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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 ABC.com and ABCNews.com.

Recent internet launch: docs-in-progress.com – 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 www.cifc.ca/mocdocs 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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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