Keshet International and Radio-Canada ink development deal
Keshet Media Group’s international global distribution and production arm has inked an agreement with Canadian national pubcaster Radio-Canada to support the development and international reach of French-language Canadian productions.
The aim of the initiative, led by Radio-Canada, is to support indie French-language Canadian producers and to improve their access to international markets.
Keshet International will work alongside Cineflix Rights, Nordic World and France Télévisions Distribution to foster a network of distributors whose expertise will help local producers and the pubcaster to expand their footprints.
The four partners will provide their knowledge of international market trends, production financing and act as a network to support the sale of French-language Canadian productions internationally.
Travel Channel greenlights Legendary Locations
Scripps-owned Travel Channel has greenlit production on another expedition series featuring adventurer and Expedition Unknown host Josh Gates.
The 13-episode order of Legendary Locations (pictured) from Ping Pong Productions will showcase beautiful destinations around the world as Gates explores the ancient legends and folklore that made them famous.
Legendary Locations is set to premiere in 2018.
Studio SV close distribution deal with Celestial Tiger Entertainment for Beat n Path
Hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco and Hong Kong-based media executive Bonnie Chan Woo’s joint venture Studio SV has closed a distribution deal with pan-Asian channel operator Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE).
Studio SV’s martial arts docuseries Beat n Path will air on CTE’s action entertainment channel KIX which covers Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.
The show will premiere on primetime in March 2018.
Beat n Path follows Fiasco as he embarks on a cross-cultural journey across China. In the first season, he practices his passion for martial arts with Kung Fu masters throughout China, while also taking the opportunity to explore the country’s growing hip-hop scene.
Confronting ISIS and The Vietnam War garner WGA nominations
The documentary Confronting ISIS and the docuseries The Vietnam War are two of the non-fiction titles nominated for the 2018 Writers Guild Awards.
Martin Smith’s script looks at the U.S.-led effort to destroy the Islamic State Group in Confronting ISIS. Meanwhile, Geoffrey C. Ward tackled the decades-long and bloody conflict in Vietnam in the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick directed docuseries The Vietnam War.
The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) announced Thursday (Dec. 7) their nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing during 2017.
Winners will be honored at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards held on Feb. 11, 2018, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.
Below are the documentary nominations courtesy of the guilds.
Documentary Script – Current Events
Confronting ISIS (‘Frontline’), written by Martin Smith, PBS
Poverty, Politics and Profit (‘Frontline’), written by Rick Young, PBS
Unseen Enemy, written by Janet Tobias, CNN
Documentary Script – Other Than Current Events
Divided States of America, part one (‘Frontline’), written by Michael Kirk and Mike Wiser, PBS
Rachel Carson (‘American Experience’), written and directed by Michelle Ferrar, PBS
The Great War, part two (‘American Experience’), written by Stephen Ives, PBS
The Great War, part three (‘American Experience’), written by Rob Rapley, PBS
The Vietnam War, episode six: “Things Fall Apart,” written by Geoffrey C. Ward, PBS