For the Record

OSF expands its footage catalog; Carlton loses Taste; and Pig Brother debuts for the farmers.
August 16, 2001

London’s Oxford Scientific Films will now represent the footage catalogs of Derek Bromhall and Simon King. Among other highlights, the Bromhall collection boasts film of embryonic and fetal development. King is a wildlife specialist who is best known for his African cats footage.

In the U.K., Carlton Communications has nixed the digitally broadcast Taste Network, which had been a 50/50 investment with supermarket chain Sainsbury’s.

The Associated Press says an online spoof of Big Brother will premiere next month to help raise money for British farmers suffering from losses caused by the recent foot-and-mouth outbreak. Dubbed Pig Brother, the show will follow five pigs (named after U.K. politicians) for four weeks in a play-pen. has announced that it hit 1.2 million unique users in June of this year.

A new site dedicated to Australian docs has been launched. Check out for all the details.

According to the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau, General Motors spent the most on basic cable advertising in the U.S. in the period October through May, at a total of $169 million. AOL Time Warner followed at $168.5 million, with Proctor and Gamble spending $161 million.

CNN will complete a ‘street-level’ studio in the Time Life Building in Manhattan before the middle of next year.

September Films, best known for their Hollywood series, have plans to launch a drama division within the next twelve months.

NATPE has announced plans to expand its mandate to include advertisers from around the globe, beginning with the next conference in 2002.

France’s AB Groupe has delisted itself from the New York Stock Exchange in an effort to return its focus to its domestic market.

The separation of Liberty Media and AT&T was finalized late last week. (AT&T acquired Liberty in 1999.) Each company will now list on the NYSE separately.

CNN is reportedly speaking to ultra-conservative Rush Limbaugh about a new show to help the news network undermine rumblings that many viewers find it too liberal.

Although pending approval, William F. White of Toronto has acquired Cinequip, a company specializing in broadcast equipment sales and rentals.

The BBC has judged the monolithic Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks effort Band of Brothers ‘too niche’ for BBC1, and have allocated it to BBC2. (That being said, will anyone send RealScreen a copy…?)

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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.