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Sheffield MeetMarket Open for Submissions – Deadline Wednesday 16th March 2016

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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IDFAcademy Summer School Open for Applications – Deadline Tuesday 1st March, 2016

Call for entry: IDFAcademy Summer School 2016. IDFA is looking for emerging documentary film talent! From July 4 through 9, 2016, IDFA is organizing the ninth edition of the IDFAcademy Summer School, a tailor-made training program for emerging filmmakers, taking place in Amsterdam and aimed at strengthening the narrative structure of documentary projects. Around sixteen projects […]

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Greenlit: The Not So Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive: 10 Years On, BBC1

The Not So Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive: 10 Years On (1 x 60′) – Ten years ago, in an award-winning series, Stephen Fry first spoke about living with manic depression, and began a national conversation about mental health. A decade later, we return to the subject to understand where he and thousands of others diagnosed with […]

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  • TVNZ has announced plans to launch a male-skewing entertainment channel for New Zealand viewers in coming months. The new channel will be live streamed online and broadcast free to air. The new channel’s development has been informed by market insights that indicate male viewers are seeking more distinctive content. It also builds on recent experience from TVNZ’s pop up channel, which was introduced in the middle of last year, says Mr Kenrick. The new channel will be ad-funded. TVNZ will provide more detail on the new channel, including its name, confirmed content line-up and planned launch date in future updates. Source: TVNZ press release (via Scoop) #
  • 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 #

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Sheffield MeetMarket Open for Submissions – Deadline Wednesday 16th March 2016
January 6, 2015
By Nicola Lees
IDFAcademy Summer School Open for Applications – Deadline Tuesday 1st March, 2016
March 3, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Inside Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Channel 4
Greenlit: Inside Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Channel 4
February 10, 2016
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit:  Steve Backshall’s Extreme Mountain Challenge, BBC2
Greenlit: Steve Backshall’s Extreme Mountain Challenge, BBC2
February 9, 2016
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: The Superhumans Show, Channel 4
Greenlit: The Superhumans Show, Channel 4
February 9, 2016
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Who’s the Boss? BBC2
Greenlit: Who’s the Boss? BBC2
February 9, 2016
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Vet on the Hill, More4
Greenlit: Vet on the Hill, More4
February 9, 2016
By Nicola Lees

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