For the Record

A weekly compendium of news from the non-fiction world.
March 7, 2001

National Geographic and Encore Software have signed a letter of intent for an exclusive, multi-year agreement in which Encore Software will market and distribute National Geographic’s CD-ROM and DVD-ROM software.

The Third Israel Forum for International Coproduction is less than three weeks away (March 27, 28). Moderated by Banff’s Pat Ferns, the pitching session will bring 25 hopeful producers to the Tel Aviv event.

Scripps Networks will be licensing some of their Food Network programming to Cuisine.TV, a new service launching in France on April 14. The new service is a partnership of Pathe and RF2K, and plans to operate 20 hours per day.

A bomb explosion at the BBC’s White City headquarters is believed by London’s Metropolitan Police to be the work of Irish Republican terrorists. The blast did little collateral damage, and only a single transit worker was hurt by flying glass.

London’s Target Distribution has signed a deal with New Zealand reality producer Touchdown Pictures to represent its catalog and its new programming. In 2000, Touchdown produced 300 hours of programming, and has 15 shows currently in production or development.

SBS Broadcasting and Fox World have agreed to form an as-of-yet unnamed company to produce formats and entertainment programs for Northern and Central Europe.

Olivier Masson, whom the French trade Satellifax dubbed ‘the soul of Sunny Side,’ died late last month apparently as a result of thermal shock induced by falling into cold water. Masson co-founded the Sunny Side of the Doc conference with Yves Janneau. Masson was 46.

The Federal Appeals Court in the U.S. has dumped the limits on the number of viewers any one cable operator can reach, and the number of channels one cable operator can control. The Court said that the restriction interfered with a cable operator’s ‘right to free speech.’

London’s Extreme International has signed a deal with Sony Picture Entertainment’s AXN channel in Spain to provide at least 50 hours of programming a year for three years.

The Extreme Sports Channel will now be carried in Poland by UPC Telewizja Kablowa. The Extreme Sports Channel is a joint venture between Extreme Group and UPCtv.

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and producer Chris Moore have named the Project Greenlight Winner: Stolen Summer, written by Pete Jones. Beyond becoming a major motion picture, the project will also spawn a 13 x 30-minute ‘making-of’ series which will air on HBO next year.

MIPTV will have a German feel this time around, as the Cannes market kicks off (April 1) with a dinner to celebrate the German television industry, and will continue with panels dedicated to that country throughout the week.

Fox Television Studios is scouting locations for the international versions of Temptation Island. (Enough said.)

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.