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Amazon nabs US Catastrophe rights


Amazon Prime Instant Video has secured the exclusive US rights to Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe.

  • Smithsonian orders Nutopia invention doc


    US cable network Smithsonian has ordered documentary series My Million Dollar Invention from Jane Root’s Nutopia.

  • Nordic drama execs eye growth


    Nordic territories will need to see an increase in the number of digital platforms and local commissioners if they are to showcase their drama globally, according to industry experts.

  • TV spend surges for Nordisk Film & TV Fund


    The Nordisk Film and TV Fund’s investment in television surged to support 14 drama projects last year as local producers targeted the small screen.

  • NBC orders The Island with Bear Grylls remake


    NBC is to remake Channel 4’s The Island with Bear Grylls later this year. 

  • Realscreen 2015: key trends


    Executives who battled through the super-blizzard which swept America’s east coast this week to reach Realscreen have heard about the death of the derivative docu-soap, the revival of the classic British format and the importance of mega-agents.

  • Pact to launch in the US


    Industry trade body Pact is to launch a US arm to support the growing number of indies winning business across the Atlantic.

  • Sky Vision and Passion land factual deals


    Sky Vision and Passion Distribution have struck separate factual development deals with Night Will Fall-producer Spring Films and Amanda Rees’ Tifini.

  • Zodiak Rights targets US growth


    Zodiak Rights has promoted Andreas Lemos to lead a renewed push into the US.

  • Indies eye Realscreen boost


    UK indies are looking to supercharge their non-scripted ambitions in the US and get shows away with broadcast networks as a record number attend next week’s Realscreen.

  • Ugly Brother thinks global


    Ugly Brother Studios is using its investment from Sky Vision to help it emerge from a spell of more conservative commissioning patterns in the US.

  • High Noon sets sights on UK


    Cake Boss producer High Noon Entertainment hopes to get shows commissioned in the UK and around the world 18 months after it was acquired by ITV.

  • BBC and PBS strike factual content deal


    The BBC has struck an ambitious partnership with PBS to develop and commission blue-chip natural history and factual programming.

  • Simon Andreae leaves Fox


    Fox’s reality chief Simon Andreae has left the US network after just over a year and been replaced by a former Electus executive.

  • Darroch to reveal Sky Europe plans at Mip TV


    Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch is to lift the lid on the company’s plans to create a European “powerhouse” in a keynote address at Mip TV.

  • DCD buys Electric Sky assets


    DCD Rights has picked up 250 hours of programming from bankrupt producer distributor Electric Sky.

  • BBC2 swoops for US political thriller


    BBC2 has made a rare major acquisition from the LA Screenings, swooping for big-budget US drama Odyssey.

  • Discovery in drama push


    US true crime channel Investigation Discovery is moving into fully scripted programming for the first time and is working with UK indie October Films on a landmark serial killer strand.

  • Fortitude to simulcast across Sky Europe Video


    Sky’s big-budget Arctic drama Fortitude is to air simultaneously across five territories – the first time the broadcaster has released a show in this way since the creation of Sky Europe.

  • Catchphrase and Selling Houses head to France


    ITV gameshow Catchphrase and Channel 4 property format Selling Houses are set to be remade in France after indie Pernel Media struck two option deals.

  • Remedy to remake First Dates in Canada Video


    Argonon-owned indie Remedy is to remake Channel 4 dating format First Dates in Canada.

  • All3Media America wins Pivot order


    All3Media America is producing a social documentary series which will explore issues including food insecurity and homelessness for US cable network Pivot.

  • Starz boards BBC2's The Dresser


    US network Starz has boarded BBC2 telemovie The Dresser, which stars Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen.

  • ITN locks up Discovery crime doc


    ITN Productions has picked up a ten-part crime documentary series in the US from cable network Investigation Discovery.

  • ITV declines to renew The Americans


    ITV has opted not to pick up the third series of Saturday night Cold War drama The Americans.

  • Pick acquires NBC’s Siberia


    Pick TV has acquired NBC’s mock-reality drama Siberia.

  • Discovery hires Dexter exec for drama push Video


    Discovery has continued its push into drama with the hire of Dexter producer John Goldwyn.

  • Kate Barnes lands ITVS drama role


    Former Xbox and Channel 5 exec Kate Barnes has been appointed head of drama acquisitions and co-productions at ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE).

  • ITV's Leftfield strikes US indie deal


    ITV-owned US indie Leftfield Entertainment has struck a partnership deal with fledgling production company Crybaby Media.

  • The global trends for 2015


    Broadcast international editor Peter White looks ahead at what to expect in the next 12 months

  • Universal hires marketing chief


    Universal Networks International has appointed Nicoletta Gelli to fill the newly created role of senior vice president of marketing.

  • Sony names UK distribution boss


    Sony has appointed Mark Young to head up its TV distribution business in the UK following Kylie Munnich’s move to Sky Vision.

  • Gogglebox taken to Korea and Mongolia


    Gogglebox is to be remade in Korea and Mongolia as the Studio Lambert format reaches more than 25 territories.

  • Box TV ventures further into Africa


    Channel 4 / Bauer Media joint venture Box TV is preparing to continue its expansion into Africa after agreeing four distribution deals.

  • eOne acquires Grey's Anatomy producer


    Entertainment One (eOne) has acquired a majority stake in Grey’s Anatomy producer The Mark Gordon Company.

  • Amazon adds US cable dramas


    Amazon has acquired a raft of high-profile US cable dramas including 1980s period thriller Halt and Catch Fire.

  • ITV to remake Ninja Warrior Video


    ITV is adapt NBC challenge gameshow American Ninja Warrior after ITV Studios label Potato acquired the rights to the format.

  • US network Syfy acquires Troy


    US cable network Syfy has acquired Troy: Street Magic after striking a deal directly with Zig Zag Productions.

  • ITV invests $5m in Maker Studios founder


    ITV has taken a $5m (£3.2m) stake in Zealot Networks, the digital content business set up by Maker Studios founder Danny Zappin earlier this year.

  • Sharon Horgan developing HBO comedy


    Sharon Horgan’s indie Merman Films is developing a Sarah Jessica Parker-fronted comedy for US premium cable network HBO.

  • Syfy picks up Extant TV rights


    Syfy has picked up the TV rights to CBS Studios International’s Extant after it launched earlier this year on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

  • Scripps hires new UK boss


    Scripps Networks has appointed Discovery veteran Phillip Luff as managing director of UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

  • Sony sends The Goldbergs to E4 Video


    Channel 4 has signed a multi-season deal with Sony Pictures Television for its US sitcom, The Goldbergs.

  • Gracepoint axed after single series


    Fox has ruled out bringing back Broadchurch remake Gracepoint for a second series after lukewarm ratings.

  • Sony's Tiny Pop heads to Freeview


    Sony Pictures Television is extending the distribution of its pre-school channel to Freeview early next year.

  • Zodiak boards Iron Man doc Video


    Zodiak Rights has boarded documentary The Greatest Ironman which follows a father’s attempts to raise awareness of Duchenne a fatal muscle-wasting disease affecting his son.

  • CPL's Decimate heads to Spain


    BBC1 daytime quiz Decimate is set to be remade in Spain after a local indie optioned the CPL format.

  • UK series nominated for Golden Globes


    Downton Abbey and The Missing are the British series leading the charge at The Golden Globe Awards.

  • Shonda Rhimes: I've not broken glass ceilings


    Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes has claimed that rather than break through any race or gender glass ceilings she is following in the footsteps of other women.  

  • T Group and Znak & Jones agree partnership


    Storage Hunters producer T Group has struck a co-production partnership deal with Sky-backed indie Znak & Jones as it bids to break into the UK market.

  • Bumper year for distributors


    The UK’s top distributors have generated more than £1.1bn in revenues this year after exploiting more than half a million hours of programming in their catalogues.

  • Objective takes Reflex gameshow to China


    Objective Productions has scored its second major format deal in China after VoD service iQiyi commissioned a local version of BBC gameshow Reflex.

  • British firms strike deals ahead of Asia TV Forum


    British distributors including Sky Vision, Cineflix Rights and Fremantle Media have sold a slew of UK series to Asian broadcasters ahead of the Asia Television Forum (ATF).

  • C4 picks up US yo yo doc Video


    Channel 4 has acquired feature length yo yo documentary World on a String from nascent distributor Scorpion TV.

  • Sony's Pop TV picks up Funnymals


    Sony-owned kids channel Pop TV has picked up comedy clip show Funnymals after striking a deal with fledgling UK producer and distributor Can’t Stop Media.

  • Zodiak reviews brands under new chief exec


    Zodiak Rights is looking at how it can maximise the value of some of its biggest brands as it bids to put a year of management upheaval behind it.

  • eOne prepares M&A drive


    The Walking Dead distributor Entertainment One (eOne) is aiming to double in size over the next several years via a series of merger and acquisition deals - with a particular focus on the UK.

  • A Place To Call Home settles at BBC2


    BBC2 has picked up Australian period drama A Place To Call Home after striking a deal with Endemol Worldwide Distribution.

  • BBCW strikes Australian VoD deal


    A slew of BBC series are to launch on forthcoming Australian VoD service Stan after BBC Worldwide struck a deal with owners Nine Network and Fairfax Media.

  • Starz plots New Orleans jazz drama


    US pay-TV network Starz is working up a Playground Entertainment drama which will explore the jazz scene and the decriminalisation of prostitution in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century.

  • Sony acquires Australian indie Playmaker


    Sony Pictures Television has bought Australian drama indie Playmaker Media, the production firm behind BBC4 acquisition The Code.

  • UTV Ireland wins public service status


    UTV Media’s soon-to-launch Republic of Ireland channel has been granted public service status and wrapped up a number of carriage deals.

  • ABC eyes UK for ‘risky’ series


    US network ABC is adapting a slew of UK scripted series as it searches for “risk-taking” comedy and drama formats.

  • Brits clean up at International Emmys


    Utopia, Educating Yorkshire and The Tunnel were among the winners at the International Emmy Awards.

  • Bullseye co-founder joins Euro indie


    Bullseye co-founder Dee Smith has joined European extreme sports and culture producer Factory Media.

  • Horse & Country gallops to Australia


    Equestrian sports and lifestyle channel Horse & Country TV is preparing to launch in Australia next year and plans to develop a range of local programming.

  • BBC America appoints new boss


    BBC America has appointed Sundance TV chief Sarah Barnett as president and general manager, one month after Sundance parent firm AMC Networks acquired a stake in the US cable network.

  • ABC hunts UK reality formats


    US network ABC has kicked off a hunt for non-scripted formats from the UK with a particular focus on variety shows and docu-soaps.

  • Lionsgate set for UK TV push


    Mad Men producer and distributor Lionsgate is to ramp up its push into television production in the UK and is looking to hire development and production executives.

  • FX boards Tom Hardy's Taboo


    US cable network FX has boarded BBC1’s Tom Hardy drama Taboo.

  • Fox prepares Luther remake for US


    BBC1 detective drama Luther is set to be remade in the US after Fox revealed plans to develop an adaptation produced by Idris Elba.  

  • DCD wins major US commission


    DCD Media-owned indie September Films has won a “game changing” commission from US broadcast network The CW for magic format Penn & Teller: Fool Us.

  • Netflix confirms Left Bank’s The Crown


    Netflix has confirmed the arrival of its first original show from the UK, a £100m biopic of the Queen.

  • Networks plot film spin-offs


    The major US broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.

  • Steve Macallister resigns from Zodiak Rights


    Zodiak Rights chief executive Steve Macallister has resigned from the international arm of the Wife Swap producer after just ten months in the job.

  • Former Boundless exec Gemma Davies joins US indie


    Former Boundless and Twofour exec Gemma Davies has joined the development team of US indie Jane Street Entertainment.

  • The Bridge hunts indies for Asian market


    British indies are being encouraged to develop factual and factual entertainment projects for Asia after Argonon-backed business The Bridge struck a wide-ranging deal in in South Korea.

  • Runaway Fridge to remake Kaboul Kitchen


    Runaway Fridge, the TV and film producer behind Michael Fassbender’s Frank, is producing an English-language remake of French comedy series Kaboul Kitchen.

  • Labour MP lobbies Crozier over US working conditions


    A member of the shadow cabinet has urged ITV to settle its dispute with the Writers Guild of America (WGAE) over working conditions for non-scripted employees.

  • Lightbox to lift lid on US campaign trail


    Channel 4-backed indie Lightbox has picked up a commission from US cable broadcaster Esquire Network to follow an American political campaign.

  • France’s Makever eyes co-pros


    French drama production group Makever is eyeing international co-production deals with UK indies and broadcasters, and is in advanced talks on two forthcoming drama projects.

  • Netflix hires European content exec


    Netflix has hired Vuguru boss Larry Tanz to join its nascent European content acquisition team.

  • ITV US boss Paul Buccieri departs for A+E


    ITV’s US boss Paul Buccieri is leaving the company after seven years for a top job at cable network group A+E Networks.

  • A&E boards Vice and Raw's Silk Road doc


    Vice and Raw TV’s documentary about the online illicit drugs and weapons market for BBC4 has been picked up in the US by A&E IndieFilms.

  • BBC Brit and BBC Earth to debut in Poland


    BBC Worldwide’s newest channel brands, BBC Brit and BBC Earth, are to make their debut in Poland next year.

  • PBS heads behind the scenes at Downton Abbey


    US public broadcaster PBS has continued to expand its line-up of UK series with deals for Grantchester, Poldark, Indian Summers and a behind-the-scenes documentary about Downton Abbey.

  • WGAE calls for boycott of Saturday Night Takeaway remake


    The Writers Guild of America (WGAE) has urged its members not to work on ITV’s US remake of Saturday Night Takeaway until it has reached a deal over working conditions.

  • Sky Arts moves into foreign comedy


    Sky Arts has picked up its first foreign comedy and a new Scandinavian drama in its latest international acquisitions raid.

  • Fox cancels De Mol's Utopia


    US network Fox has pulled the plug on Utopia, the innovative social experiment format created by John De Mol.

  • Can't Stop Media picks up controversial French format


    British politicians could be sent undercover to live among their constituents after Can’t Stop Media acquired the rights to controversial French reality format Undercover Leader.

  • AMC backs BBC's John le Carre adaptation


    Breaking Bad broadcaster AMC has boarded BBC mini-series The Night Manager.

  • Australian broadcasters strike landmark Gogglebox deal


    Studio Lambert’s hit format Gogglebox has continued its global march with a landmark deal in Australia.

  • Sky Italia eyes collaborations


    Sky Italia is to increase the amount of big-budget drama it develops with its British and German counterparts, BSkyB and Sky Deutschland, following the creation of Sky Europe.

  • Tumble rolls into Romania & China


    Tumble is headed to Romania and China after BBC Worldwide struck the first international format deals for the celebrity gymnastic contest.

  • Zodiak Rights hires BBCW drama exec


    Zodiak Rights has hired BBC Worldwide’s head of drama Chris Stewart as head of scripted acquisitions for the Wife Swap producer.

  • Rich Ross to leave Shine America


    Shine America boss Rich Ross is the latest high-profile executive to leave the company following the mega-merger between Endemol and Shine Group.

  • Russia Today to launch UK channel


    Russia Today (RT) is launching a UK news channel and has kicked off a hunt for documentaries produced by British factual indies.

  • CBS picks up four dramas


    US network CBS has handed full series to four dramas which have been acquired in the UK.

  • Big Brother heads to China


    Big Brother is headed to China after Endemol struck a deal with an online streaming service for the reality series.

  • NBC to remake Saturday Night Takeaway


    NBC has ordered a US version of Saturday Night Takeaway from ITV Studios America.

  • David Ellender strikes Oil drama deal


    Former Fremantle Media distribution chief David Ellender has struck his first UK deal, teaming up with fledgling drama financiers Nevision on a big-budget oil drama.

  • Wire In The Blood adapted by Endemol


    Classic ITV psychological crime drama Wire In The Blood is being adapted in the US by Endemol Studios for ABC.

  • Amazon grabs DC Comics' Constantine Video


    Amazon has acquired DC Comics’ Constantine adaptation in one of its most significant UK deals for first-run Hollywood content.