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Extra: Gotham Awards reveals joint doc winners; Pact teams with DiVA

Time, Thousand Cuts tapped Gotham Award winners The 30th Annual IFP Gotham Awards winners were unveiled last night (Jan. 11) during a hybrid live/virtual ceremony streamed from Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. ...
January 12, 2021

Time, Thousand Cuts tapped Gotham Award winners

The 30th Annual IFP Gotham Awards winners were unveiled last night (Jan. 11) during a hybrid live/virtual ceremony streamed from Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Two documentaries shared the acceptance stage at the awards with Time and A Thousand Cuts being jointly awarded Best Documentary.

Garrett Bradley’s Time charts the 20-year journey of Sibil Fox Richardson as she fought for the release of her husband serving an excessive 60-year prison sentence, kaleidoscopically interweaving years of home movie diaries that movingly reveal the love and loss in this family’s separation. Time was produced by Lauren Domino, Kellen Quinn, and Garrett Bradley, and released by Amazon Studios.

A Thousand Cuts, directed by Ramona S. Diaz, follows Maria Ressa, a renowned journalist who is a top target of President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on the news media in the Philippines. The film was produced by Ramona S. Diaz, Leah Marino, Julie Goldman,Christopher Clements, and Carolyn Hepburn, and was released by PBS Distribution | ‘Frontline.’

The Best Documentary jury included Petra Costa, Thomas Allen Harris, Ellen Kuras, Stephen Maing, and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, with the joint award being presented by television host, author and former model Padma Lakshmi.

The IFP Gotham Awards, selected by juries and presented in New York City, are the first honors of the film awards season.

Pact to offer indies chance to participate in Government Kickstart Scheme

The UK’s film and television trade association Pact has teamed with DiVA, a media industry apprenticeships provider, to offer its members the opportunity to take part in the British government’s Kickstart Scheme.

The scheme is part of the British government’s initiative, Plan for Jobs, announced last summer, which aims to create jobs for young people aged 16-24 who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

According to the press announcement, employers will offer a six-month placement to an individual and receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrollment pension contributions.

Due to a high level of interest from Pact members, the organization partnered with DiVA to offer the initiative to Pact members. DiVA, an official Kickstart Gateway Organization, will also offer up a similar Kickstart Scheme for the music industry.

This employment opportunity is open to Pact member companies across England, Scotland and Wales who can offer a placement or placements which meet the criteria. The scheme is not currently available in Northern Ireland.

Roselyne Brouillet to head international activities at Trio Orange

In its bid to expand internationally, Montreal-based Trio Orange has hired Roselyne Brouillet as director of international distribution and business development.

Trio Orange, which specializes in both scripted and non-scripted content including factual shows How Much for This House and Animal Shelter, has tasked Brouillet with procuring partnerships and business opportunities. She will work to secure new distribution deals for the catalog of content across the international market.

Brouillet comes to Trio Orange with more than 20 years of experience in the television industry, having worked as a commissioner, buyer, programmer, producer and distributor of content. She also brings established relationships with global players to move the Quebec company into a stronger position worldwide.

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