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Extra: HGTV preps Lance Bass holiday special; Amy Berg among AIDC speakers

Lance Bass to star in HGTV holiday special Discovery-owned HGTV will debut Outrageous Holiday Houses this November, fronted by former NYSNC member Lance Bass. Bass (pictured) will take viewers on a coast-to-coast tour of holiday displays ...
November 6, 2019

Lance Bass to star in HGTV holiday special

Discovery-owned HGTV will debut Outrageous Holiday Houses this November, fronted by former NYSNC member Lance Bass.

Bass (pictured) will take viewers on a coast-to-coast tour of holiday displays in festive towns such as Santa Claus, Indiana and North Pole, Alaska. The singer’s tour takes him across the U.S. and into Canada, from Bernville, Pennsylvania to Toronto.

Outrageous Holiday Houses will kick off with Property Brothers star Drew Scott and wife Linda Phan  as the couple transforms their Los Angeles home into a gingerbread house bakery.

The series is produced by Scott Brothers Entertainment, with Jonathan and Drew Scott as executive producers.

Outrageous Holiday Houses premieres Nov. 28 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Amy Berg, Feras Fayyad to headline AIDC

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) has named filmmakers Amy Berg and Feras Fayyad among the first four international speakers for its 2020 event.

Berg (An Open Secret;The Case Against Adnan Syed) and Emmy award-winning Fayyad (The Cave; Last Men in Aleppo) will be joined by Peabody Award-winning journalist, executive producer and commissioner Ninder Billing, currently an executive producer at UK production house The Garden, and Lam Thuy Vo, senior data reporter at Buzzfeed News.

The theme for the 2020 conference will be “Collective Intelligence,” inspired by the collaborative strength of the non-fiction screen community.

AIDC 2020 will be held March 1 to 4 at State Library Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

Nat Geo Asia secures titles from Parade Media

National Geographic Asia acquired two culinary themed series from producer-distributor Parade Media at MIPCOM, held October 2019.

The channel picked up Food Lab (65 x 30 minutes) from Australian indie Cultivate Productions and Peter Kuruvita’s Mexican Fiesta (10 x 30 minutes) from Australian prodco The Precinct.

In Food Lab, viewers watch Australian MasterChef alumni Ben Milbourne and co-host Joel Gilmore use food science to solve home cooking conundrums. The series originally aired on SBS Australia.

Peter Kuruvita’s Mexican Fiesta follows Sydney chef Peter Kuruvita as he embarks on a journey of discovery through the world of Mexican cuisine.

TCB strikes acquisition deals with Australian broadcasters

London-based distributor TCB Media Rights has closed acquisition deals with Australian broadcasters Foxtel, Nine Network and Seven, adding five premium series to its catalog.

Titles acquired from Foxtel include: Debi Marshall Investigates: Frozen Lies (5 x 60 minutes), in which the investigative crime journalist re-examines the grisly murder of a gay barrister; and CJZ’s Ron Iddles: The Good Cop (6 x 60 minutes), in which an Australian homicide detective revisits his most challenging murder cases.

From Seven, TCB picked up Motorbike Cops (17 x 30 minutes) and Towies (20 x 30 minutes). Nine Network’s Murder, Lies & Alibis (5 x 60 minutes) are also now available from the distributor.

TCB is capping off a record year for sales in the region, with more than 400 hours sold to Australian and New Zealand broadcasters.

Australia’s Nine Network has taken several of the distributors titles, including Flicker Productions’ Inside Phuket Airport (10 x 60 minutes) and ITN Production’s Murdered by My Stalker (3 x 60 minutes).

SBS has picked up Phoenix TV’s Underground Worlds (10 x 60 minutes) for Viceland and Woodcut Media’ World’s Greatest Palaces (10 x 60 minutes), both of which are also headed for Foxtel.

The distributor also closed its first deal with BBC Australia, taking Arrow Media titles such as 727: The Jumbo Revolution (1 x 60/90 minutes) and Inside Jaguar (1 x 60 minutes).

Deals have been closed with TVNZ, Sky and Choice TV for several of TCB’s shows, including Woodcut Media’s paranormal docuseries World’s Scariest Hauntings (10 x 60 minutes) and Massive Engineering Mistakes (10 x 60 minutes), produced by Argonon-owned BriteSpark Films in association with TCB Media Rights.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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