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.
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