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Ex on the Beach heads to Sweden

3-Mar-2015

Ex On The Beach is to be remade in Sweden after Viacom International Media Networks struck its first format deal for the entertainment format.

  • Really takes care of business with crime docs

    3-Mar-2015

    UKTV is beefing up its slate of true crime series with the acquisition of a pair of titles from Paul Heaney’s TCB Media Rights.

  • Endemol Shine restructures distribution arm

    2-Mar-2015

    Endemol Shine Group has finalised the restructure of its merged international distribution arm which has resulted in the departure of a handful of senior sales executives.

  • ITV closes in on John de Mol's Talpa

    27-Feb-2015

    ITV is closing in on a deal to buy John De Mol’s Dutch production group Talpa Media.

  • Nigeria & Indonesia in BBCW's sights

    27-Feb-2015

    BBC Worldwide is targeting around ten emerging markets including Nigeria and Indonesia as part of a renewed international growth push.

  • Nick Thorogood to leave Scripps

    26-Feb-2015

    Nick Thorogood is to leave Food Network owner Scripps Network after five years.

  • Digital deals soar at Showcase

    26-Feb-2015

    BBC Worldwide’s annual Showcase has provided a glimpse into its digital future as more than 700 international buyers travelled to Liverpool to pick up key BBC titles.

  • US agents cut in on UK deals

    26-Feb-2015

    Small- and medium-sized factual British producers could be squeezed out of the US commissioning gold rush unless they work with talent agents.

  • The Bastard Executioner to film in Wales

    25-Feb-2015

    The Bastard Executioner, the latest project from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, is to be  shot in Wales from March.

  • Discovery develops 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy for US

    25-Feb-2015

    US broadcaster Discovery is developing a local version of Sky 1’s 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy.

  • BBC Worldwide Showcase: first deals emerge

    24-Feb-2015

    BBC Worldwide has struck a slew of deals at its annual programming conference including agreements for forthcoming natural history series The Hunt and a major live music event curated by Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

  • The CW picks up C4's Dates Video

    24-Feb-2015

    US network The CW has acquired Channel 4’s Bryan Elsley-created drama Dates.

  • BBCW strikes animated kids deals

    23-Feb-2015

    BBC Worldwide has closed a raft of international sales for CBeebies animated series Nelly & Nora and Hey Duggee.

  • 21st Century Fox denies Discovery takeover

    23-Feb-2015

    21st Century Fox has denied reports that it is in merger talks with Discovery Communications.

  • OSF ties with Korean indie for BBC2 plant doc

    20-Feb-2015

    Oxford Scientific Films has partnered with Korean producer Paan Media to produce a four-part documentary series about the history of plants for BBC2.

  • Jack Osbourne partners with T Group

    20-Feb-2015

    British reality star and TV producer Jack Osbourne has partnered with Storage Hunters indie T Group to produce formats and docu-series for UK and US broadcasters.

  • Analysis: UK formats in France

    19-Feb-2015

    French broadcasters are increasingly opening their doors to British formats as series including The Undateables and Top Gear join a growing list of shows to be adapted in the country.

  • Netflix spend estimated to break £3bn

    17-Feb-2015

    Netflix could spend as much as £3.3bn on content in 2016, according to analysts.

  • Lifetime acquires Property Brothers

    16-Feb-2015

    UK pay-TV broadcaster Lifetime has acquired North American property series Property Brothers after striking a deal with distributor Cineflix Rights.

  • The Undateables crosses the Channel Video

    13-Feb-2015

    The Undateables is to be re-made in France after M6 ordered a local version of the Betty-produced Channel 4 format.

  • First round of redundancies sweeps Endemol Shine

    12-Feb-2015

    Endemol Shine Group is preparing for the first wave of redundancies since its mega-merger with around 20 roles set to be axed across its international distribution business.

  • All3Media secures global buyers for C4’s Indian Summers

    12-Feb-2015

    All3Media International has closed seven deals for forthcoming Channel 4 drama Indian Summers.

  • TruTV eyes UK indie content

    12-Feb-2015

    Turner’s free-to-air channel TruTV is to commission content from UK indies for the first time and is hunting for character-driven reality series.

  • Lionsgate takes Starz stake for global push

    11-Feb-2015

    Mad Men producer Lionsgate has taken a stake in US cable network Starz in a deal that could pave the way for both businesses to realise their international ambitions.

  • Amazon grabs Outlander for UK

    9-Feb-2015

    Amazon has acquired the UK rights to Left Bank Pictures’ sci-fi period drama Outlander.

  • Irish format The Takeover heads to C4 Video

    9-Feb-2015

    Channel 4 has ordered a UK version of Irish business format The Takeover after striking a deal with Sony Pictures Television.

  • BBCW strikes Wolf Hall deals

    9-Feb-2015

    Thomas Cromwell is set to travel the world after BBC Worldwide struck a slew of international sales for period drama Wolf Hall.

  • Sky Arts acquires Italian political thriller

    5-Feb-2015

    Sky Arts has picked up edgy Italian political thriller 1992 as part of a deal that will mark the latest series to launch in all five of Sky’s European territories.

  • Medical drama makes US return

    5-Feb-2015

    Medical dramas, film adaptations and race-related projects are the prominent themes among nearly 80 scripted pilots ordered by major US networks for the 2015/16 season.

  • Vice on verge of A+E deal as TV and online collide

    5-Feb-2015

    Vice Media, one of the pioneers of original digital content, is to shake up the US cable landscape by agreeing a deal for a programming block with A+E Networks.

  • Fox UK brings in Jeff Ford

    4-Feb-2015

    Jeff Ford is to return to the UK to take up the role of managing director of Fox International Channels UK.

  • Zodiak Americas boss exits

    4-Feb-2015

    Zodiak Americas chief executive Jonny Slow is leaving the super-indie after more than ten years.

  • Grant Mansfield's Plimsoll opens US office

    3-Feb-2015

    Grant Mansfield’s Bristol-based indie Plimsoll Productions has opened an office in LA to help grow its burgeoning US business.

  • Amazon nabs US Catastrophe rights

    30-Jan-2015

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

  • Smithsonian orders Nutopia invention doc

    29-Jan-2015

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

  • Nordic drama execs eye growth

    29-Jan-2015

    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

    29-Jan-2015

    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

    28-Jan-2015

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

  • Realscreen 2015: key trends

    28-Jan-2015

    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

    28-Jan-2015

    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

    27-Jan-2015

    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

    27-Jan-2015

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

  • Indies eye Realscreen boost

    22-Jan-2015

    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

    22-Jan-2015

    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

    22-Jan-2015

    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

    19-Jan-2015

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

  • Simon Andreae leaves Fox

    19-Jan-2015

    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

    16-Jan-2015

    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

    15-Jan-2015

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

  • BBC2 swoops for US political thriller

    15-Jan-2015

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

  • Discovery in drama push

    15-Jan-2015

    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

    14-Jan-2015

    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

    13-Jan-2015

    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

    13-Jan-2015

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

  • All3Media America wins Pivot order

    12-Jan-2015

    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

    12-Jan-2015

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

  • ITN locks up Discovery crime doc

    9-Jan-2015

    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

    9-Jan-2015

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

  • Pick acquires NBC’s Siberia

    9-Jan-2015

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

  • Discovery hires Dexter exec for drama push Video

    8-Jan-2015

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

  • Kate Barnes lands ITVS drama role

    8-Jan-2015

    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

    8-Jan-2015

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

  • The global trends for 2015

    8-Jan-2015

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

  • Universal hires marketing chief

    7-Jan-2015

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

  • Sony names UK distribution boss

    7-Jan-2015

    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

    7-Jan-2015

    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

    6-Jan-2015

    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

    6-Jan-2015

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

  • Amazon adds US cable dramas

    5-Jan-2015

    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

    23-Dec-2014

    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

    23-Dec-2014

    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

    22-Dec-2014

    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

    22-Dec-2014

    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

    19-Dec-2014

    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

    17-Dec-2014

    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

    16-Dec-2014

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

  • Gracepoint axed after single series

    16-Dec-2014

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

  • Sony's Tiny Pop heads to Freeview

    15-Dec-2014

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

  • Zodiak boards Iron Man doc Video

    15-Dec-2014

    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

    12-Dec-2014

    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

    11-Dec-2014

    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

    11-Dec-2014

    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

    11-Dec-2014

    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

    11-Dec-2014

    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

    10-Dec-2014

    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

    9-Dec-2014

    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

    5-Dec-2014

    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

    5-Dec-2014

    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

    4-Dec-2014

    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

    3-Dec-2014

    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

    3-Dec-2014

    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

    2-Dec-2014

    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

    2-Dec-2014

    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

    2-Dec-2014

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

  • UTV Ireland wins public service status

    2-Dec-2014

    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

    27-Nov-2014

    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

    25-Nov-2014

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

  • Bullseye co-founder joins Euro indie

    25-Nov-2014

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

  • Horse & Country gallops to Australia

    24-Nov-2014

    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

    21-Nov-2014

    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

    20-Nov-2014

    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

    20-Nov-2014

    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

    19-Nov-2014

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