For the Record

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

Variety reports that Danish broadcaster DR TV has upped program sales 1,200% in the last five years (20,904 minutes last year), with one of the largest growth areas coming in docs.

In the U.S., a new bill has been introduced which, if passed, would allow cameras in the courtroom. Although it isn’t the first time such an initiative has been proposed, this particular bill allows the judges themselves to have a say in establishing the policy by which camera coverage would be permissible.

AtomShockwave will lay off 120 of its 170 employees in an effort to reach profitability before the end of the fiscal year.

In Canada, Corus Entertainment has announced plans to launch five new digital channels this fall: Discovery Kids, The Documentary Channel, Land and Sea, Edge TV and Scream.

Canada’s Alliance Atlantis is prepping to launch eight digital channels by this fall: the National Geographic Channel, Health Network Canada, BBC Canada, BBC Kids, DIY Canada, Showcase Action, Showcase Romance and Showcase Classics. AAC has also applied to the Canadian regulatory body for a transfer of ownership of The Independent Film Channel from production company Salter Street Films, which AAC recently acquired.

In the U.K., ITV is cutting back its Survivor output to one show per week due to lower than expected ratings. The reality series had been showing four times per week (two new episodes and two interview shows).

Pearl Harbor producer Jerry Bruckheimer has signed a two-year deal with the WB network in the U.S. to produce television shows. (Hopefully none will involve stories about World War II.)

A Reuters story has Vivendi head Jean-Marie Messier denying his company has plans to sell its 23% stake in broadcaster BSkyB. Messier’s preference would be an asset swap with another company.

New York’s Winstar Worldwide has licensed 80 hours of docs to the Chronicle Network, a new U.S. digital documentary channel.

Thanks to some recent deals, NHNZ says they have become the Southern Hemisphere’s largest footage library. New additions to the archive include Australasian representation of the Hardy Jones/Julia Whitty Productions stock footage library, and a reciprocal agreement with Sweden’s Scandinature.

Discovery Health has launched into Peru thanks to a deal with Telefonica del Peru’s Cable Magico. The deal sees the channel adding about 300,000.

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