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Extra: LA, NY film critics recognize “Time”; ZDF Enterprises takes Octopus doc

LACFA, NY Film Critics Circle recognize Time Garrett Bradley’s feature-length documentary Time (pictured) was recognized this weekend by both the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). The ...
December 21, 2020

LACFA, NY Film Critics Circle recognize Time

Garrett Bradley’s feature-length documentary Time (pictured) was recognized this weekend by both the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA).

The New York Film Critics Circle presented Time, a portrait of a family’s struggle over years of incarceration, with the award for Best Non-fiction Film.

Special Awards we given to Spike Lee for his short film New York New York and for “advocating for a better society through cinema”, and to distributor Kino Lorber for its creation of Kino Marquee, a virtual cinema distribution service.

Time also took home the award for Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film, as awarded by the LAFCA. Alexander Nanau’s Collective was runner-up.

ZDF Enterprises to distribute In Touch with a Giant Pacific Octopus

Mainz, Germany-based ZDF Enterprises has secured the global rights to distribute In Touch with a Giant Pacific Octopus (1 x 50 minutes).

The documentary from wildlife filmmaker and marine biologist Florian Graner is a NDR Naturfilm and Doclights Production in association with ARTE, ORF.

In Touch with a Giant Pacific Octopus highlights the  intelligence of these creatures by following the developments of a young female giant octopus at a marine science center.

ZDF Enterprises is launching the film to the global market this month.

Media Ranch shops Stung Bitten Burned format 

Montreal-headquartered format production and distribution outfit Media Ranch has announced production and option orders for factual wildlife experimental series Stung Bitten Burned.

The format is part of its portfolio from Danish broadcaster DR, which Media Ranch has represented exclusively around the globe since 2019.

The Netherlands will air the 10-episode series — originally produced by Made By Us for DR Ultra — in January on NPO3, produced by BNNVARA.

Another local adaptation has been commissioned in Belgium for 2021, with the broadcaster yet to be announced; while Delta Studio has optioned the format in Sweden.

Stung Bitten Burned explores what actually happens when a host gets stung, bitten and burned by different local an­imals such as ants, bees, spiders, rats, maggots and leeches.

Media Ranch has designed the format as quick turnaround, promising past production thanks to limited crews and the absence of a studio audience, for example.

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