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Pulp Non-Fiction: Spotlight on TVF

London-based producer/distributor TVF International has a slew of productions in the works for next year guaranteed to frighten or disconcert....
January 1, 1998

London-based producer/distributor TVF International has a slew of productions in the works for next year guaranteed to frighten or disconcert.

Recent events in the Middle East make Bioterror an especially topical production. The one-hour feature looks at advances in germ-warfare technology, and the possibility of its use by Iraq or terrorist groups. While most of the US$250,000 budget is set, TVF still has room for one more production partner. Scheduled to be ready for summer 1998, the series will air on TLC in the U.S.

Water Wars examines how disputes over water and environmental issues can escalate into armed conflict. From Russian irrigation calamities to the Israel-Palestine conflict, the 3 x 30 minutes covers several such incidents. The funding for the US$250,000 series comes mostly from charities and foundations, and will be distributed by TVF some time during the spring of ’98.

Sacred Weed is a look at how hallucinogenic plants played an important role in ancient cultures. The 4 x 45 minutes focuses on four herbs which once played an important role in the rituals of society. Hensbane, for example, was used by witches during rituals, and gives the user the sensation of flying, which in turn gave rise to the flying broomstick myth. No broadcasters are attached to the production yet. The budget is approximately US$500,000 for the series.

In Pulp Non-Fiction:
-Production briefs straight from the source
-Spotlight on Mentorn Barraclough Carrey
-Spotlight on TVF
-Ratcam

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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