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Extra: Canadian docs receive Sundance grant; “For Sama” nominated for RTS award

Canadian docs receive Sundance grant Two Canadian documentaries have been selected for the Sundance Institute | Luminate Fund. Influence, directed by Diana Neille and Richard Poplak, and Softie, directed by Sam ...
January 30, 2020

Canadian docs receive Sundance grant

Two Canadian documentaries have been selected for the Sundance Institute | Luminate Fund. Influence, directed by Diana Neille and Richard Poplak, and Softie, directed by Sam Soko, are among six recipients for the fund, which gives a grant to indie filmmakers whose documentary or narrative work shows potential for social and cultural impact, with a focus on supporting post-production and campaigns.

Both docs are in competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. EyeSteelFilm’s Bob Moore is a producer on Influence and an executive producer on Softie. The fund was first established in 2019.

For Sama picks up RTS nomination

The Royal Television Society (RTS) unveiled the nominations for its 2020 Television Journalism Awards on Thursday (Jan. 30).

Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ Oscar-nominated For Sama (pictured; ITN Productions for Channel 4) was nominated in the Current Affairs – International category.

British pubcaster BBC leads the way with 28 nominations overall across 17 of the 19 categories, followed by ITV with 10 nominations.

The awards will be presented on Feb. 26 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

WeMake sells Split Screen to Talpa Network

Talpa Network has commissioned the game format Split Screen, co-developed by production studio WeMake, for broadcast on SBS6 in Spring 2020.

The quiz show, hosted by Dutch television personality Rolf Wouters, will see duos of participants competition to win up to €100,000. For each question, two images or videos are displayed on an LED screen next to each other. Both images represent a number — such as age, height or length — and it’s up to the contestants to give an answer anywhere between the two numbers.

Tinopolis USA ups Chi Kephart

Long-time Tinopolis USA executive Chi Kephart has been promoted to head of business affairs and general counsel.

The role includes oversight of all business and legal affairs for prodcos A. Smith & Co. and Magical Elves.

Formerly, Kephart served as the company’s EVP of business and legal affairs and general counsel. She joined Magical Elves in 2008 and began working with A.Smith & Co. Productions and A. Smith & Co. Dox after Tinopolis’ acquisition of Magical Elves in 2014.

Prior to that, she served as a business and legal affairs executive at various entertainment companies including ABC Entertainment, Fremantle Media, The Walt Disney Co. and Paramount Studios.

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