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Ex on the Beach heads to Sweden


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


    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


    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


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

  • Nigeria & Indonesia in BBCW's sights


    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


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

  • Digital deals soar at Showcase


    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


    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


    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


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

  • BBC Worldwide Showcase: first deals emerge


    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


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

  • BBCW strikes animated kids deals


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

  • 21st Century Fox denies Discovery takeover


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

  • OSF ties with Korean indie for BBC2 plant doc


    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


    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


    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


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

  • Lifetime acquires Property Brothers


    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


    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


    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


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

  • TruTV eyes UK indie content


    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


    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


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

  • Irish format The Takeover heads to C4 Video


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

  • Grant Mansfield's Plimsoll opens US office


    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


    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.