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Doc News / 16-30 November 2010

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Discovery doc initiative in China, new lifestyle bouquet in India,  one doc about Asia in the Oscar selection, first film festival in Laos, Digital TV in Asia…

New foodie channel and lifestyle bouquet in India in 2011 (29/11/2010)

Alva Brothers Entertainment has announced the launch of Real Lifestyle Network, an Indian premium lifestyle media network slated to unveil a bouquet of focused lifestyle TV channels. The first of the channels, FOOD first, will be launched in early 2011. It will be a pay channel available in both digital and analogue.

Hindustan Times

Report: China to Increase Adoption of Web-Enabled TV (24/11/2010)

There were more than 2 million Internet-enabled televisions shipped to China in 2009, according to research firm In-Stat, with forecasts expecting this number to reach in excess of 15 million units in 2014.


Cineflix seals Asian sales (23/11/2010)

Asian broadcasters have picked up a string of factual shows from Cineflix International Distribution ahead of next month’s Asia Television Forum.

Luang Prabang festival launches in Laos with a European doc for opening

The 1st Luang Prabang Film Festival (4-11 Dec) launches next month as the newest festival in Southeast Asia focusing on regional cinema… For logistical reasons, all films will be screened on DVD at the first edition of the festival. There are only a handful of cinemas in Laos, and no permanent cinema in Luang Prabang, and a country-wide shortage of trained projectionists. … The inaugural lineup consists of 23 films produced in the past two years.


One doc from Europe, “Today is better than two tomorrows” (from Irish director Anna Rodgers) will be showing on Saturday as opening night film  of the Luang Prabang Film Festival.
Report: Digital TV to Reach 517 Million Households By Year’s End (22/11/2010)

By 2015, Asia Pacific will account for 46 percent of the world’s digital homes … China will reach 233 million digital households by for 2015, with digital penetration at 54 percent. Third-placed India will have 85 million digital homes, with 52-penetration, by the end of 2015.


Academy Awards 2011: one doc about Asia in the Oscar shortlist selection (19/11/2010)

“Enemies of the People”,  directed by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath is among the 15 documentary feature films have been announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be in the next stage of the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards. The Doc already get Special Jury Prize at Sundance.  (Interview of Thet Sambath, Website of the doc, trailer of the Doc)


Discovery Services Head to Mobile in India (19/11/2010)

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (DNAP) has entered into a partnership with Apalya Technologies to make its bouquet of channels available on the mobile platform in India. Programs from Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Turbo and Discovery Science launched just yesterday on the new mobile TV service.


JIFFest focuses on local documentaries (18/11/2010)

Tickets went on sale today, 18 Nov, for the 12th Jakarta International Film Festival (25 Nov – 5 Dec). For the first time, the festival will open with a documentary, David Guggenheim’s dissection of the American education system Waiting for “Superman”. .. This year’s festival has a special emphasis on local documentaries with screenings of Diujung Jalan, about the families of overseas workers, HipHopDiningrat, about Yogyakarta’s hip-hop culture, and omnibuses Working Girls and Kickstart!.

Film Business Asia

South Korea: In two months, 120,000 S Koreans won over by documentary about Fr Lee Tae suk (17/11/2010)


More than 120,000 people have seen ‘Don’t cry for me, Sudan’, a documentary film that has set a box-office record for its genre in South Korea, this despite limited promotional work and advertising. The movie is about the life of John Lee Tae-suk, a Salesian missionary, and has achieved critical and public acclaim.

Discovery Enters Doc Initiative in China (16/11/2010)

Discovery Channel and China’s State Council Information Office (SCIO) are launching China Imagica, a three-year joint production initiative aimed at producing documentaries that showcase unique aspects of China.


Related posts:

Lifestyle Channel TLC to Launch in Asia-Pacific
Sundance Film festival 2012 selects 2 doc films about China
Two Asian docs selected in this year's Berlin Panorama Dokumente
With "Saving Face", Pakistan celebrates its first (doc) Oscar
My Marriage, My Parents (Taiwan/China) (in production)

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