The MIPTV 2014 shoppers’ guide, part two

As the factual world descends on Cannes as MIPDoc kicks off tomorrow (April 5), followed by MIPTV on April 7, realscreen presents part two of its round up of new non-fiction titles distributors will be bringing to the Croisette. (Pictured: Benefits Street.)
April 4, 2014

As the factual world descends on Cannes as MIPDoc kicks off tomorrow (April 5), followed by MIPTV on April 7, realscreen presents part two of its round up of new non-fiction titles distributors will be bringing to the Croisette.

  • Read part one of the 2014 MIPTV shoppers’ guide here
  • Check out realscreen‘s 2014 MIPTV Picks here
  • Click here for our round-up of what distributors are looking to acquire

First Hand Films
Zurich and Berlin, Switzerland-based boutique distributor First Hand Films represents 300 titles or nearly 600 programming hours. Six titles are en route to the Croisette this spring, including Whoopi Goldberg-directed doc Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (one x 54 minutes/one x 72 minutes); Fonko (six x 26 minutes/three x 52 minutes/one x 90 minutes), a doc series about African club music; and Contact (10 x 26 minutes), a series that recounts the stories behind iconic photographs.

Shot in 25 countries, Death – A Feelgood Series About Life (five x 52 minutes) looks at how different cultures relate to death. Sound of Torture (one x 58 minutes) follows an Eritrean journalist/activist based in Sweden who uses the radio to draw attention to the plight of Eritrean refugees kidnapped by Bedouins. Lastly, Footprints of War (one x 52 minutes) examines the ecological consequences of war.

The global super-indie’s distribution arm has a pair of infamous titles in its catalog. Benefits Street (pictured above), the Channel 4 ‘social reality series’ about life on welfare that polarized audiences and sparked a national debate in the UK; and Lindsay, the Lindsay Lohan docuseries that aired on OWN in the U.S.

FremantleMedia’s offerings cover factual, lifestyle, entertainment, scripted and formats. Highlights include The Sixties (10 x 60 minutes), the Tom Hanks-produced miniseries that looks at political and cultural flashpoints from the 1960s; and The Art Of (26 x 30 minutes), an Ovation Studios-produced series that examines creative fields that fall outside the category of art, such as sushi and sneakers.

Lifestyle titles include Real Girl’s Kitchen (10 x 60 minutes), a culinary series starring Haylie Duff; and season two of Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club (four x 60 minutes) in which chefs and childhood friends Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty reunite and embark on a pan-European culinary adventure.

Shiny floor talent shows The X Factor UK (32 episodes) and Britain’s Got Talent, both featuring Simon Cowell, and the fashion competition Under the Gunn (13 x 60 minutes) starring Tim Gunn are among the company’s entertainment offerings.

The formats available include the dating show The Love Table, an Asahi Broadcasting Corporation coproduction that features a talking, interactive table that helps singles meet a match by revealing intimate information from contestants’ online profiles and activities. Competition format Fittest Family pits 12 uber-sporty families against one another in a series of fitness challenges; and Masterpiece is a talent show format for aspiring writers that seeks to find the next big name in publishing.

Goldcrest Films
Korengal (one x 84 minutes), director Sebastien Junger’s sequel to his Oscar-nominated war doc Restrepo, leads the doc offerings from London-and-New York-based Goldcrest Films. The recently announced film features footage shot by Junger and the late Tim Hetherington while they were embedded with American soldiers in Afghanistan, and picks up where the previous film left off.

Junger’s doc about Hetherington, Which Way Is The Front Line From Here (one x 78 minutes), is also on the Goldcrest slate, as is Jehane Noujaim’s Oscar-nominated Egyptian revolution doc The Square (one x 102 minutes) and Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (one x 93 minutes/one x 52 minutes) about the arrest and trial of the world-famous Russian feminist punk activists.

Off The Fence
The London-based distributor is launching 900 hours of factual content that includes recent acquisitions Barinia (16 x 25 minutes) from Storyhaus Productions, a 4K-shot series about a couple that travels the Mediterranean on a yacht; Sisters with Voices Reunited (six x 60 minutes), a WE tv reality show about R&B group SWV; and Cruise Ship Down: Saving Concordia (one x 60 minutes), a Smithsonian Networks doc about the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster.

Other titles in the catalog are the Title Films-produced history/science docudrama Mystery of the Lost Ship (one x60 minutes), which follows a team of underwater archaeologists and scientists as they explore an ancient shipwreck off the coast of Ireland; and World’s Wildest Cities: Manaus, the latest edition to the Wildest… franchise, which takes viewers to a Brazilian city in the Amazon.

Passion Distribution

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Vanilla Ice Goes Amish

The London-based distributor’s MIPTV ’14 slate amounts to 504 hours of programming ranging from factual entertainment, reality, documentary and game shows to travel, food and formats.

Key titles on offer this year include the seventh season drag queen competition series, RuPaul’s Drag Race (14 x 60 minutes) from World of Wonder; the one-off Joanna Lumley Meets (one x 60 minutes) from Rain Media Entertainment and Big Red Productions; the Rebecca Romijn-hosted body painting competition series Skin Wars (eight x 60 minutes) from Michael Levitt Productions; seasons one and two of Vanilla Ice Goes Amish (11 x 30 minutes, pictured) from Juma Entertainment; and seasons one and two of Writers Room (12 x 30 minutes) from Relativity Television.

Recent additions to Passion’s culinary catalog include seasons four through six of Kitchen Crashers (39 x 30 minutes) from Big Table Media; seasons one through five of Cutthroat Kitchen from Manhouse Productions; and Restaurant Express (seven x 60 minutes) from Relativity Television.

PBS International
The coproduction and distribution of U.S. pubcaster PBS has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to The Human Face of Big Data (one x 56 minutes), a documentary about the wide-ranging impact big data is likely to have on humanity.

The title is a late addition to PBS International’s MIPTV slate, which also includes Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me (one x 52 minutes/one x 85 minutes), realscreen MIP Pick about the late South African leader; Secrets of the Vatican (one x 84 minutes), a Frontline special about the events that led to Pope Benedict’s resignation; Why Sharks Attack (one x 60 minutes), a NOVA doc that aims to debunk the hyperbole that surrounds shark attacks in Australia and the United States; and Pioneers of Television (10 x 53 minutes), a fourth season of the PBS series about TV trendsetters such as Bill Cosby, Roseanne Barr and Dick Van Dyke.

Red Bull Media House
The Austrian producer’s slate leans towards adrenaline-fueled extreme sports, adventure and lifestyle fare such as Red Bull Cliff Diving, Red Bull X-Fighters, Red Bull Crashed Ice, and the global motorsport competition Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Neymar profiles the Brazilian soccer player Neymar de Silva Santos Junior, while All In is an educational magazine-style series about boxer Muhammed Ali’s daughter, Laila Ali, which aims to inspire kids with tales of personal achievement. Other titles on the company’s slate include the feature film Cerro Torre – A Snowball’s Chance in Hell; the third season of adventures sport doc series Ultimate Rush; and Wings for Life World, which follows Olympians and celebrities on a footrace.

Explorers – Adventures of the Century profiles a dozen adventurers as they undertake daring feats in the areas such as rock climbing and rapids rafting, and Up Close – Inside the Extreme Sailing Series 2014 follow competitors in the international inshore racing circuit.


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Davis Guggenheim’s Teach

Documentarian Davis Guggenheim’s Teach (pictured) is among the titles on Toronto-based Tricon Film & Television’s slate this year. The film takes viewers inside four American classrooms to get the teacher’s eye view on the country’s public education system.

To Catch A Killer (eight x 60 minutes) is a true-crime series that follows professor/detective Mike Arntfield and a group of civilians as they investigate unsolved murders; and Extreme Collectors (14 x 30 minutes) stars antiques appraiser Andrew Zegers, who travels North America in search of odd and interesting private collections.

Tricon is also representing five titles through its acquisition deal with General Purpose Pictures including the comedic hidden camera/reno show The Fix (23 x 30 minutes); culinary series The Heat (39 x 30 minutes); the relationship/renovation shows Save Us From Our House (91 x 30 minutes) and Making House (13 x 30 minutes); and Shotgun Reno (13 x 30 minutes), another hybrid lifestyle series about home renovations  that occur in tandem with a major family event, such as a wedding.

TVF International
The independent British factual distributor is bringing a slate full of current affairs, science and history titles to Cannes this year. Leading the company’s slate is The Tim Feriss Experiment (13 x 30 minutes), a series in which the titular “life hacker” attempts to master a different task –  Jiu-Jitsu, parkour, rally car racing, surfing – in each episode.

The company also acquired the international rights to The Term, a documentary about the Russian opposition movement that was shot over five years by directors Pavel Kostomarov, Alexandr Rastorguev and Aleksei Pivovarov.

One-off titles in the company’s catalog include The Term: Opposing Putin (one x 60 minutes/one x 90 minutes); Hidden Histories: WW1′s Forgotten Photographs (one x 60 minutes); The Cambodian Space Project – Not Easy Rock n’ Roll (one x 57 minutes/one x 75 minutes); and Slaves to Habit (one x 52 minutes). Lastly, current affairs offerings include a series of docs coproduced by CBC and CNBC: The Truth About Shoplifting (one x 52 minutes), The Truth About Information Overload (one x 52 minutes) and The Truth About Cheating (one x 52 minutes).

Twofour Rights
Prince Harry, rampage killers and compulsive shoppers are represented in the British distributor’s catalog this year.

Highlights include the ITV-produced doc Harry’s South Pole Heroes (two x 60 minutes) follows Britain’s Prince Harry and three teams of wounded servicemen and women on a trek to the South Pole. The Jump (eight x 60 minutes, format) is a Twofour/Group M-produced primetime entertainment format that challenges eight celebrities to undertake a series of extreme winter sport challenges with help from coaches and Olympians.

Killing Spree (12 x 60 minutes) is a true-crime series that looks at different mass killers such as Columbine High killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and Norway’s Anders Breivik, who killed 69 people on the island of Utoya in 2011. Britain’s Compulsive Shoppers (one x 60 minutes) is a Jasmine Harman-hosted series about shopping addiction in the UK.

Lastly, Cooks’ Questions (six x 60 minutes) is a studio show in which a panel of respected chefs take questions from an audience of food fanatics. The series also features cooking demonstrations and profiles of well-known restaurants in Britain.

ZDF Enterprises
The distribution division of German pubcaster ZDF is bringing more than 1,200 hours of science, natural history, wildlife and other factual programming to MIPTV. Wildlife titles include Nature’s Greatest Secret – The Coral Triangle (three x 50 minutes), a blue-chip series about marine environments; From Heaven to Hell – Lusatia (one x 50 minutes), an exploration of the German thousand lakes region; and Wild Berlin (one x 50 minutes), which a look at the wildlife that inhabits the German capital.

Infestation (four x 50 minutes) is a ‘what if’ factual series that projects how bug and animal infestations  and other blights might affect the future of humanity; season two of Rocket City Rednecks (16 x 30 minutes), an American engineering series starring Travis Taylor; Women Who Made History (six x 50 minutes), a dramatized history series that profiles pivotal women from history; and A Shorty History of Nuclear Folly (one x 50 minutes), which is billed as “a blackly sardonic people’s history of atomic blunders and near-misses.”

The French distributor is bringing 25 titles to Cannes that range from wildlife and history to arts and current affairs. Among the titles are several documentaries, including The Nazi Nurseries (one x 52 minutes), about a Nazi breeding program that aimed to create an Aryan “master race”;  The End of Bank Secrecy (one x 52 minutes), which examines Switzerland’s decision to name 4,500 American tax evaders; and Once Upon A Time… Walt Disney (one x 52 minutes), which traces the creative evolution of Walt Disney.

Also on the slate are the urban ecology series Naturopolis (four x 52 minutes), the marine archaeology doc The Mystery of Atlit-Yam (one x 52 minutes) and 1783, The First Race to the Sky (one x 52 minutes). In the latter, a team of aviation experts build and recreate the journey of a hot air balloon that traveled across the English Channel in 1783.

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