Nets in Hungary, Slovakia and Turkey to adapt Lip Sync Battle
Lip Sync Battle is headed to five territories in Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has sold the Spike series to RTL Klub and Viacom’s Spike channel RTL Spike in Hungary where it will debut on Dec. 2 under the title Playback Párbaj. Slovakia’s Markiza has also picked up the format for a 2017 debut. Israel’s Keshet has already begun airing a local version, while Turkish broadcaster Discovery and the Czech Republic’s Prima network have also picked up the show.
In all, the format has been adapted in 17 territories. The show is now in its third season on Spike in the U.S.
Hot Docs names inaugural CrossCurrents grant recipients
Hot Docs and the Panicaro Foundation have awarded their inaugural CrossCurrents Doc Fund Theatrical Stream to Runze Yu’s Homowives and Alfredo Pourailly De La Plaza The Land of Fire. Launched during the 2016 festival, the fund gives CAD$30,000 each to one or more full-length feature project in production by emerging filmmakers under age 35.
Homowives looks at the struggles of women constrained by China’s traditional family values through the lens of closeted director Runze’s relationship with his mother. Crossfade Productions is behind the film, with Rongfei Guo producing.
Meanwhile, The Land of Fire of a remote territory with an “endless road” that has been underconstruction for more than 100 years. Los Olivos Cinema and Panchito Films are producing, with Francisco Hervé, Alfredo Pourailly De La Plaza producing.
The recipients also get the chance to participate in professional development activities and master classes at the Hot Docs Festival and throughout the year, including travel, accommodation and accreditation to attend Hot Docs.
Blue Ant sells 500 hours into Asian Market
Blue Ant International has sold more than 500 hours of specialist factual, factual entertainment, lifestyle series, high impact documentaries and formats to networks in Asia.
National Geographic Channel International in Asia has picked up real estate series What’s For Sale? (39 x 30 minutes) and fishing show Fish of the Day (10 x 30 minutes). Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific has acquired wildlife series Land of Gremlins (three x 60 minutes), Mystery of Evolution (six x 60 minutes), Attack and Defend (six x 30 minutes) and Wildlife Icons (eight x 60 minutes) for India. The company also picked up Land of Primates (eight x 60 minutes) in Japan and Coastal Africa (four x 60 minutes) for Taiwan.
Meanwhile, Scripps Networks Interactive picked up lifestyle series Post My Party (13 x 30 minutes) and Holiday Makeover (six x 30 minutes). Blue Ant also inked an output deal with Thailand’s The Next Step Company broadcaster to deliver 300 hours of content annually and sold Kitty 911 (10 x 30 minutes), season six of Hope For Wildlife (13 x 60 minutes) and Kenya Wildlife Diaries to Thailand’s True Visions.
Lastly, Vietnam-based Vietba Media Volcanic Odysseys (4 x 30 minutes), Great Blue Wild (14 x 60 minutes) The Weapon Hunter (6 x 60 minutes), among other titles.
Leah Meyerhoff to exec produce documentary on women directors
I Believe in Unicorns director Leah Meyerhoff has signed on to exec produce actor/director Cady McClain’s debut documentary Seeing is Believing: Women Direct.
The serialized doc features interviews with female directors of film and TV from around the world who provide insight on what it takes to make it in the directing field in the face of creative, cultural and professional obstacles. The doc’s IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign surpassed its US$50,000 goal with 566 backers.