For the Record

A weekly compendium of news from the non-fiction world.
March 14, 2001

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Banff New Media Institute are running a day-long new media conference on Monday April 30. Cutting Truths: Convergence, Interactivity & the Future of Documentary will culminate with Hot as Hell: The Cyber Pitch, where three indies will pitch their interactive or convergent-media documentary projects. The winning pitch will receive CND$5,000.

Magnum Sports & Entertainment has launched Magnum Productions, a television division to be managed by Michael Yudin. The new entity will coproduce, produce and acquire programming. A factual series titled Money Secrets of the Rich and Famous, based on the book by Dr. Michael Reynard, is already on the slate in association with Tulip Media.

Spanish production company Plural Entertainment has signed a deal with The New York Times’ television division to coproduce docs, cartoons, television movies and feature films for the international market. An English-language doc series on Cuba is set to shoot this spring.

Australia’s Trans Media Group is seeking a U.K. distributor to represent some of its product internationally. TMG is known for its factual, current affairs and documentary programs.

Discovery Networks, Latin America/Iberia is coproducing Challenge on Rough Terrain with Television Nacional de Chile. The program follows contestants 14 to 18 years of age from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico on a 200-kilometer adventure race through the south of Chile and the Argentinean Patagonia.

Endemol Entertainment’s Big Brother reality series has been picked up by The Antenna Media Group for broadcast in Greece and Cyprus. The deal includes format and ancillary rights.

In addition to boosting its profile with a major ad campaign, Home & Garden Television will introduce 13 new series in its 2001-02 season.

The Canadian federal government is expected to appoint a panel to review the current mandate of the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Canada’s regulatory body.

Target Distribution in the U.K. has signed a deal with New Zealand’s Touchdown Television to represent its holdings internationally.

New York’s Sekani has agreed to represent Paramount Picture’s stock footage library. The deal includes rights to footage dating from 1927 to the present.

Henninger Education Center – an Avid training facility in Washington, D.C. – is offering its first Advanced Final Cut Pro (Apple) class. Courses in Macromedia’s Flash and Dreamweaver will be provided in the near future.

Digital streaming company Pixago and producer-distributor Action Time are set to digitize over 8,000 clips for distribution over the web. The resulting archive will have over 100 hours of streaming content.

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