HBO Max will build “The Bridge” in Hungary
HBO Max’s Hungarian branch will run a local version of the Banijay survival format The bridge. The format tasks bringing together contestants to build a 250-meter-long bridge to an island for the chance to win a big cash prize, and this latest deal marks its sixth international adaptation. Presented by Csaba Magyarósi, The Hungary Bridge is produced locally by Free Monkeys Production, based on the original Spanish format. Production took place near Lake Belis in Romania, near the Hungarian border. Deadline understands it was given the green light before HBO Max halted commissioning in the CEE region. Most of the production teams in Europe have now been laid off, as Deadline revealed last month.
eOne strengthens the Canadian unscripted
eOne bolstered its unscripted offering in Canada by signing a VP Development and promoting Scott Boyd to the same level. Christine Diakos joins the newly created position and will focus on developing, creating and presenting unscripted content, with a focus on lifestyle, reality and competitive series. She joins Big Coat Media, where she served as supervising producer on Like it or list it, Love it or List it Vancouver and Jillian and Justin. Boyd, who joined eOne in 2017, will oversee factual content, true crime and docuseries. Both report to Jocelyn Hamilton, President – Canada, Television. “Christine’s depth of experience in the lifestyle field will be a perfect complement to Scott’s factual expertise,” Hamilton said.
Topic & AMC Networks among buyers for Icelandic drama ‘Blackport’
Portnoir, a quirky Icelandic drama set in a small fishing village in the 1980s, is heading to the US and Canada via streamer Topic. Distributor About Premium Content also sold the show to SBS in Australia, AMC Networks International Southern Europe in Spain and Portugal, RTS in Switzerland and TG4 in Ireland, following pre-sales in several Scandinavian territories following its launch on MipTV. The eight-part series, by Gísli Örn Garðarsson (Ragnarok), Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Trap, Courage) and Nina Dögg Filippusdóttir (Valhalla prisoners and murders), is produced by Vesturport and Turbine Studios for Arte in France and RÚV in Iceland. The Grand Prix Series Mania 2-2021 winner follows married couple Harpa and Grimur, who together with their friends build a small fishing empire thanks to the introduction of the fishing quota system in the country. But the power struggle deeply corrupts the couple, resulting in a feud of jealousy, greed and betrayal.
Sons of Rigor Films and ScreeningRoom Announce Ukrainian Film Grant Recipients
Sons of Rigor Films and ScreeningRoom have announced the four recipients of their Ukrainian film grants. The four selected projects are Mission 200 by Volodymyr Sydko, Listening to the world by Yelizaveta Smith, steel company by Yuliia Hontaruk, and Christ is risen by Volodymyr Yatsenko. Each successful project will receive a $5,000 grant, mentorship, and a one-year ScreeningRoom Pro account. Anna Machukh, director of the Ukraine Film Institute and grant judge, said: “The Ukrainian film industry is going through a difficult period. The full-scale war unleashed by Russia affected all spheres of life without exception, including the cinema. It is very important that Ukrainian filmmakers now receive support to be able to continue filming. After all, art is a mirror of the reality in which we live. And it’s important to preserve it, not break it. Therefore, I am very happy that Ukrainian directors had such an opportunity, had the chance to be seen and heard, and I am very grateful for that.
WildBrain will launch a new “Teletubbies” series on YouTube
On the heels of Netflix’s plan to bring back the Teletubbies, the British children’s characters will appear in a new YouTube show. Teletubbies, let’s go! is a CG-animated preschool series produced by WildBrain Spark’s digital studio. It is set to launch on the official Teletubbies YouTube channel in late October, with new episodes appearing weekly. The series introduce a new generation of children to Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po. Several new sun babies, reflecting the diversity of the Teletubbies audience, and new music will feature in each episode. WildBrain also announced the third season of Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City, which will be produced from the Canadian company’s Vancouver studio. The show’s second season will launch on Netflix on September 21, with several new buyers including Kids Central in the US and Sandbox Kids (UK, Ireland, US, Canada, France and Ukraine).
Uncork’d Entertainment purchases the “Croc!” & Sci-Fi Action Movie (Exclusive)
Uncork’d Entertainment has gone from strength to strength by acquiring a fun creature feature Croc! and sci-fi action movie The Area 51 Incident. Croc! stars Mark Haldor, Sian Altman and Chrissie Wunna and follows the story of a group of killer crocodiles who crash a wedding. It’s from Jagged Edge Productions. The Area 51 Incident, from Dark Abyss Productions, stars Scott Jeffrey and Megan Purvis. The plot sees a hidden wormhole in Area 51 open, with alien invaders soon invading the government facility. A group of survivors take refuge in a nuclear bunker, but can they survive the creatures before the army arrives?