London-based Who Wants To Be A Millionaire maker Celador Productions will launch a doc division, headed by Alan Benson.
Granada International has signed a three-year deal with Montreal’s internationally known performance company Cirque du Soleil. The deal gives Granada worldwide rights to three yet-to-be-produced 90-minute TV specials, the performer’s back catalog, and any other program created during the duration of the deal.
MIPCOM will name MTV chairman and CEO Tom Freston as Personality of the Year.
The Double Take Documentary Festival has put out a call for entries. For details, visit //www-cds.aas.duke.edu/filmfestival/
Frieda Lee Mock has been elected as the first governor of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ documentary branch. Mock won an Oscar in 1995 for her film Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision.
National Geographic Channels International will be attempting its first simultaneous around-the-world shoot – with fifteen crews on six continents shooting within the same 24 hours. The end result will be One Day, One World: The Weather, which will appear in first quarter 2002.
Discovery Networks Europe has announced a new carriage deal with the Polish National Cable Communications Chamber of Commerce. The deal extends the duration of Discovery’s footprint in Poland for a further three years.
Discovery Consumer Products has signed a number of deals which will see it distribute education materials throughout China, Taiwan, India and Chile.
Nine people were arrested for protesting outside the set of MTV’s reality series The Real World. The Associated Press says they feared the show ‘will bring more gentrification of the North Side neighborhood’. Not exactly the Loft Story riot…
In the U.K., new legislation is being proposed that would increase the penalty for copyright theft. The maximum penalty would rise to 10 years, and would allow authorities broader powers of search and seizure.