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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.

  • Fox prepares Luther remake for US

    19-Nov-2014

    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

    18-Nov-2014

    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

    13-Nov-2014

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

  • Networks plot film spin-offs

    13-Nov-2014

    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

    12-Nov-2014

    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

    12-Nov-2014

    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

    10-Nov-2014

    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

    10-Nov-2014

    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

    7-Nov-2014

    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

    6-Nov-2014

    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

    6-Nov-2014

    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

    5-Nov-2014

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

  • ITV US boss Paul Buccieri departs for A+E

    4-Nov-2014

    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

    4-Nov-2014

    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

    4-Nov-2014

    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

    4-Nov-2014

    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

    4-Nov-2014

    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

    3-Nov-2014

    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

    3-Nov-2014

    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

    3-Nov-2014

    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

    31-Oct-2014

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

  • Australian broadcasters strike landmark Gogglebox deal

    30-Oct-2014

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

  • Sky Italia eyes collaborations

    30-Oct-2014

    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

    29-Oct-2014

    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

    29-Oct-2014

    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

    28-Oct-2014

    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

    28-Oct-2014

    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

    28-Oct-2014

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

  • Big Brother heads to China

    28-Oct-2014

    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

    28-Oct-2014

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

  • David Ellender strikes Oil drama deal

    28-Oct-2014

    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

    27-Oct-2014

    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

    27-Oct-2014

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