Extra: “For Sama” takes four BAFTA noms; Love Nature expands into Central Europe

For Sama nominated in four BAFTA categories Waad al-Khateab and Edward Watts’s For Sama (pictured) has been nominated in four categories at the BAFTA 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards. The only film nominated ...
January 7, 2020

For Sama nominated in four BAFTA categories

Waad al-Khateab and Edward Watts’s For Sama (pictured) has been nominated in four categories at the BAFTA 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards.

The only film nominated outside the Documentary category, the feature-length doc earned noms in the Outstanding British Film; Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer; and Film Not in the English Language categories.

For Sama tells the story of a young woman’s journey through love, war and motherhood across five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria.

The film has won numerous awards and honors already, including prizes from the British Independent Film Awards, IDA Documentary Awards, IDFA and Cinema Eye.

Other nominees in the Documentary category were American Factory (Dir. Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert), Apollo 11 (Dir. Todd Douglas Miller), Diego Maradona (Dir. Asif Kapadia) and The Great Hack (Dir. Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim).

Winners will be announced at a ceremony taking place on Feb. 2.

Love Nature grows footprint in Central Europe

Blue Ant Media is expanding Love Nature’s presence in the European market through a newly inked deal with Antik Telecom in Slovakia.

Brokered by Chiara McKee, Blue Ant’s VP of kids and global networks for EMEA, the deal includes hundreds of hours of Love Nature originals such as Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs, four-part diving series Great Blue Wild and Monkey Island, about an ancient Sri Lankan citadel that has been claimed by monkeys.

Love Nature has made inroads in the European market over the past two years, most recently signing a multi-year deal with European pay-TV operator Sky in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. The deal with Antik Telecom also expands Love Nature’s Slovakian footprint, after the channel launched on the M7-owned pay-TV platform Skylink in June 2019.

Other recent deals have seen the natural history channel launch in Switzerland and the Netherlands (via IPTV platform Swisscom and Netherlands-based TV service KPN, respectively). As well, the Love Nature SVOD service is available in more than 60 countries internationally, including the UK via Amazon.

(With files from Playback’s Jordan Pinto)

Nominees for 31st annual Producers Guild Awards unveiled

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has revealed the unscripted nominees for its 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards.

The awards ceremony celebrates the best work in production for the year, and gives the PGA an opportunity to honor “some of the living legends who have shaped our profession.”

The 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards will be held on Jan. 18 at The Hollywood Palladium hotel in Los Angeles. Non-scripted nominees are listed below.

Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television

30 for 30 (Season 10)
Producers: TBD

60 Minutes (Season 51, Season 52)
Producers: TBD

Leaving Neverland
Producers: TBD

Queer Eye (Season 3, Season 4)
Producers: David Collins, Michael Williams, Rob Eric, Jennifer Lane, Jordana Hochman, Rachelle Mendez, Mark Bracero

Surviving R. Kelly (Season 1)
Producers:  TBD

Outstanding Producer of Game & Competition Television

The Amazing Race (Season 31)
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri, Mark Vertullo, Phil Keoghan

The Masked Singer (Season 1)
Producers: TBD

RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 11)
Producers: TBD

Top Chef (Season 16)
Producers: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Doneen Arquines, Casey Kriley, Tara Siener, Justin Rae Barnes, Blake Davis, Patrick Schmedeman, Wade Sheeler, Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Elida Carbajal Araiza, Brian Fowler, Caitlin Rademaekers, Steve Lichtenstein, Emily Van Bergen

The Voice (Season 16, Season 17)
Producers: John de Mol, Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson, Teddy Valenti, Kyley Tucker, Carson Daly

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