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Extra: Tribeca opens 2022 submissions; Abacus sells “The Beatles and India” doc

Tribeca opens submissions for 2022 festival Tribeca has opened submissions for its 2022 festival and unveiled an award for films spotlighting pressing issues around climate, conservation and the natural world. The interdisciplinary, ...
September 21, 2021

Tribeca opens submissions for 2022 festival

Tribeca has opened submissions for its 2022 festival and unveiled an award for films spotlighting pressing issues around climate, conservation and the natural world.

The interdisciplinary, juried award will recognize the best environmental stories of the year, with a cash prize presented to one project across the entire festival program.

The prize will be earmarked for a global impact campaign to maximize the reach of the film’s message and the action it generates.

Works in all festival sections are eligible including: feature and short films; narrative and documentary; immersive experiences; games; episodic; and podcasts. 

Tribeca Film Festival’s 2022 edition will run June 8 to 19.

Abacus sells The Beatles and India

Abacus Media Rights, a member of the Amcomri Media Group, has sold a new feature documentary on the Fab Four.

The Beatles and India (pictured) is a 96-minute film produced by Ren/oir Pictures, a Silver Screen Company, on the enduring love between the band and the Indian subcontinent. The film has thus far been sold to Channel 4 in the UK, BritBox North America for exclusive rights in the U.S. and Canada, HBO Max in Latin America, Foxtel in Australia, Rialto Channel in New Zealand, Channel One in Russia and A Contracorriente Films in Spain.

The film is inspired by Ajoy Bose’s book Across the Universe – The Beatles in India, with Bose making his directorial debut on the film. Silva Screen Music Group founder and CEO Reynold D’Silva is the film’s producer.

Abacus managing director Jonathan Ford said in a release that the film uses rare archival footage, unseen recordings and photographs, eye-witness accounts and stunning location shoots across India to tell this story.

PBS launches health and wellness digital series, VITALS

U.s. pubcaster PBS is launching a digital series on health, wellness and the human body.

VITALS seeks definitive answers to health-related questions and will debut as a YouTube channel and Instagram account on Sept. 30. The launch will kick off a 30-episode series, beginning with a debut episode on what children need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine.

The series is hosted by medical professionals Dr. Alok Patel and registered nurse Sheena Williams, and will take on hot-button topics like whether doctors and nurses treat people differently based on their race or background, the effects of medical cannabis and the future of the COVID-19 pandemic. The episodes will feature evidence-based tips for healthy living, trusted and relatable information, and cover health news and high-profile events.

“No health topic should be taboo or off-the-table. If you ditch the fancy jargon and white coats, medicine is about humans talking to humans. VITALS will bridge that gap in health communication with a relatable voice,” Patel said in a release.

The series is a co-production and partnership between the Global Health Reporting Center and PBS Digital Studios. Caleb Hellerman will serve as executive producer on the series, with Trina Espinoza acting as producer.

CANAL+ to acquire majority stake in SPI International

Canal+ Group is joining force with SPI International, the companies announced on Monday (Sept. 20).

SPI International is a global media company operating 42 TV channels and multiple digital products across six continents. CANAL+ will acquire a 70% majority stake in SPI while maintaining the current management team and operational structure.

CANAL+ Group itself is a global pay-TV operator and a major player in free-to-air TV in France. The group has a wide footprint with a presence in 40 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. The group acquired the M7 Group platform in 2019, and totals 22 million subscribers worldwide.

The group has said the new acquisition of SPI International will help expand its strategy of investing in content and reinforce its offers in different markets.

With files from Jillian Morgan

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