The BBC is inviting fans to create their own digital stories for Doctor Who. The ninth season of the reincarnated series begins in September and ahead of that, audiences will be able to invent their own Time Lord tales using clips and pictures supplied by the Doctor Who team, or video that they shoot on their own devices. How-to videos and tools have been provided for Doctor Who Mission Dalek to help develop digital skills and stoke creative flare for the fan-made vids. Selected winners will be invited to the set to meet Peter Capaldi, encounter the Daleks, step aboard the TARDIS and see the real world of Doctor Who.
Demonstrating its ambitions in the Great White North, Keshet International has entered into a co-development deal with Canadian independent production, distribution and financing company Facet4 Media. The deal will see the two entities partnering on the development of selected drama and comedy projects for the Canadian and international marketplace. This follows on from the launch of KI’s new LA-based scripted outpost, Keshet Studios and the announcement of a European Drama initiative that will see KI developing and funding three to four European drama projects a year. Facet4 was founded by Stephen Greenberg in 2014 along with Head of Creative Anna-Sue Greenberg and Jamie Greenberg as Head of Business Development.
Video streaming site Viki has acquired Soompi, an English-language site providing news and fan discussions focused on Korean and Asian pop culture, which increasingly are gaining attention globally. The deal is valued at around $10M. Viki will expand its offering of top-tier Korean entertainment and news to its global audience of 40M. Soompi in the past two years has amassed nearly 7M users per month and most recently was a division of Crunchyroll, the leading anime subscription site. In the near term, the two sites will continue to operate separately while integrating content.