Janson Media Announces MIPTV 2012 Release Slate

Janson Media today announced its slate of programming for MIPTV 2012, to be held in Cannes next month, April 1st through 4th. The company is at MIPTV for the 23rd consecutive year, exhibiting at its Stand #R34.03, in the Riviera Hall of the Palais des Festivals.  Company president Stephen Janson may be reached at the Grand Hotel while in Cannes. Sales associates Tracey Doran-Carter and Lyn Siew, and consultant Joan Lence will also be on hand. To schedule an appointment please email us or use this online form.  For clients not attending MIPTV this year, DVD and digital screeners of all Janson Media titles are available upon request.

Crossing Borders (1 x 72′) is our acclaimed new feature documentary that follows four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel together through Morocco and, in the process of discovering “The Other,” discover themselves. Although filmed in an MTV “Real World”-style, the documentary looks at serious real-world issues.

The Wereth Eleven (1 x 60′) is a riveting new docudrama narrated by Corey Reynolds (The Closer) that recounts the heroic battle waged by the African-American  333rd Field Artillery Battalion against the massed attacking German army at the start of the Battle of the Bulge and the dramatic escape made by 11 soldiers were captured and massacred at Wereth, Belgium by Hitler’s most ruthless soldiers, the SS.

USS Franklin: Honor Restored  (1 x 71′ and 1 x 60′) is a documentary which tells the complete story of “The Ship That Wouldn’t Die,” the aircraft carrier that survived a direct hit by a Japanese armor-piecing bomb off the coast of Japan in March 1945. In an instant the crew’s lives were changed forever and the events that followed would make the story of “Big Ben” one of the most dramatic and inspiring in naval history. The film is narrated by actor Dale Dye (Saving Private Ryan).

Betsy’s Kindergarten Adventures (24 x 30′) This animation series, told from the perspective of 5-year old Betsy, is designed to ease a child’s transition from the home to school  by generating interest and excitement about the kindergarten experience. Winner of the 2010 Parent’s Choice Award. Broadcast nationwide on PBS Kids.

Essential Pepin (26 x 30′) is the newest cooking series from the legendary French-American chef Jacques Pepin. It includes everything that is essential to Jacques — his love of food and cooking, his teaching and mentoring, and his family and friends. Broadcast nationwide on PBS.

Aligned and Well (14 x 30′) is a new health and wellness exercise series created by bio-mechanist, Katy Bowman, which introduces the Biomechanical Model of Preventative Medicine. Based on physics, physiology, anatomy, and engineering, the method explains how many common, expensive ailments are a result of poor motor skills and can be corrected through diligent practice of simple movements.

Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong: Quest for Harmony and The Matterhorn: Quest for the Water Castle are the 10th and 11th titles in the spectacular Richard Bangs’ Adventures with Purpose (11 x 60′) series of literate high-definition travel documentaries.

Wild Photo Adventures (13 x 30’) Tag along with host and professional photographer Doug Gardner to great locations to photograph wildlife, its behavior and its environment. The first wildlife and nature photography television show of its kind, viewers can expect useful tips on where to go, how to find wild subjects and how to photograph them in new and creative ways.

Spirit Lands: An American Desert Odyssey (1 x 52′) is a visual and musical journey to some of the most spectacular, beautiful and awe-inspiring natural wonders of the American desert.  Emmy Award-winning Fortney, whose filmography also includes Timeless: A National Parks Odyssey (1 x 52′), is highly regarded for his breathtaking achievements in cinematography, and his talent for creating  films that are an exquisite marriage of film and music.

Travel With Kids (49 x 30′) The Roberts family is back on the road… this time traveling to Peru, Italy, Greece and Mexico in Season 4.  Travel With Kids is full of entertaining yet practical travel adventure programs featuring two real-life kid brothers and their mom and dad. Season 5 is now in post-production.

Janson Media’s Emmy award-winning current affairs documentary, Split Estate, airing in the U.S. on the Sundance Channel, takes on the environmental issue of “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing), as citizens in the path of a natural gas drilling boom in the USA struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health.

Last-minute additions to the portfolio include:

Living the Blues (1 x 60′) An intimate look into the lives of nine great artists that are living and playing the blues, telling their stories of struggle and hardship through portraits and songs from the roots of America.

Live from the Northside Tavern (1 x 60′) A night full of live blues music from the world-renowned club in Atlanta, Georgia, with blues styles ranging from the aquatic pemount style to some extraordinary electric blues. Featuring artists from Taj Mahal to Beverly Guitar Watkins, Cora Mae Bryant, Cool John Ferguson, Sammy Blue, Little Pink Anderson, Mr. Frank Edwards, Mud Cat, Cootie Starks, Neal Pattman, and Shelton Poe.

A Gift from the Desert: The Arabian Horse (1 x 60′) This fascinating documentary is a soaring panorama of the horse that began in Arabia and went on to create Empires and champions.  Here is the story of the development of the Arabian horse breed, from its earliest days until the present, including rare footage filmed in the Kingdom, and young Arabic women riding horses. Filmed on location in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Great Britain, Kentucky, and California.

Living River: The Ganges (1 x 60′) A groundbreaking and up-close look at the ecological scourge threatening the revered Ganges River in India.  The film presents an unexplored and authentic view of the river and people struggling with change. The pollution is a red flag for fresh water rivers around the world suffering from endemic problems of improper and inadequate treatment plants, illegal activities by chemical industries along riverbanks, improper oversight by government regulatory agencies, corruption, and lack of public awareness.

Water First: The Global Water Crisis (1 x 45 or 1 x 28′) This documentary, filmed in Africa, is the perfect primer on the global challenge of providing universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

Finally, for those who can’t get enough “how-to” lifestyle programming, Janson Media brings new seasons to the market of Quilting Arts TV Knitting Daily TV,   Hands on Crafts for Kids, the jewelry-making series Beads, Baubles and Jewels, a series for scrapbooking enthusiasts, Scrapbook Memories and the popular baking and cake-decorating series, Bake Decorate Celebrate!  The company has added a sewing series to its catalog called It’s Sew Easy.

For more information on MIPTV 2012 please visit the international content market’s official website.