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Extra: DOK Leipzig unveils “Late Harvest”; CuriosityStream names distribution head

TVNZ cooks up My Kitchen Rules from Endemol Shine Int’l  Endemol Shine International has renewed its deal with Television New Zealand for the reality culinary series My Kitchen Rules Australia. The series features teams ...
September 27, 2018

TVNZ cooks up My Kitchen Rules from Endemol Shine Int’l 

Endemol Shine International has renewed its deal with Television New Zealand for the reality culinary series My Kitchen Rules Australia.

The series features teams of two who battle from their own kitchens in each state of Australia. The aspiring chefs have to use their culinary skills to impress judges. The teams also have to transform their home into an instant restaurant for one night, working against the clock to deliver a winning dining experience.

My Kitchen Rules is a culinary competition format created and produced by Seven Studios for the Seven Network in Australia and distributed internationally by Endemol Shine International.

Sold across over 170 countries, the series has also been adapted locally in New Zealand by TVNZ as well as in the UK, U.S., Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, South Africa, Georgia, Lithuania and Serbia.

The deal was negotiated by Lyle Bettson-Barker, Endemol Shine International’s sales director for Australia and New Zealand.

DOK Leipzig Unveils New Section, “Late Harvest”

DOK Leipzig has unveiled “Late Harvest”, a new program section that will feature highlights from the 2018 festival season.

These projects come from such filmmakers as Adina Pintilie, Barbara Miller, Vitaly Mansky and Victor Kossakovsky. The filmmakers will all attend the festival in Leipzig, Germany to present their work in a series of talks.

The new program section aims to draw attention to important films from the current season, works which have captured the cinematic and political moment, serving as a platform for debate, or contributing to social and cinematographic discourses which “complement and enhance DOK Leipzig’s themes and perspectives”.

Adina Pintilie’s Touch Me Not took home the Golden Bear winner at this year’s Berlinale. Other films include Barbara Miller’s #Female Pleasure, an audience favorite at Locarno; Victor Kossakovsky’s most recent film Aquarela, fresh from the Venice Film Festival; Vitaly Mansky’s Putin’s Witnesses (pictured), whose subject matter aligns with DOK Leipzig’s opening film Meeting Gorbachev by Werner Herzog and André Singer.

The official selection for the 61st edition of DOK Leipzig will be announced on Oct. 10.

CuriosityStream names distribution head

Former Turner and Discovery executive Sid Eshleman has been appointed head of distribution at factual SVOD service CuriosityStream.

In the new position, Eshleman will be responsible for all aspects of digital and linear distribution for the on-demand non-fiction platform.

Most recently, he was a senior strategic consultant with CuriosityStream and with other clients. In this role, Eshleman was focused on pushing international packages, domestic linear distribution, OTT and SVOD.

Prior to this, Eshleman held the title of chief distribution officer on the launch team of Poker Central, and was previously SVP of sales and marketing at Turner Broadcasting with oversight of distribution, VOD and TV-Everywhere for CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TNT and TruTV, among others.

Int’l Emmy Awards reveals 2018 nominations

BBC Arabic’s Goodbye Aleppo and Endemol Shine Australia’s MasterChef Australia are just two of the nominees unveiled for 2018 by the International Emmy Awards.

The annual event recognizes to the best television programs initially produced and aired outside the U.S. This year’s awards ceremony will see 44 nominees from 20 countries competing across 11 separate categories.

Nominees hail from such countries as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the U.S., among others.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Nov. 19, at the Hilton New York Hotel.

For the full list of nominees, click here.

In the documentary section, the nominees include De Wereld van Puck (Puck’s World; KURTA / EO Television) from the Netherlands; Eu Sou Assim (This is Me; GNT / TV Zero) from Brazil; Goodbye Aleppo (BBC Arabic) from the UK; and season two of Paralympic docuseries Who I Am (WOWOW / Acrobat Film) from Japan.

Titles competing across the non-scripted entertainment category are Belgium’s Hoe Zal Ik Het Zeggen? (Did you get the Message?; Shelter); Australia’s MasterChef Australia (Endemol Shine Australia); Thailand’s The Mask Singer (Thai Broadcasting Company Limited); and Mexico’s Top Chef México (Sony Pictures Television de Mexico / Cinemateli).

(With files from Daniele Alcinii)

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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