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Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Announces Latest Grantees Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Announces Latest Grantees
by BWW News Desk - November 01, 2018

Thirty-three nonfiction works from seventeen countries comprise the latest Sundance Institute Documentary Fund and Stories of Change Grantees, announced today. 81% of the supported projects have at least one woman producer or director; 48% originate from outside the US.... (more...)
AsianAm, LGBTQ Films Win Big at NBC's Diverse Shorts Fest AsianAm, LGBTQ Films Win Big at NBC's Diverse Shorts Fest
by BWW News Desk - October 25, 2018

Last night, the 13th Annual NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, which celebrates diverse stories while finding the next generation of storytellers, honored its six finalist films and filmmakers with a finale screening and awards ceremony at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood.... (more...)
Sundance Institute Names 2018 Art of Nonfiction Fellows and Grantees Sundance Institute Names 2018 Art of Nonfiction Fellows and Grantees
by TV News Desk - October 23, 2018

Ten independent filmmakers working at the vanguard of inventive artistic practice in story, craft and form will receive distinctive opportunities from Sundance Institute's Art of Nonfiction Fellowship and Fund. ... (more...)
Starz Now Streaming on Hulu Ahead of the Season Four Premiere of OUTLANDER Starz Now Streaming on Hulu Ahead of the Season Four Premiere of OUTLANDER
by TV News Desk - October 23, 2018

Starz, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), and Hulu today announced the launch of the STARZ premium add-on, available on all of Hulu's subscription plans, just in time for the upcoming season four premiere of the hit STARZ Original series 'Outlander' on Sunday, Nov. 4.... (more...)
FREE SOLO, MINDING THE GAP Lead Critics' Choice Documentary Awards Nominations FREE SOLO, MINDING THE GAP Lead Critics' Choice Documentary Awards Nominations
by TV News Desk - October 15, 2018

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) have announced the nominees for the third annual Critics' Choice Documentary Awards. The winners will be presented their awards at a gala event, hosted by science educator and television persona... (more...)
Food Film Fest Announces Participating Restaurants, Festival Trailer, Additional Parts Unknown World Premiere Tickets Food Film Fest Announces Participating Restaurants, Festival Trailer, Additional Parts Unknown World Premiere Tickets
by BWW News Desk - October 11, 2018

The Food Film Festival announced today new details for its 12th annual festival in New York City, taking place October 24-28, 2018. Benefiting the Billion Oyster Project, the Food Film Festival is the only festival in the world where guests get to Taste What They See on the Screen…right in their sea... (more...)
LIVE FROM HERE WITH CHRIS THILE Confirms Guest Lineup For Next Five Shows LIVE FROM HERE WITH CHRIS THILE Confirms Guest Lineup For Next Five Shows
by BWW News Desk - October 10, 2018

Live from Here with Chris Thile confirms the guest lineup for the next five shows, which feature special performances from Jeff Tweedy, Cat Power, Jon Batiste, Dirty Projectors,Vulfpeck, Gabriel Kahane, War & Treaty, Anna & Elizabeth, Negin Farsad, Todd Barry and The Sklar Brothers.... (more...)
The AMAs Announce Hosts for RED CARPET LIVE The AMAs Announce Hosts for RED CARPET LIVE
by TV News Desk - October 04, 2018

dick clark productions today announced "AMAs Red Carpet Live presented by Security Benefit," the official pre-show for the "2018 American Music Awards." Jessie James Decker, Scott Evans, AJ Gibson, Erika Jayne, Laura Marano and Zach Sang will host. The two-hour pre-show will stream LIVE from Microso... (more...)
AYITA'S DREAM Dances into the Cinema in Los Angeles, September 21-27 AYITA'S DREAM Dances into the Cinema in Los Angeles, September 21-27
by BWW News Desk - September 20, 2018

Director, producer and actor Isis Masoud (Bloodline, The Last Goodbye, Rock of Ages, Matter out of Place), and director Roger Ingraham of Sundance fame(Moonshine, As the Dust Settles, Matter Out Of Place), are thrilled to announce a week long screening oftheir newest short film AYITA'S DREAM at the ... (more...)
TNT Highlights Eight Female Storytellers Through Shatterbox Film Series with Refinery29 TNT Highlights Eight Female Storytellers Through Shatterbox Film Series with Refinery29
by TV News Desk - September 20, 2018

Through a partnership with TNT and Refinery29, Shatterbox is a film series that gives female storytellers a platform to create short films that redefine identity, imagination and storytelling through the female lens.This year's class of prestigious female directors include Yara Shahidi, Gillian Jaco... (more...)
DARK MONEY to Debut on PBS Television Series POV DARK MONEY to Debut on PBS Television Series POV
by TV News Desk - September 19, 2018

Your vote can be bought, but at what cost? Dark Money follows local Montana journalist John S. Adams, who is determined to uncover the truth about funding in his state's elections. The film gains insights over the course of three election cycles, as it solves an increasingly complicated and blurred ... (more...)
ESPN Films Announces Upcoming 30 FOR 30 Documentaries ESPN Films Announces Upcoming 30 FOR 30 Documentaries
by TV News Desk - September 13, 2018

The award-winning ESPN Films group continues to produce some of the best sports storytelling content in the industry, announcing today several new projects that will debut over the next few months. 30 for 30 documentaries on Junior Seau, the Mike Tyson/Buster Douglas fight and Deion Sanders headline... (more...)
The Full List of Winners from the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys The Full List of Winners from the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys
by TV News Desk - September 10, 2018

The Television Academy tonight presented the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday night honoring outstanding artistic and technical achievement in television at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The Saturday ceremony, which kicked-off the 70th Emmys, awarded many tale... (more...)
Refinery29 and TNT Announce 'Digital Forward' Release of Shatterbox Eight Female-Driven Short Films Refinery29 and TNT Announce 'Digital Forward' Release of Shatterbox Eight Female-Driven Short Films
by TV News Desk - September 06, 2018

Turner's TNT, in partnership with Refinery29, today announced the World Premiere and digital release date of season two of the Shatterbox, the film series that gives female storytellers a platform to create short films that redefine identity, imagination and storytelling through the female lens.... (more...)
PBS to Premiere Political Thriller Documentary DARK MONEY PBS to Premiere Political Thriller Documentary DARK MONEY
by TV News Desk - September 06, 2018

Your vote can be bought, but at what cost? Dark Money follows local Montana journalist John S. Adams, who is determined to uncover the truth about funding in his state's elections. The film gains insights over the course of three election cycles, as it solves an increasingly complicated and blurred ... (more...)
The Food Film Festival to Present the World Premiere of ANTHONY BOURDAIN PARTS UNKNOWN / LOWER EAST SIDE The Food Film Festival to Present the World Premiere of ANTHONY BOURDAIN PARTS UNKNOWN / LOWER EAST SIDE
by TV News Desk - August 29, 2018

The Food Film Festival returns to New York City for its 12th straight year! The five-day Festival will feature a series of events where food and film lovers get to Taste What They See on the Screen...right in their seats! At each event, guests are served the food from the films as they watch on the ... (more...)
THIS IS LIFE WITH LISA LING Season Five Premieres September 23rd on CNN THIS IS LIFE WITH LISA LING Season Five Premieres September 23rd on CNN
by TV News Desk - August 28, 2018

The critically-acclaimed CNN Original Series, This is Life with Lisa Ling, returns for its fifth season on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT, following the season 12 premiere of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. The eight-part investigative docuseries follows award-winning journalist Lisa Ling as ... (more...)
The Tribeca TV Festival Features the Season Premieres of TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW, RAY DONOVAN, the 20th Season of LAW & ORDER The Tribeca TV Festival Features the Season Premieres of TRACEY ULLMAN'S SHOW, RAY DONOVAN, the 20th Season of LAW & ORDER
by TV News Desk - August 22, 2018

Calling all TV fans, the Tribeca TV Festival is back on the big screen bringing audiences together to discover new series and be the first to see favorite new season premieres. The 2nd Tribeca TV Festival will celebrate unforgettable storytellers who have shaped what 'peak TV' is today and introduce... (more...)
The Food Film Festival's Official 2018 Selections Include World Premiere of ANTHONY BOURDAIN PARTS UNKNOWN / LOWER EAST SIDE The Food Film Festival's Official 2018 Selections Include World Premiere of ANTHONY BOURDAIN PARTS UNKNOWN / LOWER EAST SIDE
by TV News Desk - August 09, 2018

The Food Film Festival returns to New York City for its 12th straight year! The five-day Festival will feature a series of events where food and film lovers get to Taste What They See on the Screen...right in their seats! At each event, guests will be served the food from the films while they watch.... (more...)
Adult Swim Orders Two New Animated Series', THE SHIVERING TRUTH and TIGTONE Adult Swim Orders Two New Animated Series', THE SHIVERING TRUTH and TIGTONE
by TV News Desk - August 08, 2018

Going all in on the medieval and surreal, Adult Swim announced today they have greenlit two new original series with different animation styles, The Shivering Truth and Tigtone.... (more...)
Duncan Jones To Direct First TV Series With Adaptation Of KILLER INTENT Duncan Jones To Direct First TV Series With Adaptation Of KILLER INTENT
by TV News Desk - August 07, 2018

Duncan Jones is to make his television series directing debut with an adaptation of the thriller novel Killer Intent, according to Deadline. Liberty Films will produce the adaptation of Tony Kent's book.... (more...)
Oxygen Media's Docu-Series UNSPEAKABLE CRIME: THE KILLING OF JESSICA CHAMBERS Premieres 9/15 Oxygen Media's Docu-Series UNSPEAKABLE CRIME: THE KILLING OF JESSICA CHAMBERS Premieres 9/15
by BWW News Desk - August 01, 2018

Oxygen Media, the network for high-quality true crime programming, takes a deep dive into the horrific December 2014 murder of Jessica Chambers, the Mississippi teen who was doused with gasoline and set on fire, in the active crime investigation docu-series“Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica ... (more...)
20th Century Fox Television's FOX Directors Lab Launches Third Edition 20th Century Fox Television's FOX Directors Lab Launches Third Edition
by BWW News Desk - July 27, 2018

21CF Global Inclusion will begin its third annual Fox Directors Lab (FDL) program on the Fox Studio Lot in Los Angeles in August. FDL is a highly selective program designed to nurture experienced television directors who have diverse voices, backgrounds, and life experiences.  The goal of the progra... (more...)
National Geographic Channel Picks Up Second Season of 
ONE STRANGE ROCK National Geographic Channel Picks Up Second Season of ONE STRANGE ROCK
by BWW News Desk - July 26, 2018

National Geographic Channel Picks Up Second Season of ONE STRANGE ROCK... (more...)
New on Hulu this Week: UNREAL Season 4, THIS COUNTRY, THE LAST SHIP, FIND ME IN PARIS, & More New on Hulu this Week: UNREAL Season 4, THIS COUNTRY, THE LAST SHIP, FIND ME IN PARIS, & More
by TV News Desk - July 18, 2018

Hulu is the only pay-TV service to offer live and on demand channels, original series and films, and a library of premium streaming TV shows and movies, all in one place. This includes content from the four major broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, FOXand NBC, with local live broadcast affiliate programmi... (more...)