Extra: Berlinger joins AmDocs, Trace acquires

In today's 'Extra,' Paradise Lost director Joe Berlinger (pictured) joins AmDocs' advisory board, while global youth brand Trace acquires pan-African VOD service and Docu Talents reveals its documentary projects for the 70th edition of KVIFF.
June 21, 2016

Joe Berlinger joins AmDocs advisory board

The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs) has appointed Paradise Lost director Joe Berlinger (pictured) to its advisory board.

As a board member, Berlinger will be charged with promoting documentary films as well as indie filmmakers who bring knowledge and awareness through their stories about real people and issues.

Berlinger has been behind such feature docs as Brother’s Keeper, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, CrudeWhitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger and Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, which premiered at this year’s SXSW and was the opening night feature for AMDOCS 2016. Other credits include Investigation Discovery’s Judgment Day: Prison or Parole?; OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s Master Class and Sundance Channel’s Iconoclasts.

Berlinger most recently received AmDoc’s Seeing the Bigger Picture Award in April.

Trace acquires African VOD service

Global youth brand and urban media group Trace has acquired pan-African VOD service ahead of launching its own VOD platform TracePlay, which will roll out later this year.

Under the deal, will move under the TracePlay umbrella, providing its current subscriber base full access to TracePlay’s catalog. Both digital services are set to fully merge in the near future.

In addition, Trace will secure the pay-TV and VOD rights to Nigerian comedy series Ogas at the Top and Kenya’s The XYZ Show, both of which are produced by sister firm Buni Media.

As a result of the acquisition, CEO Marie Lora-Mungai will join Trace to consult on the company’s content development strategy for Africa. was founded in 2012 and serves as one of the pioneers and leading VOD platforms focused on the African market.

Docu Talents reveals line-up at KVIFF

Docu Talents has unveiled its 12th line-up of creative documentary projects for the 70th edition of the Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF).

Projects heading to this year’s KVIFF – which is scheduled to run July 1 to 9 – include Pavol Pekarcik’s A Long Day (Slovakia); Lucia Nimcova’s A Tall Tale (Slovakia); Karolina Zalabakova and Petr Babinec’s Batalives (Czech Republic); Ewa Podgorska’s Diagnosis (Poland); Levan Koguashvili’s Gogita’s New Life (Georgia); Petra Nesvacilova’s Helena’s Law (Czech Republic); Laszlo Csuja’s Nine Months War (Hungary).

Additional films heading to the Czech Republic include Piotr Stasik’s Opera About Poland (Poland); Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda’s Pepik the Czech Goes to Poland in a Quest for Love of God (Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland); Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s The Road Movie (Russia); Ionut Piturescu’s The Self and the Other (Romania); and Ivan I. Tverdovskiy’s There Will Be Fog on the Roads (Russia).

The program, curated by the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, will be presented at the KVIFF on July 5. All the documentaries are scheduled to release theatrically between August 2016 and July 2017. Full information about Docu Talents 2016 projects available here.

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