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Extra: CuriosityStream lands in LatAm; Christoph Terhechte to head DOK Leipzig

CuriosityStream expands into Latin America Factual entertainment on-demand streaming service CuriosityStream is launching on Mexico’s Totalplay, a Grupo Salinas company, bringing the company’s library to Latin America for the first time, ...
September 23, 2019

CuriosityStream expands into Latin America

Factual entertainment on-demand streaming service CuriosityStream is launching on Mexico’s Totalplay, a Grupo Salinas company, bringing the company’s library to Latin America for the first time, starting today (Sept. 23).

The streaming service offers factual content across categories including science, history, technology, nature, society and lifestyle, and the library includes exclusive titles like Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places and the upcoming El Poder del Sonido (The Power of Sound), a doc CuriosityStream produced with Mexico’s M31 Medios about the hearing abilities of animals, shot entirely in Mexico.

Titles to be included on CuriosityStream in Latin America include Breakthrough, Speed, Ancient Earth, History of Food (pictured), Debugged and Classic Cars.

The agreement to launch CuriosityStream was brokered by content distribution firm Simma Media.

DOK Leipzig names new artistic director, managing director

Christoph Terhechte will take over as artistic director of the DOK Leipzig film festival and managing director of Leipziger Dok-Filmwochen, the non-profit spearheading the festival for documentary and animation.

Terhechte, a journalist and film critic, will succeed Leena Pasanen, whose scheduled five-year term as artistic director is coming to a close. The position of managing director is also limited to five years.

Currently artistic director for the Marrakech International Film Festival in Morocco, Terhechte also served as director of the International Forum of New Cinema at the Berlinale International Film Festival in Germany from 2001 to 2018.

Prime Entertainment Group inks deals with Canadian broadcasters

French prodco and distributor Prime Entertainment Group has signed two content deals with Canadian broadcasters.

TéléQuebec has acquired the documentary Moulin Rouge: Behind Magic (1 x 52 minutes), about the famous, historic cabaret, as part of the deal. Meanwhile, TV5 Canada has taken rights to The Canadair (1 x 52 minutes), about the iconic hydroplane and the pilots who flew it on rescue missions.

The two agreements follow Prime’s previous deal with Société Radio-Canada, further expanding the company’s reach in Canada.

About The Author
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.

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