On the Slate: October and North One

From controversially trashy celebs to the nobel laureate in literature... it's the new projects from North One Television and October Films.
December 4, 2008

Since 1901 the most prestigious award given out for achievements in various specialties from sciences, to the arts, to the uncategorizable subject of peace, is the Nobel Prize. Any official programs created about the Swedish Academy’s award are controlled by one body – Nobel media – which commissions production companies to create docs on the subject of the esteemed prize. Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio (pictured, photo by J. Sassier), the 2008 Nobel laureate in Literature, is being immortalized in a 30 minute doc produced by October Films.

The doc follows Le Clézio’s career as the author of over 36 pieces of literature, including short stories, children’s books, novels and essays. The program will also delve into the themes of his writing and, through interviews with his peers in academia, will examining the significance of his work. The doc will be distributed internationally by Nobel Media.

Now we go from an academic superstar (of sorts), who has achieved one of the highest honors in his field, to an ex pop star who has nearly hit rock bottom numerous times over the past couple of years. Kerry Katona, who made her name as a member of the all-girl pop band Atomic Kitten, has hung onto her fame through bad publicity which, in 2007 alone, found her crowned the UK’s worst celebrity mother in an online survey; the star of the second worst celebrity ad campaign, according to Campaign magazine; and the eighth ‘most annoying thing’ according to another survey, carried out by milk substitute Lactofree. (Apparently she’s more annoying than the smoking ban but less annoying than stepping in dog poo). Accompanying these strange credits, Katona in earlier days has been given better titles such as the of winner of 2004′s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Celebrity Mum of the Year in 2002 and 2005, indicating a certain fall from grace of late.

North One Television followed Katona for a year to monitor the ups and downs that 2008 had in store. The one hour special Kerry Katona: 12 Months of Mayhem captures everything from a family fight on New Year’s Eve to the birth of her first son. It also goes behind the scenes at the surgery that reduced her breasts from GG to DD. The one hour special will air on MTV1 in December.

Also in production from North One is a project for Discovery EMEA that takes a behind-the-scenes look at industrial plants in various countries to get a glimpse of how the big industries work. Presenter Jonny Smith (Fifth Gear) tries out various jobs along the production chain from making explosives to building the world’s biggest air craft tires. The 10×30 minute series is called Industrial Junkie and will wrap in the second quarter of 2009.

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