TVF International sends slate to MENA
Indie factual distributor TVF International has secured a raft of sales to broadcasters across the Middle East and North Africa region.
Pan-MENA news network BBC Arabic picked up a package of titles, including Attitude Pictures’ In My Mind series; You, Me and Eugenics (Furnace for BBC); and Prisons Uncovered, the one-off special commissioned by Spring Films ITV.
Al Jazeera, meanwhile, has licensed a package of 35 hours for the Documentary Channel. The package includes: New Species (pictured), a ZDF/ARTE/Globo co-production; and Channel News Asia commissions Algorithms: How They Rule our World and Coming Clean About Green.
For Discovery Family in MENA, the pay-TV broadcaster licensed seasons one and two of Raw Recruits, a Burning Bright production for Channel 5.
Discovery also picked up the CW-commissioned magazine series Did I Mention Invention? and Choice TV’s The Healthy Food Guide.
Pan-MENA channel Alhurra licensed two one-off current affairs films from Channel News Asia’s ‘Undercover Asia’ strand and the history doc Partition.
Lastly, satellite provider OSN acquired the one-off documentary Apollo’s New Moon.
Big Brother travels to Australia
Australia’s Seven Network has picked up Endemol Shine Group’s Big Brother franchise — the sixth comeback for the format this year and the first outside Europe.
The series, produced by Endemol Shine Australia, returns to the region in 2020 for the first time in six years, ushering in a “new era” of the global reality competition format.
Viewers can expect a “dynamic new house” and new rules designed to create “show stopping twists.”
DOK Leipzig to award “record-setting” prize money
DOK Leipzig plans to dole out €82,000 (US$91,000) at this year’s festival, in addition to non-cash prizes valued at €11,000.
The non-cash prizes can be used by filmmakers to develop projects.
Additionally, all the Golden Doves in the long film competitions are endowed by prize sponsors for the first time.
German pubcaster MDR will once again sponsor the Golden Dove in the International Competition. The Medienstiftung der Sparkasse Leipzig is contributing the prize money for the Next Masters Competition, as in previous years.
Three new awards will be presented at DOK Industry, the festival’s platform for film professionals: Development Prize for the Best Female Documentary Film Project for a Female Director, the D-Facto Motion Works-In-Progress Prize and the EWA Women’s Talent Development Award.
A total of 24 awards will be presented at the Leipzig, Germany-based documentary festival, held Oct. 28 to Nov. 3.
Sportel Awards recognize documentaries at 30th event
Jaime Murciego’s film Boxgirls and Vincent Alix’s Presque parfait (Almost Perfect) were awarded at the annual Sportel Awards Ceremony.
Spain-based Murciego took home the Peace and Sport Documentary Prize at the event, held Oct. 21 in Monaco. Presque parfait from Alix and France premium television channel Canal+ was presented the Jury Prize.
Short documentary The Guardian Angel of Nazaré from Mikey Corker (Austria) and Red Bull Media House earned the Discovery Prize.
The international competition jury is presided over by Olympic champion pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva.