For the Record

A weekly compendium of facts from the non-fiction world.
February 7, 2001

The U.K.’s Channel 4 is setting up 4 Ventures Ltd. to take over its FilmFour channel, E4 entertainment channel, FilmFour production and distribution unit and all upcoming commercial efforts. The move is aimed at separating C4′s public and commercial enterprises.

The 2001 Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival has put out a call for entries for its 25th anniversary event. For details on how and what to submit, visit

The DoubleTake Documentary Festival has announced an open call for submissions for the second annual Roland House High Definition Documentary Prize. For details, see

Even though it’s pulling in huge audience numbers with Temptation Island, Fox is having problems with advertisers. So far Sears, Quaker Oats and Best Buy have pulled ads due to the show’s content.

In an unrelated story, international modeling agency Ford Models has chosen the Sportsworld Media Group to produce Search for a Supermodel, a reality series that will send cameras behind the world’s runways to see what it takes to be a super-model.

In the wake of much criticism, the BBC says it has received significant ‘public approval’ for its digital plans, and that its designs for BBC4 got the nod from 85% of those polled.

As suggested in the January 2001 issue of RealScreen, Granada’s purchase has sounded the death knell for the Survival Anglia brand.

In the U.K., Zone Vision and Discovery have renewed their distribution agreement for five more years. Zone Vision negotiates the carriage of Discovery channels across Central and Eastern Europe, including those for the Discovery Channel, Discovery Channel plus 1 hour, Animal Planet, Discovery Civilizations, Discovery Sci-Trek and Discovery Travel and Adventure.

Studio USA and LMNO Productions have unveiled plans to revisit ’80s reality hit That’s Incredible.

As of May, there will be a new documentary channel in Germany: IDE.

Mixed Signals Technologies and the Discovery Science Channel are developing an interactive prototype for the network’s Science Daily series on the OpenTV platform.

New York’s Atlas Media has signed a deal to produce Travel and Leisure, a series based on the American Express magazine of the same name.

ABC Australia has announced that it hopes to show more American programming in the coming months.

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