A+E Networks UK, TalkTalk renew partnership
A+E Networks UK and telecoms provider TalkTalk have renewed their partnership in a long-term carriage deal.
The deal secures the continued distribution of A+E’s UK pay channel brands on TalkTalk’s TV platform.
TalkTalk TV subscribers can choose from factual and scripted entertainment across A+E’s brands, with highlights on History including a new season of the drama Vikings; the return of the Curse of Oak Island; and a new series of Hunting Hitler.
On Crime + Investigation, a one-off documentary Britain’s Forgotten Serial Killer: Trevor Hardy, looks at the case of the ‘Beast of Manchester’, who committed three horrific murders in the 1970s. The RTSaward-winning Robbie Coltrane’s Critical Evidence also returns for a second season.
“We’re very pleased to build on our relationship with TalkTalk, with our key channel brands moving into new, higher profile packages,” said Dean Possenniskie, MD, EMEA, A+E Networks, in a statement. “TalkTalk’s UK subscribers can continue to enjoy A+E’s fascinating and entertaining line up of quality content across our pay channel brands.”
History is available on TalkTalk 327; Crime + Investigation on TalkTalk 328; Lifetime on TalkTalk 329; and H2 on TalkTalk 491.
AIDC, Greenpeace unveil “Greenpeace VR Commission”
AIDC and Greenpeace have teamed on a new commission for a nonfiction virtual reality project that deals with climate change.
The Greenpeace VR Commission will be offered as part of Australia’s first nonfiction VR/AR market at AIDC 2018.
The US$5,000 commission is designed to support works offering a fresh perspective on climate change impacts in Australia or the Pacific. Selected project pitches will be delivered directly to Greenpeace representatives during the Meet Your Maker marketplace event at AIDC 2018.
“We need wild creativity to meet the challenge of climate change,” said Ella Colley, creative producer for Greenpeace Australia Pacific. “This commission aims to inspire powerful storytelling that presents fresh perspectives on climate change impacts and activism.”
Julien Temple’s Habaneros to open MoMA’s Doc Fortnight 2018
The Museum of Modern Art’s Doc Fortnight 2018 will open with the New York premiere of Julien Temple’s film Habaneros, followed by a post-screening conversation with the director.
The 2017 film celebrates the rich history of Cuba and its people in a homage to the nation’s capital city, Havana. Featuring a mix of archival footage, animation, movie excerpts, and interviews combined with a soundtrack of son cubano, salsa, jazz, rumba, mambo, and hip-hop.
The festival’s Closing Night includes Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon’s 2017 Hibridos, The Spirits of Brazil, a multi-platform project that explores various forms of spiritual practices and trance forms in Brazil. The project features three different components: a feature-length film, a comprehensive open-source website, and a live cinema experience.
The Closing Night presentation will feature a live-mix performance by the artists.
Doc Fortnight 2018 will also feature a comprehensive retrospective honoring the late filmmaker Jonathan Demme, who passed away this year. Well-known for his feature narrative films, such as the Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs, Demme also made documentaries throughout his career.
This program celebrates the scope of his doc work, including screenings of Stop Making Sense (1984); Swimming to 2 Cambodia (1987); Haiti: Dreams of Democracy (1988); Neil Young Journeys (2011); and I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful (2011).
Doc Fortnight 2018 takes place Feb. 15–26, 2018 in New York City.
The full slate of MoMA’s annual celebration of innovation in nonfiction film will be announced in the coming weeks.