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Nonfiction taking risky approach

29 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- For its seventh annual edition, MIPDOC, Europe's leading nonfiction trade fair, has moved house, shifting from the Carlton Hotel to the Noga Hilton where the now-defunct Casino Barriere underneath the Noga housed MIPDOC's screening rooms during the two-day market, which concluded Sunday. The old casino lounge made an appropriate setting for a business that has taken on a high-risk approach. As nonfiction programming moves upscale with such big-budget historical re-creations as the BBC's Pompeii: The Last Days and D-Day, such cinematic-quality efforts as the Discovery Channel's James Cameron's Expedition: Bismark and CS Associates' seven-part music documentary series The Blues, and reality formats from Pop Idol to Celebrity Boxing, networks and specialty channels are abandoning low-cost, bulk documentary programming in favor of expensive and riskier one-of-a-kind nonfiction "events." "Broadcasters are investing more and more of their own money (in big-budget nonfiction programming)," said Mark Starowicz, an executive producer at CBC Television's documentary unit. "The budgets and the stakes are going way up. You've got to stand out. Cookie-cutter stuff doesn't work. A few years ago, with the explosion of niche channels, you got a lot of bulk business, people producing 100 hours on the pyramids or S&M clubs or whatever. But nobody's buying that anymore." »

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Viek heads Brainpool light entertainment.

28 January 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Viek heads Brainpool light entertainment. Scott Roxborough COLOGNE -- Brainpool TV announced that Andreas Viek has been named to the new position of managing director in charge of light entertainment at the Cologne-based television production house. Viek, an executive producer on Brainpool reality shows including The Bachelor and Celebrity Boxing will report directly to Joerg Grabosch, head of content at Brainpool parent company VIVA Media. »

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