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World Screen Weekly

May 6, 2021

In this week's edition:
• ZDF’s Thomas Bellut
• WorldScreenings: AAAs Celebrate Asian Storytelling Excellence
• Distributor Spotlight: Boat Rocker Studios



In the news

Streaming viewing time globally rose by 36 percent in the first quarter of this year, Conviva said in its latest State of Streaming report. Meanwhile, India is among the 92 countries worldwide that will see gains in pay-TV subscribers over the next five years, according to Digital TV Research. In the U.K., advertising spend is projected to rise by 15.2 percent this year to reach £27 billion, per the latest Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report. In the U.S., total subscriptions to premium SVOD platforms rose by 24 percent year-on-year in Q1, according to data from analytics firm ANTENNA. NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises established Telemundo Streaming Studios. Overall revenues at Comcast Corporation were up 2 percent in the first quarter to $27.2 billion, with gains at Comcast Cable and Sky, while revenues at NBCUniversal were down by 9 percent. In personnel news, Banijay Rights promoted Claire Jago to executive VP for EMEA sales and acquisitions.


ZDF’s Thomas Bellut
By Anna Carugati

***Image***Well aware of changing consumer habits and streaming platforms that compete for viewer loyalty, ZDF is making its content available on its linear channels—which include ZDF and the thematic channels ZDFneo and ZDFinfo—jointly managed channels, branded online destinations and apps, and on third-party sites. Director-General Thomas Bellut tells World Screen Weekly how ZDF’s range of programming helps support democracy and contributes to political culture and social cohesion, and how the industry may change post-pandemic.

WS: What does ZDF represent for German viewers and citizens? What does ZDF provide that other linear and nonlinear platforms do not?
BELLUT: ZDF is the most successful national public-service provider on TV and online. We offer a wide-ranging, high-quality portfolio of entertainment, culture and information via all channels, almost all entirely without advertising. We are independent in terms of financial and political influence. As we are financed by the general broadcasting license fee, we can help shape opinions among the general population.

WS: Democracy is being threatened in several countries, unbelievably even in the U.S. How has ZDF contributed to upholding democracy in Germany?
BELLUT: Fortunately, democracy is very stable in Germany. The relationship between the federal government and the 16 states contributes to this. The media landscape is also an important aspect. In addition to critical reporting, the various interests and opinions in society are reflected. ZDF offers independent and factual information. Our editorial teams research and review information from all parts of society. We also deal firmly with mistakes. If we make any, we are transparent about it. This strengthens trust, and we have a high level of credibility in large parts of society. Despite all the criticism that is voiced, there is still broad support for democracy in Germany.

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TV Drama Screenings Festival

AAAs Celebrate Asian Storytelling Excellence

Korea’s Crash Landing on You, India’s Queen and Malaysia’s The Garden of Evening Mists were among the shows that walked away with a coveted Goddess of Creativity trophy at the Asian Academy Creative Awards ***Image***(AAAs) in 2020. Now in its fourth year, the celebration of Asian storytelling excellence operates on a unique model, first presenting a series of national winners across a wave of categories for shows from 16 countries, followed by best of Asia regional wins, with a jury consisting of content executives from across the globe.

The AAAs “curate the best content from AsiaPac,” says Michael McKay, the president of the AAAs, who created the event with his partner Fiona McKay, CEO of the AAAs. “If I was a buyer, I know where I’d be looking.”

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Distributor Spotlight: Boat Rocker Studios

ADDRESS: 310 King Street E., Toronto, ON M5A 1K6, Canada
TELEPHONE: (1-416) 591-0065
WEBSITE: www.boatrocker.com
Jon Rutherford
CONTACT: sales@boatrocker.com
PROGRAMS: Anna’s Occasions: 10x30 min., factual/food/lifestyle; COVID America: 2x60 min., factual/docuseries/current events; Borrowed from Nature: 1x60 min., factual/history/culture; My Trans Journey: 4x30 min., factual/docuseries; Relative Race: 60x60 min., factual/competition; Dino Ranch: 52x11 min., preschool 2-5/comedy/adventure/3D; Kingdom Force: 52x11 min., preschool 3-6/action/adventure/3D; Remy & Boo: 52x11 min., preschool 2-5/adventure/3D; Love Monster: 54x7 min., preschool 2-5/comedy/adventure/2D; The Strange Chores: 52x11 min., kids 6-11/comedy/adventure/2D.
TRAILERS: Please visit Boat Rocker Studios' Screening Room to view clips of Anna's Occasions, Borrowed from Nature, COVID America, Dino Ranch, Kingdom Force, Love Monster, My Trans Journey, Relative Race, Remy & Boo and The Strange Chores.

“Boat Rocker Studios is an independent, creative-driven studio that specializes in the development, production and distribution of premium, award-winning global content and franchises across all major genres via its scripted, unscripted and kids and family divisions. The studio distributes and licenses thousands of hours of its own and third-party content around the world through its Rights & Brands division. Boat Rocker Studios-produced series have won a variety of prestigious industry accolades, including Emmy, Peabody, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Canadian Screen Awards. Recent projects include Invasion, in production at Apple with Simon Kinberg and David Weil; Dino Ranch, for Disney Junior; and Go-Big Show, for TBS and starring Snoop Dogg. With over 800 employees across its Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, London, Ottawa and Hong Kong offices, 400 hours of content produced annually and a distribution library now totaling over 9,000 half-hours, our sales team maintains a boutique style of distribution with the reach of a global media company. In the past year, Boat Rocker Studios has sold content in over 300 countries worldwide across free TV, pay TV, pan-regional channels, OTT and streaming platforms. Boat Rocker Studios is a part of Boat Rocker Media, a leading integrated global entertainment company that harnesses the power of creativity and commerce to tell stories and build iconic brands that audiences love.”
—Corporate Communications


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