Archive for July, 2011

/ 07/25/2011 10:27 PM

Court to Define Documentary (Film Business Asia)

Screen Australia is to go to court to seek a legal decision on the definition of a documentary. By Patrick Frater In Film Business Asia (Mon, 25 July 2011) It disputes the recent Administrative Appeals Tribunal judgement that TV series “Lush House” is a documentary, something that opens the show to claim Producer Offset financing. Screen Australia contends that “Lush [...]

/ 07/20/2011 10:29 PM

Executives move into Beach House (C21 Media)

Singapore-based studio Beach House Pictures has hired two new executives to deal with its recently greenlit slate of factual programmes. By Clive Whittingham In C21 Media (20 Jul 2011) Roger Cheng is joining from Discovery Networks Asia, where he worked as a producer on more than 250 hours of content since joining in 2006. He will take up the newly [...]

/ 07/15/2011 5:19 PM

Sundance Institute awards 7 docs from or about Asia in DFP spring round

The Sundance Institute has awarded grants totaling US$575,000 to 29 feature documentary films from nine countries for the spring round of its Documentary Film Program (DFP). 7 of this films are from or about Asia. The DFP received applications from 650 filmmakers in 80 countries, with submissions judged on approaches to storytelling, artistic treatment and innovation, subject relevance and potential for [...]

/ 07/08/2011 10:32 PM

All change at NHK (C21 Media)

Japanese pubcaster NHK has reshuffled its top staff, moving its head of international programme development to a new role running its copyright and archive centre. By Michael Pickard In C21 Media (8 Jul 2011) Fumio Narashima’s new responsibilities include securing rights to ensure cross-platform content availability, as well as the digitisation of NHK’s video archives. He previously spent five years [...]

/ 07/04/2011 10:39 PM

India greenlights Discovery expansion (c21media.net)

Discovery has received the go-ahead to set up four new channels in India but might have to wait more than a year before launching them. By Clive Whittingham In C21 Media (4 Jul 2011) The Indian government has approved Discovery’s application to launch Discovery Kids, Military Channel, Discovery Home and Health and ID in the territory, according to Discovery Networks [...]

/ 07/02/2011 10:38 PM

BBC Knowledge NZ to Feature Homegrown Short-Form Docs (worldscreen.com)

LONDON: Through a joint initiative between BBC Knowledge and New Zealand’s Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA), five short-form documentaries from young producers across the country have been selected to air on the channel later this year. By Kristin Brzoznowski In World Screen (July 1, 2011) BBC Knowledge NZ launched the initiative in February, coinciding with the channel’s debut, seeking [...]

/ 07/01/2011 10:37 PM

Discovery Takes HD Service to Malaysia (worldscreen.com)

SINGAPORE: Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific has clinched a carriage deal for its Discovery HD World network with Malaysian platform Astro. By Mansha Daswani In World Screen (July 1, 2011) The deal brings the channel to the Astro B.yond package and to Astro’s B.yond IPTV offering. The lineup on the channel includes The World From Above, Ultimate Power Builders and Elizabeth 1: [...]