In the U.S., a federal judge has ruled that it is not unconstitutional to force the direct satellite industry to either carry all the local stations in a market, or none at all. While the National Association of Broadcasters heralds the result as good for viewers, the satellite industry says that it will actually mean less variety in some areas, as space is devoted to the must-carries.
The Chinese International Film Festival has issued a call for entries. For information about the October festival and Gold Panda Award, visit //www.sctvf-programmarket.com.cn/index-new_e.htm
In the U.S., NBC plans to double up on new episodes of its Candid Camera-gone-bad show SPY TV each week throughout the summer.
ABCNews VideoSource is offering a 40% discount on British Movietone footage fees through the end of September.
In the U.K., Flextech and the BBC are planning to launch UKFood this fall, a 12-hour-a-day satellite channel on the UKTV bouquet.
Emmy and Peabody award winning producer Judith Moses has succumbed to liver cancer. Moses was 61.
The New Zealand government announced that TVNZ will be re-established as a crown entity, meaning that it will have to both fulfill its public service mandate and make money at the same time.
The U.K.’s Iskra Television has signed a deal with Mexico’s TV Azteca for the broadcaster’s library of home video clips, a deal reported to be worth about US$400,000.
Connecticut’s CABLEready will handle the international distribution of programming made by Renegade Films and Leo McWatkins Films, both of Maryland.
TV Azteca and Pappas Telecasting are planning to launch a third Spanish-language network into the U.S. this fall called Azteca America. Currently, Univision and Telemundo are the only Spanish-language channels in the market.
TechTV and BusinessWeek are teaming to share content, with the business mag contributing to the broadcaster’s content and vice versa.
The Sundance Channel and New York-based prodco Hypnotic have partnered to produce a series of one-hour shorts to be distributed to ancillary outlets including airlines, hotels, broadband channels, TV networks, video-on-demand and pay-per-view services.
The quote of the week comes from Big Brother 2 executive producer, Arnold Shapiro, in The Hollywood Reporter: ‘It wouldn’t surprise me if there was nudity or sex…’ Big Brother 2 hits the air in the U.S. on CBS next week.