Screen Australia, Create NSW help fund “Teenage Boss”
Screen Australia, in association with government agency Create NSW, has announced production funding for an observational doc series that aims to teach teens about the importance of financial literacy.
Teenage Boss (pictured), commissioned by ABC ME, is based on a format from Norwegian pubcaster NRK. In each week of the 15 x 26-minute series, a teenager assumes responsibility of the family’s budget for a month. The program aims to teach teens how to spend money in a considered and sensible way.
The series will be produced by McAvoy Media for the ABC. John McAvoy and Simon Steel serve as executive producers for McAvoy, with Matt Tomaszewski working as producer/director.
Take a sneak peek at “The Road Movie”
Oscilloscope has released a trailer for adventure documentary The Road Movie.
Directed by Dmitrii Kalashnikov, the doc features a compilation of video footage shot exclusively with dashboard cameras from cars driving the roads in Russia. The doc captures a wide range of spectacles through the lens of a windshield, including a comet crashing down to Earth, a forest fire, and no shortage of angry motorists.
Oscilloscope Laboratories acquired the dash-cam doc earlier this year. It premiered at the 2016 International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, with its North American premiere having taken place at the True/False Film Festival.
The Road Movie is a Voila Films production in association with Eight and a Half Studio, Novi Film and Light Cone Pictures. Christian D. Bruun and Rafael Avigdor serve as executive producers, with Rustam Khairetdinov and Srdjan Sarenac acting as co-producers and Voila Chajkouskaya also serving as producer.
Viacom, Charter renew distribution agreement
Viacom and Charter Communications have announced a multi-year renewal of its distribution agreement.
As part of the deal, Charter will provide Spectrum subscribers with Viacom’s networks, including Nickelodeon, BET, MTV, Comedy Central, Spike (Paramount Network), VH1, TV Land and CMT. Additional Viacom networks will be available on Spectrum Silver or Spectrum Gold tiers.
Along with the renewal, the pair have inked a partnership for the co-production of original content around advanced advertising. Viacom’s Paramount Television and Charter will jointly produce programming, with Viacom distributing internationally and in domestic markets.
Additionally, the companies will collaborate on the use of anonymous viewership data, advanced advertising opportunities, and on initiatives addressing unauthorized password sharing.