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Only family fare at Eaton films.

"We like to represent the programs that we enjoy watching," stated Judith Bland, director and founder of the independent distribution company, Eaton Films, which was launched in 1989. "I don't know how people can sell horror shows or programs about the abuse of women, for instance."

That philosophy is demonstrated in the company's catalogue of family entertainment and drama programming. "We are always looking for good mini series and dramas," she said, explaining the company's agenda. But, the company also has children's series, animation and documentaries in its portfolio.

The London-based company comes to MIP-TV with about 2,000 hours of programming. This includes a journalistic scoop - a half-hour documentary called The Crown Jewels. Produced by independent Roymark, the TV crew became the first production team to be allowed into the Tower of London, to film what is considered to be the definitive symbol of the British monarchy's opulence. "You can imagine how tight security was. The crew was locked inside the Tower with about 100 guards." Eaton also plans to announce another Roymark deal at MIP-TV.

Two new Eaton projects are currently in production: Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left is a new children's half-hour series about aliens from outerspace trying to settle on planet Earth. Betafilm of Germany has pre-bought the European rights.

The Lost World, which has just been completed, is based on the novel by Sherlock Holmes' creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The co-producers are from Italy, Spain, France, Germany and the U.S., which illustrates the type of international co-production they are keen to pursue.

As the international distributor for Los Angeles-based Harmony Gold and Australia's Crawfords, Eaton's team of five sales executives has access to materials from two very prolific markets. Bland hopes The Sullivans series, currently on East Coast cable service, Vision Interfaith, will soon find itself on other U.S. networks. Bland would like to make further U.S. inroads with the Flying Doctors, which is available at MIP.

"Eastern Europe is opening up a great deal," Bland pointed out. "Buyers who had a problem acquiring certain programs [under Communist regimes] are now coming back. They might not be rich, but there is more freedom to choose. They are, however, very careful buyers; they're not opening the door to just any program."
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