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Documentary Campus Masterschool Call for Applications – Deadline Sunday 30th November 2014

The Documentary Campus Masterschool helps producers and director teams develop and pitch their ideas to the international market with the help of workshops and mentoring. The programme is open to filmmakers developing factual TV series, a format, one-off documentary or cross-platform project. The Masterschool provides: 3 intensive development workshops plus one financing workshop tailored to the needs of producers and director teams The opportunity to pitch to leading commissioners from around the world at the Leipzig Networking Days in October 2015 Ongoing support after the pitch from dedicated financing experts Deep industry engagement A focused mentoring programme Input from leading factual industry experts Photo by x1klima (CC SA ND 2.0)

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Kick Start Development Fund for Welsh Indies Open for Applications

Kick Start, an initiative offering practical and financial support to Welsh independent production companies aiming to secure international contracts and source opportunities for factual programming, has been launched by Rights TV, S4C Commercial, The Welsh Government and Creative Skillset Cymru. The focus of the Kick Start programme is to provide practical assistance to Welsh production companies in order to maximise their opportunities at major international markets, such as MIPCOM, MIPTV and RealScreen. The funds provided are intended to help production companies employ experienced development staff to drive the creation of a commercially valuable slate of international programming. In addition to monetary investment, successful applicants will be mentored throughout the process with legal advice from Rights TV and will be offered guidance from a US-based talent agent who will give confidential advice and guidance to the producers. (Photo CC BY Stuart Madden)

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Online Course: Proposal Writing For TV Producers and Independent Documentary Filmmakers

Whether you are working for a global ‘super-indie’ production company or are an independent filmmaker with a passion project there are some simple proposal writing principles that will increase your chances of attracting channel executives and investors. These principles are the same wherever you are in the world, and whichever TV commissioner, funder or buyer […]

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Greenlit: The Ugly Face of Disabled Hate Crime, BBC3

The Ugly Face of Disabled Hate Crime  w/t  (1 x 60′) –  Adam Pearson has Neurofibromatosis – a genetic condition that causes non-cancerous tumours called Fibromas to grow along his nerve endings. Whilst these can grow anywhere, most of Adam’s have grown on his face, causing severe disfigurement. Despite undergoing 31 operations the 29-year-old still has […]

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  • 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   #
  • American Heroes Channel (AHC) has announced the launch of AHC Films a new outlet for independent non-fiction filmmakers seeking a television home for documentary projects. AHC Films will celebrate a wide range of heroes through uplifting and engaging films dedicated to powerful stories of the men and women who have shaped the world we live in today. The strand makes its debut 26th May, 2014 with the GI Film Festival Best Documentary Feature Chosin by filmmakers Brian Iglesias and Anton Sattler. The film recounts the riveting story of the survivors of the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War. As one of the early conflicts in the Korean War, the Battle of Chosin is known as one of the seminal skirmishes of the Marine Corps' proud history.  The brutal combat lasted seventeen days in subfreezing temperatures amongst rugged terrain clashing 15,000 U.S Marine soldiers with 67,000 Chinese troops. Created by filmmakers Iglesias and Sattler, whom themselves served in the U.S Marine Corps during the Iraq War, Chosin breaks a sixty-year silence from the surviving "Chosin Few," recounting one of the most savage, yet monumental battles in American history. Source: AHC press release #
  • Discovery's Military Channel is rebranding as American Heroes Channel (AHC) from Monday 3rd March 2014. American Heroes Channel expands on the Military Channel's promise to honor the great defenders of our freedom, while providing a rare glimpse into major events that shaped our world and the trailblazers and unexpected advocates who made a difference. The brand expansion to American Heroes Channel features an expanded mix of programming targeted to an audience of P25-54, with an emphasis on men, and will be supported by on-air, off-air and online marketing elements rolling out starting in a few weeks. The only network dedicated to the timeless stories in which a challenge appears - be it a situation or a villain - and a hero arises, American Heroes Channel explores compelling and uplifting true stories of the bold men and women who have distinguished themselves by their actions. These are the stories of people and events that transcend time and place: from the heroes of Omaha Beach, to the scientists who worked tirelessly during the Space Race, to the SEAL Team Six takedown of Osama Bin Laden, to a young Marine who saved lives during Hurricane Katrina. These stories bridge the connection between lessons of past and legends of today, and demonstrate - for all generations -how courage and conviction shape the future. Source: Discovery Communications press release #

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Documentary Campus Masterschool Call for Applications – Deadline Sunday 30th November 2014
September 13, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Kick Start Development Fund for Welsh Indies Open for Applications
June 15, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Online Course: Proposal Writing For TV Producers and Independent Documentary Filmmakers
May 23, 2013
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Frank Sinatra: Their Way, BBC1
Greenlit: Frank Sinatra: Their Way, BBC1
October 21, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Queens of Drama, POP
Greenlit: Queens of Drama, POP
October 21, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Belts in Barry, BBC3
Greenlit: Belts in Barry, BBC3
October 21, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: My Violent Child, Ch5
Greenlit: My Violent Child, Ch5
October 20, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: The Sisterhood, Lifetime
Greenlit: The Sisterhood, Lifetime
October 20, 2014
By Nicola Lees

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