Volume L, No. 16, June 15-28, 2018

International Television Program Magazine

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Forward & Intelligence


PBS has announced that John Stamos will once again host “A Capital Fourth,” the annual special celebrating American Independence Day on July 4th. Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, this time-honored 38 year-tradition puts viewers front and center for America’s biggest birthday party. The specials will feature all-star musical performances by: multi-platinum selling music legend Jimmy Buffett, the iconic multi-platinum selling music legends The Beach Boys; three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Pentatonix; legendary Motown stars The Temptations; acclaimed multi-platinum country music singer-songwriter Artist Luke Combs; country music star Lauren Alaina; gospel legend CeCe Winans; and internationally acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly, with additional performers to be announced (90’).

CONTACT: Public Broadcasting Service, Alexandria, VA, USA. Telephone 1-703-739-5000. Fax 1-703-739-3889.




The 58th Monte-Carlo Television Festival and Eurodata TV Worldwide have joined forces for the 13th time in order to reward scripted programs who deliver the highest ratings worldwide. This year’s International TV Audience Awards will reward the programs that gathered the highest number of viewers worldwide in 2017 across five continents in three categories: “Action & Science-Fiction TV Series,” “Crime TV Series,” and “Telenovelas / Soap Operas.” For full details, click here.

CONTACT: Monte Carlo Television Festival, c/o Monaco MediaX, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Tel. 377-93-10-40-60. Fax 377-93-50-70-14.  Web:


Impact DOCS is seeking entries for this year’s global documentary film awards competition. The goal of Impact DOCS is to promote filmmakers of all backgrounds and experience levels, who seek to ignite social change and to support their careers through meaningful filmmaking.  The deadline for submissions is July 6, 2018. Please visit their website for complete rules and entry forms.

CONTACT: Impact DOCS Awards, CA, USA. Tel. 1-858-454-9868.  Fax 1-858-454-6287.  Web:




Starring Courtney Love and Benito Martinez, “Menendez: Blood Brothers” is a feature-length film based on the true story, of Erik and Lyle Menendez who lived in an all-America life of luxury and privilege. When their parents were found gunned down in the living room of their picturesque Beverly Hills home, the world wondered why these seemingly sweet, highly educated boys would savagely kill their own parents. The only thing more shocking than the murder was their motive (120’).

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


Anthony Ray—better known as the Grammy® award winning rap artist Sir Mix-A-Lot—will not lie when he wows fans with his home renovation skills in DIY Network’s “Sir Mix-A-Lot’s House Remix.” Premiering Saturday, June 30, the one-hour special will feature Sir Mix-A-Lot as he buys, transforms and flips a rundown home in his beloved Seattle hometown. During the special, Sir Mix-A-Lot and his construction crew will gut an unsightly split-level into a modern, tech-savvy smart home. The property value will skyrocket after he opens up the main level, adds a gorgeous kitchen, incorporates two new bathrooms, and creates a spacious downstairs entertainment room. Using the latest in-home technology to increase energy efficiency, Sir Mix-A-Lot also will install a smart panel that operates everything from the heat/air, lights and window blackout panels (60’).

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



Available in stunning 4K UHD, “Flour Power” explains to viewers everything they have ever wanted to know about baking. Set in a retro-style kitchen, the lovely host inspires viewers with simple to extravagant baked treats. Series is accompanied by more than 60 recipes, stunning webisodes, and dazzling food photography (26 x 30’).

CONTACT: Gusto Worldwide Media, Ottawa, ON, Canada. Tel. 1-613-730-1728. Email: Web:



“The Adventures of Gracie Lou” is set in the colorful, happy and musical world of three year old Gracie Lou and all her friends. They have many fun filled adventures, learning new words, playing exciting games and singing new songs. Children will love these bright and colorful animated nursery rhymes that parents know and love. So come join in the fun with Gracie Lou and all her family and friends when they ask "Can we come play with you?" (48 x 2-3’).

CONTACT: ABC Commercial, Ultimo, Australia. Tel. 61-2-8333- 3491. Fax 61-2-8333-1051. 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: 






Examining the life of the controversial artist, Egon Schiele—Between Love and Hate” explores themes of loneliness, hidden potential, rejection, veneration, lust and vice and condemnation. Schiele's short but spectacular rise to the highest peaks of Art's Mount Olympus ended abruptly in a seemingly meaningless death, but his spirit lived on though his worldwide adoration and canonization. Egon Schiele's short and enigmatic life and his undecipherable art still to this day, a century after he took his last breath, inspiring myths around his unapproachable and dubious character. This film documentary does not focus solely on the artist's biography but rather on the tense correlation between his uncompromising, unconditional artistic talent and its radical opponent: society's moral code of conduct (60’).

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

KNOCK, IRELAND                            

A feature-length documentary, “Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village” looks at the famous shrine in the village of Knock, Ireland. In the village, we meet people with compelling stories—invalids seeking cures; the eight sibling owners of rival religious merchandise shops; a woman relieved of multiple sclerosis during a 1970s pilgrimage; feisty Mildred, advocate for gender parity for the shrine's handmaids; and the staff of the Knock Marriage Bureau, the matchmakers behind one thousand marriages and counting. Father Richard has a vision of his own—to bring Knock into the twenty-first century. The charismatic, outward-looking Parish Priest is on a mission to entice new transatlantic visitors via Knock Airport. With references to "the scandals," falling church attendances, and the modernization of the shrine and the village itself, “Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village” presents a timely reflection on the position of the Catholic Church in the 21st century. For the faithful it celebrates a beacon of spiritual hope; for skeptics it opens an enticing window on an anachronistic but thriving world (60’ or 90’).   

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



Focusing on what makes someone become serial killer, “35 Serial Killers” examines the lives of history’s most infamous criminals and the psychology behind their actions. The series explores contemporary and historical murderers, from the most meticulous killer of modern times, Sacramento’s Dorothea Puente and the owner of the ‘House of Horrors,’ to the highly educated Dr. Harold Shipman, who is thought to have killed nearly 300 patients, to Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber. Using case file vision, re-enacted witness accounts, interviews with experts, friends and family, “35 Serial Killers” investigates the mind and actions of those who have committed the most inexplicable of crimes (13 x 60’).

CONTACT: ABC Commercial, Ultimo, Australia. Tel. 61-2-8333- 3491. Fax 61-2-8333-1051. Web:

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