Extra: NHK, IPC to co-produce Paralympics doc; Athena Film Festival launches award

NHK, IPC partner on official Paralympics doc Japan pubcaster NHK and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have struck a deal to co-produce the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics official documentary. The film will premiere ...
December 12, 2019

NHK, IPC partner on official Paralympics doc

Japan pubcaster NHK and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have struck a deal to co-produce the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics official documentary.

The film will premiere on the Japanese broadcaster before its release both in Japan and abroad.

“NHK has since 1964 engaged in Paralympic broadcasts. The co-production film will capture the infinite human potential through athletes’ efforts to challenge the competition and will aim to promote the understandings, interests, and supports for the Paralympics to build a diverse and inclusive society,” NHK said in a statement.

Athena Film Festival introduces new award

New York-set Athena Film Festival will present its inaugural Athena Breakthrough Award,  recognizing a first- or second-time filmmaker who identifies as a woman, at its 2020 event.

The filmmaker will be awarded for a feature-length narrative or documentary film that features a “fierce and fearless woman leader” at the center of the story.

Films must not have secured U.S. distribution prior to Jan. 1, 2020.

The winner will be announced at the 10th annual Athena Film Festival in New York on Feb. 26. The director will receive a US$25,000 grant, sponsored by Netflix, and the film will screen at the festival.

Scorpion TV secures raft of int’l sales

London-headquartered producer-distributor Scorpion TV has concluded a number of deals in the UK, U.S., Canada, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and the Middle East.

The kids SVOD Azoomee, covering the U.S. and UK, picked up the children’s wildlife series’ Siyaya: Come Wild With Us (26 x 30 minutes) and Siyaya: Wildest Cape (13 x 30 minutes), produced by South Africa’s Francois Odendaal Productions.

Both series were also acquired by Sonar Media in the Ukraine in addition to The Royal Tour (3 x 60 minutes; Check Six Productions); Notorious (10 x 45 minutes; IPC); and Destination Craft (13 x 30 minutes; Namaste Group Productions).

Poland’s TVP, meanwhile, has picked up a raft of documentaries, including: The Twinning Reaction (56 minutes; Fire Horse Pictures); Korsviken Natur’s The Art of Nature (2 x 52 minutes); Lives Well Lived (52 minutes; Sky Bergman); Chile: A Wild Journey (52 minutes; Equilibrio Films and Nedo Productions); The University (52 minutes; RocNoir); and The Search for the Mona Lisa (52 minutes; Pantheon Studios).

Natrueka Films’ The Nature of Invention (52 minutes) went to U.S.-based Films Media Group. CBC in Canada acquired Forgiving The Unforgiveable (52 minutes; Emergence Pictures).

Al Jazeera in the Middle East picked up a package of titles including: Forgiving The UnforgiveableBritain: A Year of Hate Crime (45 minutes; Century Films); Lives Well Lived; The Art of Nature; The Corridor (52 minutes; The Corridor Documentary Project); The Nature of Invention; The Search for Mona Lisa; The University; and White Kid Brown Kid (52 minutes; Windfall Films).

Quintus Media lands Maximus Film content deals

Global producer-distributor Quintus Media, headquartered in Berlin, has secured several sales for content from factual indie Maximus Film.

Season three of The Most Dangerous Ways to School (pictured; 3 x 60 minutes) has been acquired by Polish pubcaster Polsat Play, German media company High View Group for its documentary channel Planet TV, and broadcaster TVB for Hong Kong and Macau, China.

High View Group also acquired Maximus Film’s documentary series Planet School (3 x 60 minutes).

Quintus Media has also concluded a deal for Planet School with Poland’s documentary channel Spektrum for season two (5 x 60 minutes) and three. It also re-licensed the first two seasons to Iplanet Entertainment Inc. for South Korea.

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