For the Record

A weekly compendium of news from the non-fiction world.
March 1, 2001

Warner Bros. has decided to pull out of MIPTV. The company explains the move comes as a result of cost-cutting efforts spurred on by its recent sale to AOL Time Warner.

NATPE and Prix Italia are initiating a new gathering for North American and European producers and programmers which will take place during the Prix Italia radio and television festival in September.

IMAX says it will cut 130 jobs as part of a corporate restructuring plan. The company currently employs about 1,000.

The Yahoo! Internet Life Online Film Festival has been cancelled for financial reasons.

The Walt Disney Internet Group has laid off 135 staff, with most cuts coming at and

Recent internet launch: – an online community that hopes to bring together filmmakers and financial backers.

France 3 says it intends to launch between six and eight new regional doc channels for the French market.

The deadline for the Moc Docs script competition is March 21. Moc Docs is an initiative that hopes to spur the production of up to five Canadian mini-mockumentaries. See for details.

National Geographic has signed a carriage deal with Australia’s Optus Television. The deal will see Optus distribute both the Nat Geo Channel and Adventure One.

Multichannel News reports that Oxygen Media is expected to cut an additional 30 staff, the result of some programming retooling. Oxygen Media laid off 65 employees last December.

Discovery Networks Latin America has signed an agreement with local MSO Supercanal to distribute Travel & Adventure and Discovery Health, bringing regional penetration to four million subscribers, an increase of 400,000.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.