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Scorpion TV unveils MIPCOM slate

The range of programming being brought to Cannes by the London-based producer-distributor includes everything from break-dancing b-boys and girls to an exploration series starring French footballer Christian Karembeu. (Of Islands and Men, pictured)
September 1, 2011

The range of programming being brought to Cannes by London-based producer-distributor Scorpion TV includes everything from break-dancing b-boys and girls to an exploration series starring French footballer Christian Karembeu.

Among the docs and series in Scorpion TV’s MIPCOM roster is My Life, a 6 x 30 minute series from the BBC, which provides insight into the lives of different children. Episodes include “Billboard Kids,” “Tough Kids,” “Children on the Road” and “My Dad in Prison.”

Also on the slate is Boomerang Plus’ The Sony Ericsson World B Boy Championships (3 x 6 x 30 minutes, HD), which aired on Channel 4 and showcases breakdance crews from around the globe competing in the World Finals in London.

Defusing Human Bombs (1 x 52 minutes, HD) is produced by First Take Films and follows students at the Sabaoon School in Pakistan, undergoing a unique form of education to undo years of Taliban indoctrination.

Richard III: An Arab VIP (1 x 58 minutes, HD) showcases a touring Arab production of the Shakespeare play as it hits dates from Kuwait to the Kennedy Center in New York City. It is produced by The Culture Project.

Arab Rap (1 x 52 minutes, HD) is produced by Orbi-XXA and documents the hip-hop scene in the Middle East.

Of Islands and Men (pictured above, 6 x 52 minutes, HD) is produced by Oxala Prod and Cosmopolitis Productions, and follows French footballer Christian Karembeu as he travels to six island destinations.

Other titles that Scorpion TV has also sold recently include Attitude (14 x 30 minutes), which went to Accessible Media in Canada; Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World (1 x 52 minutes), which went to Curious Films in Australia/New Zealand; and The Brain Fitness Program (5 x 60 minutes), which was sold to True Visions in Thailand.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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