Keshet International, Woodcut Media renew crime-focused first-look deal
Global distributor Keshet International (KI) and UK-based factual producer Woodcut Media have renewed their first-look distribution and development deal for another year.
Under the terms of this renewal, KI receives exclusive access to Woodcut’s new non-scripted factual crime slate for worldwide distribution. The two companies struck the initial first-look deal in January 2016.
Woodcut’s slate of crime programming includes Jo Frost on Britain’s Killer Kids (pictured), Holloway: Women Behind Bars, Britain’s Most Evil Killers, World’s Most Evil Killers and The Krays: The Prison Years.
According to a release, Woodcut has grown its crime slate over the past two years by expanding its team and hiring A+E Networks UK senior commissioning and acquisitions editor Jinal Patel as executive producer.
Around the World with 80-Year-Olds heads to Belgium
Flemish-based Medialaan has commissioned Dutch media co Talpa for local version of a format that sees senior citizens traveling the globe.
In Around the World with 80-Year-Olds, eight Flemish seniors who have never traveled embark on the chance to see the world they’ve been missing out on.
China, Germany and the Netherlands have already taken the format.
In Flanders (Belgium, the show is expected to bow later this year on Medialaan’s commercial television station VTM.
GLAAD announces Media Award nominees
The awards recognize and honor media across 33 categories for their accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that impact them.
In the category for Outstanding Documentary, Chavela from Music Box Films picked up a nomination, as did Nat Geo’s Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric; Kiki (Sundance Selects); “Real Boy” Independent Lens (PBS) and This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (YouTube Red).
Elsewhere, in the category for Oustanding Reality Program, youth-focused Viceland picked up a nomination for Gaycation with Ellen Page. Also featured in the category are I Am Jazz (TLC); RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1); Survivor: Game Changers (CBS); and The Voice (NBC).
The GLAAD Media Awards will take place April 12, 2018, at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, and subsequently on May 5 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.
Check out the full list of nominees here.
Banff World Media Festival to honor NBCUniversal
The Banff World Media Festival will honor global media co NBCUniversal as its 2018 Company of Distinction.
The annual award celebrates a company that demonstrates leadership in the screen-based entertainment industry. NBCUniversal owns TV networks and production companies such as Bravo, Hulu, Syfy and Universal Cable Productions.
Banff will spotlight the media co and its executives over the course of the four-day festival, which runs June 10 to 13 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, AB. NBCU will receive the company of distinction award on June 12 at Banff’s Rockie Awards Gala.
Past recipients of the award include Disney|ABC, CBS Corporation, Lionsgate Entertainment, A+E Networks and HBO.
realscreen‘s parent company Brunico Communications has operated the Banff World Media Festival since 2016, after acquiring Achilles Media.
— copied from Playback