Zeitgeist, Kino Lorber land Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Zeitgeist Films, in association with Kino Lorber, has acquired the U.S. rights to Ric Burns’ Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, which recently held its world premiere at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival.
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life is a tribute to the life and work of the late neurologist and storyteller (pictured), as he shares details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact.
The film features exclusive interviews with Sacks, known for his literary works Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, just weeks after he received a terminal diagnosis and months prior to his death in August 2015. It includes nearly two dozen interviews with family members, colleagues, patients and close friends.
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life is a Vulcan Productions, Steeplechase Films, American Masters Pictures, Motto Pictures, Passion Pictures, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Sandbox Films and Independent Television Service production in association with Artemis Rising Foundation, ARTE and WDR.
It is produced by Leigh Howell, Bonnie Lafave and Kathryn Clinard and executive produced by Paul G. Allen, Carole Tomko, Rocky Collins, Michael Kantor, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Doron Weber, Arthur G. Altschul Jr., Margaret Munzer Loeb, Nion McEvoy, Regina K. Scully, Geralyn White Dreyfous, David Guy Elisco, Sean B. Carroll, Sally Jo Fifer, John Battsek, Nicole Stott and Greg Boustead.
Parade Media, Outdoor Channel partner for Asia
Outdoor Channel and indie distributor Parade Media have struck a content and equity partnership for Asia.
The American pay-TV channel will license several hundred hours of Parade Media’s content. The distributor, with operations in London, Miami, Sydney and Singapore, will become a strategic equity partner in the Outdoor Channel.
The partnership also involved the launch of lifestyle brand MyLife, which will air nightly as a prime time block on Outdoor Channel throughout South East and North Asia, with Australia and New Zealand to follow later.
Initial titles making up the block include Andy and Ben Eat the World (season one, 15 x 30 minutes; season three, 4 x 30 minutes); Into the Outback with Abbey Holmes (9 x 30 minutes); My Sri Lanka with Peter Kuruvita (10 x 30 minutes; 1 x 60 minute special); Xscape (season one, 10 x 30 minutes; season two, 10 x 30 minutes); The Ultimate Rush (season one, 10 x 30 minutes; season two, 10 x 30 minutes); and Wild Lives (3 x 60 minutes).
Don’t Block the Numbers wins ATF Formats Pitch
Gamaliel Paulus S. (Gammy) took home the ATF Formats Pitch award for the game show Don’t Block the Numbers at the Asia TV Forum and Market in Singapore on Dec. 6.
Gammy received US$2,572 (SGD$3,500) to develop the format, where the amount of money contestants can earn is tied to the number of clues revealed.
The concept was selected out of 36 entries, which were subsequently narrowed down to four finalists. Winning the ATF Formats Pitch will support Gammy in connecting with commissioners, investors and co-production partners to potentially bring Don’t Block the Numbers to Asian and global platforms.
This year’s winners of the ATF Animation, Chinese and Formats Pitches were announced after a series of on-stage pitches where finalists presented their ideas to panels of judges comprising producers and commissioning editors.
Organized by Reed Exhibitions, ATF Formats Pitch serves as a pitching competition designed to discover innovative concepts for new and original non-scripted entertainment formats from the pan-Asian region.