Volume L, No. 28 December 07-31, 2018

International Television Program Magazine

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Forward & Intelligence


ZDF Enterprises is taking over the world distribution of the elaborate three-part documentary series “Anthropocene - Human Force of Nature,” about the influence of man on nature in the past, present and future. In fantastic images shot across all continents, the documentary will address global issues of humanity and explore opportunities for a better and sustainable world. Filming for “Anthropocene” started in October 2018. The result will be a production of the highest technical quality, with cinematic effects is to be achieved through the use of modern technology including invasive cameras, drones and macro lenses. The final product will be in Ultra High Definition HDR BT 2020 format (3 x 52’).   

CONTACT: ZDF Enterprises, Mainz, Germany. Tel. 49-6131-991-1601. Fax 49-6131-991-1612. Web:




The Telco Report is accepting program listings for our upcoming NATPE 2019 edition. Please see our website for further details. The deadline for the NATPE special edition is Friday, January 4, 2019. Please note that we publish year-round and that new program listings are welcome any time.

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Independent format company Small World IFT has announced a landmark partnership with Whoopi Goldberg’s One Hoe Productions and 44 Blue Productions LLC, a Red Arrow Studios company, to develop a brand new US version of “Win Your Country!,” the ratings-winning primetime quiz format. Originally created by Romania’s Zucchero Media for TVR2, “Win Your Country!” is the ultimate studio-based game show where contestants win big if they can prove they really know their country. The new US adaptation is now in development and will be executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg and Emmy-nominated Tom Leonardis for One Hoe, in partnership with Emmy-nominated Executive Producer Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch and Dan Snook for 44 Blue. Emmy-nominated producer Noah Bonnett is also onboard as showrunner.  

CONTACT: Small World IFT UK, London, UK. Tel. 44-20-7851-6500. Email: . Web:




With the thrill of ever-growing lottery jackpots sparking dreams of winning big money, HGTV star David Bromstad returns to help the instantly rich find fantasy homes in a new season of “My Lottery Dream Home.” The fresh episodes are set to premiere January 4. Fans also can get a sneak peek of the new season during the HGTV All Premiere New Year on January 1. From an oceanside retreat boasting picture-perfect sunsets in North Carolina to a secluded cabin getaway with river views in upstate New York or a modern townhome just minutes from the beach and nightlife in Fort Lauderdale, David searches for amenity-filled properties that check off every box on a home buyer’s wish list. The current season of My Lottery Dream Home has already attracted more than 12.8 million viewers since its Sept. 21 premiere (10 x 30’).  

CONTACT: Scripps Networks, Knoxville, TN, USA. Tel. 1-865-694-2700. Fax 1-865-690-9964.  Web:


Nippon Television Network Corporation has announced that the company has sold the scripted format rights to its poignant one-hour drama series “Abandoned” to JSL Global Media, one of Thailand’s leading production houses. The deal marks the first time that a Nippon TV scripted format is being adapted in Southeast Asia, as well as the first format deal ever for Abandoned. The Thai series of Abandoned will be named “Tomorrow, My Mother Will Not Be Here.” It is currently scheduled to start airing on LINE TV in the spring of 2019. “Abandoned” is a touching drama as seen through the eyes of children facing the harsh reality of life in an orphanage. While facing many challenges, these young children long to be adopted (60’ format).

CONTACT: Nippon Television, Tokyo, Japan. Tel. 81-3-5275-4139. Fax 81-3-5275-4008. Web:



A+E Networks® International has begun development on its first international, scripted co-production, “Miss Scarlet and The Duke,” a full-throttle crime drama about the first ever-female detective in 19th century London. The new series stars award-winning Kate Phillips as Eliza Scarlet. When Eliza Scarlet’s father dies, he leaves her penniless in a time where marriage is her only option for financial security. But the headstrong Eliza is determined to find another way. Luckily, she has an ace up her bonnet – her father’s business – a private detective agency. Eliza knows all the tricks of the trade but as a genteel 19th century lady she’s never been allowed to put them into practice. To operate in this man’s world, she needs a partner. Step forward Detective Inspector William Wellington of Scotland Yard, who is also known as “The Duke;” drinker, gambler and womanizer. Eliza and Duke strike up a mismatched, fiery relationship that will crackle and smolder with sexual tension as they team up to solve crime in the murkiest depths of 1880’s London (12 x 60’).

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



Developed for children ages three to six, “Dr. Panda” is created and produced by Lin Yan with Giggle Garage and Spider Eye. The series is written by Daan Velsink and Chris Parker and directed by Patrick Chin. The series takes place in the wonderful world of Panda City, where every day Dr. Panda tries out a new job working together with his friends.  A mix-up at the post office? A chicken stuck in a tree? Carrots mysteriously disappearing? No problem! With a dash of creativity and a good deal of teamwork, Dr. Panda always saves the day! (39 x 7’).

CONTACT: 9 Story Media Group, Toronto, Canada. Tel. 1-416-530-9900. Fax 1-416-530-9935. Web:






“School of Roars” helps children prepare for school life by exploring a child's first year through the relationships and experiences of some colorful mini monsters. Because they’re monsters, our little heroes go to school at night, led by teacher Miss Grizzlesniff. The class learn lessons on how to be monsters, like counting the legs on spiders in math, how to howl at the moon in music, or making delicious blushberry blob cakes in cooking. The monsters experience life-lessons through their adventures such as caring, sharing, friendship and fun, mirroring the social and emotional behavior and group dynamics of our audience who are starting school (52 x 7’).

CONTACT: ZDF Enterprises, Mainz, Germany. Tel. 49-6131-991-1601. Fax 49-6131-991-1612. Web:


“Copy Cut” follows Ari, Mac, Yuyu and Puk, a bunch of teenagers fond of cosplay. Their favorite activity is dressing up like their favorite characters from pop culture, including comic books, movies, video games, TV series and more. Selected to attend a major contest in Tokyo, the four heroes embark in the vintage van of Babouz, Mac’s "hippy" grandma, embarking on a crazy costumed world trip during their summer holidays. But the road is long and full of obstacles. Facing unexpected situations, the teens use their ingenuity and their talent as entertainers to solve problems (52 x 13’).

CONTACT: AB International, La Plaine Saint Denis, France. Tel. 33-1-4922-2001. Fax 33-1-4922-2216. Web: 






Science and history converge in “Eyes on the Skies,” a one-hour documentary exploring one of the most revolutionary inventions of all time—the telescope. An engineering marvel, the telescope has transformed the world of astronomy and completely changed the way we think of the cosmos. Watch and listen as some of the scientific community's top minds guide viewers through 400 years of telescopic discoveries, from Galileo to the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope (60’).   

CONTACT: Janson Media, Tappan, NY, USA. Tel 1-845-359-8488. Email:  Web:


Currently in production, “WW II—Battles for Europe” depicts the decisive phase of World War II on the Western Front, from D-Day to the Allies’ crossing of the Rhine,  and makes ideal programming for the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day in June 2019. Produced by Impossible Factual, Jonathan Drake’s renowned London-based TV production company, “WW II—Battles for Europe” offers impressive eyewitness accounts and interviews with American, British, Canadian and German veterans as well as some very rare archive material. Top international experts classify the events in terms of their human and historical significance, while graphic representations explain how the war played out at that time (8 x 50’).

CONTACT: ZDF Enterprises, Mainz, Germany. Tel. 49-6131-991-1601. Fax 49-6131-991-1612. Web:


LIONS OF THE DESERT                  

Following up on the original documentary, “Vanishing Kings—Lions of the Namib II, The Musketeers Legacy” tracks the progress of five young lions. In the ancient Namib Desert, a young adult male lion roams across the desolate, barren plains. He has ended up in a place far away from home and is desperate to find his brothers, who went missing a few days ago. Wandering through the desert all alone, he has just started the journey of a lifetime. Will he find his brothers? Will they reunite? Part II of the story about the “Five Musketeers” follows them on their dangerous first steps as adults (52’).   

CONTACT: ORF Enterprise, Vienna, Austria. Tel. 43-1-87878-13030. Fax 43-1-87878-12757. Web:

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