For the Record

Nat Geo heads to France; MTV extends north; and Sekani lands a spot at the Goodwill Games.
August 30, 2001

National Geographic Channels have found a home on France’s Canal Satellite, a DTH service beaming to 1.2 million French households.

MTV will soon have a home in Canada, thanks to a licensing agreement between MTV parent Viacom and the Calgary-based Craig Broadcasting System. Canadian regulations, however, state MTV Canada will have to run at least 50% Canadian content, and that no more than 10% of the station’s airtime can be given to music videos.

CNN is launching an Arabic-language website. will be run in Dubai’s free media zone, Dubai Media City.

The Goodwill Games have chosen Sekani to produce and license footage for the 2001 event in Brisbane.

Infogames and CBS Consumer Products will soon release Survivor: The Interactive Game for the Mac platform.

In the U.S., super-cook Emeril Lagasse is getting his own half-hour comedy series on NBC. Dubbed Emeril, the series will premiere September 18.

In Canada, Vision TV is deviating from docs and faith programming to develop its first original sitcom, Our Man.

BBC Prime and BBC Learning have picked up carriage deals in Germany with Kabel Deutschland, allowing the Beeb into over a million homes in Berlin, Wolfsburg and Liepzig.

The Miss America Pageant is getting a Survivor make-over, with eliminated contestants now voting for who they think the winner should be. Cameras will also follow the women back stage as they prepare to go on.

Lion’s Gate Television and Nash Entertainment are developing a new reality series for USA Networks called Break-In, a series billed as a real-life Mission Impossible. (Hopefully not like Mission Impossible II. That movie never ended…)

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.