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Realscreen London – Wednesday 30th September – Thursday 1st October 2015

Realscreen is heading to London for the second year on Wednesday 30th September and Thursday 1st October 2015. The aim of the conference is to foster business collaborations through both structured and informal networking opportunities, to provide practical business and creative intelligence, as well as to spark debate, through a variety of high level keynotes and panel discussions. In its first year more than 400 British and international producers and buyers of factual programming attended.

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NYTVF 360° Unscripted Pipeline – A&E, History and Lifetime – Submission Deadline Monday 17th August 2015

The NYTVF has announced a partnership with longtime sponsor A+E Networks that will identify outstanding new producers for potential development opportunities with A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime, FYI and H2. The program, dubbed Create360°, offers independent television producers, and production companies unique opportunities with the network group. The comprehensive development program builds on the longtime unscripted partnership between the NYTVF and A+E Networks.

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Euro Mediterranean Coproduction Forum Call for Applications Deadline Thursday 6th August, 2015

The Apulia Film Commission Foundation, in collaboration with the Apulia Region, is hosting the 6th edition of the Euro Mediterranean Coproduction Forum, scheduled for Thursday 1st - Friday 3rd October 2015 in Lecce, Italy. The aim of the Euro Mediterranean Coproduction Forum is to support film projects linked to the Mediterranean region. The Forum allows filmmakers to present, discuss and test their ideas at the development stage and get feedback from potential co-financers. (Photo by Shaun Merritt is back CC BY 2.0)

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Documentary Campus Masterschool Call for Applications – Deadline Monday 30th November 2015

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 2016 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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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: House of Hypochondriacs, Channel 4

House of Hypochondriacs w/t ( 1×60’) -Of the annual £100billion spent on the NHS, an estimated £2billion is spent on hypochondriacs. Dr Christian Jessen will put two hypochondriacs to work in the NHS in the hope of transforming them into healthcare assets.The rise in hypochondria, or health anxiety as it is now medically known, is linked […]

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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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Realscreen London – Wednesday 30th September – Thursday 1st October 2015
July 19, 2015
By Nicola Lees
NYTVF 360° Unscripted Pipeline – A&E, History and Lifetime – Submission Deadline Monday 17th August 2015
July 19, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Euro Mediterranean Coproduction Forum Call for Applications Deadline Thursday 6th August, 2015
July 19, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Documentary Campus Masterschool Call for Applications – Deadline Monday 30th November 2015
July 19, 2015
By Nicola Lees
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: Posh Births, Channel 4
Greenlit: Posh Births, Channel 4
July 28, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Ffasiwn Bildar/Model Builder, S4C
Greenlit: Ffasiwn Bildar/Model Builder, S4C
July 27, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Ar y Dibyn/Wild Recruits, S4C
Greenlit: Ar y Dibyn/Wild Recruits, S4C
July 27, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Katrina 2065, Weather Channel
Greenlit: Katrina 2065, Weather Channel
July 26, 2015
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Carnival Cravings with Anthony Anderson,
Greenlit: Carnival Cravings with Anthony Anderson,
July 26, 2015
By Nicola Lees

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