Hayu expands reality offering
NBCU International’s reality television service hayu has expanded its content offering after striking a licensing agreement with Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN).
Under the deal, a number of classic MTV and VH1 titles will now be found on the SVOD platform, adding more than 400 hours of nostalgic programming to the service. The influx of content headed to hayu will include The Hills (pictured), Jersey Shore, Laguna Beach, Love & Hip Hop: New York, Keeping Up With the Kardashians and its spin-offs, The Real Housewives and Million Dollar Listing.
The partnership forms part of VIMN’s wider SVOD strategy to exploit its iconic programming to SVOD platforms globally. It follows four digital deals for several Nickelodeon titles across three continents in the Middle East and North Africa, China and the Baltics.
SBS places call for single Aussie docs
Hybrid-funded Australian pubcaster SBS has placed a call for submissions for the fourth season of Untold Australia.
The broadcaster is in search of hour-long, character-led observational documentaries that explore “hidden multicultural worlds,” either through subcultures, unexplored areas of multicultural Australia, or tackling contemporary issues in a unique way. The fourth season will be made up of four 60-minute films – either celebratory or issue-based – that will screen on SBS beginning in 2018.
Interested applicants can submit proposals of three to five pages, alongside accompanying pitch reels to SBS Documentaries via Julia Tamplenizza.
Successful pitches will be shortlisted for further funded development.
Deadline for proposals is Oct. 6. A decision will be made by Oct. 30.
BFI London Film Fest unveils doc lineup
The 2017 festival will host 242 feature films from both established and emerging talent across its fiction and non-fiction offerings. This includes 28 world premieres, nine international premieres and 34 European premieres.
Twelve projects will compete in the documentary section of the festival, including Lind’s Bobbi Jene, a portrait of the contemporary dancer; Wiseman’s Ex Libris – The New York Public Library, which journeys into the New York Public Library; Morgen’s Jane, profiling the life of British primatologist Jane Goodall, with never-seen-before archive footage; and Emmanuel Gras’s Makala, documenting a Congolese coalman’s struggle to support his family on a meager salary.
The entire list if documentaries screening at the BFI London Film Festival can be found here.