny Golovin for eight- to 14-year-olds. Animated series is set in a junior high school, where four promising pupils (Art, Phil, Vik and Kira) find a laptop containing a mysterious game. The laptop turns out to be a portal to the game world with real adventures and dangers. This world has been usurped by four-handed evil genius Morgarth, who dreams of getting to Earth and gaining control over the population (26 x 11’).

CONTACT: Signal Media, Moscow, Russia. Tel. 7-495-780-7674. E-mail Web:






“Darwin’s Secret” is the first production telling the true story behind the 1831-1836 epic journey of British survey barque, HMS Beagle. Without this voyage, Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution would never have come about. Film reveals the secret mission of the HMS Beagle – a voyage that changed the world. Captain FitzRoy is at her helm and among those on board is an unknown young 22-year-old student from Cambridge, serving as the ship’s scientific officer. His name: Charles Darwin. The story behind this journey would form the basis for Darwin’s ground-breaking Theory of Evolution. It would become a game-changer in science and forge our current thinking about the Earth and life on it. Yet the fact that Darwin was on this ship at all was almost by accident. The young scholar himself only realized on board the ship that he was the façade for a secret experiment. This is the story of Tierra del Fuego native Indian Jemmy Button and the tragic fate of his people. It traces an extraordinary journey to the ends of the world, to the roots of Darwin’s theory, where it all began with the theft of a surveying vessel (150’).

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


A&E Network’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy-winning docuseries “Born This Way” returns for its fourth season on August 15. Airing two episodes back-to-back each week, the four week event will chronicle the group’s journey as they prepare for a monumental step for two of its members—the wedding of Cristina and Angel. The groundbreaking series provides an intimate look at a diverse group of young men and women with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions and lifelong dreams, explore friendships, romantic relationships and work, all while defying society’s expectations. The series also gives a voice to the parents, allowing them to talk about the joy their son or daughter brings to their family, and the challenges they face in helping them live as independently as possible (8 x 30’).

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



Tackling one the most persistent legends in North America, “Chasing Bigfoot: The Quest for Truth” examines the search for this mystical creature. For decades, grainy photographs and campfire stories told the story of a towering creature that lived in solitude in the forests of Saskatchewan. But, where some see a myth, others see a chance to make history. This fascinating documentary series looks at the Bigfoot legend through the eyes of the true believers who devote their lives to discovering the hidden truth and bringing home the evidence to prove it (5 x 60’, HD). 

CONTACT: Octapixx Worldwide, Toronto, Canada. Tel. 1-416-449-9400. Fax 1-416-449-9498. Web:

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