Extra: Euro deals for “Foodies,” Discovery salutes nurses

In today's 'Extra,' Armoza Formats sells The Foodies (pictured) into three European territories, Discovery Life lines up a weekend of healthcare programming and Kickstarter teams up with Kodak.
April 26, 2016

Armoza’s The Foodies heads to France, Spain and Italy

Armoza Formats has sold culinary reality series The Foodies (pictured) into three European territories. Shine France, Zodiak Media-owned Magnolia Spain and an unnamed party in Italy have acquired the 30 x 60-minute series, which follows different groups of foodies as they visit a new restaurant and share their opinions of the food, decor and service. Armoza developed and produced the show. Earlier this month, Endemol Shine in Germany picked up The Foodies.

Kodak to provide film stock to filmmakers using Kickstarter 

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is teaming up with the Eastman Kodak Company on an initiative to support indie filmmakers who want to shoot on film. The program is open to artists – including docmakers – launching a Kickstarter campaign for a film shot on 35 mm or 16 mm. The first batch of directors participating in the initiative are Derek Ahonen (The Transcendents), Antonio Ferrera (Nomad of Art), Daniel Levin (Bagatelle) and R. Paul Wilson (DarkFall).

Kodak will provide either 35 mm or 16 mm film, free of charge, correlating to the amount raised on Kickstarter: 20% match of the first US$100,000 raised by the filmmaker on Kickstarter in list price 35 mm (not to exceed $20,000), and 15% match of the first $100,000 raised by the filmmaker on Kickstarter in list price 16 mm (not to exceed $15,000). In addition, Kodak will provide discounted pricing to participating filmmakers on supplemental film purchases for the project. 

Discovery Life lines up nurse-themed programming weekend

U.S. cable network Discovery Life will mark National Nurses Day in May with a weekend of healthcare-related programming. The schedule will include the hour-long documentary The American Nurse and the series Emergency, both of which will premiere on May 6.

Directed by Carolyn Jones, The American Nurse looks at aging, war, poverty and prisons through the lenses of five nurses, while the Force Four Entertainment-produced Emergency goes behind-the-scenes in emergency rooms to focus on the lives of patients and medical staff. The weekend will be hosted by nurse Katie Duke, star of Discovery Life’s NY ER.

Broadcasters in Poland and Italy acquire space docs from Espresso

Distributor Espresso Media International has sold a pair of space documentaries to outlets in Italy and Poland. Discovery Networks Southern Europe has picked up NASA’s 10 Greatest Achievements (2 x 52 minutes) for the Italian channel Focus. The series uses visual effects and archival footage to recreate seminal moments in space travel, such as the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Meanwhile, Poland’s Planete+ has acquired Is Anybody Out There?, a feature documentary about the search for extraterrestrial life that aired on UKTV’s Eden. It will air on Planete+ later in the year.

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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.