THE TELCO REPORT

Volume LI, No. 03, February 08-21, 2019

International Television Program Magazine

Published since 1969

Forward & Intelligence

MILLENNIAL ROMANCE

Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV) will be heading to this year’s MIPTV with a new scripted format “Weakest Beast.” This award-winning one-hour romantic drama series, from scriptwriter Akiko Nogi, is a love story for all adults who ardently hope for success in romance and life but are actually too scared and weak to try. Program follows two modern day millennials who have yet to learn how to speak with their hearts and let romance shine. The 30-year-old young woman does everything perfectly at work, while constantly keeping her emotions in check. All she wants is to fall madly in love and have a relationship where she can be true to herself. On the other side, is a street smart and charming 33-year-old ladies' man who works as an elite accountant. But it is all an act and, truth be told, he sees everything with cold eyes. He trusts no one until that faithful day when destiny brings these two people together. “Weakest Beast” is the ultimate modern love story about two individuals who are too afraid to follow their gut instincts and allow their hearts to guide them to romance (60’ format).

CONTACT: Nippon Television, Tokyo, Japan. Tel. 81-3-5275-4139. Fax 81-3-5275-4008. Web: http://www.ntv.co.jp/english/

 

 

ZDF INVESTS IN NADCON

ZDF Enterprises has kicked off the new year by acquiring shares in Nadcon Film GmbH. The company, which was founded in 2012 by Peter Nadermann and Constantin Film AG, specializes in co-producing first-class film and television projects mainly with international partners. Peter Nadermann shall remain the managing director of Nadcon Film GmbH even after the majority of the shares previously held by Constantin Film AG, are taken over by ZDF Enterprises GmbH.

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

QUEEN OF SOUL

Alfred Haber, Inc., has announced that the company has secured the exclusive international distribution television rights to “Aretha! A Grammy® Celebration For The Queen Of Soul,” the two-hour CBS Television Network special scheduled for broadcast later in 2019. Performing songs from Aretha Franklin’s legendary career are Grammy® winners Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Common, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, and BeBe Winans as well as current nominees Brandi Carlile, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, and SZA. Tyler Perry, actor and filmmaker, will host this musical extravaganza honoring Aretha, an 18-time Grammy® winner and 2008 MusiCares® Person of the Year honoree. The show will also highlight her dedication to philanthropic work which ranged from children’s and artists’ issues to civil rights activism. Alfred Haber, Inc. will be offering this dazzling special at the upcoming MIPTV (120’).

CONTACT: Alfred Haber, Inc., Palisades Park, NJ, USA. Tel. 1-201-224-8000. Fax 1-201-947-4500. Web:  www.alfredhaber.com

Entertainment

 

FIRST TIME FLIPPERS

Tarek El Moussa, a real estate and house-flipping expert best known from HGTV’s fan favorite series “Flip or Flop,” will star in a new pilot for the network in 2019. The pilot, currently in production, features Tarek as he partners with real estate novices to help them learn the secrets of a successful flip. With more than 300 profitable flips under his belt, Tarek is ready to lend his invaluable expertise—and his own cash—to those who want to win big in the competitive real estate game. “From start to finish, I’m giving these first-time flippers everything they need to score a profitable deal and not a bank-breaking flop,” said Tarek.    

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

NARCO-COMEDY

"The Good Bandit" introduces the new genre of narco-comedy, presenting a drug lord who repents the choices he has made, and decides to change his life, turning away from the crimes and sins of his past. Series will follow the various humorous situations that confront a former criminal, who is trying his best to learn how to be good. His path to redemption will be complicated as he will have to make a huge effort to get away from the temptations offered by the world outside of the law (60 x 60’).    

CONTACT: Caracol International, Bogatá, Colombia. Tel. 571-643-0430. Email: icrivero@caracoltv.com.co  Web:  www.caracolinternacional.com

 

TRIAL MARRIAGES

In “Married at First Sight” singles who have failed to find love put their hearts in the hands of a team of experts, who select their perfect partner. The couples then meet for the first time at the altar. After the wedding and honeymoon, the married couples move in together and start their new lives. From the first kiss to the first tears, cameras document every moment as experts analyze the relationships. Six weeks of marriage later, the couples have to make a decision: stay together or file for divorce (format).

CONTACT: Red Arrow International, Unterföhring, Germany. Tel. 49-89-9507-2320. Fax 49-89-9507-2321.  Web: www.redarrowinternational.tv  

Children’s

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AUSSIE ASTRONAUTS

An original series created by SLR Productions, “Space Nova” is specifically geared to a global six to ten year old audience. It’s 2162 and life is a blast for space adventurer siblings, Jet and Adelaide Nova. After all, what tween wouldn’t want to divide their days between living on an international space station and accompanying their parents on awesome interstellar missions! Of course it’s not all asteroid chases and exploding star systems. Jet and Adelaide also have to attend school, do homework (though their chores aren’t always so typical, like recharging the family robot and scrubbing their starships hull!). Still, on weekends this Aussie astronaut family have their own unique way of unwinding, with Jet and Adelaide heading off with parents Hugo and Josie on mind blowing adventures to navigate unexplored planets, surf solar flares, hop between rogue stars and occasionally even discover previously unknown life forms (26 x 24’).

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

 

 

 

“16 HUDSON” GREEN LIT FOR 2nd SEASON

Big Bad Boo Studios, along with broadcast partners TVO Kids, Knowledge Kids and CBC Radio Canada are green lighting production for a second season of its original animated series, “16 Hudson.” The production will include 39 new episodes as well as accompanying digital media components. Additional partners include ICI TV, and the Shaw Rocket Fund. The show, aimed at the preschool plus set, has a curriculum focus on executive function, and social/emotional growth. “16 Hudson” is the first of its kind to include main characters of diverse backgrounds: Lili (Iranian), Sam (Chinese), Amala (half-Indian, half-Irish), as well as Luc, who has two Dads (39 x 7’).

CONTACT: Big Bad Boo Studios, Vancouver, Canada. Tel. 1-604-688-6484. Email mona@bigbadboo.ca  Web: www.bigbadboo.ca

AMAZING TRANSFORMATIONS

Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, a world-leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated content, has announced that Geki Drive” is now in development with Sumitomo Corporation, a global trading company with a large investment and presence within the Japanese animation industry. The all-new 2D/3D hybrid animated series is revving up to entertain children around the world.  Based on the hyper-fast customizable cars produced by Bandai Spirits for the Japanese market, action-adventure cartoon Geki Drive”, meaning “Extreme Racing” in Japanese, targets boys six to eight and will draw them into a world where drivers build, customize and compete in epic races to become the ultimate racing team. Series is the story of the Pod Squad—a team of young racers that bursts onto the scene to take the Geki Circuit by storm. But the higher the Squad climbs, the more daunting challenges they face. If they hope to reach the top of the Geki leader board, the Squad must rely on their instincts, their unique skills and, most of all, each other (52 x 11’).

CONTACT: Nelvana Enterprises Inc., Toronto, Canada. Tel. 1-416-588-5571. Fax 1-416-588-5588. Web  www.nelvana.com

Documentaries

 

 

 

SAVING AN ANCIENT FOREST

Redfish’s “The Fight for Hambach Forest” takes an inside look at the fight by activists to save the last piece of Germany’s 12,000-year-old forest from destruction by the German energy conglomerate corporation RWE. The movement to save Hambach began back in 2012. This past year, Redfish’s Belal Awad traveled to Western Germany for a firsthand look at the ancient forest, as well as the opportunity to speak with some of the protestors. Launched in late 2017 and headquartered in Berlin, Redfish was founded as a subsidiary of Ruptly, RT’s global multimedia news agency. Consisting of a small team of dedicated journalists and activists, Redfish aims to bring “radical, in-depth grassroots features and investigative video reports” (60’). 

CONTACT: RT Television, Moscow, Russia. Tel. 7-499-750-00-75 ext. 1200. E-mail distribution@rttv.ru Web: www.rt.com

WATERGATE SCANDAL

From Academy Award® winning director Charles Ferguson, “Watergate” chronicles one of the biggest criminal conspiracies in modern politics, telling the entire story of the Watergate scandal from the first troubling signs in Richard Nixon’s presidency to his resignation and beyond. This definitive documentary series features a roster of some of the most important media, legal and political figures from the scandal, including Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, John Dean, Jill Wine-Banks, Richard BenVeniste, among many others (3 x 120’).

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

 

HISTORY OF THE TELESCOPE       

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: info@janson.com  Web: www.janson.com

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