Volume LIII, No. 10, May 14, 2021

POWER STRUGGLES

The international suspense drama​​ “Red Election”​​ will be the next original series from​​ Nordic Entertainment Group​​ (NENT Group), the Nordic region’s leading streaming company. Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones”), Lydia Leonard (“Gentleman Jack) and James D’Arcy (“Broadchurch) will headline the UK-set production, along with Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Lorraine Burroughs and Danish talent Victoria Carmen Sonne.​​ “Red Election”​​ is distributed globally by​​ A+E Networks® International​​ and produced by Sweden’s​​ Mopar Studios, and will premiere exclusively on​​ NENT Group’s Viaplay​​ streaming service in 2021.​​ A terrorist plot in London is the dramatic backdrop for​​ the ten-part series, where Danish secret service agent Katrine (Victoria Carmen Sonne) and British intelligence agent Beatrice (Lydia Leonard) are pitched together in a desperate race against time. Caught in a web of lies, murder and power struggles, they soon realize they can’t trust anybody. And is the deadly conspiracy only part of a far-reaching geopolitical masterplan?​​ (10 x 60’).​​ 

CONTACT:​​ A+E Networks, New York, NY, USA. Tel. 1-212-210-1400. Fax 1-212-210-9476. Web: ​​ www.AETNinternational.com

 

VOLCANOES​​ UNDER​​ YELLOWSTONE

“Yellowstone: Super Volcanoes”​​ is a​​ gripping documentary​​ that explores a powerful threat from beneath, ​​ some​​ seven miles below America’s most famous National Park, Yellowstone. With​​ potentially​​ catastrophic global consequences, a super-eruption at Yellowstone could trigger an ice age event causing long-lasting climate change, plunging the world into a nuclear winter, destroying crops and impacting the global economy.​​ This ground-shaking special reveals the terrifying power of super volcanoes, looking at eruptions around the world, as explosions from the past and technology of today attempts to understand the world’s most powerful volcano​​ (90’ or 2​​ x​​ 50’).​​ 

CONTACT:​​ Flame Distribution,​​ Artarmon,​​ NSW,​​ Australia.​​ Tel.​​ 61-2-8065-4899.​​ Email:​​ sales@flamedistribution.com​​ ​​ Web:​​ www.flamemedia.tv​​ 

 

OVER AFRICA​​ 

ZDF Enterprises​​ has announced that filming of new landmark​​ factual series,​​ “Africa from Above,”​​ is well underway. The ten-part series is produced by​​ Off the Fence Productions​​ and an impressive range of renowned co-producers with​​ ZDF Enterprises​​ as​​ the lead partner as well as the global distributor. Joining​​ in​​ on the production are​​ ZDF,​​ ARTE,​​ ORF, and Britain’s​​ UKTV, owned by​​ BBC Studios.​​ Taking cameras to new heights, the iconic series looks at Africa’s spectacular people, places, and wildlife from a totally new perspective. Weaving through mountains, coastlines, waterfalls and jungles,​​ Africa from Above​​ captures the lives of the continent’s unrivalled wild animals, but also travels over towns and cities to explore the history, architecture, industry and unique cultures, revealing how people survive in some of​​ Africa’s​​ most extreme locations​​ (10 x 52’, UHD).​​ 

CONTACT:​​ ZDF Enterprises, Mainz, Germany. Tel. 49-6131-991-1601. Fax 49-6131-991-1612. Web:​​ www.zdf-enterprises.de

 

ORGANIZED CRIME DRAMA

Set in​​ 1980's Mumbai, when​​ organized crime is at its peak in the city,​​ “Ex Thi Begum”​​ is a​​ thrilling tale of vengeance. Ashraf is a Bombay housewife married to ex-gangster Zaheer who is tragically murdered by his ex-boss, the don Maqsood. Ashraf loses her unborn child in grief and when legitimate recourse comes to nothing​​ she takes matters into her own hands. Determined to avenge her husband's death—she​​ transforms herself into a temptress, Sapna. Will Sapna beauty and intelligence bring down Maqsood and his entire gang? Based on real-life events, Ashraf will eventually become the “Mafia Queen​​ of her time​​ (14 x 30’).​​ 

CONTACT:​​ GoQuest Media Ventures, Mumbai, India. Tel. 91-22-495-591-00. Email:​​ contact@goquestmedia.com ​​ ​​ ​​​​ Web:​​ www.goquestmedia.com

 

DEEP SPACE FRIENDS​​ 

An animated series for five- to nine-year-olds,​​ “FriendZSpace”​​ is about three best friends, Alice, Leo and Kim who may seem like regular human kids, but behind their normal facade are risk-taking,​​ deep space friend makers! Each episode follows the three kids as they jet into space in their unpredictable star cruiser, “The Dart.” Accompanied by BotDog (half puppy and half high-tech Swiss army knife) their mission is simple and wonderfully weird: locate planets, find alien kids, introduce themselves, and make friends. But making friends with alien kids is tricky.​​ Some kids live in the bushy eyebrows of a dangerously moody slobbering beast, while the kids from another planet are so colossal, the Earth kids need to climb them like skyscrapers just to say “hello!” Every alien kid we meet is friendable. But befriending alien kids is never easy. Different customs, funny alien biological quirks, and pressing narrative events create comic complications that must be overcome!​​ “FriendZSpace”​​ is all about kids and kid culture — alien and human— it’s about embracing our differences and getting into exciting trouble in the process​​ (52​​ x​​ 11).​​ 

CONTACT:​​ Studio 100 Media, Munich, Germany. Tel.​​ 49-89-960855-0. Email:​​ distribution@studio100media.com ​​​​ Web: ​​ www.studio100group.com

 

TAMING UNRULY SPACES​​ 

Organization expert and coach Cassandra Aarssen will deliver more life-changing home transformations for disorganized clients suffering from clutter and messiness in a new season of​​ HGTV’s​​ “Hot Mess House.”​​ Six fresh one-hour episodes, premiering June 17, will spotlight Cassandra as she tours the unruly spaces with her clients and identifies their personalized organizing style. As she helps them clean out, Cassandra also will advise how to best manage the underlying emotional attachments that often lead to over-cluttering. Together with builder and craftsman Wendell Holland (Beach Cabana Royale​​ and​​ Home Town Takeover), they will update the rooms with customized renovations to set up the homeowners for tidy success​​ (6 x​​ 60’).​​ 

CONTACT:​​ Discovery Networks, Silver Spring, MD, USA. Tel. 1-240-662-5900. Fax 1-240-662-1986. Web ​​ www.discovery.com​​ 

 

HISTORY OF SOCCER

Alfie Allen, host of​​ “Football: A Brief History by Alfie Allen,”​​ is football mad. He played at Arsenal’s Youth Camp, regularly turned out for celebrity charity football matches across the country (until he wrecked his knee) and even sang backing vocals on Vindaloo! But being a child of the Premier League era, Alfie wants to find out more about the history of the beautiful game. In this series, he sets off around the UK to explore the defining moments and turning points in the establishment and growth of football in the UK. It’s a journey that goes beyond his wonderful access to football stadiums and iconic personalities across the land but takes Alfie to​​ many unexpected destinations as the story unfolds​​ (2​​ x 60’).​​ 

CONTACT:​​ Woodcut International,​​ Eastleigh, UK. Tel.​​ 44-0-845-355-0858.​​ Email:​​ info@woodcutinternational.com​​  ​​​​ Web:​​ ​​ www.woodcutinternational.com​​