Extra: AmDocs to honor Berlinger, Sundance Channel comes to France

In today's Extra, Joe Berlinger (pictured) will have four docs screened at the Palm Springs fest, Sundance Channel comes to France via CanalSat and FranceTV Distribution shops new WWII docs.
February 8, 2016

AmDocs to honor Joe Berlinger
Director Joe Berlinger (pictured) will receive the “Seeing the Bigger Picture” at this year’s edition of the Palm Springs-based American Documentary Film Festival, or AmDocs, taking place from April 30-March 4.

Four of Berlinger’s films will also screen at the festival, including Brother’s Keeper, made in 1992 with Bruce Sinofsky, a long-time collaborator of Berlinger’s who passed away last February (). Also screening at AmDocs will be Under African Skies, a look at the recording of Paul Simon’s seminal Graceland album; 2014′s crime documentary, Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger; and his latest film, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, slated to open the fifth edition of the festival.

“Joe is one of today’s most important auteurs in the world of documentary film, and we are thrilled to be able to honor him at this year’s festival,” said festival director and founder Ted Grouya in a statement.

CanalSat to carry Sundance Channel Global in France
AMC Networks International UK has inked a deal with CanalSat to launch Sundance Channel Global on the French broadcaster’s ADSL satellite and IPTV platforms in France.

Sundance Channel, which is slated to launch Tuesday (February 9), will broadcast exclusive award-winning feature films and documentaries from the Sundance Film Festival, as well as original drama series.

The linear HD channel will be made available to more than 18 million pay-TV households throughout France as part of CanalSat’s series and cinema package.

“AMC Networks International’s services continue to experience rapid growth, and we’re looking forward to further supporting the development of the pay-TV industry in France and around the world,” said Ed Palluth, executive VP of global distribution at AMC Networks International, in a statement.

“Sundance Channel is a highly attractive brand with an outstanding selection of high quality independent films and exclusive series for our subscribers and film fans,” added Jean-Marc Juramie, VP of content and programming at CanalSat.

FranceTV Distribution acquires three WWII docs

FranceTV Distribution has picked up three 52-minute historical docs focused on World War II from prodcos Mano a Mano and Label Image.

From Mano a Mano comes Varian Fry’s List, documenting efforts to save the intelligentsia of Europe from the Nazi regime; and Drancy 1943: The Big Escape, detailing efforts by Jewish prisoners to escape from the Drancy transit concentration camp.

Label Image, meanwhile, is behind I Betrayed Hitler, looking at the role played by a spy recruited by French counter-intelligence services in bringing WWII to an end.

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