For the Record

A weekly compendium of news from the non-fiction world.
April 26, 2001

Spain will soon play host to Docupolis, a new doc film festival. For more information, visit

In the U.S., Durham’s DoubleTake Documentary Film Festival (May 3 to 6) will honor Barbara Kopple with a career award and will also acknowledge the work of the Soros Documentary Fund with an industry award.

London’s Digital Vision has won the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement for its export earnings over the last three years.

Corbis is sending its collections to the mountain – a new, 10,000 square foot, underground, state-of-the-art, sub-zero facility in the western Pennsylvanian mountains that will preserve the Bettmann and other historical archives for posterity. The new facility will be ready for 2002, and will also house a digitization lab.

The Federal Communications Commission decided by a 3 to 1 vote to repeal the rule prohibiting any U.S. network from owning another. The decision was the result of questions raised when Viacom acquired the CBS network last year, adding it to a collection of media entities that includes part of UPN.

Members of French industry collective TVFI and representatives from various Italian broadcasters will meet for the third time in Rome at the beginning of next month to better define program demand in Italy. The Italian market acquired FF113 million worth of French programming in 1999, making it the largest recipient of French export.

The third annual Israel Forum for Coproduction wrapped on March 27/28. This year, twenty-five projects were pitched to ten commissioning editors.

Team Communications Group has signed an exclusive distribution deal with the U.K.’s Indigo Film and Television. The deal will see Indigo distribute internationally the 2,000 hours from Team’s library (except in North and South America) over the next 18 months.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.