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Unapix preps docs for Discovery, Learning

Company to generate 24 hours of primetime content

NEW YORK — TV docu distrib Unapix Entertainment has signed its biggest co-production deal ever: It will generate 24 hours of primetime programming for Discovery Channel and its sister network Learning Channel.

Twenty-two of the 24 hours will fall under various franchise series created by Learning Channel, encompassing five hour-long episodes under “Strange Science,” five under “Superstructures of the World,” six “Too Extreme,” three “Speed Demons” and three “Big Stuff.”

The two other hours are one-shots: “Rulers of the Mountain Kingdom” for Discovery Channel and a futuristic special tentatively called “Now What.”

Unapix has commissioned Sachnoff-Lipman to do the “Strange Science” hours, Belo Prods. to do the “Big Stuff” programs and Termite Arts to produce the “Speed Demons” and “Too Extreme” segs.

Learning Channel and Unapix will share production cost of the 24 hours. Learning Channel gets the exclusive cable rights in the U.S.; Unapix will take on distribution outside the U.S.

Unapix’s Miramar homevideo division will distribute videocassettes of the programs in the U.S. following their cable runs.