Attendees at this year’s MIPCOM (October 8 to 12) face strict security measures entering and exiting the Palais, including searches of all bags and metal detector inspections. Luggage (presumably anything larger than a laptop bag) will not be permitted in the building, though storage has been provided outside. The press area has been moved indoors.
Animal Planet series The Crocodile Hunter will be made available to the international market at MIPCOM 2001. For the first time, international broadcasters will be able to purchase the show as custom-built, Animal Planet-branded programming blocks, sold by Discovery Networks International.
National Geographic Television‘s Film Library has signed an agreement that guarantees exclusive rights to more than 2,000 hours of footage from the World Bank. The material covers more than 70 countries in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. All footage will be digitized at NGT and catalogued according to content.
National Geographic Explorer launches on MSNBC this month with reports tied to the September 11 events. Afghanistan Revealed airs October 7 and both Assignment: Egypt and Through These Eyes (about the aftermath in New York of the attack on the World Trade Center) air on October 14. Explorer will also pay tribute to two Nat Geo employees who died when American Airlines flight #77 crashed into the Pentagon.
Canada’s Alliance Atlantis Communications has cut its board of directors in half, down to 10 from 20. Ted Riley, president of AAC’s television distribution and Phyllis Yaffe, CEO of AAC’s Broadcast Group, are among the board members to cede their spots, replaced primarily by members not employed by AAC.
Amsterdam’s Off the Fence Productions has picked up 100 hours of Granada programming, with the two companies also signing a development and production deal for future efforts.
New York researchers CMR estimates that U.S. networks and cable took a combined US$312 million loss in ad revenue during the week of September 11.
Turner Broadcasting and Fox have decided to forgo floor space at The Western Show this November. They join a list which includes HBO, MTV, USA Networks, A&E, E! and Oxygen.
Australian prodco Loco Entertainment has announced a partnership with New Zealand production company Visionary, which will enable the Aussie to create new programming and formats.
Atlanta post house Crawford Communications is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a reception on October 18.
The World Congress of History Producers will no longer be supporting Beta tape. If you need to screen, please plan on VHS PAL or VHS NTSC.
England’s Prince Edward and his production company Ardent has said it will stop making movies about the Royals. Reuters reports Prince Charles was ‘incandescent’ with rage when he heard Prince Edward’s company had violated the ban on filming Prince William at his university.
The governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will contribute US$1 million to relief of the victims of the September 11 attacks.
Maurice Rifkin, producer of such programs as The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, has died in California at age 88.