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MIPCOM 2010 : many (co)production and distribution deals signed

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Many deals have been signed between European and Asian producers, distributors and broadcasters.

  • Production in Asia

. 3D partnership for Asia Pacific

Singaporean studio Beach House Pictures and New Zealand prodco NHNZ have joined forces with the Media Development Agency (MDA) of Singapore for a 3D factual television series. The as-yet untitled 10-part series will be the partnership’s first 3D project, and the show will be distributed internationally through the MDA. Singaporean 3D post-production company Blackmagic Design will also work on the series. (5/10/2010)

Singapore and Western Australia reunite to develop cross-media projects
ScreenWest, Western Australia’s screen funding and development agency and its counterpart from Singapore, the Media Development Authority (MDA), today announced the third round of the MDA-ScreenWest Cross-Media Development Initiative, to encourage producers in their respective territories to jointly co-develop visual narrative concepts for emerging new media channels.

MDA (5/10/2010)

  • Coproduction deals

. French France 5 renews its partnership with NHK

Japan’s NHK and France Télévisions have signed a three-year coproduction deal to strengthen their upcoming factual programming collaborations. Under the new agreement, both pubcasters will develop and produce factual series and one-off documentaries to be pre-bought by either party. Among the next subjects : China archeology and French couple volcanologist. (6/10/2010)

. German, French, British and Singaporean partners for Asia’s Wild Treasures

tvf-asia-wild-treasuresGerman pubcaster NDR and Franco-German network Arte are joining German studios Eikon Media and Wilde Bilder Fernsehproduktion, and Oak3 Films in Singapore as a coproducer on the six-part series, with additional participation from Singapore’s Media Development Authority.
The high definition nature series Asia’s Wild Treasures covers remote regions of the continent and documents endangered species from Mongolia, Borneo, India and Vietnam. UK factual distributor TVF International holds worldwide distribution rights. The series has already been pre-sold into Italy, France, Switzerland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Slovakia. Other European territories are now in pre-sale discussions, with interest in the 3D episode from Japan, France and Canada. Arte, Germany’s ARD and Switzerland’s Swiss TV have already earmarked the show for a primetime slot. (4/10/2010), ChannelNewsAsiaTVF website

TBS and BBC follow the Polar Bear

John Downer productions, Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) and BBC will coproduce a new wildlife programme. Polar Bear – Spy on the Ice is due to premiere on BBC1 in 2011. (4/10/2010)

. Astro, SWR, UR and EBS join NHK and Al Jazeera for “Discover Science”

NHK/NHK Educational Corporation and Al Jazeera Children’s Channel have secured Germany’s SWR, UR of Sweden and Korea’s EBS as co-producers for Discover Science, which is to air on Astro in Malaysia and Brunei. The sciencetainment series offers explanations of the theories of science through experiments. A total of 26 episodes have been completed, with NHK Enterprises distributing the show worldwide. (4/10/2010), ME Digital Production (4/10/2010)

  • Distribution deals

. True Visions buys docs from Vertice

Thai pay-TV operator True Visions has acquired two wildlife documentary series from Vértice Sales, the recently formed international distribution arm of Spanish media group Vértice 360º. High definition documentaries Water Life (26×30′) and Wild Kingdom were both produced by Spain’s CIN.TV. (8/10/2010)

. AETN international will distribute content from AETN Asia

A&E Television Networks’ (AETN) distribution arm AETN International has expanded its programming slate to include original factual content from sister company AETN All Asia Networks (AAA Network’s channels History, The Biography Channel in Asia and Crime and Investigation Network). (5/10/2010)

. NatGeo International will distribute content from Malaysia

National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has partnered with Malaysia’s National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) to distribute four new documentaries internationally. The properties were coproduced by NGCI and FINAS under the first and second rounds of the Malaysia to the World initiative, originally launched in 2006 with financial backing from both parties. (6/10/2010)

Nine Network Australia picks up doc from BBC

Australian commercial broadcaster Nine Network has picked up 26 hours of natural history programming from the BBC‘s Natural History Unit. (6/10/2010)

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