Survival formats and physical gameshows flexed their muscles at MipTV this week, with broadcasters increasingly prepared to look beyond the safety of talent formats and studio shows.
More 4 has acquired a Nordic drama about the sabotage of a Nazi atomic bomb factory during World War II.
MipTV: Jeremy Darroch praised the technology of Sky Deutschland and the content of Sky Italia as he hinted at how resources will be shared across the newly enlarged Sky business.
MipTV: London-based NBC Universal International Television Production is to produce a clutch of US-style procedural dramas for German broadcaster RTL and French network TF1.
MipTV: BBC Worldwide and Fremantle Media have both signed major production deals with Chinese media giant Shanghai Media Group (SMG).
Gogglebox finds a new home in China, The Great British Bake Off heads to South Africa and Zodiak Rights agrees a first look deal with New Zealand’s 2B Media.
ITV Studios has struck a deal with Australian indie Hoodlum to boost its scripted output in the US.
A slew of UK indies have won high-profile commissions from US cable network Smithsonian as part of a slate of programming that includes co-productions with the BBC, Channel 5 and UKTV.
Bob The Builder is set for a move onto YouTube after Hit Entertainment kicked off production on a raft of shorts for the VoD platform, along with a second series of the CGI reboot.
DLT Entertainment is developing a UK version of Scandinavian drama Nurses.
ITV is in talks to acquire the television division of The Weinstein Company for up to £630m, according to reports in the US.
Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting distributor Miramax is ramping up its plans to move further into TV production following the success of Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn.
Raw Television, Arrow Media and World Media Rights have all scored major US commissions from Discovery as part of its annual line-up of programming.
Japanese broadcaster NTT Plala has acquired a raft of 4K documentaries from UK distributor TVF International.
Blink Films has struck a landmark partnership with Korean broadcaster EBS after working closely with Argonon-backed business enabler The Bridge.
The Great British Bake Off has switched broadcasters in Australia after pay-TV network Lifestyle Food took over the format rights from terrestrial channel Nine Network.
BBC Worldwide has given the greenlight for Top Gear Live to continue following Jeremy Clarkson’s “fracas” - with the caveat that all BBC branding will be removed from the event.
Lime Pictures and Monkey Kingdom have landed major orders from US cable network Bravo as part of the NBC Universal-owned broadcaster’s latest programming slate.
Sky has acquired a majority stake in US production company Jupiter Entertainment.
US network HBO leads the line-up of international broadcasters that have acquired Sky’s Nick Broomfield documentary Tales of the Grim Sleeper.
Projector Pictures, the indie set up by Waking The Dead star Trevor Eve, has inked a first-look deal with ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of the German public broadcaster.
US public broadcaster PBS has commissioned Jeremy Dear’s fledgling indie Ideas Room to take a closer look at the real-life story of Wolf Hall.
Norway and Sweden could rival the UK as a destination for highend drama production as they look to introduce tax benefits for scripted content.
Amanda Hill, one of the architects of BBC Worldwide’s super-brand strategy, is leaving to join US broadcaster A+E Networks.
The Late Late Show with James Corden got off to a good start on Monday evening, beating NBC’s rival brand Late Night with Seth Myers.
Israeli broadcaster Keshet is to remake The Great British Bake-Off after striking a deal with BBC Worldwide.
12 Years A Slave director Steve Mcqueen is partnering with Top of the Lake indie See Saw Films for a six-part race drama for US network HBO.
The BBC has apologised for postponing four Top Gear Live events in Norway amid on-going uncertainty over Jeremy Clarkson’s future.
Irish broadcaster TV3 Group has appointed Lynda McQuaid as director of content to replace the outgoing Jeff Ford.
BBC Worldwide international pay-TV channels BBC Brit and BBC Earth are to launch across the Nordics next month as part of a phased roll-out into 12 territories.
BBC Earth commissioning executive Kirsty Hanson has outlined her shopping list for the factual channel ahead of its launch across the Nordics.
British producers could be in line for a share of Viacom’s $3bn (£2bn) annual US content spend as the US media group seeks to increase opportunities for UK content creators.
Ant and Dec could be dancing with puppets if John de Mol can convince Talpa Media’s new owner ITV to remake its latest variety talent format, Popster.
UK broadcasters will become more appealing international drama co-production partners after the government lowered the minimum UK spend required for high-end TV drama to qualify for a tax break.
TV2 Denmark is remaking Twofour’s fixed-rig documentary series Happy Families.
History has acquired the UK television rights to Michael Bay’s US pirate series Black Sails.
Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment has continued its push into the UK with the hire of Film4’s senior development editor.
ABC Australia has acquired the rights to Atlantic Productions’ forthcoming BBC1 natural history series David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef.
Zodiak Rights is set to make around 10 staff redundant in its factual, formats and UK sales divisions after conducting a strategic review.
Talpa Media pushed ITV’s production acquisitions into double figures under chief executive Adam Crozier. Broadcast runs the rule over the company’s growing empire.
A floral competition series and an interactive photo gameshow could be the part of the next tranche of formats that ITV Studios shops around the world after taking full control of John De Mol’s Talpa Media.
Broadcast’s bi-monthly sister magazine Broadcast TECH will be distributed to facilities around Europe from next month.
US network Lifetime has acquired Dance Mums with Jennifer Ellison - the first time that the US broadcaster has picked up a show from its UK sister channel.
All3Media America is hoping to kickstart a push into US drama with a development for cable network A&E.
Red Production Company is to work more closely with writers including The Killing creator Søren Sveistrup and Borgen showrunner Adam Price after a restructure at its parent company StudioCanal.
ITV Encore is to rival BBC4, More 4 and Sky Arts for Scandinavian drama rights after the pay-TV channel acquired Swedish thriller Jordskott.
Reality series RuPaul’s Drag Race is heading to the UK after TruTV struck its biggest acquisition deal to date.
The fracas surrounding the future of Top Gear and its host Jeremy Clarkson could significantly dent BBC Worldwide revenues after the format was estimated to be worth at least £50m per year.
NBC Universal International TV Production’s senior vice president of business affairs Jacqueline Moreton has left the company after just over a year.
US network GSN is developing a TV version of Gogglebox Entertainment’s online fly-swatting format Man Vs Fly.
Jane Tranter is to leave BBC Worldwide Productions and is expected to return to the UK’s independent production sector.
Kevin Spacey is to front a documentary series about the White House for CNN, produced by Raw TV.
A helicopter crash in Argentina has killed 10 people working on French reality series Dropped, which is produced by Zodiak Media’s Adventure Line Productions for TF1.
Don’t Tell The Bride is to be remade in China after distributor DRG sold the format to local broadcaster Shenzhen.
Broadcast will celebrate talented young British execs making their mark in international TV with an awards cocktail event at Mip TV.
BBC Worldwide has appointed Twenty Twenty executive producer Kirsty Hanson as commissioning executive for its recently-launched international channel BBC Earth.
The creator of The Killing and Red Production Company are to forge closer ties following a restructure of Studio Canal’s TV business.
Endemol Shine Group has merged its international formats support operations and has appointed former Shine TV creative director Lisa Perrin to run the new entity.
Filming on the second series of acclaimed Sky Italia crime-drama Gomorrah is due to get underway in Naples next month.
Netflix is to offer its subscribers the US version of The Returned after striking a global rights deal with Fremantle Media International for the zombie remake.
The cancellation of The X Factor US and a decline in the revenue generated from American Idol has caused Fremantle Media’s 2014 revenues to dip below £1.1bn.
The Inbetweeners distributor DRG has undertaken a major corporate restructure as it seeks to compete with the major Hollywood studios and the ever-increasing number of consolidated UK production groups.
Ex On The Beach is to be remade in Sweden after Viacom International Media Networks struck its first format deal for the entertainment format.
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 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 is closing in on a deal to buy John De Mol’s Dutch production group Talpa Media.
BBC Worldwide is targeting around ten emerging markets including Nigeria and Indonesia as part of a renewed international growth push.
Nick Thorogood is to leave Food Network owner Scripps Network after five years.
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.
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, the latest project from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, is to be shot in Wales from March.
US broadcaster Discovery is developing a local version of Sky 1’s 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy.
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.
US network The CW has acquired Channel 4’s Bryan Elsley-created drama Dates.
BBC Worldwide has closed a raft of international sales for CBeebies animated series Nelly & Nora and Hey Duggee.
21st Century Fox has denied reports that it is in merger talks with Discovery Communications.
Oxford Scientific Films has partnered with Korean producer Paan Media to produce a four-part documentary series about the history of plants for BBC2.
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.
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 could spend as much as £3.3bn on content in 2016, according to analysts.
UK pay-TV broadcaster Lifetime has acquired North American property series Property Brothers after striking a deal with distributor Cineflix Rights.
The Undateables is to be re-made in France after M6 ordered a local version of the Betty-produced Channel 4 format.
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 International has closed seven deals for forthcoming Channel 4 drama Indian Summers.
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.
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 has acquired the UK rights to Left Bank Pictures’ sci-fi period drama Outlander.
Channel 4 has ordered a UK version of Irish business format The Takeover after striking a deal with Sony Pictures Television.
Thomas Cromwell is set to travel the world after BBC Worldwide struck a slew of international sales for period drama Wolf Hall.
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 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 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.
Jeff Ford is to return to the UK to take up the role of managing director of Fox International Channels UK.
Zodiak Americas chief executive Jonny Slow is leaving the super-indie after more than ten years.
Grant Mansfield’s Bristol-based indie Plimsoll Productions has opened an office in LA to help grow its burgeoning US business.
Amazon Prime Instant Video has secured the exclusive US rights to Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe.
US cable network Smithsonian has ordered documentary series My Million Dollar Invention from Jane Root’s Nutopia.
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.
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 is to remake Channel 4’s The Island with Bear Grylls later this year.
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.
Industry trade body Pact is to launch a US arm to support the growing number of indies winning business across the Atlantic.