THE TELCO REPORT

Volume LI, No. 19, Sept.20-Oct. 04, 2019

International Television Program Magazine

Published since 1969

Forward & Intelligence

BEST FRIENDS?

Finnish production company Haruworks has struck a distribution deal for their show, “Worst Best Friends.” Zodiak Kids, part of Banijay Group, has come on board to secure co-production partners for the property and will hold worldwide distribution rights to the completed series. The news of the collaboration follows 18 months of heartfelt development work on the series which is based on the kids’ novel by Finnish author Miikka Pörsti. South Africa based Lucy Heavens (“Space Chickens in Space”) has written the bible and two sample scripts, and Brink Helsinki has created the fresh visual style (52 x 11’).

CONTACT: Zodiak Kids, London, UK. Tel. 44-207-013-4000. Email: sales@zodiakkids.com   Web: www.zodiakkids.com

 

 

LAST CALL—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 Tuesday, September 24, 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 

DARREN STAR TO KEYNOTE

Reed MIDEM has announced that world-renowned creator and executive producer Darren Star will be the first in its line-up of Media Mastermind Keynotes at MIPCOM 2019. The session will be moderated by Jill Offman, Executive Vice President of Paramount Network International and Comedy Central International.  Darren Star is the creator of the current smash hit series “Younger,” which recently wrapped its sixth season on Viacom’s TV Land and was picked up for a record-breaking seventh season set to debut next year. He is now in production on his new Paramount Network series “Emily in Paris,” starring actress and author, Lily Collins. Star is the creator and executive producer of three of the last decade's most popular television phenomena: “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Melrose Place” and the multiple award-winning HBO comedy series “Sex and the City.” In each series, Star’s multi-dimensional characters, captivating settings and layered plot lines hooked viewers, and became significant elements of contemporary pop culture.

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

Entertainment

 

BRITISH DRAMA

“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: www.zdf-enterprises.de

MILLENNIAL ROMANCE

“Weakest Beast,” an award-winning one-hour romantic drama series from scriptwriter Akiko Nogi, is a love story for all adults who ardently hope for success in romance and life but are actually too scared and weak to try. Program follows two modern day millennials who have yet to learn how to speak with their hearts and let romance shine. The 30-year-old young woman does everything perfectly at work, while constantly keeping her emotions in check. All she wants is to fall madly in love and have a relationship where she can be true to herself. On the other side, is a street smart and charming 33-year-old ladies' man who works as an elite accountant. But it is all an act and, truth be told, he sees everything with cold eyes. He trusts no one until that faithful day when destiny brings these two people together. “Weakest Beast” is the ultimate modern love story about two individuals who are too afraid to follow their gut instincts and allow their hearts to guide them to romance (60’ format).

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

 

NARCO-COMEDY

"The Good Bandit" introduces the new genre of narco-comedy, presenting a drug lord who repents the choices he has made, and decides to change his life, turning away from the crimes and sins of his past. Series will follow the various humorous situations that confront a former criminal, who is trying his best to learn how to be good. His path to redemption will be complicated as he will have to make a huge effort to get away from the temptations offered by the world outside of the law (60 x 60’).   

CONTACT: Caracol International, Bogatá, Colombia. Tel. 571-643-0430. Email: icrivero@caracoltv.com.co  Web:  www.caracolinternacional.com

Children’s

“TOTAL DRAMA” PREQUEL

Aimed at six to eleven-year-olds, “Total Dramarama,” re-introduces original “Total Drama” characters as toddlers and places them in a daycare center. With their fully-formed teen personalities still intact, Owen, Courtney, Duncan, Izzy, Beth and Leshawna are wise beyond their years and able to outsmart Chef at every turn in a hilarious series of unpredictable adventures (104 x 11’).

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

 

GENERATION Z GROWS UP

Flatmates follows the lives of young Gen-Z’ers as they take their first uncertain steps into adulthood. Getting to grips with the next stage of growing up the group wrestle with the expectations and anxiety of trying to fulfil the “millennial dream.” Struggling with the realities of independent living are Lauren, an ambitious but scattered young woman, determined to go places, she just doesn’t know where, her dependable and lovesick ‘boyfriend’ Declan, and deluded and insecure step-brother, DJ Craig. The odds are stacked against them as they grapple with the world of work, dating, and new friends, but from their point of view, it’s an exhilarating, intoxicating leap into freedom; and they’ll do anything to make it work.

CONTACT: Zodiak Kids, London, UK. Tel. 44-207-013-4000. Email: sales@zodiakkids.com   Web: www.zodiakkids.com

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AUSSIE ASTRONAUTS

An original series created by SLR Productions, “Space Nova” is specifically geared to a global six to ten year old audience. It’s 2162 and life is a blast for space adventurer siblings, Jet and Adelaide Nova. After all, what tween wouldn’t want to divide their days between living on an international space station and accompanying their parents on awesome interstellar missions! Of course it’s not all asteroid chases and exploding star systems. Jet and Adelaide also have to attend school, do homework (though their chores aren’t always so typical, like recharging the family robot and scrubbing their starships hull!). Still, on weekends this Aussie astronaut family have their own unique way of unwinding, with Jet and Adelaide heading off with parents Hugo and Josie on mind blowing adventures to navigate unexplored planets, surf solar flares, hop between rogue stars and occasionally even discover previously unknown life forms (26 x 24’).

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

Documentaries

 

RELIGIOUS SHRINES

Shot in stunning 4K UHD, “Holy Places” is production of discovery and exploration. The series is not about religion, but rather an examination of the stunning architecture that has been erected to honor faith. See structures that have survived the centuries from the beginning of recorded times, and continue to instill awe and inspire new generations (52 x 30’). 

CONTACT: Global Telemedia Inc., Naples, FL, USA. Tel. 1-203-247-3888. Email: gt@globaltelemedia.com  Web:  www.globaltelemedia.com

INSIDE GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK

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 many 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: info@janson.com  Web: www.janson.com

 

STREET PERFORMERS

“Buskers” is a 13-part factual series that showcases street performers from around the world. Through performances and interviews, we explore what it means to be a busker and why these artists choose to bring their art, passions, and performances directly to the audience passing by on the street. Whether performing as a mime in Paris, human statues in Rome, a crew of hip hop dancers in New York, or a family of stilt walkers in Bangkok, those who make their living performing on public streets are motivated by their art. Each performer has a unique story to tell, in this captivating series we discover what fuels them (13 x 30’). 

CONTACT: Portfolio Entertainment, Toronto, Canada. Tel. 1-416-483-9773. Fax 1-416-483-6537. Web:  www.portfolioentertainment.com

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