DRG, Global Road partner on Catch Phrase
Tang Media Partners-owned prodco Global Road Entertainment has acquired an option from UK-based indie sales house DRG to produce enduring quiz show format Catch Phrase (pictured) for North America, Latin America and China.
Based on a format created by Pasetta Productions and Steven Radosh, Catch Phrase features three contestants pitted against one another as they attempt to identify well-known phrases and sayings represented by an animated picture puzzle in order to win cash prizes.
The 45-minute game show format had an initial run on syndication in the U.S. in 1985-86 and the format has been a mainstay of ITV primetime in the UK between 1986 and 2004. ITV rebooted the format in April 2013, and has recently been renewed for a sixth season for a further eight episodes and two celebrity specials.
Should the series be greenlit in America, it would mark the format’s return to U.S. airwaves after a 30-year hiatus.
ACE Eddie nominees unveiled
A prelude to the Academy Awards, the Eddies are considered a barometer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Best Picture and Best Editing categories.
The ACE board of directors also unveiled changes to the documentary and television categories. The alterations will see the Best Edited Documentary (Film) and Best Edited Documentary (Non-Theatrical) categories feature four nominees.
Previously, the feature film category held five nominees and the television category had three.
Winners of the 68th annual ACE Eddie Awards – which recognizes outstanding editing of the year in film, television and documentaries – will be unveiled at an awards gala on Jan. 26 at the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom in Beverly Hills, California.
Best Edited Documentary (Feature)
Cries From Syria (Aaron I. Butler)
Jane (Joe Beshenkovsky, ACE, Will Znidaric, Brett Morgen)
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (Ann Collins)
LA 92 (TJ Martin, Scott Stevenson, Dan Lindsay)
Best Edited Documentary (Small Screen)
The Defiant Ones — “Part 1″ (Lasse Järvi, Doug Pray)
Five Came Back — “The Price of Victory” (Will Znidaric)
The Nineties — “Can We All Get Along?” (Inbal Lessner, ACE)
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge — “01″ (Ben Sozanski, ACE, Geeta Gandbhir; Andy Grieve, ACE)
Best Edited Non-Scripted Series
Deadliest Catch — “Lost at Sea” (Rob Butler, ACE & Ben Bulatao, ACE)
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath — “The Perfect Scientology Family” (Reggie Spangler, Ben Simoff, Kevin Hibbard & Vince Oresman)
VICE News Tonight — “Charlottesville: Race & Terror” (Tim Clancy, Cameron Dennis, John Chimples & Denny Thomas)
TVF finds deals for The Will to Fly
London-based distributor TVF International has inked a raft of international sales for Binding Films’ 52- and 95-minute documentary The Will to Fly ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang this February.
The film, available as a broadcast hour and feature length, charts the rise of Australian freestyle skier Lydia Lassila (pictured) as she navigates motherhood and strives to become the first woman in history to perform the most complex maneuver of any acrobatic sport – a quadruple twisting, triple somersault on skis.
Lassila, who overcame two ruptured ACLs early in her career, would go on to win Olympic gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Ahead of the February event, The Will to Fly has already been picked up by National Geographic Channel Europe across 15 territories, Finnish pubcaster YLE, Georgian broadcaster Silknet, Globosat in Brazil and Japan’s NHK.
TVF International is currently in discussion with a number of other broadcasters in the lead up to the Winter Olympics.
The Will to Fly was feted with Best World Documentary and the Best Mountain Culture Film honors at the 2016 Whistler Film Festival.