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TLC orders 90 Day Fiancé spin-offs for Facebook Watch Discovery-owned lifestyle network TLC has expanded its digital originals slate with the launch of two 90 Day Fiancé unscripted spin-offs for Facebook Watch. Anchoring the slate is Ask Mama Chantel from ...
October 14, 2020

TLC orders 90 Day Fiancé spin-offs for Facebook Watch

Discovery-owned lifestyle network TLC has expanded its digital originals slate with the launch of two 90 Day Fiancé unscripted spin-offs for Facebook Watch.

Anchoring the slate is Ask Mama Chantel from Industrial Media’s Sharp Entertainment, which follows Karen Everett (The Family Chantel) as she answers fans’ questions about love and family drama.

Meanwhile, Spice it Up with David & Annie (pictured) will offer an intimate kitchen experience with the Pillow Talk duo as they reveal how to recreate their favorite Thai-inspired meals.

Ask Mama Chantel premieres on Facebook Watch Oct. 22, while Spice it Up with David & Annie debuts Oct. 28.

“David, Annie and Chantel’s mom Karen are three larger-than-life personalities whom fans have fallen in love with over several season and spin-offs of the 90 Day franchise,” said TLC president and GM Howard Lee in a statement. “While we continue to lead with women audiences in cable, partnering with Facebook Watch lets us go deeper with current 90 Day devotees and expand to all-new digital audiences.”

Limonero Films strikes Disney deals

Disney Latin America has acquired six episodes of Inside the Storm (17 x 40 minutes) for National Geographic from London- and Barcelona-based boutique distributor Limonero Films.

Inside the Storm delves into the high pressure decisions and risks taken in corporate boardrooms.

Limonero has also sold blue chip documentary Iberia: A Land of Passions (1 x 52 minutes), about several species and their mating routines in the Iberian peninsula, to Nat Geo Wild in Asia and the Middle East.

With files from Jillian Morgan

MIPCOM ’20: Jake and Charice, Employable Me take Diversify Awards

MIPCOM organizer Reed Midem has unveiled the winning programs for the fourth annual MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards.

Dedicated to celebrating and promoting “diversity and inclusion in all forms across the international television industry,” the awards recognize scripted and non-scripted projects that have been launched in the past 12 months or with a season “presenting a marked change to the storyline embracing representation, diversity and inclusion.”

This year’s winning titles were selected by charitable organizations and specialized publications that campaign for equality and inclusion, including Fondation Mozaïk, GADIM, GLAAD, Mencap, Minority Rights Group, OutRight Action International, SCOPE, Show Racism the Red Card and Stonewall.

The 2020 MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards were broadcast online Tuesday evening (Oct. 13) via MIPCOM Online+. The awards are part of the MIPCOM content market, which takes place digitally this year from Oct. 12 to 16. 

The winning non-fiction programs are listed below, with credits provided by Reed Midem:

Representation of LGBTQ+

Jake and Charice
Production: Documentary Japan, NHK, NHK Enterprises, ABS-CBN
Distributor: N/A
Original Broadcaster: NHK
Country: Japan, Philippines

Representation of Disability

Employable Me Canada
Production: Thomas Howe Associates Inc.
Distributor: all3media International
Original Broadcaster: Accessible Media Inc. (AMI), TV0 (TV Ontario)
Country: Canada

Representation of Race and Ethnicity

The School That Tried To End Racism      
Production: Proper Content
Distributor: Banijay Rights
Original Broadcaster: Channel 4
Country: UK

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