Ian Ziering to host new travelogue series
Los Angeles-based companies Hyperdrive Entertainment and Happy Trails Productions are sending Beverly Hills 90210 alumnus Ian Ziering (pictured) to festivals around the world in a new unscripted travelogue series.
Titled Festival Crusader with Ian Ziering, which sends the actor into immersive, one-of-a-kind events to see what makes them inspirational.
The series will follow Ziering’s adventures as he throws himself into various festivals, including a Viking battle in Norway; a UFO party in Roswell, New Mexico; a drenching of rainbow colored dye in India; a pyro festival in Mexico; the annual redneck games in rural Pennsylvania; and more.
Hyperdrive and Happy Trails have partnered with Ziering and Synergy Management for the series. Hyperdrive’s Adam Opitz, Jean-Pierre LaClette and Rob Hampton serve as executive producers alongside Happy Trails’ Michael Branton; Synergy’s Glen Clarkson; and Ziering for iMan Productions.
The project is packaged by Rebel Entertainment Partners, who rep both Hyperdrive Entertainment and iMan Productions.
APT PitchFest seeks public TV fundraising content
U.S. syndicator American Public Television (APT) has launched its APT PitchFest, an initiative designed to find fresh and innovative content for public broadcast.
APT is in search of “outstanding pledge proposals, pilots, or programs in production” that are in need of finishing funds or co-production money.
The organization will award a Grand Prize of up to US$75,000 in production funds. Finalists will vie for the prize at APT PitchFest Live! during APT’s Fall Marketplace in Baltimore on Nov. 5-8. The winner of APT PitchFest Live! will be announced Nov. 8 at the close of the pitch session.
The submission period for the APT PitchFest closes on Sept. 27. Full information can be found here.
Screen Producers Australia unveils awards finalists
ITV Studios Australia’s reality singing competition series The Voice and Mint Pictures’ documentary The Ghan are just two of the projects vying for Screen Producers Australia Awards.
Announced Wednesday (Aug. 15) by Screen Producers Australia, the 18th annual awards show celebrates Australian screen productions and honors the skill and imagination of its production sector with the aim of increasing the awareness of the role producers play in creating Australian screen stories, and highlighting the importance of international trade to screen business.
This year, 46 production businesses have been recognized across 13 categories of film, television and interactive productions.
The award recipients will be revealed at the Screen Producers Australia Awards ceremony, which takes place at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on Nov. 22.
Competing in the Light Entertainment Series Production of the Year category are Gruen from CJZ; Talkin’ Bout Your Generation from ITV Studios Australia; The Voice from ITV Studios Australia; Everyone’s A Critic from Matchbox Pictures; and Hughesy We Have A Problem from Screentime.
Nominees in the Reality Series Production of the Year platform include Great Australian Bake Off from FremantleMedia Australia; Love Island from ITV Studios Australia; I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! from ITV Studios Australia; and Real Housewives of Melbourne from Matchbox Pictures.
In the Documentary or Documentary Series Production of the Year category, vying for awards are Muslims Like Us from CJZ; Body Hack 2.0 from Essential Media and Entertainment; The Ghan from Mint Pictures; Outback Opal Hunters from Prospero Productions; and Anh’s Brush with Fame from Screentime.
Finally, Feature Documentary of the Year nominees include Wik vs Queensland from Bent3Land Productions; Finke: There and Back from Brindle Films; Living Universe from Essential Media and Entertainment; China Love from Media Stockade; and Gurrumul from Resolution Media.