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Extra: TVF sells “The Giant Elephant”; HBO preps Holocaust doc short

Attenborough and the Giant Elephant heads to Asia Broadcasters across the Asia-Pacific region have inked a deal with London-based indie distributor TVF International to secure rights to David Attenborough’s latest natural ...
December 21, 2017

Attenborough and the Giant Elephant heads to Asia

Broadcasters across the Asia-Pacific region have inked a deal with London-based indie distributor TVF International to secure rights to David Attenborough’s latest natural history special.

Produced by British and Canadian pubcasters BBC and CBC, Attenborough and the Giant Elephant (1 x 60; pictured) investigates the life of the large mammal that inspired Disney’s acclaimed animated film Dumbo.

Discovery Asia Pacific has acquired the rights to the doc across Central and South Asia, including Japan. Chinese VOD giant Bili Bili, meanwhile, has picked up the Attenborough-fronted film, and New Zealand’s Sky Prime has taken the exclusive rights.

Elsewhere in the Czech Republic, FTV Prima and Czech TV both picked up rights to the hour-long special.

TVF Internationanl joined forces wtih InField Fly and Humble Bee Films as an early funding partner, and the special was also pre-sold to TEN Australia.

Ayala, Fallshaw to speak at AIDC ’18

Acclaimed documentary filmmakers Violeta Ayala and Daniel Fallshaw have been named as speakers for the 2018 edition of the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC).

In addition to speaking at AIDC, the filmmakers will serve as industry mentors to six early career filmmakers, who were selected to the Access early career mentorship program via an application process.

Mentees will be eligible to win paid internship with Singapore-based Beach House Pictures, or an expenses-paid trip to the UK’s Sheffield Doc/Fest where they will learn how to navigate international markets.

Previous mentors have included award-winning producers and directors like Ezra Edelman (O.J.: Made in America), John Battsek (One Day in September) and Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa).

Aayala most recently directed Cocaine Prison, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival ’17 and will be distributed by Amazon Video next year. Fallshaw, meanwhile, recently released the multi-award-winning Guardian short doc The Fight.

The duo will join previously announced guests Kitty Green, director of Netflix’s Casting JonBenet, and Love Productions’ Sara Ramsden.

Applications for the Access program are open now, and close Jan. 12.

The early career mentorship program takes place during AIDC ’18, which runs March 4-7 in Melbourne.

HBO readies Amy Schatz’s Holocaust doc short

Emmy-winning filmmaker Amy Schatz’s documentary short The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm will receive its television debut when it airs across premium cable network HBO on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Presented by HBO with the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm interweaves historical archive and stills, as well as hand-painted rotoscope animation from artist Jeff Scher, to share the lessons of World War II’s greatest atrocity.

The short navigates the stories of Jewish life in Eastern Europe before and during the Holocaust as told through intimate conversations with a 10-year-old boy and his 90-year-old great-grandfather who survived Auschwitz.

The film was directed and produced by Schatz, with executive producer Sheila Nevins. Lynn Sadofsky is producer.

The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm is slated to premiere on Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on HBO. The film will also be available on HBO on Demand, HBO Now, HBO Go and affiliate portals.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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