Volume LI, No. 10, May 17-30, 2019

International Television Program Magazine

Published since 1969

Forward & Intelligence


Janson Media has announced that it has licensed all VOD and EST rights in the United States, Canada, the UK and Ireland, for the World War II historical drama series, Riphagen.” The World War II crime thriller is based on the life of Dries "Al Capone" Riphagen. This infamous Dutch criminal was a boxer, a smuggler, and a pimp, but most infamously a blackmailer who profited immensely from the war, by tracking, extorting and betraying Jewish people who were in hiding in Holland. In 1943 Riphagen joined the Henneicke Column, a group of investigators who exposed Resistance groups, and searched out Jews who had gone underground. He gained their trust, promising that their priceless belongings would be kept safe until the conclusion of the war. Riphagen imagined himself virtually untouchable, and he was, until a young police officer named Jan van Liempd began to track him down. This three-hour limited series, which stars Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Kay Greidanus, and Lisa Zweerman, has a surprise ending. Riphagen was written by Thomas van der Ree and Paul Jan Nelisse. It was filmed in Dutch language and is available with English subtitles (3 x 60’).

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




The Banff World Media Festival has announced that this year’s festival will include Breakfast with and Lunch With a Decision Maker sessions, informal networking opportunities for delegates to meet with broadcasters, streamers, development executives, distributors and agents in a small group setting over a meal. These are not pitch sessions, rather a fantastic chance to network, find out programming mandates and discuss industry issues. Advance sign-up is required and can be done via their online networking platform. The Festival will take place June 9-12, 2019 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada. 

CONTACT: Banff World Media Festival/Brunico Communications, Toronto, Canada. Tel. 1-416-408-2300. Email:  Web:


Alfred Haber Television, Inc., has announced the company’s initial key sales for Bublé!, the one-hour special starring the international, best-selling singer/songwriter and entertainer, Michael Bublé.  Leading broadcasters who have already signed on for this musical extravaganza include ITV (U.K.), Nine Network (Australia), Rogers Media (Canada), Bell Media (Canada), and MNet (S. Africa). The primetime concert, which aired March 20th in the U.S. on NBC, served as a journey through Bublé’s illustrious career and was his most personal special to date. The multi- Grammy® Award-winning Bublé performed some of the classic songs that inspired him, as well as songs from his new album, “Love.” Bublé has sold more than 75 million records worldwide and and has now starred in seven television specials (60’).. 

CONTACT: Alfred Haber, Inc., Palisades Park, NJ, USA. Tel. 1-201-224-8000. Fax 1-201-947-4500. Web:




“Oasis—A Love Story” is a scripted drama format about a young woman who is unwanted by her parents. Saddened by her unfortunate life, she attempts suicide by jumping off a bridge. Unsuccessful in her endeavor, she is befriended by a police detective who immediately takes her to the hospital. Upon waking up in the hospital, she realizes she has been unidentified and thinking she might be able to live a different life she pretends to have lost her memory. The detective, who recently lost his wife, decides to take care of her until she regains her memory and invites her into the family home with his three children. A story that started from a lie turns into an unexpected happy ending with a family she could only hope for (60’ format).    

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


Giving identical suburban homes an out-of-the-box, custom overhaul is builder and designer Jasmine Roth’s specialty and she is ramping up the creativity in the new season of HGTV’s “Hidden Potential,” premiering June 3. After attracting more than 10.8 million viewers during her freshman season, Jasmine returns to revive bland SoCal homes with pops of personality, imaginative layouts and smart storage solutions. Each property benefits from an interior and exterior overhaul that will make it the most beautiful and unexpected home on the block. Throughout season two, Jasmine’s innovative and personalized design plans wow homeowners and exceed their expectations. Her dynamic design solutions include a motorized serving tray built into a kitchen island, a stairwell with secret closets underneath and a gallery photo wall that boasts concealed storage compartments tucked between the studs. She also refreshes dull exteriors with new front doors, vibrant décor accents, lush patios and landscaping to define the outdoor space (12 x 30’).

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



“Queens of Mystery” follows a perennially single female Detective Sergeant (Matilda Stone) and her three aunts (Cat, Beth and Jane), who are well-known crime writers that help her solve whodunit style murders as well as set her up on blind dates. In addition to her weekly murder investigations, Mattie is also preoccupied by the fact that her mother Eleanor disappeared without a trace when Mattie was three. The continuing mystery of Eleanor’s disappearance will haunt the central characters throughout forthcoming seasons (3 x 90’ or 6 x 45’).

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



“Golfing the World” is an entertaining series that travels to the best golf destinations in the world, presenting the right mix of tourism activities, destination amenities, and of course, great golf. The series features nearly 100 international courses and resorts, from Asia to Europe to the America’s. Episodes Include: “The Best of the Parklands, Ireland;” “Cancun & The Riviera Maya, Mexico;” “Cape Breton Island, Canada;” “Muskoka, Aruba” and many more (28 x 30’, including 9 x 30’ in HD).

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





Offering spectacular entertainment, “Monte Bianco” follows eight celebrities as they face epic tasks and head-to-head duels on Europe’s highest peak. At a base camp 1,500m high, each celebrity is paired with an experienced alpine guide, who teaches them crucial climbing and mountaineering skills and important local knowledge. Daily missions, such as quartz hunting, sharpen their abilities. Whether they’re famous sportsmen, models, singers or actors the celebrities need bravery to pass the big weekly challenge: scaling a slippery ice-slope, or clambering down a crevasse. The weakest performers face an elimination race up ever-harder peaks. The last to reach the summit must leave. From the fourth episode, the altitude advances to 3,500m, with oxygen deficiency and freezing temperatures. Who will win the final demanding ascent to the top of Monte Bianco? Non-hosted format (60’, 90’ or 120’). 

CONTACT: Zodiak Rights, London, UK. Tel. 44-207-013-4400. Fax 44-207-013-4401.  Web:


Trekk.It is a newly-produced adventure travel series which takes a group of four close friends on a globetrotting experience like no other. All shot and post-produced in HD (most recent episodes are also available in 4k UHD), they set out to really enjoy Iceland and then Norway and in Season 5, they explore the United Kingdom. This is not a typical travel series examining the usual tourist locations; it is a journey off the beaten paths, taking the travelers away from their comfort zone to truly undertake an opportunity to hear, see and feel the nature, history and geology of fascinating places beyond the norm (19 x 30’).

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






“An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch” that reveals that the world's fish population may be on the verge of collapse. Narrated by actor and conservationist Ted Danson, program  follows Dr. Daniel Pauly and an international team of scientists as they embark on the world’s largest fishing investigation to determine how much fishermen may be overfishing, and just how close we are to a global crash in fish populations. The hour-long film, was recently awarded Best Conservation Film at the 2017 International Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco (60’). 

CONTACT: Smithsonian Networks, Washington, DC, USA. Tel. 1-212-708-8014. Email:  Web:


“3 Seconds Behind the Wheel” is a new one-hour documentary that puts viewers In "the driver’s seat" for a timely inside look at distracted driving. The film captures driving habits of real drivers and provides insights on new technology and efforts to improve road safety. “3 Seconds Behind the Wheel” follows the lives of eight drivers over six months using in-car cameras and tracking technology to monitor the often-hidden behavior of distracted drivers. Why three seconds? That’s how long it takes to drive across a football field, send a message or choose a song. That’s also the amount of time many drivers are engaged in activities that can impact their capacity to drive their vehicles safely (60’). 

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



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:

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