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Extra: Sundance adds two; Armoza sells “Babushka”

Sundance adds two documentary premieres Documentary world premieres Bending the Arc and Long Strange Trip have been added to the 2017 edition of the Sundance Film Festival. Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos’s ...
December 15, 2016

Sundance adds two documentary premieres

Documentary world premieres Bending the Arc and Long Strange Trip have been added to the 2017 edition of the Sundance Film Festival.

Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos’s Bending the Arc shares the story of a number of doctors and activists who, 30 years ago, saved countless lives of a rural Haitian village, while Amir Bar-Lev‘s Long Strange Trip will chronicle the musical career of seminal American rock band The Grateful Dead using never-before-seen footage and interviews.

This year’s festival will present 118 feature-length documentary and fiction films, representing 32 countries and 37 first-time filmmakers, including 20 in competition.

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort from Jan. 19-29.

Spain, France secure Armoza’s Babushka

Spanish broadcaster TVG has licensed prime-time studio game show Babushka (pictured) from Israeli format distributor Armoza Formats.

Locally produced by Productora Faro, the hour-long Spanish version will consist of 65 episodes in its first season and will begin airing next week.

French prodco CBecauseTV has also acquired the local rights to the game show format, becoming the sixth territory to localize the series.

Babushka sees contestants presented with 10 large Russian “babushka” dolls. The participants must then select and open eight of them for the chance to win up to US$500,000. If the babushka is empty, they lose any money they have accumulated up to that point, but if there is a smaller doll inside, they continue to win.

The game show has also been taken to Italy, the UK and Portugal.

All3Media International appoints VP Sales, Latin America

London-based distributor All3Media International has bolstered its New York sales team by tapping Janel Downing as VP of sales for the Latin American region.

In the newly created role, Downing will lead local adaptation of key formats and finished programs throughout LatAm. Based in New York, she reports to Sally Habbershaw, executive VP of sales and co-productions for North America.

Most recently, Downing served as director of formats and co-production for Latin America at BBC Worldwide in Miami. Previously, she was television sales manager at BBC Worldwide in New York, responsible for finished tape sales in LatAm.

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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.

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