Six of the ‘alternative’ Park City film festivals (Slamdance, Digidance, Lapdance, Nodance, Slamdunk and TromaDance) have united under the banner of the Wasatch Festival Syndicate, a gathering which aims to stage a Festival Summit beginning January 26th. The Summit hopes to attract 20,000 people.
After taking space at the Western Show for 15 years, Discovery Communications has decided not to repeat next year, although it will still send delegates. This follows similar proclamations from Playboy Entertainment, Starz Encore and Showtime Networks.
Lifetime Entertainment (parent of Lifetime Television and the Lifetime Movie Network) has branched off into publishing in an agreement with Hyperion in New York. The first book will be Love Letters of a Lifetime: Romance in America. As the network suggests: ‘How very bold to open up one’s heart and soul, exposing the contents for all to see.’ And how very bold to put a sentence like that into a press release.
In the two months since TNN moved from being The Nashville Network to being The National Network, ratings have jumped, achieving the highest primetime household average in the broadcaster’s history- 899,000 households compared to 557,000 for the same period last year.
Munich’s H5B5 Media has taken over the worldwide distribution of the Chronos archive, one of the biggest private historical film archives in the world. The archive contains over 450 films and 5,000 reels of material. While the agreement between Chronos and H5B5 initially provides for worldwide distribution up to 2003, at the end of the contract H5B5 will acquire a purchase option for the complete archive.
National Geographic has applied for a channel in the German market.
Thirteen/WNET in New York has announced a call for applicants for its new reality series Frontier House. An offshoot of the Wall to Wall format 1900 House, the new six-part series will air on PBS in 2002.
The list of award winners at the Amsterdam International Documentary Festival is available at www.idfa.nl/festival/idfa_rood_n.html
The Sundance Festival has decided on its documentary line-up. For details, see www.sundance.org/reg/FilmList.htm
Discovery Health and Discovery Travel and Adventure will now be distributed to Venezuela and Columbia via Supercable, bringing the total number of subscribers for DCI services in the region up to 3.5 million.
New York’s Sekani has entered into an agreement with the NHL Productions (the production arm of the National Hockey League) to be its exclusive worldwide clip licensor. Go Leafs go!