Extra: Food Network’s Halloween specials slate; DocuBay picks up Albatross titles

Food Network announces Halloween specials Food Network and Discovery+ have unveiled their programming slate for Halloween, including several new themed specials. Road to Halloween Wars, premiering September 19, sets up the new ...
August 6, 2021

Food Network announces Halloween specials

Food Network and Discovery+ have unveiled their programming slate for Halloween, including several new themed specials.

Road to Halloween Wars, premiering September 19, sets up the new season of Halloween Wars (which features paranormal investigator and Ghost Adventures star Zak Bagans) with a look at how each of the the competitors were selected, spotlighting 15 cake and sugar artists as they prepare to show off their skills and compete for the grand prize.

Worst Cooks in America: Halloween Redemption 2, which debuts on September 26, follows four terrible cooks as they face off under the guidance of chefs Anne Burrell and Michael Symon (pictured) with a $5,000 kitchen upgrade on the line.

And on Kids Baking Championship: Oh My Gourd!, airing on October 18, four returning kid bakers compete to create the most impressive 3D pumpkin patch pinata cake, with the winner receiving a package of baking equipment and goods worth $10,000.

In addition to a new season of Halloween Wars, Food Network’s Halloween-themed programming will also include Halloween Baking Championship returning with host comedian John Henson and Outrageous Pumpkins hosted by actress Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother), as well as similarly-themed episodes of network staples The Big Bake, Delicious Miss Brown, Guy’s Ranch Kitchen, Girl Meets Farm, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman and Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.

DocuBay acquires Albatross World Sales titles

Mumbai-based membership VOD platform DocuBay, part of the IN10 Media Network, has acquired a range of premium documentary titles from German indie distributor Albatross World Sales.

The deal includes more than 20 documentaries in the nature, science and history categories, including Giants with Mud Feet and Canary Islands – In the Shadows of the Volcanoes. The films will be available for streaming globally on DocuBay in more than 170 countries.

“We are pleased to partner with Albatross World Sales, whose library includes a range of unique documentaries and factual, which are in line with DocuBay’s diverse line-up. Our strategy has always been to provide the audience with premium content, in various genres, from across the world,” Adita Jain, senior associate vice president of acquisition & syndication for IN10 Media Network, said in a release.

Hot Docs launches podcast development lab

North America’s biggest documentary film festival has launched a year-round podcast development lab for emerging Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) creators in Canada, created in partnership with the Inspirit Foundation.

Hot Docs will provide five fellowships for “non-fiction series ideas in the early stages of development.”

The Hot Docs podcast development lab will enable participants to work with seasoned audio creators and mentors to develop their story ideas, hone their skills and navigate their way to podcast industry success, with each project receiving a $1,000 grant to support development.

It is the fourth incentive-driven program Hot Docs has created for the Hot Docs Annual Podcast Festival, joining programs such as the Hot Docs Career Accelerator; the Opening Act Program and Creators Forum.

Seven creators and five projects were selected for the inaugural 2021 lab, which will continue through to the end of September.

The five projects are:

20 Red Flags - Creators: Nicole Doucette and Lucas Kavanagh (Vancouver)
The story of Bre-X, a small Canadian mining company that pulled off the world’s biggest gold mining fraud.

Exceptionalisn’t - Creator: Melissa Haughton (Toronto)
A podcast that steps outside of our definitions of Black excellence and sitting with the messy, challenging and joyful stories that exist on the other side.

Made Up Words - Creator: Isabelle Ruiz De La Orden (Montréal)
Examining Canadian summer camps and their reliance on Indigenous dispossession and exploitation to foster meaningful nature and land-bound experiences for largely non-Indigenous children.

Money No Get Enemy - Creators: Oshamimi Mayaki and Alexandra Sproule (Toronto)
The story of Middle Ages caravan money, in all its forms, and what happened to all that wealth.

Stories My Grandma Never Told Me - Creator: Sarena Parmar (Toronto)
Uncovering the unconventional figures and untold histories of the Sikh-Canadian community.

“We’re thrilled to welcome these seven creators to participate in our inaugural Podcast Development Lab,” said Hot Docs managing director Alan Black in a statement.

“Their projects got us excited both by the important and rich stories they are aiming to tell as well as their dynamic and creative approaches. We’re so pleased to be able to provide these up-and-coming podcasters with the mentorship they need to further develop their project and bring it to the next level.”

In order to apply for the lab, principal applicants must be BIPOC, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, an emerging or sophomore storyteller, and have a non-fiction podcast series idea in early development.

The selection committee includes Toronto podcasters and producers Al Donato (Born and Raised, HuffPost Canada) Aliya Pabani (We Are Not the Virus, Apple Podcasts) and Stephanie McArthur, senior industry programs manager for Hot Docs.

With files from Nick Krewen via Playback 

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