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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 Lightning Pass on Sale £190.80 (incl. VAT)

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 runs from Friday 10th - Wednesday 15th June 2016. Early bird passes are on sale for £190/80 until Tuesday 18th August. The pass gives you full access to the Festival including the Film, Interactive and Conference programmes, as well as the Marketplace, Videotheque, Social events and Parties. Every year there are a number of pitching opportunities alongside the Meet Market and Crossover Market.

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Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival DocuMart Call for Applications – Deadline Monday 31st August 2015

GZDOC(Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival)established in 2003, is now China’s sole state-level documentary film festival and one of the most important platforms for Asian documentary industry exchange. GZODC 2015 will be held on 7th-10th December in Guangzhou, China. Producers are invited to compete in the DocuMart for the chance to pitch unfinished projects to a group of commissioning editors from major international broadcasters and media groups, as well as other registered delegates. DocuMart of GZDOC has developed over the decade and become the most important documentary film market in Asia, showcasing the selected projects of high quality to the audience and potential funders. It offers an effective networking opportunity for the delegates, stimulating the international cooperation in the documentary film industry.

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IDFA Forum (Amsterdam) Call For Submissions – Deadline Tuesday 1st September, 2015

IDFA Forum offers producers the opportunity to pitch their selected projects to leading professionals in the global documentary industry, including commissioning editors, funds, financiers and distributors. This year, in addition to the Central and Round Table pitches, they are introducing two new pitch categories to increase opportunities for producers and financiers alike. All pitch categories focus on introducing the projects to industry experts, shaping the path your project will follow as well as its potential for success.

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Sundance Documentary Fund Open for Applications – Deadline Monday 3rd August, 2015

The Sundance Documentary Fund is open for applications until Monday 3rd August 2015. The fund supports independent filmmakers with cinematic, feature documentaries. Projects must include: "atful film language, effective storytelling, originality and feasibility, contemporary cultural relevance, and potential to reach and connect with its intended audience". An unfolding story with contemporary themes, strong narrative structure, unique access and high production values will be prioritised. Projects are supported at all stages; development funding is available up to $20,000.

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Greenlit: How-to Games, GSN

How-to Games w/t – This fast-moving game show utilizes hugely popular internet how-to videos to see how quickly contestants can pick up and repeat a wide range of tasks, from simple to complex: tasks like tying a bowtie, creating a balloon animal, cutting your own hair or picking a lock. Channel: GSN Producer: Mission Control […]

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  • Ovation TV, has launched a unique multi-platform artist community that combines talented YouTube creators and the only television network in America dedicated to the arts. Ovation Digital Arts sets itself apart by carefully curating exceptional artists and helping them grow their brands and businesses through exposure on Ovation TV and highly personalized audience development support. Ovation Digital Arts' initial channel partners include accomplished artists in the fields of dance, photography, drawing/animation, painting, music and more. In addition to these channels, Ovation's own YouTube channel, Ovation TV, will be managed by Ovation Digital Arts. In addition to backing from Ovation TV's linear and online platforms, Ovation Digital Arts offers its channel partners expertise in building comprehensive audience development plans and support in pursuing additional revenue streams. This includes assistance in securing distribution via non-YouTube platforms, ad sales/brand integration support, crowd-funding guidance, digital rights management and business affairs services. Ovation Digital Arts can also assist with creating connections to collaborators and production facilities in Los Angeles. Overseeing day-to-day operations of Ovation Digital Arts is Stephen Dypiangco, who joins the team from YouTube Nation, where he was Channel Manager and established the publishing and optimization processes to help it reach over 2 million subscribers and 54 million views. Before YouTube Nation, Dypiangco was Co-founder and General Manager of National Film Society, where he managed content strategy, programming, production, and marketing as a founding partner of the PBS Digital Studios MCN. During his tenure with National Film Society, he produced over 100 web series episodes. Previously, he worked for Netflix as an Enhanced Content Specialist and produced the Academy Award®-winning short "God of Love." Source: CNBC press release #
  • 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 #

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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 Lightning Pass on Sale £190.80 (incl. VAT)
June 25, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival DocuMart Call for Applications – Deadline Monday 31st August 2015
June 23, 2015
By Nicola Lees
IDFA Forum (Amsterdam) Call For Submissions – Deadline Tuesday 1st September, 2015
June 21, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Sundance Documentary Fund Open for Applications – Deadline Monday 3rd August, 2015
June 21, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: An RAF Summer, BBC2
Greenlit: An RAF Summer, BBC2
July 1, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Romesh’s Return Ticket, BBC3
Greenlit: Romesh’s Return Ticket, BBC3
June 30, 2015
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Greenlit: Building Cars Live, BBC2
Greenlit: Building Cars Live, BBC2
June 30, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Rock ‘n’ Roll America, BBC4
Greenlit: Rock ‘n’ Roll America, BBC4
June 29, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: My Giant Life, TLC
Greenlit: My Giant Life, TLC
June 29, 2015
By Nicola Lees

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