Extra: Love Nature expands into Southeast Asia; E4 orders “The Super Salon”

Love Nature 4K expands into Southeast Asia Global producer, distributor and channel operator Blue Ant Media has struck new carriage deals across Southeast Asia for its wildlife and nature brand Love ...
May 8, 2018

Love Nature 4K expands into Southeast Asia

Global producer, distributor and channel operator Blue Ant Media has struck new carriage deals across Southeast Asia for its wildlife and nature brand Love Nature 4K.

A joint venture between Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks, Love Nature 4K has been picked up by Indonesian pay-TV provider First Media, Papua New Guinea-based pay-TV provider Digicel Play and Myanmar’s national pay-TV service Canal+ Myanmar FG.

“These new partnerships are integral to Love Nature 4K’s ongoing expansion, reaching a wider audience of wildlife and nature fans of all ages, while supporting conservation and preservation efforts to save our planet,” said Blue Ant Media Asia Pacific CEO Beatrice Lee in a statement.

E4 books an appointment at The Super Salon

Channel 4′s digital channel E4 has greenlit a four-part docuseries with exclusive access to one of Britain’s largest and most unusual hair salons.

Produced by Frieda TV, The Super Salon (4 x 60 minutes; w/t) will provide an intimate portrait of the nearly 50 stylists, beauticians and barbers working at the two-floor Sheffield superstructure.

The series will explore personal stories by delving into the family run business, owned by Cherise and her brother Dan, as they attempt to promote their business while navigating the inevitable fall-outs that come with running a family-owned empire.

Frieda TV’s Jon Lloyd serves as executive producer on the four-part series, which was commissioned by Channel 4′s Dominic Bird, Simone Haywood and Kate Maddigan.

“As soon as you walk in to the Super Salon you realize you’ve never seen anything quite like it,” said Lloyd in a statement. “The amazing staff and clients constantly amaze us and rigging this unique salon promises to offer huge laughs, lots of heart and astonishing stories.”

Research in Film Awards places call for filmmakers

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has placed a call to filmmakers to enter its Research in Film Awards (RIFA), taking place this November.

Now in its fourth year, the awards recognize the best short films – less than 30 minutes in length – from budding filmmakers as judged by a panel of academic and film industry experts, including Channel 4′s Richard Davidson-Houston, head of All 4; and Times Higher Education’s Matthew Reisz.

Shortlisted filmmakers will be invited to an awards ceremony at the home of BAFTA in London, with the winning projects taking home £2,000 (US$2,700) in prize money towards future filmmaking projects.

Projects will be eligible for awards across five categories, including Best Research Film of the Year; Doctoral Award or Early Career Film; People on the Move Award: Stories of New Beginnings; Social Media Short Award; and the Inspiration Award, which is open to both professional and non-professional filmmakers within the UK and inspired by the arts and humanities.

Eligible films can be produced collaboratively or individually across such genres as documentary, drama and animation.

Entries must be submitted by 4 p.m. BST on June 14. Full details and eligibility criteria can be found here.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.