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NYTVF Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline Call for Submissions – Deadline Monday 22nd September, 2014

Lifetime and the NYTVF have launched the third annual Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline providing indie producers and production companies with the opportunity to develop unscripted programming with the cable network. In its third year, the initiative shifts focus to casting, seeking tapes that highlight unique characters and stories set in a world that is new to the audience. As with previous iterations of the Unscripted Development Pipeline, 15 semi-finalists will have their submissions reviewed by Lifetime executives, as well as invited to participate in the 2014 New York Television Festival as Official Artists. Five finalists will then receive development funding from the network to produce additional tape, with one winner awarded $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in the production of a pilot presentation based on their concept.

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IDFA Forum (Amsterdam) Call For Submissions – Deadline Monday 1st September, 2014

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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Sheffield Doc/Fest Market Toolkit, London – Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st August, 2014

Feeling fired up and inspired by this year's Doc/Fest? Want to make the most of the post-festival buzz and get feedback on your ideas to develop a strategy to fund, distribute and exhibit your linear or interactive project? Sheffield Doc/Fest is pleased to present the Market Toolkit workshops as a follow up to your Doc/Fest experience. Doc/Fest is setting up shop for the summer in London's East End to bring you three days of workshops to hone your skills in pitching, funding and distribution, and provide you with an essential Market Toolkit to get your project out there into the world. Go to all three days with their excellent value bundle package, or pick one or two days.

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BBC3 Fresh Call for Proposals – Deadline Thursday 31st July, 2014

BBC Fresh commissions films from emerging directors and offers a budget of up to £100,00 and a transmission on BBC3. They are looking to commission six 0ne-hour documentaries that feature ordinary people with extraordinary stories that have a dramatic and visual unfolding story arc and can be told with wit and humour. They are particularly interested in films that feature young people with disabilities. Deadline for applications: Thursday 31st July 2014 (Photo (C) TVMole)

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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: 9/10: The Final Hours, Nat Geo

9/10: The Final Hours (1 x 120′) – Few images in history are as seared in America’s consciousness as that of American Airlines Flight 11 crashing into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in 2001. In the days, months and even years following the attack, the horrific events of that day and the […]

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  • 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 #
  • Launching summer 2014, A+E Networks' BIO Channel will be rebranded as FYI, a contemporary lifestyle network reflecting how people actually live their lives today.  Jana Bennett, President of FYI and LMN, will oversee the new network. For your inspiration, for your imagination or for your innovation, FYI will be a personalized experience for each viewer.  FYI embraces the way we really live our lives, proudly-hyphenated and not constrained by one passion or interest.  It blends the inspiring personal creativity of our viewers and the emergence of powerful digital entrants to this space with a linear reach that will create a platform for new approaches to content. "FYI is defined by the world we live in today - offering viewers a less prescriptive, more adventurous approach to their taste, space, social life and look," said Jana Bennett. "Gone are the days where consumers are looking for experts to instruct them how to live.  Together with our partners and audiences, we are building a new brand that embraces personal creativity and the sharing of the best ideas on air and online." Never an instruction manual and always an inspiration engine, the new network will appeal to a younger, upscale audience by becoming the first network on television that reflects the way a new generation experience their lives. FYI is in active development on more than 30 potential new series that will inspire, not instruct, today's viewer.  Programming announcements will be made in early 2014. FYI is approaching availability in 70 million homes.  Outside the United States, announcements about the evolution of the BIO brand will be forthcoming market by market. While the BIO channel will be rebranded, the BIO brand will continue to exist on various platforms throughout the United States. Source: A&E Networks press release (via TV by the Numbers) #

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NYTVF Lifetime Unscripted Development Pipeline Call for Submissions – Deadline Monday 22nd September, 2014
July 20, 2014
By Nicola Lees
IDFA Forum (Amsterdam) Call For Submissions – Deadline Monday 1st September, 2014
July 20, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Sheffield Doc/Fest Market Toolkit, London – Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st August, 2014
June 30, 2014
By Nicola Lees
BBC3 Fresh Call for Proposals – Deadline Thursday 31st July, 2014
June 29, 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: Hate in America, Investigation Discovery
Greenlit: Hate in America, Investigation Discovery
July 23, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Kart Life, truTV
Greenlit: Kart Life, truTV
July 23, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Wingmen, OWN
Greenlit: Wingmen, OWN
July 22, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Branson Famous, truTV
Greenlit: Branson Famous, truTV
July 22, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Amish RENOgades, DIY Network
Greenlit: Amish RENOgades, DIY Network
July 21, 2014
By Nicola Lees

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