Extra: DOK Leipzig’s new award, Food Network has Hart

In today's 'Extra,' German documentary festival and conference DOK Leipzig and the European Women's Audiovisual Network team on a new female-focused award, while Food Network has ordered a six-part culinary travelogue featuring YouTube celebrity Hannah Hart (pictured).
July 26, 2016

DOK Leipzig creates award for female-driven project

German documentary festival and conference DOK Leipzig and the European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA) have partnered to bolster the position of women in film.

The two organizations will award one female-driven film project with an as-yet-untitled prize at this year’s DOK Co-Pro Market and will include financial support and a year of mentoring from festival director Leena Pasanen and head of DOK Industry Brigid O’Shea.

The selected filmmaker will also be invited back to DOK Leipzig the year following in an effort to provide female directors with access to the festival’s networking opportunities and possible competition submission.

This year’s DOK Co-Pro Market will take place at the beginning of the festival week, from October 31 to November 1, in Leipzig, Germany.

The prize will be awarded during this year’s documentary festival, which runs October 31 until November 6.

Digital star Hannah Hart joins Food Network line-up

Scripps Networks Interactive-owned channel Food Network has strengthened its multi-platform initiative by securing YouTube star Hannah Hart (pictured) to a six-episode travel and food series order.

The currently untitled project, produced by Warrior Poets, will feature the American comedian, author and actor as she eats her way across the U.S. on a limited budget determined by that city’s average dining out price. Each episode of the series will be accompanied by distinct digital and social content that will leverage Hart’s social media followings across YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, as well as

Hart is best known for her weekly YouTube series My Drunk Kitchen, in which she cooks something while intoxicated. Her digital influence reaches more than five million followers across all social platforms, including her YouTube channel, MyHarto, which has more than 2.5 million subscribers and upwards of 206 million views.

Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick, Hannah Hart and Linnea Toney serve as executive producers on the series.

The untitled project will head into production later this summer and is expected to premiere later this year.

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