Volume LII, No. 17, November 27, 2020



Janson Media​​ has​​ announced the release of the one-hour documentary film​​ “Serving for Justice: The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion.”​​ Amidst the horrors and indignities of Jim Crow America, one million African Americans served their country to protect democracy abroad and expand it at home during World War II. This documentary tells of a combat unit struggling to succeed in battle, proving their full-citizenship when their lives seemed to matter less. Here is a story of fortitude, brotherhood, and faith in America's ideals.​​ Serving for Justice: The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion​​ was produced by​​ Ebony Doughboys, and written and directed by Robert Child​​ (60’).

CONTACT:​​ Janson Media, Tappan, NY, USA. Tel 1-845-359-8488. Email:​​ info@janson.com ​​​​ Web:​​ www.janson.com




ZDF Enterprises​​ has secured worldwide distribution rights for the Australian documentary​​ “Bushfire Animal Rescue.”​​ Produced by​​ WildBear Entertainment, Australia’s leading producer of factual content, and brokered by​​ Wild Thring Media, in association with​​ Thirteen Productions LLC​​ for​​ WNET​​ and​​ PBS,​​ ZDF/ARTE​​ and​​ ZDF Enterprises, the program chronicles the battle to save Australia’s wildlife from history’s worst fires.​​ Australia’s devastating bushfires have seen wildlife survivors begin their long journeys to recovery.​​ “Bushfire Animal Rescue”​​ follows iconic species like koalas, kangaroos, wombats and endangered parrots through rescue, rehabilitation and release. Remarkable tales of human compassion and dedication are also revealed along the way, and the challenge of safeguarding wildlife in a hotter future comes to the fore. The scale of this environmental catastrophe has demanded new thinking from experts. Across Australia, the documentary sees human ingenuity applied to protecting fragile wildlife populations, both now, and into our hotter future​​ (50’).​​ 

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



Zodiak Kids​​ (part of​​ Banijay)​​ has secured a commission from​​ France Télévisions​​ and​​ Rai​​ (Italy) to produce a brand-new animated series of the heritage property​​ “Mumfie.”​​ The series, directed by the French director Daniel Dubuis, is a co-production between​​ Zodiak Kids Studio France​​ and Italian animation studio​​ Animoka​​ alongside the broadcasters. Production began this year with delivery​​ starting in​​ Spring 2021.​​ Mumfie​​ is a preschool comedy series based on Britt Allcroft’s​​ Magic Adventures of Mumfie.”​​ Told with heart and humor, the brand-new series features the optimistic young elephant Mumfie, who along with his best friends, Pinkey the flying pig and Jelly Bean the color-changing jellyfish, are the helpful heroes of this whimsical series​​ (78​​ x​​ 7’).​​ 

CONTACT:​​ Zodiak Kids, London, UK. Tel. 44-207-013-4000. Email:​​ sales@zodiakkids.com ​​ ​​​​ Web:​​ www.zodiakkids.com




Entrepreneurs who struck it rich with one brilliant idea and are now ready to make the ultimate upgrade to a high-end home will get the guidance they need from lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly in​​ “Self-Made Mansions.”​​ Premiering January​​ 8,​​ 2021, the six-episode​​ HGTV​​ series will follow Clinton as he activates his personal passion for real estate and keen eye for design to show new millionaires what it means to live large. The clients, who’ve made a bundle with their creative, why-didn’t-I think-of-that inventions such as The Cut Buddy™, Kwik Hang®, Sweetroots Hair Bar® and others, will tour every type of luxurious property–from multi-acre farms and sprawling country estates to Mediterranean-style mansions and cool desert properties–to find the home of their dreams.​​ During the series, Clinton will lead the luxe real estate hunt to help a former police officer, a bartender and families who worked paycheck to paycheck trade in their old digs for a major home upgrade. Showstopping features like sensational pools, spacious kitchens, spa-like bathrooms and plenty of square footage are just a few of the reasons these successful entrepreneurs will put a bid on a stunning, new property​​ (6 x 30’).

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




ITV Studios, the global creator, producer and distributor of world-leading programs, and​​ Nippon TV, Japan’s leading multiplatform entertainment company, have cemented their relationship by agreeing to a co-development deal to create a brand new international​​ format for global exploitation.​​ The new creative collaboration will see the two companies work on a number of development ideas before deciding which to proceed with and take to market, producing the new series in their respective territories.​​ Nippon TV​​ will subsequently manage the distribution of the new format across Asia, with​​ ITV Studios​​ representing the show globally.​​ The agreement follows on from the announcement earlier this year that​​ ITV Studios​​ had acquired the international production rights for​​ Nippon TV’s​​ gameshow format,​​ Red Carpet Survival,​​ in those territories where it has an unscripted production base.​​ 

CONTACT:​​ ITV Studios, London, UK. Tel.44-20-7491-1441. E-mail:​​ tracey.jaques@itv.com​​ Web:​​ www.itvstudios.com




NATPE​​ has opened registration for​​ NATPE Virtual Miami. Online conferences are scheduled to take place January 19-22, 2021, with the Marketplace running from January 19 through the 29th. Early bird rates are available until December 18, 2020. Here is the link for online registration:​​ ​​ https://natpemiami.streampoint.com/ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​​ 

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


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