Extra: NBCU content heads to TVPlayer; Slamdance unveils doc shorts program

NBCUniversal launches its UK channels on streaming service TVPlayer NBCUniversal International Networks inked a deal that will see its UK channels portfolio made available on the British-based streaming service TVPlayer. The agreement sees ...
December 7, 2017

NBCUniversal launches its UK channels on streaming service TVPlayer

NBCUniversal International Networks inked a deal that will see its UK channels portfolio made available on the British-based streaming service TVPlayer.

The agreement sees Universal Channel, E! Entertainment Television, SYFY and Movies 24 join a host of other channels including Lifetime, TLC, W, MTV, Discovery, GOLD and Comedy Central on TVPlayer, which costs £5.99 (US$8.00) per month.

Audiences will have access to shows such as Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Total Divas, Botched, and Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry (pictured)

TVPlayer launched in 2013 as a free OTT platform which streams live TV across multiple devices.

 Selling Houses Australia, Australian Nina Warrior pick up AACTA awards

Selling Houses Australia and Australian Ninja Warrior were just two of the recipients of The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTAs) held this week.

Presented by Foxtel, the AACTA Awards honor excellence in film, television and new media productions, and acknowledges the driving forces in the industry.

The AACTA awards which encompassed an industry luncheon and a gala awards ceremony, saw producer Beyond International’s series Selling Houses Australia pick up the award for Best Lifestyle Television Program. Endemol Shine-produced Australian Ninja Warrior, meanwhile, was the recipient of the Best Light Entertainment Television Series.

Another production from Endemol Shine, Masterchef Australia received the award for Best Reality Television Series.

Check out the list of fellow AACTA winners here.

Slamdance unveils short docs program

Homeland and Quiet Hours were among the films to make the doc shorts lineup of the Slamdance Film Festival.

Yesterday afternoon (Dec. 13.), Slamdance unveiled the Beyond and Shorts programs for the 24th edition of the festival.

“The films in the Beyond Program exhibit singular directorial vision while sharing a common commitment to challenge audiences to step outside their comfort zones,” said Beyond programmer, Josh Mandel, in a statement. “These bold and adventurous filmmakers represent the most current voices in American independent film, and will continue to push boundaries in the years ahead.”

This year’s short film lineup of 15 films showcases productions from 26 countries, including Canada, Iran and the U.S.

Filmmaker Sam Peeters examines right-wing populism in the suburbs of Belgium in Homeland. From the U.S., director Paul Szynol looks at the life of American Poet Laureate Donald Hall in Quiet Hours.

The 2018 Slamdance Film Festival runs January 19-25 in Park City, Utah.

A list of the short docs, with descriptions courtesy of Slamdance, follows below:

Documentary Shorts Program

Big Surf
Director: Brian Smee
San Francisquito Cyn, March 12th, 1928: The sound a horse makes as it’s drowning.

Do I Have Boobs Now?
Director: Milena Salazar, Joella Cabalu
A trans activist’s journey to challenge Facebook and Instagram’s censorship policies.

Ex Nihilo
(Finland) World Premiere
Director: Timo Wright
Ex Nihilo is an experimental short documentary about a doomsday seed vault, an advanced robot and a cryonics facility.

Director: Sam Peeters
Homeland is a creative documentary about right-wing populism and narrow-mindedness in the Belgian suburbs.

(Iceland, USA)
Director: Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson
A meditation on emigration and immigration, house and home.

(Poland) U.S. Premiere
Director: Wojciech Kasperski
An old doctor who has spent his life working at a psychiatric hospital in the Siberian countryside – The place, which was inaccessible for film crews, can be shown thanks to its residents, some of whom spent several decades at the hospital.

The Last Man You Meet
Director: Chris Bone
Take an exclusive look inside the gritty business of death as a third-generation funeral director reflects on his life.

Lorem Ipsum (pain itself)
Director: Gabrielle Kash
A handmade look at why artists hate making, and keep making art.

Nueva Vida
Director: Jonathan Seligson
A ball, some brains, and a lot of fluids. A cautionary true tale on the dangers of playing soccer from my dear brother, Kenny.

Director: Melissa Ferrari
Rooted in nonfiction, “Phototaxis” connects Mothman, a prophetic demon in West Virginia folklore, and Narcotics Anonymous, the primary treatment program in West Virginia’s addiction epidemic.

Pocket Sized Feminism
Director: Valerie Schenkman
“This house is for wallpaper women. What good is wallpaper that speaks?” Women speak out about women’s rights, or human rights.

Quiet Hours
Director: Paul Szynol
Donald Hall, America’s Poet Laureate and winner of the National Medal of Arts, lives in the fragile space between loneliness and solitude.

Director: Noah Sheldon
Modelling for China’s largest online shopping site, Taobao.

True Love in Pueblo Textil
(Cuba, USA) U.S. Premiere
Director: Horatio Baltz
Nine-year-old Maribel explains to us how it feels to be stricken with the world’s oldest infliction: love.

Where Are You From
(USA, China)
Director: Xizi “Cecilia” Hua
In a world where western values dominate, coming to America as a “Parachute Kid” makes the filmmaker feel ashamed of her “Chinese” and “foreign” identity.


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