C4, UKTV pen secondary sales deals
UKTV has picked up eight new lifestyle series from Channel 4 Distribution, including multiple Jamie Oliver (pictured) titles.
The new programming includes cooking shows such as Jamie’s Fish Supper (Fresh One) and Nigella Bites (Pacific), as well as three series of Walking Through History (Wildfire).
Jamie Oliver will also feature in returns of Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals (Fresh One) and three Christmas themed shows, alongside Scandimania and multiple series of River Cottage (Keo), both starring Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
In addition, Scripps Networks Interactive, which owns 50% of UKTV, will relicence Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals (Fresh One) for its Food Network, following the purchase in April 2016.
Anne-Marie Pardoe, C4 Distribution’s UK secondary sales manager, was responsible for negotiating the deals.
Mikaela Perez joins Kanal D Int’l
Turkish media company Kanal D International has hired Mikaela Perez as sales executive for the Americas.
Based out of Istanbul, Perez will be in charge of the company’s Latin American accounts. She will report to Kerim Emrah Turna, director of business development and sales Americas & Africa.
Kanal D is the global business arm of Turkish media conglomerate Dogan TV Holding.
NFB chooses Doc Lab Saskatchewan finalists
The National Film Board of Canada’s North West Studio has unveiled the three final participants in Doc Lab Saskatchewan — a new project for emerging documentary filmmakers.
Following a call for proposals in June, the NFB received over 30 submissions from across the province.
Starting Sept. 5, the three finalists will begin work on the creation of their own short docs.
The finalists include Louise BigEagle, Kristin Catherwood and Eric Thiessen.
BigEagle is a First Nations filmmaker and a recent graduate of the University of Regina. Catherwood is the intangible development officer at Heritage Saskatchewan, and worked with filmmaker Scott Park on the NFB-produced The Grasslands Project.
Based in Saskatoon, Thiessen is a videographer with a decade of commercial and corporate video experience, seeking to showcase stories that reflect both Saskatchewan and Canada to the world.
Elsewhere, NFB has announced the addition of two new team members to the North West Studio team: filmmaker Robin Schlaht has signed on as director-mentor for Doc Lab Saskatchewan, while Dara Jade Moats will join the team as associate producer.