EmptyMaxdome adds to its VOD library
CANNES — German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has added to its growing library of VOD rights with a multiyear deal that gives the network German rights to the catalog of NBC Universal Television Distribution. ProSieben will use the rights to feed its on-demand portal maxdome. With the NBC Universal agreement, maxdome adds such titles as "The Bourne Identity," "Gladiator" and "Hulk" to its library of more than 7,000 films and series.
'Rain' sales heat up on Day 1
CANNES — Sales were brisk here Monday for PorchLight Entertainment's action thriller "Hell's Rain," the company said. The film, about meteors falling on a small town, sold to TF1 in France, Sogecable in Spain, RTL2 in Germany, Art Port in Japan, Andrea Leone in Italy, TVP in Poland, D Prods. in Turkey, RTL Klub in Hungary, Eagle and Orbit in the Middle East, Star TV in Asia and MPI in Romania.
Wall to Wall gets smart with 'Genius'
CANNES — U.K. independent producer Wall to Wall said Monday that it has struck deals with a slew of broadcasters for the upcoming documentary series "Child Genius," which follows the journey of Britain's most gifted children into adulthood. Deals have been struck at the market with Teva in France, Canal+ in Poland, Spektrum in Hungary, ERT in Greece, Ceska Televise in Czech Republic, VRT in Belgium and Asia TV in China.
Pangea unites world via film
CANNES — With Cameron Diaz, Goldie Hawn and Meg Ryan already on board as advisers, documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim on Monday launched a global initiative to "inspire understanding across cultures and nations" through film. The project, Pangea Day, combines 20-30 short films from around the world with live links from eight cities into four hours of programming that will air live May 10 on television, online, digital cinemas and mobile phones. Pangea Day is being billed as an antidote to a world in which "people are divided by borders, race, religion and conflict but most of all by misunderstanding and mistrust," the organization said. The question to amateur and professional filmmakers is, "If they had the world's attention for five minutes, what story would they tell?" Noujaim asked. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 15.
Pubcasters from Asia fund 3 docus
CANNES — Independent producers from India, Malaysia and Indonesia have won full funding for three high-definition documentary projects as part of a new co-production alliance among three of Asia's leading public broadcasters. Winners of the first Asian Pitch were announced Monday by Japan's NHK, Korea's Korean Broadcasting System and Singapore's HD production and distribution house, Caldecott Prods., which is part of the Media Corporation of Singapore. The three projects are "Supermen of Malegaon" by Faiza Ahmed Khan (India); "Subak" by Justin Ong Tat Tiong (Malaysia); and "The Mummy Theft From Toraja" by Agung Mulya Setiawan (Indonesia).
Hefferon extends stay at Flying Bark
CANNES — Australian kids TV producer Michael Hefferon is staying on as head of Flying Bark Prods. Flying Bark's parent, Germany's EM.Sport Media, on Monday extended Hefferon's contract as managing director. He will continue to report to Susanne Schosser, managing director of EM.Sport Media's children's TV division EM.Entertainment.