Parthenon partners with NWF; Zone Vision debuts Reality TV; TechTV launches 'Secret, Strange and True' strand
October 17, 2002

London-based producer/distributor Parthenon Entertainment signed a major deal with the National Wildlife Federation (a U.S. conservation organization) securing the right to repackage and distribute the NWF’s wildlife television series, which includes such titles as Dolphins in Danger and Wild City.

Zone Vision, a London-based thematic channel producer and distributor, secured a deal with the U.K.’s BSkyB digital platform to launch Reality TV, a 24-hour daily digichannel devoted to reality programming. Reality TV went live on Oct. 10.

TechTV, a San Francisco, U.S. -based lifestyle network that focuses on technology, is launching a documentary strand. Called ‘Secret, Strange and True’ it will air weekly starting October 20 and showcase docs ‘that take viewers behind the scenes of great technological wonders,’ the company said in a prepared statement. At MIPCOM, TechTV signed licensing agreements for an initial 13 docs with the likes of the BBC, Channel 4 International, Vision Films and CS Associates.

Canada has become the latest country to join the Idols reality format craze. FremantleMedia disclosed in Cannes that the format hit produced by Los Angeles, U.S.-based 19 TV will air on English-language broadcaster CTV next year. It will be called Canadian Idol: The Search for a Superstar and hopes to crown the next Celine Dion or Bryan Adams (Oh boy!).

Grupo Neptuno of Barcelona, Spain, cut a deal to distribute Basque television Euskal Irrati Telebista‘s catalog worldwide, excluding Latin America and Spanish-language channels in the U.S. The catalog consists of more than 1,000 hours, including non-fiction programs in genres from travel and cookery to history and art.

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