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X-Dreamly busy...
November 1, 1999

X-Dreamly busy

U.K.-based extreme content broadcaster X-Dream has announced new ventures which will see the company take on new producers and new technology.

[.tv], the first technology channel in the U.K. (formerly The Computer Channel), has agreed to a distribution deal which will see X-Dream managing the international sales of its programming. The channel currently commissions 12 new hours of programming each week.

X-Dream has also launched a new branch to represent its Web broadcast rights. X-Dream International currently reps about 3,500 hours of programming and sports event rights to broadcasters around the world. The new £4 million company will rep and distribute these rights for industry use on the Web.

SVT creates shorts spot

Sweden’s SVT has launched a weekly, half-hour slot for docs varying from one to 15 minutes in length. The slot, dubbed ‘Ikon,’ is aimed at the 25 to 39-year-old age group, and features the work of younger, more inexperienced doc-makers who would be less likely to be given the time or budget for longer format work.

ITN offers bulk pricing on-line

The on-line incarnation of the ITN Archive in the U.K.,, has begun offering producers bulk pricing on some footage. The company will now offer tailored bulk rates, for which producers would be given unlimited usage rights in exchange. The scheme will also do away with research fees and film stock costs.

ITN has also opened a New York office to serve the North American market. Copies of some of their collections in NTSC format have already been shipped Stateside.

SPORTV launches health slot

Globosat’s SPORTV – Brazil’s 24-hour sports channel – has launched a new strand dedicated to health and fitness programming. The strand, entitled ‘Vida Saud‡vel’ (Health Life), was launched this fall in keeping with SPORTV’s commitment to offer a variety of top sports material. Four new programs on the strand, according to Globosat News, include: Tudo em Cima, on training techniques; Alta Definiçãdo, a U.S.-produced show which gives advice on healthy living; Feel Good, which focuses on alternative medicine; and Academia, a workout series hosted by fitness professionals.

Oscar rules

The PBS broadcast of Buena Vista Social Club has been postponed until the new year. Originally scheduled to air on November 3, the music doc would not have qualified for Oscar consideration if its TV debut had occurred within six months of its theatrical release (June 4).

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