Past CIRCOM Coproductions
- Published: March 31, 2010.
Since 1983 CIRCOM is promoting and developing cooperation between members, especially through co-production and exchange of programmes. The CIRCOM statutes foresee indeed that one of the missions of CIRCOM is to facilitate co-operation between regional television stations, particularly through co-production projects (Article 2: Aims and Objectives); as one of the objectives of the annual conference is to launch co-production projects (Article 9: The Annual Conference...).
On the CIRCOM various documentation, plenty of elements describing the association itself are related to co-production, such as: the objectives are… “to make co-productions and encourage the exchange of regional programmes: theme programmes, news magazines, cross-border news bulletins, documentaries, programmes for young people and cultural and music programmes”, “to increase the number of programme exchanges and co-productions, and encourage cooperation”, etc…
Since that time, co-production, exchanges, formats and ideas take various forms. CIRCOM facilitaded exchange of the existiing programmes between members, helped members find partners for their cross-border projects and organised coproduction projects. Traditionally, the main exchanges of existing programmes proposed by the CIRCOM members are made through the Prix CIRCOM Winners.
CIRCOM's goal and role is to motivate its members for the coproduction and exchanges by proposing contents which interest a majority of members in order to develop these activities. Various kind of content were identified: existing programmes proposed free of charge by the members; items produced by the members, proposed to be insert in programmes produced by other members; specific coproduction between limited number of members.
Here are some examples of past CIRCOM coproduction projects:
In the third round of a successful Citizenship project 10 active member stations produced 40 stories under 4 themes: Climate Change, Migration, Cultural Diversity and (Un-)employment.
Following the big success of the first Citizenship project, 2nd CIRCOM Regional Citizenship coproduction project – Citizenship and Election Process - was launched on May 9th 2014.
Seven European Regional Stations produced items on common themes related to European Citizenship. Coproduction gathered more than 20 millions viewers all around Europe, and offered to CIRCOM Regional member stations more than 150 stories to broadcast.
Six co-productions, financed by the European Commission, realised between 2003 and 2010:
"Networking Europe" was a BR - CIRCOM Regional co-production project with the collaboration of the European Union, which broadcasted classic magazine program contributions with a length of three to fife minutes. It covered all aspects of networking during the enlarged Europe.
Project Manager: Heike Stiegler
Executive Producer: Peter Sauer
Head of TV-News and Multimedia Studio Franken on behalf of Bayerisches Fernsehen
"Frontrunners" - a CIRCOM co-production project with the collaboration of the European Union, which broadcasted classic magazine program contributions with a length of two to four minutes. It covered all aspects of the enlargement of the European Union.
Topics included: Agriculture, adjustment of legal systems, economic opportunities for new EU member states, the situation at the borders between the old and new member states of the European Union. Each program contribution covers typical stories to show the progress made in special areas of the integration process in the enlarged European Union.
"Families of Europe" was an ERT3 - TVSYD - CIRCOM Regional co-production project with the collaboration of the European Union.
For some families in Europe the Enlargement changed their lives almost overnight. Coproduction reports are about such families, their hopes and anxiety, their joy and despair.
Executive Producers: Lefty Kongalides ERT3 and Tim Johnson TVSYD
"Specials: Christmas Traditions in Europe" - CIRCOM Regional co-production project with the collaboration of the European Union, about how people in different countries celebrate Christmas.
"Voice of the People" - CIRCOM Regional co-production project with the collaboration of the European Union. This co-production project took the form of a giant vox-pop: people in the street faced our cameras and asked challenging questions about what the EU really means to their daily lives. Then we turned our cameras on local, national and European politicians, looking for the answers...
Project manager: Lene Krüger
"The New Teen-Age Europe" - CIRCOM Regional co-production project with the collaboration of the European Union
Project manager: Lene Krüger
"The Last Straight Line" - CIRCOM Regional co-production project with the collaboration of the European Union
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