THE TELCO REPORT

Volume LI, No. 18, September 06-19, 2019

International Television Program Magazine

Published since 1969

Forward & Intelligence

PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

Reed MIDEM has announced that Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer, has been named MIPCOM 2019 Personality of the Year. The internationally renowned entertainment executive and producer will be honored at a gala dinner for leading international television executives at the Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France, and will take part in a keynote interview on October 15, bringing his unique perspective to this year’s theme “The Streaming Offensive.”  In his current role, which he took up in March this year, he oversees the much-anticipated launch of WarnerMedia’s new direct-to-consumer service HBO Max, as well as HBO, TNT, TBS, truTV and Otter Media, with responsibility for all creative and operating decision across the portfolio worldwide.

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

 

 

MIPCOM, SPORTELMONACO LISTINGS

The Telco Report is accepting program listings for our upcoming SPORTELMonaco and MIPCOM editions. Please see our website for further details. The deadline for both special editions is Friday, September 20, 2019. Please note that we publish year-round and that new program listings are welcome any time. Listings may be submitted via email to info@telcoreport.com; further details are posted here.

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

40th COLLEGE TELEVISION AWARDS—CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced that the   submission period for the Television Academy Foundation's 40th College Television Awards is September 5 through October 3, 2019.  Emulating the Emmy® Awards selection process, entries for the College Television Awards are judged by Television Academy members. Top honors and a $3,000 cash prize will be presented to winning teams in eight categories: drama, comedy, animation, nonfiction, promotional, news, sports and variety. The College Television Awards also includes two additional, donor-supported categories: the Seymour Bricker Humanitarian Award and the Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship.

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

Entertainment

 

HOME OVERHAULS

Home renovation expert and imaginative interior designer Grace Mitchell returns to create extraordinary, personalized room designs in a new 13-episode season of HGTV’s “One of a Kind,” premiering on September 9. “One of a Kind” follows Grace as she overhauls uninspired Fort Worth homes to reflect the personalities of the families that own them. True to her signature style, Grace’s home renovations are designed to reflect her clients’ family history and individual passions. This season’s out-of-the-box projects include a heartfelt family motto inset into bathroom tile, handmade wine barrel mirrors, customized paintings of a family’s ancestral homes, and wallpaper created from keepsake restaurant menus. In addition, one renovation offers a modern 1970s twist when Grace incorporates paint by number wallpaper, colorful appliances and a unique triangular fireplace (13 x 30’).

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

CONTINUING SAGA

ZDF is working with production company UFA Fiction under the leadership of producers Nico Hofmann and Benjamin Benedict and creative producer Annette Hess and head writer Marc Terjung on new screenplays covering the fate of Caterina Schöllack (Claudia Michelsen) and her three daughters Monika (Sonja Gerhardt), Helga (Maria Ehrich) and Eva (Emilia Schüle) in Ku’damm 63.” The family saga surrounding the Schöllack dance school began with Ku’damm 56” and its sequel Ku’damm 59,” portraying a family story about the awakening of young people in Germany during the 1950s and ‘60s (3 x 90’).

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

 

MURDEROUS GAME

A new scripted format, “Your Turn to Kill” follows a newly-married couple, having just bought their first home, are convinced that a happy and peaceful life is about to begin until people in their building suddenly start dying. It turns out that thirteen neighbors each wrote the name of the person they want to kill on a piece of paper after being asked “Is there someone you want to kill right now?” from an anonymous person. At random, they each drew lots to see which name they received, setting the “swap murder game” in motion (20 x 60’).

CONTACT: Nippon Television, Tokyo, Japan. Tel. 81-3-5275-4139. Fax 81-3-5275-4008. Web: http://www.ntv.co.jp/english/

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  

 

 

 

 

AMAZING TRANSFORMATIONS

An animated comedy series for young viewers, Atchoo!” tells the story of Teo, a nine-year-old boy who has a strange way of expressing his emotions—he turns into an animal every time he sneezes. These amazing transformations lead to a variety of hilarious situations (52 x 11’).

CONTACT: Cosmos-Maya, Mumbai, India. Tel. 91-99-204-533-06. Email: devdatta.potnis@cosmos-maya.com  Web:  www.cosmos-maya.com

TRAVELING DETECTIVE

An animated comedy series for six- to nine-year-olds, Mirette Investigates” follows the inquisitive Mirette and her cantankerous cat, Jean-Pat, as they travel the great cities of the world in search of mysteries to solve. Whether in Paris, London, New York or Cairo, the dynamic duo finds thrilling adventures as they exchange witty one-liners (52 x 11’).

CONTACT: Cyber Group Studios, Paris, France. Tel. 33-1-555-63-232.  Fax: 33-1-555-63- 233. Web: www.cybergroupstudios.com

Documentaries

 

BRAIN IMBALANCE?

An unusual science documentary, “The Divided Brain” explores one of the most audacious and controversial scientific theories of our time: is there an imbalance in our brain hemispheres that is affecting how we deal with large problems in our society? Unlike old pop-psychology beliefs, we now understand that both hemispheres are involved in most functions. However, the way they perceive reality is very different. The left hemisphere has given us science, literacy, and technology, while it cannot feel empathy for others or connect with nature. But neuroscientist and psychiatrist Dr Iain McGilchrist argues that, over centuries, the values of the left hemisphere have slowly been gaining influence in society. Acclaimed British actor John Cleese, known from Monty Python, is one of the contributors and a big supporter of the documentary. “The Divided Brain” takes the viewer on a mind-altering journey to explore evidence of McGilchrist’s radical idea. It may be the film one half of your brain doesn’t want you to see (50’ or 80’). 

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

FRENCH STEREOTYPES

“French Bashing” and “French Loving” are two documentaries revealing the origins of French stereotypes. Together, they tell the story of the complex relationship between France and foreign countries, a story where stereotypes say as much about the French as about the people and countries that hold them. With a stylish design, views of famous personalities and lots of references to history, news and pop culture, these two documentaries take us on an exciting journey through the (French) looking glass (2 x 52’).

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

 

PLASTIC POLLUTION                      

Janson Media today has announces the release to worldwide digital, television, and inflight airline markets of “Straws,” a powerful documentary about the plastic pollution that inundates our waterways and oceans. The 33-minute film illustrates how individuals, groups, and businesses around the globe are reducing the use of plastic straws through education, collaboration, policy development and utilization of non-plastic alternatives. Sparked by research that plastic straws are now among the top-five beach litter item collected, “Straws” outlines how billions of non-recyclable plastic straws litter streets and wash into oceans (33’).   

CONTACT: Janson Media, Tappan, NY, USA. Tel 1-845-359-8488. Email: info@janson.com  Web: www.janson.com

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