MOVE OVER JUDGE JUDY
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Judge Judy must be blushing on the bench. According to a Variety report in Yahoo! News, the sharp-tongued American TV judge has a Teutonic counterpart – Richterin Barbara. The producers of Judge Judy’s German take-off – titled simply Richterin Barbara Salesch – cited the American courtroom series as inspiration, calling it a ‘classic reality TV show.’ Richterin Barbara, which airs to German audiences on Sat. 1, offers legally binding rulings (and possibly some unsolicited wisecracks) to those who choose to appear on the show. Susan Rayman
FIT FOR A PRINCE
Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son, Prince Edward – known in doc circles as simply Edward Windsor, director of London-based Ardent Productions – is busy recruiting top Hollywood stars for a non-fiction film on the paparazzi, according to a report in Variety. Windsor, who has been accused in the past by U.K. media of using his connections to further his TV production ambitions, is said to be including interviews with such popular celluloid icons as Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. The doc also reportedly includes a section on the death of Princess Diana. So, what’s the working title of Prince Eddie’s doc? What else but Stalkarazzi. SR
THE NAKED TRUTH
In a bid to set itself apart from other traditional, movie-based adult services, U.S. pay-per-view channel Playboy TV is doing its best to keep abreast of new innovations in reality programming. According to a report from Multichannel News Online, Playboy TV will launch The Sexy Girl Next Door by the end of the year, a program whose aim is to give everyday women the chance to appear on the network. ‘The girls featured are all legitimate [amateur] contestants, and they will reflect the profile of America,’ said Playboy Worldwide president Jim English. SR
WHERE’S TARZAN WHEN YOU NEED HIM…
Ele-Tele, a project in the works for Animal Planet in the U.S., has been temporarily delayed by recent fires in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The program, a coproduction with the South African Natural History Unit, is using the latest technology to attach a camera to an elephant’s head. It’s hoped that monitoring the animal consistently over a long period of time will lead to a better understanding of how elephants communicate and live. Animal Planet is aiming for an April 2000 launch, but may have to push back that date as `Ele,’ although not physically injured, was psychologically traumatized by the blaze. Producers are currently interviewing interested pachyderms. Kimberley Brown
TATTLE & PRATTLE
What international cablecaster is said to be ‘delited’ with the possibly pending purchase of both a Washington-based distributor and one in the U.K.? (Keep an eye on RealScreen’s Upfront section over the next couple of months to find out.)
TALK TO US…WE’LL GIVE YOU MONEY
Just a reminder that RealScreen is now accepting entries for the ID Award 2000. Along with our congrats, the winner will receive a US$5,000 cash reward. For more info, check out the RealScreen website at www.realscreen.com.
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