Extra: DOK Leipzig attendance; Endemol Shine Israel’s new dating format

DOK Leipzig reveals hybrid attendance numbers Organizers for the 64th edition of DOK Leipzig announced that the 2021 event saw 38,950 visits to its in-person events and online programs. Both accredited professionals ...
November 25, 2021

DOK Leipzig reveals hybrid attendance numbers

Organizers for the 64th edition of DOK Leipzig announced that the 2021 event saw 38,950 visits to its in-person events and online programs.

Both accredited professionals and the general public attended screenings and in-person events open to the public at 11 different venues a total of 16,957 times. Around 80% of the available seats were occupied, which was seen as a positive outcome for the first edition of the festival to be held mainly in person in Leipzig since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was still subject to restrictions. Public events were limited to vaccinated, recovered or tested individuals, and distancing measures were in place, meaning that about half of the seats at the various venues were available.

“This year, a genuine festival atmosphere returned,” said festival director Christoph Terhechte in a statement. “After experiencing last year’s festival without guests, what pleased me most was the opportunity for personal interaction. Filmmakers and attendees have shared this impression. The decision to focus primarily on an in-person festival in Leipzig despite the challenging circumstances proved to be the right one. Nonetheless, lots of people took advantage of the opportunity to attend the festival from afar.”

The industry platform DOK Industry was held in hybrid form for the first time, and hosted several events both online and in Leipzig. About 1,400 accredited professionals took part in the available hybrid networking opportunities, including some 500 people participating online from around the world. Offerings included the DOK Co-Pro Market, the rough-cut presentations of DOK Preview, the online video library DOK Film Market, the XR conference DOK Exchange, the “Meet the Experts” forum and a series of podcasts on industry topics.

Endemol Shine Israel launches Mystery Star Date format

Banijay’s Endemol Shine Israel has developed a new dating format, Mystery Star Date, a celebrity-focused social experiment, dating show hybrid that uses motion capture technology.

The format lets celebrities use personalized avatars to hide their identities as they court non-famous suitors, allowing them to be themselves as they seek a genuine connection. At the end of the show, when a bond has been formed, the celebrity’s identity is revealed.

The Mystery Star Date format is available to broadcasters internationally for production.

“Given its uniqueness and cultural relevance, we anticipate strong interest from the market, particularly as consumer use of virtual reality is only set to grow,” said Amir Ganor, managing director of Endemol Shine Israel in a release.

Zed launching pair of anniversary-themed history docs

Paris-based producer and distributor Zed is bringing two new anniversary-based programs to the local market, with both available for presales.

The Egypt Code Breakers (52 and 90 minutes) is timed for the 200th anniversary of the decoding of hieroglyphs in September 2022. It’s produced by TVSP for ARTE France and was directed by Jacques Plaisant. The documentary tells the story behind the breakthrough that revolutionized our understanding of ancient Egyptian civilization.

French scholar Jean-François Champollion is famous for deciphering the hieroglyphs, doing so with the support of his older brother, Jacques-Joseph Champollion. The Egypt Code Breakers features animated sequences, private correspondence between two brothers, archive footage and expert interviews.

The Egypt Code Breakers will be launched at the upcoming World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) and will be delivered in May 2022.

Also on the way from Zed is Eiffel: Towers’ War, described as an in-house docudrama produced for ARTE France. The 52- and 90-minute doc tells the the story behind the iconic Eiffel Tower and the “architectural duel” between Gustave Eiffel and rival Jules Bourdais to build a thousand-foot tower, marking a major turning point in architectural history.

Eiffel: Towers’ War uses 3D recreations, official reports, letters and drawings as well as archives obtained from their descendants to bring the story to life. The film is directed by Mathieu Schwartz and descendant Savin Yeatman-Eiffel, and will be delivered by February 2023 to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Eiffel, known as “the architect of iron.”

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