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Doc News / 1 – 15 December 2010

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Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific scores double win at The Asian Television Awards 2010 (15/12/2010)

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (DNAP) scored a double win at the Asian Television Awards 2010 in Singapore last week, taking home the main award of ‘Cable & Satellite Network of the Year’ and its flagship brand Discovery Channel winning ‘Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year.’ In addition, DNAP picked up 17 wins and commendations in the Programming, Performance and Technical & Creative categories (please refer to the appendix for the full list).


Documentaries figure prominently at the Korean Broadcasting Pavilion (14/12/2010)

Apart from the Korean dramas and variety shows, Korean documentaries were also prominently featured at the recent Asia TV Forum where Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) secured a booth showcasing various forms of Korean entertainment.

Sundance Institute lines up doc grants (14/12/2010)

Funding body the Sundance Institute has unveiled 22 documentary projects which it will award more than half a million dollars to in grants and funding.The selected feature-length films for the autumn 2010 Documentary Film Program have been chosen from nearly 450 submissions from 80 countries, and will receive a total US$550,000 in support. Two of the 22 projects are to receive a grant from the Sundance/Cinereach Project, part of a US$1.5m three-year grant funded by Cinereach.

C21 Media

Alva Brothers to Roll Out Lifestyle Networks in India (14/12/2010)

Alva Brothers Entertainment has unveiled the Real Lifestyle Network, which will encompass a bouquet of lifestyle channels dedicated to the Indian market. The first offering is FOOD first, to launch in early 2011 as India’s first and only channel dedicated exclusively to food and food-related experiences. FOOD first is scheduled to launch in early 2011, to be followed by other channels in the lifestyle genre over the next year.


NHK to Consolidate Channels (9/12/2010)

From April 2011, NHK’s three satellite channels are to be restructured and consolidated into two HD channels, named BS1 and BS Premium.BS1 will center on world affairs and sports. It will offer viewers the latest news from around the globe, as well as live broadcasts of major sporting events. BS Premium will be dedicated to authentic entertainment and culture programs. Regular series will feature history, arts and other genres.


CCTV plans in-flight TV channel (9/12/2010)

State-run Chinese broadcaster CCTV has unveiled plans to launch a linear TV channel that will air in airports and in airplanes across China. Under a 15-year agreement with Nasdaq-listed outdoor advertising firm AirMedia Group of China, the CCTV Air Channel will be broadcast on digital TV screens in 38 major airports and digital TV screens on the airplanes of nine airlines in China.

Asia Pacific filmfest awards Iran actor (8/12/2010)

Iranian actor Hamid Farrokhnejad has been awarded at the 2010 edition of the Asia Pacific Film Festival during a ceremony in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei. The Best Documentary Film Award went to Hong Kong’s KJ: Music and Life by King-Wai Cheung,

Press TV

NZ’s Documentary Channel to Become BBC Knowledge (8/12/2010)

BBC Worldwide has planned to relaunch the Documentary Channel in New Zealand as BBC Knowledge next year, joining BBC World News and UKTV on the Sky platform. … “New Zealanders have a strong appetite for quality documentary programming, which has already been demonstrated by the success of the Documentary Channel,” said Karen Bieleski, SKY Television’s head of general entertainment and prime. “We are delighted to be working with BBC Worldwide to re-launch this expanded version of the channel, with even richer content and the solid backing of the BBC’s exceptional programming output.”

Worlscreen, C21media

UK, Singapore to fund more web projects (7/12/2010)

The Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore and its UK partner have unveiled plans to jointly invest £50,000 (US$78,000) in online video projects and are calling for proposals. MDA and the UK’s South West Screen (SWS) are to launch the second phase of their Multi-Platform Content Across Continents initiative, aimed at fostering partnerships between media companies in the two countries. Under the next phase of the scheme, the two bodies will select five interactive multi-platform video projects and together invest £10,000 in each project. A call for proposals will take place next February.



India Digs into New Food Channels (6/12/2010)

Food seems to be the new flavor among broadcasters, with three new channels being served up.
Leading Indian broadcasting group Zee Entertainment will spin off its long-running cookery show Khana Khazana (Food Treasure) into a full-fledged channel beginning on Wednesday. Slated for launch early next year is FoodFood, a joint venture between Malaysia’s Astro All Asia Networks and top Indian celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s television company Turmeric Vision.

The Hollywood Reporter

Five Asian films (including 2 docs) at Sundance (2/12/2010)

In total Sundance has picked five films from the region to play in its two World Cinema sections. Festival organisers, who in a break with tradition will screen a non-US film as part of an opening night double bill, say they picked just 14 international films from 1,073 submissions in the feature section. They picked 12 from 796 submissions in the international documentary section. 2 Asia-Pacific doc films will have their world premieres in next month’s Sundance Film Festival (20-30 Jan 2011) in Utah, US.


The Bengali Detective
India, US, UK (Director: Phil Cox) – Chubby, dance-obsessed private-detective Rajesh Bharti and his motley band of helpers tackle poisonings, adultery and the occasional murder on the frenzied streets of Kolkata. World Premiere

Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure
Australia, US (Director: Matthew Bate) – When two friends tape-recorded the fights of their violently noisy neighbours, they accidentally created one of the world’s first ‘viral’ pop-culture sensations. World Premiere.

Film Business Asia

ZDF takes on the Yakuza (2/12/2010)

German producer-distributor ZDF Enterprises and prodco Sound & Vision have begun filming a crime doc which will explore the elusive Japanese Yakuza underworld. High-definition doc The Last Yakuza (1×52′) will feature interviews with the crime syndicate’s top bosses in Tokyo, Kyoto and Fukuoka… It will be distributed by ZDF worldwide in 2011.

C21 Media

WINNERS OF THE 2010 ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS ANNOUNCED, the Chinese/Canadian co-production “The Last Train Home” won Best Documentary Feature Film. (2/12/2010)

Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock), from the People’s Republic of China, has won the Best Feature Film Award at the 4th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), announced this evening at a stunning ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Chinese actor Chen Daoming received the Best Performance by an Actor award for the same film, which is the highest grossing domestic film of all time at the Chinese box office.


President of the International Jury for APSA 2010, Academy-Award winning producer Lord David Puttnam, said: “The sheer variety of films and staggeringly good performances made our task very difficult indeed, in every category. The APSAs were attended by more than 550 filmmakers and special guests from across the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and North America. … the Chinese/Canadian co-production The Last Train Home won Best Documentary Feature Film.

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