Smithsonian expands to Brazilian marketplace
U.S. headquartered Smithsonian Channel is continuing to expand its international footprint by launching into the Brazilian market.
The channel’s linear and VOD services are now available to customers in Brazil via NET (channel 590), the largest cable TV operator in Latin America.
The launch marks the channel’s second international roll out of the year, following launches in the UK and Ireland earlier this year. In May of last year, it launched throughout other Latin American territories in high definition on Channel 1747, and was made available on the Oro HD package in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and the non-U.S. Caribbean. Smithsonian Channel is also available in Canada and Singapore.
Smithsonian Channel has partnered with media company Grupo Bandeirantes de Comunicacao on the Brazilian launch. The company will handle operations management, scheduling, ad sales, affiliate sales and marketing advisory for the network in Brazil.
Smithsonian Channel’s programming spans a range of non-fiction topics, including history, travel, air and space, science, nature and pop culture. Forthcoming series and documentaries slated to land on the Brazilian channel include the Elizabeth McGovern-hosted Million Dollar American Princesses, which chronicles the true stories behind celebrated unions of heiresses from the U.S. who wed British nobility at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries; the six-part America’s Secret Space Heroes, which explores some of the world’s greatest space endeavors through first-hand accounts; the six-part Mummies Alive, which uncovers the stories behind the world’s most enigmatic mummies; and the four-part natural history series Epic Yellowstone.
All3Media Int’l sends Catch Me Out to Brazil
Global distributor All3Media International is sending its entertainment format Catch Me Out (pictured) to Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo.
The localized format will be produced in-house by TV Globo, with an initial 4 x 40-minute run. The deal also gives TV Globo the option to produce a further five episodes.
Originally produced by Glitterbox and Fizz in the UK, Catch Me Out follows everyday people as they train over a four-week period with mentors to master a different performance, from acrobatics to opera singing. Once the month is up, each contestant will perform in front of a studio audience in an attempt to convince them that they are in fact professional entertainers. The contestant who has managed to fool the most members of the audience goes home with a prize.
The localized adaptation of Catch Me Out will air as part of Globo’s popular Sunday evening primetime show Domingão do Faustão, which features a blend of live music performances and interviews combined with special segments.
DOC Institute launches award to support Canadian docs
Canada’s DOC Institute Breakthrough Program is celebrating its 15th year with the launch of a new award aimed at supporting the future of the Canadian documentary industry.
The inaugural Breakthrough Development Award will be presented to two 2019 participants who have completed its rigorous and intimate market-preparation course for emerging producers. Each participant will receive a CA$20,000 cash prize from the Rogers Group of Funds; a development deal from Canadian pubcaster CBC; and mentorship and professional development support from the DOC Institute.
Participants for the 2019 Breakthrough Development Award include filmmakers Betty Xie, Jamie Miller, Polina Teif, Colin Scheyen, Lesley Johnson, Qais Pasha, Eui Yong Zong, and Lulu Wei.
The selected Breakthrough participants are pitching their projects today (April 29) before a jury of industry experts. The two winning entries will be announced and presented at the DOC Fête on Thursday (May 2) at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto.
“The Breakthrough Program helps producers develop the skills and confidence to pitch and sell their projects during the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival and beyond, building valuable connections with the Canadian industry and with those attending from around the world,” said Karen Thorne-Stone, president & CEO at Ontario Creates, in a statement.