Extra: “The Voice Senior” heads to Germany; NFB launches interactive doc

Talpa Germany, SAT.1 ink development deal for The Voice Senior Talpa Germany and television broadcaster SAT.1 have inked a development deal for singing competition format The Voice Senior. The Voice Senior is similar ...
December 18, 2017

Talpa Germany, SAT.1 ink development deal for The Voice Senior

Talpa Germany and television broadcaster SAT.1 have inked a development deal for singing competition format The Voice Senior.

The Voice Senior is similar to the original version but has a shorter, four-episode run. The show begins with blind auditions – for those 60 and above – followed by a “knock out” episode and a finale where one contestant will be named the winner.

Talpa announced the format at MIPCOM in October and will air the first season of the spin-off in its home territory of The Netherlands in summer 2018.

The Voice  recently won its 4th Emmy for best reality series competition in the U.S. First aired in The Netherlands in 2010, the series is currently available on every continent with 67 local versions, airing in over 180 territories.

NFB Interactive explores world of gambling in Thank You For Playing

The National Film Board of Canada will take a look at the hidden side of gambling in its interactive documentary Thank You for Playing. 

The 20-minute doc explores compulsive gambling using a format that recreates the psychological mechanisms underlying the addiction. Thank You for Playing follows three players: Marie, Stephane and Robert (whose names have been changed to preserve their privacy), each of whom provides their own story on addiction and abstinence.

Thank You for Playing is programmed to let participants win just often enough – also known as “positive reinforcement.” Each story is divided into chapters that trace the stages of gambling and addiction. As audiences listen to these stories and take part in the game, it ultimately aims to give viewers a better understanding of the risks associated with gambling.

Viewers will also meet psychologist Magali Dufour, associate professor at Université de Sherbrooke, and neurologist and neurosurgeon Alain Dagher from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, as well as Montreal Casino employees, slot machine technician Daniel Charest and croupier Damien Bérubé who bring their insights into gambling addiction.

Created by director Andréa Cohen-Boulakia and produced by Dominic Desjardins, this interactive doc is from the NFB’s Canadian Francophonie Studio in Toronto.

SFFILM names recipients of fellowships in support of immigrant filmmakers and women supporting peace

The San Francisco International Film Festival has named the recipients of its first round of fellowships in support of immigrant filmmakers and women championing peace.

The inaugural New American Producer Fellowship was awarded to Phillippino-born, Australian-raised, filmmaker Carlo Velayo.

Velayo is a New York-based producer at Stedfast Productions. He was an associate producer on filmmaker Cheryl Furjanic’s Emmy-nominated film Back on Board: Greg Louganis. In 2016, Velayo spent two months at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, working on Filipina-American filmmaker Michele Josue’s upcoming documentary project, Happy Jail, which participated in the 2017 Independent Film Week.

Elsewhere, the first ever Women, Peace, and Security Fellowships were awarded to Molly Stuart for her documentary Objector and to Deann Borshay Liem for Crossings. The fellowships were created to elevate stories of women’s efforts to end conflict and advance peace.

Objector tells the story of Israeli teenager Atalya, who is obligated to do military service. However, she questions the role of the military and becomes determined to challenge compulsory service. Despite her family’s wishes, she joins a movement of conscientious objectors and is imprisoned for her dissent. She then becomes an activist for justice in Palestine.

In Crossings, director Boorshay Liem follows a group of internationally renowned women peacemakers, organized by Korean American activist Christine Ahn, as they attempt to cross the DMZ from North to South Korea, and call for peace on the Korean peninsula. Through their story, Crossings explores questions about the legacy of war and the role women play in resolving the world’s most intractable conflicts.

In addition to financial support, fellows will receive a residency and benefit from mentorship and networking opportunities.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.