On July 29, 1981, a record 750 million people in 74 countries tuned in to see the couple exchange vows at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Video technology then couldn’t quite capture the details in all their glory, and all except for one media outlet captured the event on poor quality standard definition video tape.
British Movietone shot the ceremony on 35mm film, which has now been upgraded to 4K resolution. The restored footage is the centerpiece of the documentary from Touchdown Films, which also includes unheard anecdotes from the day and interviews with key insiders involved in planning the event.
TV market Mipcom has opened entries for its annual Diversify TV Excellence Awards 2021. Celebrating their 5th anniversary this year, the awards are dedicated to championing and promoting diversity and inclusion in all its forms across the international television industry.
For the second year running, the awards will also feature a special prize, the Variety Creative Change Award, which will be presented to an individual who has used their platform in the arts to champion diverse voices and stories.
Entries will be screened by a pre-selection jury of content experts and shortlisted projects will be chosen by a panel of charitable organizations that campaign for equality and inclusion.
The awards ceremony will take place live during Mipcom (Oct. 11-14) on Oct. 13 in the Grand Auditorium at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes and will also be live streamed to remote audiences.
Keshet International has sold Koda Communications’ eight-part thriller crime drama “Line in the Sand,” created by Rotem Shamir and Yuval Yefet, to streamer Brut X for France, RTL in Germany for its RTL Crime channel, BETV for French-speaking Belgium and to Network 10 in Australia for its streaming service Paramount Plus.
All four broadcasters have also optioned the second series recently reordered by Keshet 12 and active discussions are on-going with numerous other broadcast partners including Europe and Latin America.
Meanwhile, the first season of the series has been chosen by the Monte-Carlo TV Festival for its official selection and a Golden Nymph Award, with a delegation from the show expected to attend the 60th anniversary event in Monaco from June 18-22.
Meanwhile, South African producer Fell and Company has appointed Rocket Rights to represent travel documentary “Everything in Between” internationally.
The documentary follows two men — South African Ron Rutland and Briton James Owens — who set out from Twickenham rugby stadium in London to cycle to Tokyo to deliver the referee’s whistle for the opening game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. 230 days and 20,000 km later they did just that, but the journey across 27 countries was full of trials and tribulations.
The film was originally broadcast on South Africa’s Showmax and Supersport Channel.
Millennial-focused global channel and content producer Insight TV has partnered with esports organization G2 Esports to co-produce a second series of online esports talent search series “G2 Making the Squad.”
In the eight-part series, 10 Fortnite streamers compete for a spot on the G2 Esports Creator roster. Contestants will be tested on their Fortnite gaming skills and also on how well they can transfer what they’ve learned in Fortnite into fun, dynamic In-Real-Life challenges inspired by the game, which will take place in Italy.
Fortnite is an online video game developed by Epic Games, which requires players to overcome several challenges.