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The Pixel Lab 2015 Call for Applications – Deadline Thursday 26th March 2015

The Pixel Lab 2015 is the leading annual business development workshop for producers and executives working in film, TV, games, online, advertising, publishing and mobile platforms. Open to experienced producers, writers, directors, interactive designers, financiers and distributors working across the international film, TV and media industries, the lab begins with a six-day workshop in Inverness, […]

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Sheffield MeetMarket Open for Submissions – Deadline Wednesday 18th March 2015

MeetMarket at Sheffield Doc/Fest is one of the world’s top factual media marketplaces and will take place during the festival, which in 2015 runs from Friday 5th - Wednesday 10th June, 2015. Selected new documentary, factual and interactive projects will have the opportunity to have hand-matched meetings with hundreds of decision makers - including commissioning editors, buyers, film funds, distributors, sales agents and mentors (each project can expect 15-20 meetings). Projects can be at any stage from early development to post-production, from anywhere in the world, and in any genre of documentary/factual, from factual entertainment through to art/installation documentaries and cross-platform works. (Photo (C) TVMole)

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Sheffield Doc Fest Early Bird Tickets Available for £249 + VAT – Offer Ends Monday 16th March, 2015

The excellent Sheffield Doc Fest is gearing up for 5th - 10th June 2015 - if you've never been now is a good time to pick up a discounted early bird pass for £249 +VAT (offer ends 16th March 2015). The pass gives you unlimited access to all the documentary films, industry panel sessions, parties and public pitch sessions. If you have a project to pitch there are number of opportunities, from the Meet Market to the competitive public pitches: there's something for everyone. For an insight into what it's like to pitch in public read Doing it in Public: Not Naked, but Definitely Afraid, which is Steph Wessell's account of taking part in the Fast Track 2 Features programme in 2014. (Photo courtesy of Sheffield Doc Fest (C) David Chang)

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NYTF Independent Pilot Competition – Procrastinator Deadline Friday 29th June, 2015

The Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) is the NYTVF’s flagship, annual competition, accepting independently-produced, original television pilots and web series from around the globe. Pilots should be between 4 and 22 minutes in length. If submitting an unscripted/docu-series pilot, sizzle reels and/or character tapes are recommended. Official Selections in the IPC have the exclusive opportunity to […]

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CrossoverMarket @ Sheffield Doc/Fest Open for Submissions – Deadline Wednesday 18th March 2015

The second CrossoverMarket will take place on Saturday 7th June, 2014 at Sheffield Doc/Fest, and is open for the first time to international applications. Twenty-five digital or interactive media projects - or projects to be funded or distributed in innovative ways such as crowdfunding, self-distribution, VOD, or even voluntary donation projects - will meet in matchmade one-to-one meetings with funders, mentors, advisors and digital experts from across the world. Some Decision Makers will be invited specifically to meet with single projects. As well as being able to pitch ideas to cross-platform commissioners and experienced digital producers, selected projects will be offered a chance to meet with digital agencies, brands, third sector representatives, and other potential supporters from outside of the traditional film and TV industries. The projects pitched can work across all media platforms in their delivery and may go beyond documentary into hybrid genres and fiction. (Photo (C) TVMole)

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Greenlit: Prince’s Trust Documentary, ITV

Prince’s Trust Documentary w/t (1 x 90′) – Ant and Dec set out to spend time with HRH The Prince of Wales to mark the 40th anniversary of his Prince’s Trust, and track the journey since His Royal Highness set up the organisation in 1976. As long term ambassadors for The Prince’s Trust, over the […]

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  • The Justice Network will launch in the USA in January 2015. It will consist of a mix of court programming, public service announcements, missing children alerts and safety information. Source: FOX News #
  • With the goal of becoming the premier provider real estate news, information and entertainment both on television and the web, a group of cable, media and real estate professionals have joined forces to launch The Real Estate Network™ by early 2016. Founded by CEO Robert Atkinson, a prominent real estate entrepreneur from Minnesota, the new venture is also being backed by former ESPN Chairman and Founder Stuart Evey, who is now the Chairman of the Board.  Also on the Board are Jack Schneider, former managing director of Allen & Company, a leading international investor, underwriter and broker to some of the biggest companies in media, technology, information and entertainment, and Robert Friedman, a veteran film and TV executive and current CEO of Bungalow Media Entertainment. Focusing on programming that is both entertaining and informative, the network will develop original content across the following verticals: Primary Residence, Second Homes and Vacation Homes, Investment Real Estate, and Senior Living. The Real Estate Network is a true multi-platform network, which will also offer VOD content that can be tailored to viewer’s specific questions and delivered when the viewer wants it. Source: Real Estate Network press release #
  • TVGN (TV Guide Network), the entertainment channel, is rebranding as POP, a multi-platform destination dedicated to celebrating the fun of being a fan. Launching in the first quarter of 2015 with over 400 hours of fan-fueled original programming, POP will provide a multi-platform destination that creates content around the things popping in fan culture, with a programming and development slate to be announced in the coming weeks. POP’s upcoming line-up will expand on previously announced original series, including Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block, a series following die-hard fans of one of the most wildly popular and best-selling boy bands of all time, and The Story Behind, a series that goes behind-the-scenes of TV’s greatest hits and most iconic shows and how they got their start. POP’s programming will enhance entertainment experiences that have built-in fan bases by further igniting their passion and give fans a channel that loves being a fan as much as they do. POP’s new logo and on-air look will launch in early 2015, along with multi-platform opportunities for this inherently social audience to discover and connect with other fans. ABOUT POP Fans don’t sit at the outskirts of pop culture making snarky comments, they live right smack in the middle of it, sharing, creating, and connecting their passions with others. At POP, fans finally have a destination that celebrates the fun of being a fan. Fans aren’t even fans anymore – they’re Gladiators, Tributes, Human Beings and Blockheads. Launching in 2015, POP will give fans a dedicated channel that loves being a fan as much as they do.  A channel that respects talent over celebrity.  A channel filled with optimism, passion, funny and excitement.  A channel that understands the fun doesn’t stop when the credits roll…it’s really just the beginning. Source: TVGN press release #
  • Discovery Communication is to relaunch Discovery Fit & Health as Discovery Life Channel (DLC) in January 15, 2015. Profiling ordinary people in extraordinary situations, DLC presents an unfiltered look at real relationships - from patient and doctor to husband and wife or parent and child - while also emphasizing people as they face hardships, take risks and, ultimately, persevere. Discovery Life Channel will fuse the most successful programming from Discovery Fit & Health's library of health, medical, and factual programming with new series that explore life's unexpected challenges and the moments that really matter. Currently in 47 million homes, DLC will target an audience of P25-54 with an emphasis on women. It will remain under the purview of Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination America, American Heroes Channel, and Discovery Life Channel. Jane Latman will continue to serve as General Manager while retaining her post as SVP of Development for Investigation Discovery. Initially focusing on anthologies including Medical Mysteries at 8 PM, Trauma Drama at 9 PM, and Medical Incredible at 10 PM, the network will profile baffling medical mysteries, extreme conditions and behaviors that show people facing life's unplanned moments. Discovery Life Channel will continue to showcase network staples that are true fan favorites and will introduce new programming that showcases life-altering moments, whether medical, emotional, or psychological. The network will live online at DiscoveryLifeChannel.com. Source: Discovery press release #
  • In support of its institutional theatre network, IMAX Corporation has announced the creation of the IMAX Original Film Fund (Fund) to co-finance a portfolio of 10 original large-format films. The Fund, which will be capitalized at up to $50 million, will finance an ongoing supply of educational documentaries that push the envelope of traditional documentary filmmaking for a new generation of moviegoers. Through the Fund, IMAX will be able to provide new digital content to its institutional partners in the form of educational documentaries that employ cutting-edge, innovative filmmaking techniques and embrace fresh new perspectives in documentary storytelling. The Company, which will contribute $9 million over five years, anticipates the IMAX Original Film Fund will be self-perpetuating, with a portion of box office proceeds reinvested into the Fund to generate a continuous, steady flow of high-quality documentary content. The IMAX Original Film Fund builds on IMAX's 45-year legacy of excellence in documentary filmmaking that has yielded some of the most critically acclaimed, highest-grossing titles ever produced including The Dream is Alive (1985), the highest-grossing IMAX film ever produced and Space Station 3D (2002) the first-ever IMAX 3D space film. IMAX has distribution rights to 46 IMAX Original Films that have been released over more than 40 years and have received 10 Academy Award® nominations. Source: IMAX press release   #

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The Pixel Lab 2015 Call for Applications – Deadline Thursday 26th March 2015
January 17, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Sheffield MeetMarket Open for Submissions – Deadline Wednesday 18th March 2015
January 6, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Sheffield Doc Fest Early Bird Tickets Available for £249 + VAT – Offer Ends Monday 16th March, 2015
January 4, 2015
By Nicola Lees
NYTF Independent Pilot Competition – Procrastinator Deadline Friday 29th June, 2015
March 5, 2014
By Nicola Lees
CrossoverMarket @ Sheffield Doc/Fest Open for Submissions – Deadline Wednesday 18th March 2015
January 6, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Caribbean with Simon Reeve, BBC2
Greenlit: Caribbean with Simon Reeve, BBC2
February 26, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: The Takeover, Channel 4
Greenlit: The Takeover, Channel 4
February 25, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Haunting: Australia, Syfy
Greenlit: Haunting: Australia, Syfy
February 24, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Impossible Engineering, Yesterday
Greenlit: Impossible Engineering, Yesterday
February 24, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Franklin’s Lost Ships, Channel 4 / CBC / PBS Nova
Greenlit: Franklin’s Lost Ships, Channel 4 / CBC / PBS Nova
February 23, 2015
By Nicola Lees

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