Volume LIII, No. 05, March 05, 2021


While preserving its DNA as the industry leader of sports media and technology face-to-face events,​​ SPORTEL​​ has introduced​​ SPORTEL+, an exciting new​​ virtual platform of engaging experiences, including​​ eTALKS, which are strategically designed to complement​​ SPORTEL​​ live events and connect with the community digitally.​​ ​​ With its first sessions kicking off on March 11, 2021,​​ SPORTEL+​​ eTALKS​​ is a new series​​ of free to attend online panels. Following on from the success of a recent collaborative e-sports online event,​​ eTALKS​​ will provide industry heavyweights and dynamic innovators, a virtual platform to discuss evolving trends emerging through the disruptive​​ COVID climate and beyond. Key topics will include navigating media rights strategies, crossover opportunities between parallel ecosystems such as e-sports and sports betting, groundbreaking new tech and digital evolutions for broadcast, fan engagement and​​ much more.​​ 

CONTACT:​​ SPORTEL, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Tel. 377-93-30-41-33. Fax 377-93-30-36-49. ​​ Web: ​​ www.sportelmonaco.com



A+E Networks®​​ highlighted its programming catalogue at its March 3 virtual upfront. The portfolio of brands that includes​​ A&E,​​ The HISTORY Channel™ and​​ Lifetime® is the first network group to make its annual presentation to advertisers, doing so on the heels of its recently announced shift to a Total Audience currency. The company is touting more than 2500 hours of new programming in the pipeline for 2021/2022, including 70 hours of premium documentaries and 221 movies. 2021-2022 a range of talent and projects including the previously announced upcoming series with President Bill Clinton, slated to launch in 2022 on​​ The HISTORY Channel. In 2021,​​ A+E Networks​​ has made a cross-company, cross-platform commitment to honor the fallen of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and pay tribute to 9/11 first responders and survivors in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of these tragic events.

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



ZDF​​ Enterprises​​ has secured global distribution rights (excluding Germany and Czech Free-TV)​​ for Caligari Film’s​​ reinvention of the magical and much loved children’s classic​​ “Pan Tau.”​​ Family entertainment at its best,​​ “Pan Tau”​​ was filmed in English with a predominantly British cast. The star of the show is “Britain’s Got Talent” finalist, magician and comedian, Matt Edwards. Other actors include Hannah Chinn and Jacob Avery.​​ 

Creator and Executive Producer, Gabriele M. Walther produced the series for Germany’s​​ WDR​​ where it became an instant success, attracting viewers both young and old.​​ “Pan Tau”​​ celebrates its 50th anniversary having first appeared on TV screens in 1970. The series went on to develop a cult following as fans of all ages embraced the lovable​​ title character. Described as Charlie Chaplin meets Mary Poppins, the elegant, silent and fun hero uses his magic powers to help the children of Westpark School solve their problems whether in the schoolyard or at home with their families (14 x 26’ or 7 x​​ 50’).​​ 

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



Zodiak Kids Studios, part of​​ Banijay, has secured a​​ development deal to produce a live action TV series for 7 to 12-year olds, based on the​​ “Cookie”​​ books written and illustrated by Konnie Huq.​​ “Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World”​​ was first published by​​ Piccadilly Press​​ in 2019, followed by​​ “Cookie and the Most Annoying Girl in the World”​​ in 2020. ​​ The award-winning series starring science-mad Cookie has now sold more than 60,000 copies in the UK. TV presenter and writer Konnie Huq is a popular favorite in the children’s book world and is described by fans as ‘a brilliant, engaging writer who understands what children enjoy’. ​​ David Walliams called the books ‘smart, funny and full of warmth’ and Jaqueline Wilson said they were “fresh and very funny.” There are further adventures planned for this year. The working title for the TV series is “Cookie!,” named after the titular character in the books. The show will follow the hilarious adventures of British-Bangladeshi Cookie whose big mouth and overactive imagination often land her in hot water.​​ 

CONTACT:​​ Zodiak Kids, London, UK. Tel. 44-207-013-4000. Email:​​ sales@zodiakkids.com ​​ ​​​​ Web:​​ www.zodiakkids.com



Following the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union on January 31, 2020, negotiations for a basic agreement between the two parties resulted in the so-called​​ EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA),​​ signed on December 24, 2020. Since January 1, 2021 the​​ TCA​​ has been applied provisionally, but what does this mean for the film, television and VOD industries in Europe?​​ The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has just published a free report with particular reference to the audiovisual industries.​​ The report may be downloaded here.​​ 

CONTACT:​​ European Audiovisual Observatory, Strasbourg, France. Tel. 33-3-8814-4410. Fax 33-3-8814-4419. Web:​​ www.obs.coe.int




Dynamic twin sisters Lyndsay Lamb and Leslie Davis, a top-selling real estate duo in the Pacific Northwest,​​ are back to invest their own money to help homeowners struggling to sell their languishing properties in a new season of​​ HGTV’s “Unsellable Houses,”​​ premiering March 30. The breakout series, which attracted more than 27 million viewers during its first season, follows Lyndsay, an expert in home renovation, design and staging, and Leslie, an expert in budget and negotiations, as they transform stagnant listings into hot​​ properties. With the confidence that they can sell any house for a profit, the pair invests their time and know-how to turn lackluster homes into beautiful spaces with functional design that are sure to fly off the market. The new episodes not only spotlight the spunky sisters’ booming real estate and renovation business—which now includes a​​ new office space, a growing staff and a retail storefront—but also their busy family lives. Lyndsay and Leslie have their kids help with their renovation projects, teach their teenage sons how to drive, plan birthday parties and welcome new furry members to the family (10 x 60’).​​ 

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



The Telco Report​​ is accepting program listings for our upcoming​​ MIPTV 2021​​ edition. Please see our website for further details. The deadline for the​​ MIPTV​​ special edition is Friday, March 27, 2021. Please note that we publish year-round and that new program listings are welcome any time.​​ 

CONTACT:​​ The Telco Report, Santa Monica, CA, USA. Telephone 1-310-828-4003 Email:​​ info@telcoreport.com ​​​​ Web:​​ www@telcoreport.com​​ 


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