Extra: Hot Docs goes to Oz, Spain learns “How To Be”

In today's 'Extra' wrap, Canadian festival Hot Docs partners with Australian theater chain Palace Cinemas, and Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats sends How To Be to Spanish broadcaster Cuatro. (Pictured: How To Be Swedish edition)
February 22, 2016

Hot Docs travels down under with Palace Cinemas

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival  has partnered with Australian movie theater chain Palace Cinemas to launch the Hot Docs at Palace Cinemas festival this summer.

Under the deal, the entertainment group will bring Australian premieres of a curated selection of Hot Docs films to screens across Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

Venues will include Sydney’s Chauvel Cinema from June 21 to July 3; Melbourne’s Palace Westgarth from June 14 to 26; and Canberra’s Palace Electric from June 15 to 26.

The idea was pitched to both Hot Docs and Palace Cinemas by the latter’s artistic director Richard Moore in an attempt to showcase more quality films across Australian screens.

“Combined with Hot Docs’ recent confirmation of a special country focus on Australia this year, I see this as the beginning of a long and healthy relationship between Hot Docs and Australia,” Moore said in a statement.

Armoza Formats sends How To Be to Spain

Mediaset España-owned broadcaster Cuatro has ordered a localized adaptation of celebrity interview format How To Be from Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats.

The Joaquin Reyes-fronted fact-ent series, which will be known locally as Feis tu Feis (Face to Face), will be produced by 100 Balas.

Meanwhile, Germany’s ZDF and ZDFneo have commissioned a third series of the program, which is slated to air this summer, while Norway’s NRK will broadcast its local version in March.

The format has also aired in Sweden on TV3 (pictured).

Developed by Artza Productions in collaboration with Armoza Formats, the series attempts to circumvent superficiality and media training in celebrity interviews by having a well-known journalist meet a celeb and then, in a role reversal, sit down for an interview with the star while impersonating the star.

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