MTV, activist team for historic space project
Viacom-owned youth net MTV is partnering with award-winning activist and humanitarian Eddie Ndopu on a groundbreaking space voyage.
Ndopu (pictured) will lead a campaign to be the first person with a physical disability ever to travel into space. The 27-year-old activist from South Africa was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at birth and had a predicted life span of five years.
From space, he will deliver a message to the UN General Assembly “on behalf of young people everywhere who have ever felt excluded by society,” according to a statement from MTV.
The series was announced just ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3.
MTV will document the process as Ndopu enlists an aerospace company to facilitate the flight and approaches lift off, and finally as he journeys into outer space.
The as-yet-untitled project will begin production next year.
TVF signs first look deal for Furnace’s factual
UK factual distributor TVF International has signed a first-look deal with Glasgow-based indie Furnace.
The deal will run until 2021 and includes a slate of blue-chip science and history docs – among them, BBC4′s upcoming two-part series You, Me and Eugenics (wt).
TVF’s catalog already includes numerous Furnace titles, including the Jim Al-Khalili docs The Amazing World Of Gravity, Order And Disorder, Everything And Nothing, The Secret Life Of Chaos and The Secrets Of Quantum Physics, and the Simon Schaffer-fronted Mechanical Monsters And Mechanical Marvels.
All of the series were commissioned by BBC4 and have already aired in over 100 territories worldwide.
The deal was brokered by TVF head of acquisitions Will Stapley and comes on the heels of a similar deal with Singapore-headquartered media conglomerate Mediacorp.