PBS’ Shawn Halford joins APT
American Public Television has named Shawn Halford to the role of VP of exchange content and digital services, starting in October.
He will oversee various programs, with a portfolio that includes America’s Test Kitchen, Rick Steves’ Europe to Nightly Business Report and more. Additionally, he will manage the team distributing the national lifestyle channel Create and the non-fiction World channel.
He is replacing Christopher Funkhouser, who will work with Halford during a transition period, leading up to his retirement in early November.
Halford is currently senior director of programming and scheduling at PBS, where he has worked for more than 20 years and helped boost PBS’ network primetime audience, ranking from 12th to sixth place. He has worked across departments at PBS and managed the PBS Plus syndication service.
“Shawn brings a passion for content, public media and cable network experience, solid understanding of digital platforms, strong respect from peers across the system, stellar integrity, and strategic thinking skills — all central to APT’s organizational direction now and in the future,” said Cynthia Fenneman, president and CEO of APT, in a statement. “A prolific content leader, he will be collaborating with producers worldwide and public TV stations to provide compelling, worthwhile content for viewers.”
NHK tunes into Lineup Industries format Radio Gaga
Japanese pubcaster NHK has commissioned the format Radio Gaga from international indie distributor Lineup Industries.
Radio Gaga (pictured) follows the hosts of a mobile, hyper-local radio station as they travel across the country and stop to set up shop in marginalized communities for 48 hours, in which they offer content tailored to the locals, including music requests and confessions.
The social experiment series was originally produced in Belgium by De Chinezen for VRT’s Canvas channel. It has been adapted in the Netherlands and Denmark, and it has been recommissioned for a third season by Movistar in Spain and a second season by TSR in Switzerland, following its ratings success.
DOK Co-Pro Market offers opportunities to docs in development
The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film will host the 14th DOK Co-Pro Market on Oct. 29 and 30.
The market involves roughly 800 meetings in which producers present new documentary projects in development to potential partners, including financiers and co-producers.
Of the approximately 270 projects that applied to attend, 35 have been selected for participation. The selection advisors this year were Luxembourgish producer Marion Guth from a_BAHN and Georg Gruber, sales agent at Magnetfilm in Germany.
The projects selected largely deal with issues of contemporary life, including political situations in Russia, Europe and the Middle East.
Additionally, three awards will be presented through the DOK Co-Pro Market:
- The Zonta Club Leipzig Elster Female Talent Development Prize, a travel grant of €1,000 (USD$1,165) sponsored by Zonta Leipzig Elster e.V in support of entrepreneurial women, will go to Philippine director and producer Josef Dielle Gacutan with her project Miss Universe in Jail.
- The DOK Leipzig & EWA Development Prize honoring the best documentary film project from a female director will be presented for the third time, in co-operation with the European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA). Dr. Eva-Maria Stange, Saxony’s state minister for higher education, research and the arts, is patron of the award.
- The Current Time TV and DOK Co-Pro Development Prize, which honors a documentary film project from Central or Eastern Europe, is worth USD$2,000 and is presented jointly by DOK Leipzig and the Russian-language television broadcaster Current Time TV.
The winners of the DOK Leipzig & EWA Development Prize and Current Time TV and DOK Co-Pro Development Prize will be announced at the DOK Co-Pro Market closing dinner.