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Chile’s Tvn Boots Its Cultural Profile with a BBC Earth TV Slot

Expanding a long-term relationship, BBC Worldwide and Chilean pubcaster Television Nacional de Chile (Tvn) have inked a pioneering deal for the Latin American free-to-air TV market to launch a programming slot on Tvn dedicated to premium content from BBC’s new brand BBC Earth.

Starting in August, the two-year pact will allow Tvn to broadcast 72 hours of BBC Earth’s high-profile programming, mainly natural life and science documentaries.

For Tvn, which operates in Chile under a self-financing competitive business model that puts special emphasis on cultural programming, this commitment represents “an important step for the dissemination of cross-media content with the potential to fulfill an educational and cultural role in the formation of audiences,” according to Carmen Gloria Lopez, Tvn executive director.

BBC Earth branded content will plow fertile ground. The latest amendment to Chile’s free-to-air TV cultural programming regulations, effective from October 2014, requires broadcasters to air four hours of cultural programming a week,
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NBCU Intl. TV Production Supercharges Unscripted TV Biz

London — NBCUniversal Intl. Television Production, which is headed by Michael Edelstein, is launching a dedicated unscripted development unit.

The unit, which is to be overseen by senior VP of factual and entertainment David Mortimer, will be tasked with boosting development to create the next generation of high-impact, large-scale, returnable formats for the international market.

The unit will consist of two teams — one focused on shiny-floor entertainment shows, and the other on returnable high-end factual entertainment formats. Recruitment is under way.

The unit will sit alongside NBCU’s existing in-house unscripted production companies, Monkey Kingdom and Chocolate Media in the U.K., Matchbox Pictures in Australia and Lark Productions in Canada, which has a strategic partnership with NBCU Intl. Television Production.

Mortimer said: “By making a significant investment into development, we’re supercharging our unscripted television business.

“We are determined to be the home of the next big international format hit,
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NBCU International Television Production Adds Unscripted Development Division

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As TV execs continue to hunt for the next big reality hit, NBCUniversal International Television Production is supercharging its unscripted business. The group has launched a dedicated unscripted development unit to be overseen by Svp of factual and entertainment, David Mortimer. The focus will be on creating big entertainment formats for the global market. The division will be made up of two complimentary teams, one focused on so-called “shiny floor entertainment shows,” and the other on returnable high-end factual entertainment formats. The in-house unit will exist alongside unscripted production companies Monkey Kingdom and Chocolate Media in the UK, Matchbox Pictures in Australia and Lark Productions in Canada. Mortimer, a former BBC exec who joined NBCUniversal in May, has a track record that includes Dragons’ Den, Great Britons, The Weakest Link and The Office. He’s bullish on NBCU’s investment in development, saying, “We are determined to be the home
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BBC One appoints Charlotte Moore as acting controller

Charlotte Moore has been appointed acting controller of BBC One.

The current commissioning editor of documentaries will hold the role until a permanent appointment is made.

The announcement was made by outgoing BBC One controller Danny Cohen, who becomes BBC director of television on May 7.

"Charlotte is a fantastic creative leader and I'm confident she will do a great job as interim controller following her spell recently in charge of the BBC Daytime portfolio," Cohen said.

"The most important thing is that we carry on with business as usual and Charlotte will be empowered to make commissioning decisions and maintain BBC One's momentum."

Moore's past credits as producer/director have included Lagos Airport (Channel 4), Great Britons: Churchill (BBC Two) and Living With Cancer (BBC One).

She became head of documentaries at Iwc Media, before joining the BBC four years ago as commissioning executive of documentaries and was
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Kenneth Branagh recalls the opening ceremony of London 2012 | Eyewitness 2012

27 July: the actor relives working with Danny Boyle to help create the dazzling opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics

I was in Liverpool on a location scout for the film Jack Ryan when I got the call. Danny Boyle rang me and explained that they'd had a great tragedy – Mark Rylance's daughter had passed away and he was pulling out of his role in the opening ceremony. He asked if I would take over. I was standing on a street corner and I was so shocked at Mark's news that I didn't really take in the second part.

A couple of days later I went to see Danny at the Olympic Stadium. It was three weeks before the ceremony and the place was packed with thousands of people all doing things impressively. Danny seemed to know everybody's first name – it was like taking a walk with the Pied Piper. We
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'My food is really emotional' | Heston Blumenthal

His cooking is a famously multi-sensory experience. But Heston Blumenthal says he is no longer a temperature-obsessed workaholic, and hopes his Olympic-themed airline meals prove it

With his oversized glasses, closely cropped cranium and faintly mechanical gait, there is something of the Brains from Thunderbirds about Heston Blumenthal. And like Gerry Anderson's puppet, the celebrated proprietor of the Michelin-starred restaurant the Fat Duck radiates an obsession with scientific discovery.

"A counsellor friend of mine did say that I might be Add," admits the 45-year-old. "I said, 'If I'm Add then how can I have spent so much time and effort day in day out for so many years?' He replied, 'That's classic Add. You have no patience for most things and then you find something you like and you go the other way.'"

Obsessive or not, Blumenthal's famously technical cooking appears to have survived a testing three years.
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British Airways Great Britons short film gets a trailer

British Airways Great Britons short film gets a trailer
British Airways recently launched a contest (‘Great Britons’) celebrating the best in film, food and art to tie in with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. For the film category, entrants submitted a screenplay for a short film, and Prasanna Puwanarajah’s script Boy won out, impressing Richard E Grant and the rest of the judging panel. Well, the short film has now been made, and you can check out the trailer below: The film will be part of the Great Britons showcase at BA’s Flight BA2012 in central London....

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Grant Finding New Talent For Olympics

Grant Finding New Talent For Olympics
Actor Richard E. Grant is seeking out moviemaking talent for a contest to find a fitting film to launch the London Olympics next year.

The Withnail and I star has teamed up with chef Heston Blumenthal and artist Tracey Emin to hunt for talented people as part of the British Airways Great Britons Programme.

Grant is on the look out for a scriptwriter to pen a short film, which will be shown on all BA flights after it premieres at the opening of the 2012 games.

He tells Britain's Ok! TV, "This is an incredible opportunity that BA have set out. They've got Heston Blumenthal creating a menu for people on BA and I've been asked to find a script writer, to make a short film that will be shown on all BA flights next year and in the pre-ceremony opening for the Olympics, so it's an incredible platform to flush out and find new talent."

BBC2 looks to drama to solve identity crisis in the shadow of budget cuts

Caught between big sister BBC1 and upstarts BBC3 and BBC4, the 'difficult middle child' is working to regain its niche with increased investment in drama – despite cost cuts

It has been called the BBC's "difficult middle child"; the channel that sits uncomfortably between BBC1's high-wattage productions and digital upstarts BBC3 and BBC4; the network whose most popular shows are frequently snatched away by its more mainstream sibling, while other programmes that may once have found a home there now play out on the more niche outlets. So – minus Miranda and MasterChef, without the critically acclaimed Being Human or The Killing – what's left for BBC2?

Finding answers to this question is understood to be a priority for George Entwistle, who has just inherited responsibility for the BBC's portfolio of TV channels as the newly appointed BBC Vision director. Entwistle is said to remain convinced of the power and importance of channel brands,
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The Office | The Pillars of the Earth | Armstrong & Miller | Single Father | James May's Man Lab and more | The weekend's TV highlights

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The Office | The Pillars of the Earth | Armstrong & Miller | Single Father | James May's Man Lab and more

Saturday 30 October

The Office: An American Workplace

7pm, Comedy Central

A Saturday evening double bill of the wonderful Us Office as it enters its fifth season. The first episode sees Hr rep Holly (Amy Ryan) trying to lecture the team about ethics. Michael's predisposition for stupidity leads him to make the session immune from punishment, giving Meredith the opportunity to reveal she's been having sex with clients to get discounts. Ew. The second episode see the return of Michael's crazy ex-boss/lover Jan.

The Pillars Of The Earth

9pm, Channel 4

The adaptation of Ken Follett's whopping great doorstop enters its hundredth hour. Maud and Stephen's respective armies are still at it and it's been four years since the previous episode. While Maud's soldiers are under siege and slowly starving to death,
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