Trace launches distribution arm
Afro-urban media company Trace has launched Trace Content Distribution (TCD), a worldwide distribution arm dedicated to content produced by Trace and external producers.
Directed by Betty Sulty-Johnson, TCD has rights for television channels, mobile operators, video platforms, aerial and maritime video services and cinema.
The titles and collections distributed include Wives on Strike, Before 30, Dreams – Urban Musical, Brothers with no game, The West Indian Gangsters, Guest Stars, Afrobeats – from Nigeria to the world, Generation Papa Wemba and Salomon Kalou – the cherished elephant.
“Trace Content Distribution is a logical and strategic evolution for the group in its desire to identify and support Afro-urban creators and talents,” said Olivier Laouchez, CEO and co-founder of TRACE, in a release. “Thanks to the arrival of Betty Sulty-Johnson, Trace is enriched with a recognized expertise to develop and exploit at best a catalogue of great value.”
TCD will be at MIPCOM and at Discop Johannesburg, with a catalog made of French and English Afro-urban content.
Cosmote TV to launch two flagship channels from Viasat World
Greece’s Cosmote TV will launch two addition flagship channels from international broadcaster Viasat World.
The new channel Viasat Explore focuses on the new and the unusual. Programming includes London’s Super Tunnel, a series which features a team of more than 10,000 engineers and construction workers racing to complete a subterranean mega railway under London – Crossrail and Ultimate Survival Alaska, a survival show where survivalists compete in extreme conditions. Six captains and their crews face choppy waters and icebergs in the North Atlantic in Cold Water Cowboys (pictured). And SAS: Who Dares Wins reveals the demanding entrance process for Britain’s SAS.
Viasat Nature will spotlight the natural world with the premiere of The Great Migration with adventurer Ben Fogle, who follows wildebeest as they undertake an annual migration trek from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to the highlands of Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Another series, World Animal Day, is dedicated to wild animals threatened by extinction and lastly, Choose the Right Puppy for You showcases potential dog owners who get tested to find out which breed of dog they are most compatible with.
Viasat Explore and Viasat Nature launch Oct. 1, 2017, in all Cosmote TV’s available packages and via the Cosmote TV Go and Cosmote Replay TV services.
All3media international secures global rights for The Curling Quiz
Indie distributor All3media international has secured global rights – excluding the Netherlands – to the new primetime studio-based format The Curling Quiz.
Commissioned by the Dutch pubcaster NPO 1 with producer PosVideo, The Curling Quiz features celebrity contestants who have to prove their skill and intelligence as they answer questions and accurately throw curling stones to score points, all while a comedian or sports commentator comments on their efforts.
NPO 1 will debut the 7 x 50-minute series early next year. All3media international will launch the format to the market at MIPCOM.
Sundance unveils doc grants for non-fiction formats
The Sundance Institute has provided millions in grants to a range of projects and artists in the nonfiction storytelling world.
Totaling nearly $2 million, funding was given to projects at various stages, including 16 in development, 16 in production, 21 in post-production and five for audience engagement, designed to develop a project’s marketing, publicity and distribution campaigns.
The projects span 26 countries and six continents, with funding for audience engagement going to series including Netflix’s The Keepers and films like The Force, Sembene! and The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.
An inaugural Spotlight on Storytellers Award provided artist grants specifically for storytellers from under-represented communities who are at pinnacle moment of their career. Recipients included Lyric Cabral, Jason DaSilva, Rodrigo Reyes and Nanfu Wang.
The Stories of Change Content Fund – the Sundance Institute’s creative partnership with the Skoll Foundation – awarded $337,000 to six projects across genres and at varying degrees of development.