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Cannes, 4 April 2011. AUTENTIC, producer and distributor of high-quality documentaries, has launched two new international special-interest channels. At MIP TV in Cannes, AUTENTIC’s CEO Patrick Hoerl announced on Monday that the new documentary channel SPARK will have exclusive access to the vast factual library of AUTENTIC and ZDF Enterprises. Also poised for its international launch is the feature-film channel FREESTAR, which will concentrate on independent movies, films of artistic value and on the major international film festivals.
SPARK is designed to be aired throughout the world as an HD channel and will show a broad spectrum of documentaries ranging from science and knowledge to programs about discoverers and discoveries, ecological topics, technology, nature and animal films. “Our goal is to offer top-notch entertainment for all family members,” says AUTENTIC’s Hoerl. SPARK will draw its programming from the new production outputs of AUTENTIC and ZDF Enterprises, and will also offer product specially tailored for various local markets.
FREESTAR will set its sights on feature films, stars and fans of the independent film. The channel, airing exclusively in High Definition, will present theatrical highlights of independent producers made outside of the big U.S. studios as well as competition contenders at the major international film festivals. “With FREESTAR, viewers can create their own personal film festival, in top quality and around the clock,” says channel manager Philipp Riccabona. FREESTAR will be available around the world as VoD platform and as linear broadcaster.
Munich-based AUTENTIC, a joint venture of Beta Film and Patrick Hoerl, was founded in 2008. The company produces and distributes superior-quality documentaries for television and new media. AUTENTIC also operates its own special-interest channels in various coun