Extra: CCA Real TV Awards opens call for entries; Abacus Media takes rights to Dan Reed’s U.S. Capitol doc

Submissions open for the Critics Choice Real TV Awards The Critics Choice Association and non-fiction producers’ organization NPACT has opened submissions for the third annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards. The Critics ...
February 22, 2021

Submissions open for the Critics Choice Real TV Awards

The Critics Choice Association and non-fiction producers’ organization NPACT has opened submissions for the third annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards.

The Critics Choice Real TV Awards were launched in 2019 when the CCA and NPACT teamed to create an awards platform dedicated to the unscripted genre. The awards celebrate programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, and also recognize industry leaders with special awards highlighting career achievements.

Shows are eligible if at least six episodes premiered between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021 to at least 50% of the total potential U.S. television market.

The Critics Choice Association monitors all submissions and will select the nominees in all competitive categories. NPACT will lead the selection of non-competitive discretionary awards. A blue-ribbon nominating committee made up of CCA members with expertise in non-fiction, unscripted and reality programming will determine the nominees. Winners will be chosen by a vote of the CCA membership.

The deadline for early submissions (with fee discount) is Monday March 22, with regular deadline Friday May 14. Nominations will be announced on June 2, with winners announced on June 21. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the format of the awards presentation is yet to be determined.

Abacus Media Rights nabs international rights to “Four Hours at the Capitol”

UK-based Abacus Media Rights (AMR), a member of the Amcomri Media Group, has landed international rights (excluding the UK) to Four Hours at the Capitol (pictured) the upcoming feature documentary, produced by Dan Reed (Leaving Neverland).

Commissioned by BBC Two, the film is an investigative account of the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. Using a timeline of events, the film has a cast of characters including people from security services, law enforcement, legislators, politicians, mainstream and alternative press and the various tribes within the mass of rioters and protesters. The film will not have voice-over, and instead will be narrated by key participants and insiders. The 90-minute documentary feature, which will deliver in September 2021, is directed by award-winning Jamie Roberts (The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty).

Fremantle, Plimsoll Productions and Magnify Media strike deal for “Good With Wood”

Fremantle, Plimsoll Productions and Magnify Media have inked a multi-territory deal for Good With Wood, an original format.

The competition series sees woodworkers take on challenges that test their skills. Set in a purpose-built workshop, contestants are tested on large scale builds as well as modern and traditional woodworking skills. As the series continues and the woodworkers are cut down one by one, the builds become bigger, bolder and more creative. Contestants will live together on location.

Fremantle has acquired the format production rights from distributor Magnify Media in Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Hungary, Belgium North and South, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Poland, Israel, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Australia.

The series will launch on Channel 4 in the UK this Spring.

 Cosmic Cat secures UK theatrical distribution rights to “Killing Escobar”

Theatrical distribution specialist Cosmic Cat has secured the UK cinematic rights to documentary thriller Killing Escobar.  The film is scheduled for a virtual release through independent cinemas on March 12.

The doc feature follows Scottish mercenary and ex-SAS operative, Peter McAleese, who was hired by a Colombian drug cartel to lead a team of ex-special forces commandos on a mission to assassinate drug baron, Pablo Escobar in 1989. With access to footage of the mission and interviews with McAleese and other key players such as fellow mercenary Dave Tomkins, Killing Escobar reveals how McAleese’s violent upbringing in Glasgow, his training in the SAS and experience as a mercenary in Africa led him to this mission in the jungles of Colombia.

Killing Escobar is coproduced by Two Rivers Media and Salon Pictures, was commissioned by BBC Scotland and received major production investment from Abacus Media Rights, who hold international distribution rights, and The National Lottery through Screen Scotland. Directed by David Whitney, it will receive its world premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival on March 7.

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