THE TELCO REPORT

Volume XLIX, No. 10, March 17-23, 2017

International Television Program Magazine

Published since 1969

Forward & Intelligence

HISTORY® GREENLIGHTS NEW DOCS

A&E Network’s HISTORY® has greenlit more than 100 hours of original, premium documentary limited series and specials to premiere in 2017. The increased investment in documentary programming is a complement to the network’s ongoing non-fiction and scripted series strategy. Projects include the four-part series “America’s War on Drugs.” America’s War on Drugs has cost the nation $1 trillion, thousands of lives, and has not curbed the runaway profits of the international drug business. For the last 50 years, both the vilification and the celebration of recreational drugs has had incredible impact on our collective culture. Series will explore the strange revelations of the profit machine of the drug business, and the impact of the longest “war” in our nation’s history on our lives (4 x 120’).

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



 

LAST CALL—MIPTV 2017 LISTINGS

The Telco Report is accepting program listings for our upcoming MIPTV 2017 edition. Please see our website for further details. The deadline for the MIPTV 2017 special edition is Tuesday, March 21, 2017; listing may be submitted directly to info@telcoreport.com. Please note that we publish year-round and that new program listings are welcome any time.

CONTACT: The Telco Report, Santa Monica, CA, USA. Tel. 1-310-828-4003. Fax 1-310-828-3340. Web:  www.telcoreport.com   

SPORTEL ANNOUNCES NEW SUMMIT

SPORTEL has announced the creation of SPORTELsummit, an unprecedented two-day meeting designed only for an exclusive circle of international deciders of the sports marketing and media industry, which stands out in a world of conferences and will help shape the industry for tomorrow. Announced during last week’s SPORTELAmerica, the inaugural summit will be held in Miami in May, 2018. 

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

Entertainment

 

 

EXPERIMENTAL DATING

“Kiss Bang Love” is the provocative new dating format from the creators of “Married at First Sight.” A group of single people looking for love agree to take part in a radical new TV experiment. Research shows that the physical act of kissing is a powerful tool in our search for the right partner. “Kiss Bang Love” puts this to the test by skipping awkward dates and trusting chemistry to find love. In each episode, one contestant enters a simple studio setting and, blindfolded, kisses a group of single guys or girls. After choosing the five best kisses, they meet again for a second kiss, this time without the blindfold. Now looks and first impressions also count. They then have to select two of the five for a crucial part of the experiment: in a luxury hotel our participant will spend one night with each of the two partners. After the two dates it is time for the final decision. Who will they choose to take on a romantic holiday? And will a kiss from a stranger end in love? (format, 10 x 60’).

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

ROGER VADIM

Examining the life and career of Roger Vadim, “Vadim, Mister Cool” reflects his impact on a generation of filmmakers. The Global success of the 1956 film “And God Created Woman” catapulted its director, Roger Vadim into stardom. For a generation that had been through the horrors of the Second World War, his hedonistic attitude was the acme of cool (52’).  

CONTACT: ARTE France, Paris, France. Tel. 33-1-5500-7082. Fax 33-1-5500-7396. Web: www.sales.arte.tv

 

 

FAMILIES PLAYING TOGETHER

From the Baby Boomers to the Facebook generation, from “Citizen Kane” to “High School Musical,” families play together in the new game show “Generation Gap,” answering questions about the things that shaped their generations. But to win big money, family members must take a big risk by answering questions outside their generational comfort zone. Grandpa may know who shot Abraham Lincoln, but will he have any idea who shot Mr. Burns on “The Simpsons?”  “Generation Gap” is sure to bring all generations together in a hilarious and dramatic way (format).

CONTACT: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc., Beverly Hills, CA, USA. Tel. 1-310-449-3000. Fax 1-310-586-8865. Web:  www.mgm.com

Sports/Adventure

MAN AGAINST NATURE

Featuring the great outdoors and filled with the spirit of adventure, “Yukon Blues” follows a lone traveler hitchhiking his way up to the Yukon, finding solace, beauty and wild animals while solo canoeing down the river without a GPS, cell phone or any external support. This extraordinary series captures the real essence of the action of survival and blazing the unknown. A strong sense of nostalgia hits everybody's heart when they have to leave those lands after they have discovered the romance of living in the bush. For those who are forced to come back to the civilized world, there will always be something missing, something very tangible they cannot put in to words...That feeling is called "The Yukon Blues" (4 x 26’).

CONTACT: Global Telemedia Inc., Boston, MA, USA. Tel. 1-203-247-3888. Email: gt@globaltelemedia.com  Web:  www.globaltelemedia.com

 

BATTLING FOR THE SOUL OF SOCCER

Offering colorful insights “How Much Is Enough?” covers 150 years of the football, showing how much it has changed, as its driving force has changed from passion for the sport to the money generated from the sponsors, entrepreneurs, investors, gamblers and broadcasters. Four-part series features the Berlusconi conflict, the Colombian drug cartels, the Berezosky-MSI-Carlos Tevez fiasco, culminating in Berezovsky’s death, the violence of the “barra bravas” of Argentina and the “torcidas” of Brazil, to name but a few. “How Much Is Enough?” is about the history of the game, but is not a story driven by the big heroes on the field. It’s about the progress on and off the field in which money dictates and dominates. It features the very early superstars, and the scandals and controversies that were just as apparent then, as they are now (4 x 52’).

CONTACT: Studio 100 Media, Munich, Germany. Tel. 49-89-5434-4780. Fax 49-89-5434-47810. Web:  www.studio100media.com

BOAT JOURNEYS

Currently in production, “Tough Boats” is a dynamic series taking viewers on some of the most epic and hard-core boat journeys on the planet.  During the journeys we look at how the technology of boat travel has been adapted to survival, connecting isolated communities for trade and social interaction. Episodes include: “River Highways of Kalimantan,” “Yellow River and Grand Canal,” “Delta Lands of Bangladesh” and “Rubber Barons of the Amazon” (6 x 52’). 

CONTACT: Pilot Film & TV Productions Ltd., London, UK. Tel. 44-208-960-2771. Fax 44-208-960-2721. Web: www.pilotguides.com

Documentaries

 

 

 

RIVALS

“Face to Face” is a series of comparative portraits featuring two well-known figures, seen through the prism of their rivalry. Adversaries, opponents, the best or worst of enemies, they have all been groundbreaking leaders in their fields: politics, science, technology, economy or the arts. Subjects range from political antagonists such as Nelson Mandela and F.W. De Klerk, to artistic rivals such as Visconti and Fellini to commercial rivals such as Coke and Pepsi (15 x 52’).

CONTACT: Balanga, Paris, France. Tel. 33-6-7668-1470. Email: c.bochnaki@balanga.tv  Web: www.balanga.tv

IN SEARCH OF BIGFOOT

Tackling one the most persistent legends in North America, “Chasing Bigfoot: The Quest for Truth” examines the search for this mystical creature. For decades, grainy photographs and campfire stories told the story of a towering creature that lived in solitude in the forests of Saskatchewan. But, where some see a myth, others see a chance to make history. This fascinating documentary series looks at the Bigfoot legend through the eyes of the true believers who devote their lives to discovering the hidden truth and bringing home the evidence to prove it (5 x 60’, HD). 

CONTACT: Octapixx Worldwide, Toronto, Canada. Tel. 1-416-449-9400. Fax 1-416-449-9498. Web:  www.octapixx.com

 

THE FUTURE IN SPACE

Shot in spectacular 4K ultrahigh definition, “Space Tomorrow” looks at the latest achievements in space exploration and the impact they will have back on earth. Episodes look at the benefits of the International Space Station, the challenges of living in space, and the potential for colonizing Mars (6 x 52’, 4K HD).

CONTACT: Upside Distribution, Paris, France. Tel. 33-1-5847-8000. Email: contact@upsidetelevision.com   Web: www.upsidedistribution.com

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