In partnership with PBS, Washington, D.C.-based Devillier Donegan has projects in development well into the turn of the century. True to form, the company’s interests are high-end ($1 million plus per project), hoping to buy the kind of quality that ensures long shelf life.
Although natural history has a wide audience, Devillier Donegan hopes a polished look and fresh spins will make their projects stand out in what promises to become a saturated market.
Sahara: Seasons in the Sand, for example, is a two-part, one-hour feature coproduced by L.A.-based Telenova and PBS. Sahara is being shot on Super 35mm, on a ten-month schedule in Morocco, and will be ready for January 1999.
Also notable is Napoleon, a multimillion-dollar project scheduled to be ready for 2000. Although it’s early in development, Napoleon is slated for four one-hour episodes.
Life Beyond Earth is a two-hour enterprise undertaken with PBS and member station KCTS, produced by Timothy Ferris. Ferris is recognizable for his successful Creation of the Universe series and his new book, The Whole Shebang, published by Simon & Schuster. The new project will be ready for Fall 1998.
Also in this report:
-Selected Production Briefs
-NFB & D’Ici: Tales Out of Hollywood