Volume XLIX, No. 33, September 08-21, 2017

International Television Program Magazine

Published since 1969

Forward & Intelligence


NATPE has announced the recipients of the 15th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award are prolific executive producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Flash), Telemundo and NBCUniversal International chairman Cesar Conde, award-winning actress Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie), TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly and award-winning actor Tom Selleck (Blue Bloods). They will receive the prestigious award at a special reception on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award is presented each year during the annual NATPE Miami Market and Conference, which will next take place under the new theme “A Changing Industry in a Changing World” from January 16 to 18, 2018, at the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels in Miami Beach, Florida.   

CONTACT: NATPE/Content First, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Tel. 1-310-453-4440. Fax 1-310-453-5258. Web



The Telco Report is accepting program listings for our upcoming SPORTELMonaco and MIPCOM editions. Please see our website for further details. The deadline for both special editions is Friday, September 15, 2017. Please note that we publish year-round and that new program listings are welcome any time. Listings may be submitted via email to; further details are posted here.

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The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has issued a call for entries for this year’s JCS International Young Creatives Award. The award was designed to discover, recognize and foster young talent from around the world while creating a global conversation around peace. Winners will receive a trip to New York and will be presented with their award at the International Emmy® World Television Festival and will also be invited to attend the 45th International Emmy® Awards Gala.  The competition is open to non-American citizens, who are 18 to 29 years old. Competitors are asked to submit a one-minute video on the theme “Women Peacemakers.” The deadline for entries is September 14, 2017

CONTACT: The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York, NY USA. Tel. 1-212-489-6969. Fax 1-212-489-6557. Web:

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“Jazz for the Holidays” delivers a unique and highly entertaining spin on popular and mainstream holiday songs while also bringing attention to the need to fight hunger... especially during the holiday season. A hip and entertaining one-hour television special that features a number of A-list jazz musicians who have come together in a music recording studio to discuss and perform "jazzed up" versions of “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “O Holy Night,” “Winter Wonderland,” “If It's Magic,” “Let it Snow,” “Christmas Time Is Here,” “The Best Gift I Ever Got,” and “Jingle Bells” (60’).

CONTACT: Global Telemedia Inc., Boston, MA, USA. Tel. 1-203-247-3888. Email:  Web:


Home renovator Tamara Day transforms Kansas City’s forgotten centuries-old properties into spacious dream homes on DIY Network’s newest series “Bargain Mansions.” Premiering November 7, the 12-episode series showcases Tamara as she scoops up rundown mansions for a fraction of their worth, uncovers distinctive features hidden by years of decay and incorporates the modern amenities that will attract buyers.  In each episode, Tamara, a mother of four, teams up with her father and mentor, Ward, as she takes on challenges common to older homes, including water damage and cracked foundations. She also redesigns unusual layouts to create desirable open-concept spaces. With strict timelines and budgets in place, Tamara saves and restores features such as pocket doors, stately staircases and exposed brick walls of these historic properties. In addition to original charm, the finished homes boast refreshed exteriors, gorgeous kitchens and spa-like bathrooms (12 x 30’). 

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



“Quiz Champion” sees challengers pitching themselves against five celebrity experts in a quiz battle that tests their knowledge to the max. Five different categories await them, chosen from sports, literature, music, and politics to nature, science, geography, food and history. Only the candidate who does better than the experts in the major fields of general knowledge stands a chance of winning a quarter of a million Euros and the ultimate title of Quiz Champion (format).

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



“Hobbyhorse Revolution” reveals how a group of Finnish teenagers have created a versatile hobby around a traditional children’s activity: the hobbyhorse. Raising the scene to a whole new level, they are active online with their Instagram accounts, blogs and forums but also outdoors practicing the sport in the woods and parks—and they are serious. Every handcrafted hobbyhorse has its own name and personality, and jumping competitions are taken as seriously as any other athletic event, and hobbyhorse fever is spreading internationally (58’ or 90’).

CONTACT: First Hand Films, Zürich, Switzerland. Tel. 41-1-312-2060. Fax 41-1-312-2080. Web:





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:


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:  Web:






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:   Web:


“The Great War” is the ultimate year-by-year account of World War I, and offers a perfect centerpiece in the run-up to the 100th Anniversary commemorating the end of First World War on November 11, 2018.  This five-part series profiles what caused the war, the key participants, the devastating battles, and how it all ended in 1918.  Commencing with Wilhelm II’s ascent to the German throne in 1888 and his ambitions for world power, his increasing militarism, and the string of event that inevitably resulted in the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and the start of WWI. “The Great War” provides a balanced look at the history, the motivations, the action, and how it all finally ended (5 x 60’). 

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



“Death Dive To Saturn” takes viewers on a suspenseful ride inside the last days of the Cassini-Huygens satellite mission, as Cassini attempts one last set of daring maneuvers—a series of dives between Saturn and its innermost ring, before making its final, fateful plunge into the planet’s atmosphere. This September, after 20 years in space, the Cassini-Huygens mission—one of the most successful missions in the history of space exploration—will come to an end. Launching in 1997 and arriving at Saturn in 2004, Cassini has sent home miraculous images and scientific data, revealing countless wonders about Saturn, its rings, and dozens of moons—including some that could harbor life (60’).   

CONTACT: WGBH/PBS International, Boston, MA, USA. Tel. 1-617-300-3893. Fax 1-617-300-1021. Web:

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