PBS doc strand ‘POV’ to air “The Look of Silence”
PBS doc strand ‘POV’ has taken the U.S. broadcast rights to Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence (pictured). The companion film to The Act of Killing – which also aired on ‘POV’ in 2014 – will be broadcast during the strand’s 29th season this year. Oppenheimer’s doc – which finds an Indonesian optometrist confronting the men who killed his brother during the country’s 1965 genocide – will next week (February 28) vie for the Best Documentary Feature prize at the 88th Academy Awards. Other nominees include Asif Kapadia’s Amy, Matthew Heineman’s Cartel Land, Liz Garbus‘ What Happened Miss Simone? and Evgeny Afineevsky’s Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom. The Look of Silence was released theatrically by Drafthouse Films and Participant Media.
ITVS GE strikes format representation deal in Brazil
Distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has signed an exclusive format representation deal with Brazil’s Formata Production and Content. Under the deal, Formata is to represent such unscripted formats as ITV’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Come Dine with Me and Love Island to Brazilian broadcasters and digital platforms. Formata will also produce the titles where required. In addition, ITVS GE will be able to pick up Formata formats for international distribution. The São Paulo-based company currently produces the Brazilian version of ITVS GE’s cooking contest format BBQ Champ.
Greg Johnson, executive VP of distribution for the Americas for ITVS GE, said Brazil was a “key focus” of the company’s formats business, with two more formats going into production in the territory this year. “Daniela [Busoli] and the team at Formata have a great deal of production experience, close relationships with local broadcasters and platforms and a strong understanding of the Brazilian television landscape, all of which will prove invaluable in helping us to further grow our formats business in the country,” he said in a statement.
108 Media hires Mike Leeder to expand Asian content
International distributor 108 Media has secured a strategic partnership with Asian action film specialist Mike Leeder to expand the Toronto-headquartered company’s stable of Asian content.
Based out of the company’s Hong Kong office, Leeder will develop Asian-focused film, TV and new media, including the original TV series A Martial Arts Journey and Tracking the Dragon. In addition, he will promote the company’s current slate of Asian and international content while expanding its Asian offering to the global marketplace.
His TV and film credits include such scripted content as The Raid 2, Rush Hour 3 and Pound of Flesh. Daniele Alcinii