Extra: DRG cooks up new sales; Leffler wins Portenier bursary competition

Brennan Leffler wins 2017 Portenier Human Rights Bursary Toronto-based indie doc producer and director Brennan Leffler has won the 2017 Portenier Human Rights Bursary offered by the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and ...
July 31, 2017

Brennan Leffler wins 2017 Portenier Human Rights Bursary

Toronto-based indie doc producer and director Brennan Leffler has won the 2017 Portenier Human Rights Bursary offered by the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma.

The US$2,400 ($CAD3,000) award provides hazardous environment safety training generally given to news personnel covering armed conflict.

Leffler’s documentary, which will be filmed in Nigeria with Canadian journalist Melissa Fung, will focus on women and children abducted and raped by militant Islamist organization Boko Haram.

Canadian broadcaster TVOntario will air the independent production.

Leffler has also done investigative work for Global TV’s 16×9 and CTV’s W-5.

Fung has worked as a CBC correspondent. In 2008, while in Afghanistan, Fun was kidnapped and held for 28 days. She detailed her experience in her 2011 memoir Under an Afghan Sky.

The 2017 Portenier competition garnered 30 applications from all over the world. This year’s five finalists were from Bolivia, Canada, Pakistan and Slovakia.

Eman Helal, an Egyptian photojournalist whose work documents sexual harassment and attacks against women in her country, won the Portenier winner last year. In 2015 the award went to Jason O’Hara, a Toronto filmmaker working on a documentary about abuses in the clearance of favelas in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

DRG makes new deals of its food-related lifestyle programs

Indie distributor DRG has brokered new deals for two of its food-related lifestyle programs.

In Paul Hollywood’s City Bakes, British baker Paul Hollywood (pictured) travels the globe to sample recipes that have shaped the culture and heritage of some of the world’s biggest and most vibrant cities. From the doughnuts in New York to croissants in Paris, Hollywood meets the bakers in each location while also baking his own versions of these classic recipes.

Season one (13 x 30) and season two (10 x 60) of Paul Hollywood’s City Bakes, produced by Reef Television for Scripps Networks International, have both been sold to TV2 (Denmark), TV4 (Sweden), Top TV (New Zealand), TV3 (Norway) and National Geographic for its Indian feed (nine territories including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). Season 1 has also been recently acquired by TVB in Hong Kong.

John Torode’s Malaysian Adventure (10 x 30), a Cactus TV production for UKTV, sees Torode head to Malaysia to explore its cooking culture, while also visiting the sights and meeting its people. Returning to the UK, Torode’s applies what he has learned on his travels to creates classic Malaysian dishes with a twist.

The series has been recently acquired by Foxtel in Australia, Discovery Networks (New Zealand), Truecorp (Thailand), AMC Networks for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Moldova and Hungary, National Geographic for Asia, Africa and the Middle East and Matkanalen (Food Channel) in Norway. The series has been licensed to Little Dot Studios for ancillary territories and SVOD platform iflix for its subscribers across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Russia and CIS.

Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network launch charter

Australian-based Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network (SDIN) has launched a new charter to promote diversity in the sector.

The SDIN is a new network committed to improving the diversity of talent and influences that shape Australian screen content. In order to become a member of SDIN – which already includes many of the country’s media organizations and screen agencies – an organization will have to officially commit to the charter.

The network is also looking to set targets for industry change and evaluate progress with sector-wide measurement tools.

SDIN counts Foxtel, the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), ABC, SBS, Network Ten, The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) and Screen Producers’ Australia (SPA) among its members.

These groups are already working together on a range of initiatives, such as professional development for new practitioners from underrepresented groups across Australia and internship opportunities. The network will also support sector-wide initiatives and approaches and encourage partnerships between members.

The ‘diversity problem’ in the Australian sector was identified following  the release of several reports including the 2016 AFTRs’ Inclusive Pathways Framework and Screen Australia’s Seeing Ourselves: Reflections on Diversity in Australian TV drama which revealed a strong bias against diversity on screen.


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