PRODUCT NEWS A+E NETWORKS
TV MOVIE highlights from A+E include Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland (1 x 120 mins), which dramatises intimate moments between Jackson and his children, professional turbulence and financial troubles that led Jackson into rehearsals for the This Is It tour. Other movies include: Story Of A Girl (1 x 120 mins), about the destructive power of a teenage sex tape; and Cocaine Godmother (1 x 120 mins), starring Catherine Zeta-Jones. Highlights from the scripted catalogue include: historical drama Nightfall (10 x 60 mins); military drama Six (10 x 60 mins), and Blue Book (10 x 60 mins), about the US Air Forces’ investigation into UFOs. A+E also brings a vast slate of formats and factual titles.
MARVISTA is debuting pre-school series Dream Street (65 x 10 mins) in Cannes. Dream Street incorporates core learning principles that encourage independence, social interaction, respect and empowerment. The gentle pace and narrated storytelling is developed to appeal to pre-schoolers. Dream Street follows the toy-box friends as they embrace everyday challenges in a brightly coloured world filled with edible treats, toys, games and fantastic gadgets.
Dream Street (MarVista Entertainment)
Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland (A+E Networks)
Ghost Dimension Flying Solo (Canamedia)
CANAMEDIA is at MIPCOM with Ghost Dimension - Flying Solo (10 x 60 mins/ HD), a new paranormal series from the producers of the original Ghost Dimension series. Paranormal expert Sean Reynolds investigates the UK’s most haunted paranormal locations — which include witches, demons and lost souls — with dramatic results.
FRANCE’s GAD brings a catalogue of factual programming to MIPCOM. Priorities include: Canned Sardines, A Well-Oiled Network (1 x 52 mins), which follows the process from catch to plate; Legendary Roads (1 x 60 mins), an exploration of three routes with amazing landscapes in France, Argentina and the Himalayas; and Easter Island: The Truth Revealed (1 x 90 mins). Music titles cover Sonar Festival, Keys N Krates, Derrick Carter, Nice Jazz Festival, Becca Stevens Band, Ravel’s Sheherazade, Strauss’ Salome, Dance Of The Seven Veils, the LSO conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and a range of operas.
THE SECOND season of Ukrainian political-comedy series Servant Of The People is brought to MIPCOM by Kvartel 95.The series follows the honest and humble school teacher who unexpectedly became the President of Ukraine. Having arrested his enemy — the prime minister — new problems hit the President and his team. The company also highlights the seventh season of format The InLaws (16 x 53 mins), a warm-hearted family-comedy series.
Servant Of The People (Kvartel 95)
CYBER GROUP STUDIOS
Tom Sawyer (Cyber Group Studios)
TOM SAWYER (26 x 22 mins/2D/HD), aimed at six- to 10-year-olds, is a new animated adaptation of the classic Mark Twain adventure story that aims to teach kids independence and help them mature. Other shows from France’s Cyber Group Studios include: Pirates (52 x 11 mins/2D/HD), about a family of pirates that moves to DullOn-Sea; Zack Jinks (52 x 11 mins/2D/HD), about an optimistic and imaginative kid; and a second season on MNJ (104 x 11 mins), based on a video game and app.
Legendary Roads (GAD)
NEW FORMAT Ancient Games is a co-development from China’s 3C Media with the UK’s ZigZag. In a recreation of ancient sports eight contestants compete in a variety of games from all over the world. Ancient Games uses CGI-augmented reality for the backgrounds, and props, tents, weapons and other personnel are authentic reproductions. Another entertainment format from 3C Media is technology-focused Future Games, in which 12 competitors compete in futuristic games.
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