Extra: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” wins EDA Award; HITN, TV Azteca team on lifestyle content

Fred Rogers doc nabs EDA Award Morgan Neville‘s Won’t You Be My Neighbor? has taken home the documentary award at the 2018 EDA Awards, presented by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists ...
January 11, 2019

Fred Rogers doc nabs EDA Award

Morgan Neville‘s Won’t You Be My Neighbor? has taken home the documentary award at the 2018 EDA Awards, presented by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ).

The 94-minute doc (pictured), which explores the life and career of legendary children’s entertainer Fred Rogers, was the only non-fiction title honored, alongside 2018 scripted films including Roma, The Favourite and Black Panther.

The AWFJ also bestowed its Hall of Shame Award upon the industry’s many alleged abusers, including Harvey Weinstein, Leslie Moonves, Louis CK, Kevin Spacey, Geoffrey Rush, James Franco, Bryan Singer, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer and more.

“Representing women film critics’ perspectives on the world’s constantly evolving cinema scene, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is proud that our 2018 EDA Awards nominees and winners genuinely reflect the movie industry’s advances in the cause of equality and diversity,” said Jennifer Merin, EDA Awards and AWJF founder and film critic. “Our EDA Awards always honor the year’s best regardless of gender, but we also recognize the need to have categories that focus specifically on women’s achievements in an industry that still has a long way to go to reach gender parity and equal opportunity for all.”

HITN, TV Azteca team on co-productions

Brooklyn-based Spanish-language network HITN has signed a deal with Mexican prodco TV Azteca International to co-produce more than 200 hours of the television block “Vida y Salud”.

The new health-focused programming will premiere  on Jan. 14 and run for two hours Monday to Friday in the U.S. on HITN, and in Latin America on AZ Mundo, a TV Azteca International pay-TV network.

“‘Vida y Salud’ is an important brand for HITN. For more than two years, we have been presenting a daily programming block with carefully selected content designed to help U.S. Hispanic audiences make healthful lifestyle choices. By producing our own program we are taking the brand to the next level, generating specialized content that covers the topics of most interest to our viewers,” said Guillermo Sierra, head of television and digital services at HITN, in a statement. “U.S. Hispanics have high rates of chronic illnesses associated with unhealthful lifestyle habits, so HITN has made it part of its mission to provide them with the information they need to make a change for the better.”

“Without doubt, this is just the beginning of a productive relationship for both of our companies. The international distribution arm of TV Azteca will represent the program for licensing around the world, expanding our audience even further,” added Patricia Jasín, VP of TV Azteca International.

Global Agency repping Israeli game show Upgrade

Indie TV content distributor Global Agency is now representing the hit Israeli game show format Upgrade, with plans to expand into major European territories, Latin America and the U.S.

In Upgrade, the host rings doorbells at random, offering homeowners the chance to play from within their homes. After answering trivia questions correctly, contestants can upgrade their home appliances. If they fail to answer correctly, their home appliances are locked and made unusable for a month.

The series was created by Israeli prodco Tanin Productions & TV and has been broadcast in close to 20 territories around the world, including Norway, China, Russia, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, India, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Brazil.

Movie Agency picks up Argentinian doc from Digital Media Rights

Australian sales agency the Movie Agency has acquired seven titles in the U.S. with Digital Media Rights, including the Argentinian doc Cycles.

Cycles is directed by Francisco Pedemonte and follows a 15-year-old cyclist training for the Olympics while approaching adulthood and developing his love life.

The agreement, which includes six scripted titles, was negotiated between Philippe Louis Galliano, CEO of The Movie Agency, and John Stack, programming/acquisitions manager for Digital Media Rights.

All seven films will make their North American premieres, launching across a number of digital services including Amazon Prime, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, Pluto TV, TubiTV, Google Play, FandangoNow, Vudu, Kanopy, Overdrive, and on cable VOD and across Digital Media Rights-owned and operated OTT channels such as Midnight Pulp and Asian Crush.

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