Volume LI, No. 05, March 08-21, 2019

International Television Program Magazine

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Forward & Intelligence


ZDF Enterprises is offering the documentary series “WWII: Battles for Europe” in time for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Co-produced by ZDF and Impossible Factual, the eight-part series wrapped production last fall. Program focuses on World War II’s Western Front, from D-Day to the Allies’ crossing of the Rhine.  “WWII: Battles for Europe” includes eyewitness accounts, interviews with veterans from both sides of the conflict and rare archival materials (8 x 50’).

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




The Telco Report is accepting program listings for our upcoming MIPTV 2019 edition. Please see our website for further details. The deadline for the MIPTV 2019 special edition is Friday, March 15, 2019; listing may be submitted directly to Please note that we publish year-round and that new program listings are welcome any time.

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MIPTV 2019 will feature the world’s first program of 8K content screenings on April 9, in the Palais des Festivals. The industry is rapidly moving forward on new broadcast standards. Major Japanese broadcasters started 4K and 8K transmissions last December. This is the very first time that such a collection of extraordinary 8K footage has been assembled. NHK will screen segments from their “Two Hour Tour” series of city visits and “The Palais of Versailles” (a co-production between NHK and the Château of Versailles) will be showcased. MIPTV delegates will see a digitally-remastered 8K version of Hollywood’s perennial musical favorite “My Fair Lady,” captured from the original 70mm master. Also being screened in 8K is music content from France’s Paramax Films including a musical tribute to Michel Legrand, as well as a new film (provisionally titled “Music Hole”). The USA’s K2 Studios will present Volcanoes,” and “Rocky Mountain Express” (initially shot for large-screen cinemas) in 8K.  Japanese broadcaster WOWOW will show clips from their locally produced version of “Cold Case” in 8K.

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




9 Story Media Group has entered into an agreement with Peacock Alley Entertainment to develop and co-produce “Motel 51,” a serialized science fiction drama geared towards a young adult and family audience.  Written and created by Laura Kosterski, “Motel 51” follows the Williamson family, as they embark on a desperate quest to find their father after he mysteriously vanishes. The search will lead them to an oddball motel with an otherworldly secret.     

CONTACT: 9 Story Media Group, Toronto, Canada. Tel. 1-416-530-9900. Fax 1-416-530-9935. Web:


ZDF Enterprises has assumed global distribution outside Ukraine, Russia and CIS of the Ukrainian crime drama series “Hide and Seek.” In an ordinary looking apartment, a father and daughter play a game of hide-and-seek. While searching for his daughter, she is nowhere to be found. Later, a video is posted online which shows the girl holding a sign with a mysterious set of numbers. But what do they mean? She’s the first of several children who disappear without a trace in a small industrial town. Young detectives Varta Naumova and Maksim Shumov take on the complex case and their own demons (8 x 60’).   

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



Red Arrow Studios International and Nippon TV have teamed up to distribute the action-packed new gameshow format “Beat the Rooms.” The format will be launched at MIPTV 2019, with Nippon TV handling sales for Asia, and Red Arrow Studios International taking rights for the rest of the world. “Beat the Rooms” is the only action gameshow where players are challenged NOT to do something: don’t breathe, don’t get nervous, don’t fall, and more - all with wacky, hilarious results! In each episode, two teams try and ‘beat’ rooms which are home to missions that test their ability to overcome a physical or mental obstacle (format). 

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



Sport1 and FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) are set to continue their successful eFootball partnership: Germany’s leading 360° sports platform has secured platform-neutral media rights to the EA Sports FIFA 19 Global Series and the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As part of the media partnership with world football’s governing body, Sport1 will showcase several events within the global series as well as the climax of the series with the FeWC 2019 Grand Final live on eSports1. Highlights of the tournaments will also air on Sport1 free TV and the Sport1 digital platforms.

CONTACT: Sport 1 GmbH, Ismaning, Germany. Tel. 49-089-96066-1212. Fax 49-089-96066-1209. Web:





Beginning this week, legendary football coach Jose Mourinho is set to return to RT for special coverage of the 2019 UEFA Champions League. He will provide predictions and post-game analysis of the highly anticipated football tournament in his biweekly show “On the touchline with José Mourinho.”  Last summer, Mourinho joined the RT team for special coverage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, sharing his expert analysis and predictions for the tournament. This time, he’ll be bringing his expertise to RT’s coverage of the 2019 UEFA Champions League—one of the biggest events in European football.

CONTACT: RT Television, Moscow, Russia. Tel. 7-499-750-00-75 ext. 1200. E-mail Web:


“The African History of Sport” is a series of three programs that looks at the early evidence of the development of sports in detail left by the Pharaohs and their civilization. Series reveals that many current Olympic sports can trace their origins back some 5,000 years to ancient Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. It also looks at the problem of a Eurocentric education system, and how Egyptian history can decolonize both history and education (3 x 60’).

CONTACT: Global Telemedia Inc., Naples, FL, USA. Tel. 1-203-247-3888. Email:  Web:





SEXUAL ASSAULT                           

American television's longest-running documentary series, POV,” has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights for “Roll Red Roll” by Nancy Schwartzman. The film will open the public broadcasting series' 32nd season, premiering on PBS on June 17, 2019. “Roll Red Roll,” which premiered at last year's Tribeca and Hot Docs Film Festivals, goes beyond the headlines to explore the Steubenville, Ohio, case where members of a small town's high school football team sexually assaulted a teenage girl. As the film unearths the complex motivations of both perpetrators and bystanders in this story, film reveals the “boys-will-be-boys” attitudes at the core of their behavior and the role adults played in suppressing the story (90’).   

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


A feature-length investigative documentary, “The Creepy Line” reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook, and the remarkably subtle manner in which they do it. The title of the film is derived from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. During a 2010 interview he explained Google's code of conduct: "The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it." However, as Dr. Robert Epstein explains in the film, "Google crosses the creepy line every day." Containing ground-breaking interviews with Jordan B. Peterson, Luther Lowe, Peter Schweizer, Marlene Jaeckel, Daniel Stevens, Barry Schwarz, and others, “The Creepy Line” offers an explosive look at the pernicious interventions done by Google and Facebook on their supposedly "neutral platforms” (90’). 

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

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