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Extra: Drive takes Australia doc; Canadian Screen Awards nominees unveiled

Drive to distribute Australian bushfire doc ITN Productions has appointed UK-based production funding and distribution agency Drive to distribute the feature-length documentary Australia on Fire: Climate Emergency globally. The film (pictured), produced by ...
February 18, 2020

Drive to distribute Australian bushfire doc

ITN Productions has appointed UK-based production funding and distribution agency Drive to distribute the feature-length documentary Australia on Fire: Climate Emergency globally.

The film (pictured), produced by ITN Productions for British pubcaster Channel 4, tells the story of the Australian wildfires through first-hand accounts from firefights and rescue teams.

Channel 4 News reporter Kylie Morris examines the long-term impacts of the fires on Australia’s animal population and ecology. The program also hears from wildlife experts and residents who escaped their burning homes, as well as those who “lost everything in the fires.”

Australia on Fire: Climate Emergency premiered Feb. 3. It is directed by Ariel White and executive produced by George Waldrum.

Canadian Academy unveils 2020 nominees

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television has revealed the nominees for the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards, comprising of 141 film, television and digital media categories.

Nominees for the Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary category include: Pedro Pires’ Alexandre Le FouMartha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni’s Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind; Charles Officer’s Invisible Essence: The Little Prince; Tasha Hubbard’s Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up; and Matt Gallagher’s Prey.

In the Best Short Documentary category, the nominees are: Andrew Moir’s Take Me to Prom; Samuel Matteau, Yannick Nolin and Guillaume Fournier’s Acadiana; Jason Young’s Gun Killers; Carol Nguyen’s No Crying at the Dinner Table; and Christopher Auchter’s Now is the Time.

The awards will be presented in Toronto over five days during Canadian Screen Week, running March 23-29 and culminating in a broadcast gala at Meridian Hall on March 29.

Nominees were selected by nominating juries and members of the Canadian Academy, with Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta serving as chair of the film jury alongside representatives from the production, acting and media industries.

Insight TV partners with fuboTV

Linear and digital service Insight TV has struck a distribution deal for its high definition channel with sports- and news-focused live TV streaming service fuboTV.

As part of the deal, fuboTV subscribers will receive Insight TV’s linear HD channel when they subscribe to the Adventure Plus add-on channel package.

The package includes programming from Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network, Outside TV and MAVTV.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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