For the Record

CBS wins round one in copyright suit against Fox; The U.K.'s LWT signs a program partnership with Film Garden; Aussie Film Commission funds four.
June 14, 2001

The Associated Press says CBS has won the first round in its copyright suit against Fox’s Boot Camp. The U.S. District Court ruled that, regardless of whether or not the results of Survivor were manipulated, the broadcaster can still defend its copyright. Fox’s initial argument was that alleged vote tampering would mean that Survivor was not really a reality show, therefore differentiating itself from Boot Camp.

Author and historian Simon Schama has been pegged for the keynote at the inaugural World Congress of History Producers in October.

The Southern Star Group has announced an operating profit before tax of AUS$8.5 million (US$4.5 million) for the year prior to March 31, as well a 35% increase in sales.

The U.K.’s LWT has signed a program partnership with busy L.A. indie Film Garden, in order to develop formats and undertake coproductions.

When Discovery premieres When Dinosaurs Roamed America in the U.S., it will ask young viewers to name a new dinosaur find. The recent dino discovery has no official name, and until scientists see fit to name it, DCI wants to pick a pet name. Five finalists will be chosen from online entries, with the winner appearing in an on-air spot.

U.S. network NBC is winning the Monday night ratings race, thanks to reality show Fear Factor and contestant abuse show, The Weakest Link.

Keith Famie, third-place finisher on Survivor II, is getting his own cooking show on the Food Network in the U.S. Taste the Adventure will air over eight days at the end of June.

BBC World plans to add Spanish subtitles to its docs headed to Latin America.

Cosmos Studios and publisher Random House are working on a book to coincide with the airing of Cosmos’ The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt on A&E in 2002.

Out of 116 applicants, the Australian Film Commission has chosen four projects for funding through their Documentary Online Initiative. The projects were: Escape To Freedom (Sohail Dahdal and David Goldie), Homeless (Trevor Graham, Rosa Hesp and Rob Wellington), The Wrong Crowd (Debra Beattie) and A Year On The Wing (Nell White). For more info, check:

Look for the Forschungskanal to hit German digital soon. The new outlet will focus on science and technology programming. Forschungskanal is a partner enterprise of KOKONMEDIA, Matrix, Dusseldorf KSK risk capital, and Cologne Technomedia equity investment company.

Sekani has been pinned by Main Events as its asset management partner. Main Events’ area of expertise is promotional boxing films, of which it has about 2,000 hours, including 80 title bouts from the last 30 years.

In the U.K., Civilian Content has bought London’s Isis Productions, a prodco specializing in music, kids and doc programming.

DCI and toy retailer Toys R Us are rolling out Animal Planet and Discovery products to more than 200 stores in Europe and Australia.

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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.