Discovery Communications and Southern Traverse Ltd. have come together to initiate the Discovery Channel World Championship Adventure Race, an event which will take place this September in a location to be announced on March 1. Prize money for the six-day race will run to US$100,000.
A&E Television has acquired Genealogy.com, a leading internet site, which more than 120 million Americans have used to search their roots.
Canadian broadcaster CTV and the Banff Television Foundation have announced the creation of the CTV Canadian Documart, an event which will take place during this year’s Banff Television Festival and will award a total of CND$100,000 (US$65,000) to the three top pitches. To be involved, projects must be submitted by April 13. Details are available at www.banff2001.com
Southern Star has joined with Scotland’s Wark Clements to launch The Factual Factory, a move that will spur the development of a range of factual and reality projects for the international market.
At the RealScreen Summit, the Banff TV Festival announced that Discovery Communications will receive the Global Television Outstanding Achievement Award.
Discovery Communications has pledged $5000 to earthquake relief in western India. The cablecaster has also affirmed its intention to air public service announcements and earthquake programming on the Discovery India channel.
Canada’s Vision TV and Thirteen/WNET in New York have announced a collaborative partnership which will see Vision get first look at WNET productions for use in the Canadian market. WNET will enjoy the same privilege for Vision productions in the market to the south.
In the U.S., Pearson Television has created an investment fund that could reach up to $150 million, intended to help in developing light entertainment, action and long form projects.
The documentary catalog of Santa Barbara, U.S.-based Thomas Horton Associates will be represented at this year’s MIPDOC and MIPTV by Sextant International, the distribution arm of Canada’s Sextant Entertainment.
CNBC recently laid off 19 staffers from its television side and 26 from CNBC.com, bringing the total number of employees down to 500. NBC has committed to cutting 10 percent of its total work force.