A+E Networks is planning a major push on first-look deals with UK producers as it aims to establish its international distribution business globally.
Marcella indie sets sights on creating English-language projects with world’s best writers
Blink Films will push into bluechip factual after setting up shop in the US and hiring Brad Kohlenstein, senior vice-president of development at Discovery’s Science Channel.
Pulse Films and its East Entertainment label have struck an international distribution deal with A+E Networks.
Windfall Films’ documentary about Victoria Deryshire’s battle with cancer will be among the films pitching to secure funding at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Amazon has acquired the UK rights to Casual, an original comedy produced for US streaming rival Hulu.
Hit US prison experiment 60 Days In is set for a British remake after Pulse Films optioned the format rights.
Netflix has boarded BBC1’s remake of classic children’s novel Watership Down.
Barcroft Media and Done + Dusted have picked up major MTV US commissions, while the broadcaster is remaking ITV2’s The Almost Impossible Gameshow.
Superheroes and supernatural sleuths continue to be popular subjects for US network dramas acquired by British broadcasters.
Former Fox TV Studios exec Bea Hegedus has launched a London-based consultancy to broker international format deals and offer programme support for fledgling OTT services.
Former BBC and Sky comedy chief Lucy Lumsden has set up an indie and closed a landmark first-look deal with Hollywood studio ABC Studios.
Scottish indie Friel Kean Films is developing its BBC daytime format Money For Nothing for America.
Netflix is to expand its in-house production division to compete with the likes of Amazon and HBO.
Sky has struck a European movie deal with Sony Pictures Television – its first pan-regional agreement since the creation of Sky Europe.
The BBC faces an anxious wait for the white paper on charter renewal amid conflicting reports over the weekend about government plans to raid the corporation’s finances.
BBC Worldwide has bought a stake in the parent company of talent agency Curtis Brown and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell producer Cuba Pictures.
The Walking Dead distributor Entertainment One (eOne) has poured cold water on claims that it is an ITV takeover target.
French media conglomerate Vivendi will go head to head with Sky in the battle for sub scribers across Europe after acquiring a major stake in Italian group Mediaset.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has struck a first-look deal with Animal Black Ops indie World Media Rights.
Former ITV exec Alison Sharman is returning to the UK after three years at Australian public broadcaster SBS.
Broadcast helped Mip TV get underway with an opening party in partnership with Audio Network, Pact and TRX. Click for the best photos.
Netflix enters Versailles; BBC1 drama Capitol inks deals; Roots world premiere; Walter Presents buys Spanish drama for UK; Hulu reads The Book Of Negroes; Olivier Megaton doc gets sales deal.
Online video services including Netflix and Amazon ramped up the amount of content they acquire at Mip TV with a number of high-profile deals.
US television chief Mike Darnell has lifted the lid on Little Big Shots, the hit Warner Bros format that has been acquired by ITV, and argued that producers are finally beginning to harness the power of viral internet talent.
US subscription VoD service Acorn TV has picked up the rights to World Productions’ forthcoming BBC1 drama The Secret Agent.
eOne senior vice president Charlotte Thorp has joined Lionsgate UK as senior vice president and head of European television sales.
Fremantle Media International (FMI) has claimed viewing habits in Asia have “completely changed” after sealing SVoD deals for more than 1,000 hours across the continent.
All the latest deals done on the Croisette from Mip TV 2016
The BBC and Amazon have acquired Irish soap Red Rock after striking a deal with All3Media International.
StudioCanal has invested in Urban Myth Films, the producer responsible for BBC1 drama Atlantis, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s production firm Sunny March TV.
Endemol Shine Group has jumped on the boom in Israeli drama to open a scripted studio in Tel Aviv.
US cable network Reelz has ordered a six-part series about the real stories that inspired major Hollywood movies from World Media Rights.
Storage Hunters star Jesse McClure is to front a Zig Zag-produced antiques series for Discovery’s free-to-air channel.
Discovery’s European boss Dee Forbes has been appointed as director general of Irish public broadcaster RTÉ.
Netflix has acquired the global rights to ITV crime drama Marcella.
UKTV and US public broadcaster PBS have teamed up with Carl Hall’s indie Warehouse 51 to dig for treasure.
US production company Megalomedia has hired the series producer of Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic as its head of development as it looks to grow its UK ouput.
The creators of Lip Sync Battle plan to add new elements to the celebrity karaoke format and introduce a kids’ version in a bid to create a long-running brand like Saturday Night Live or Top Of The Pops.
UK drama producers are looking to tighten their grip on scripted opportunities in the US following an explosion in demand for the genre from cable operators and digital giants.
Discovery Networks International (DNI) is looking to supersize its local commissions into global formats and is hunting for ideas that have the sensibility of independent feature docs.
UK formats spearhead entertainment and comedy push as ITV America seeks next Hell’s Kitchen
Channel 4’s off-grid format Hunted is to be remade in China after Endemol Shine struck a deal with local broadcaster Shenzhen Satellite Television.
BBC Worldwide has made further advances into Africa after investing in Rapid Blue, the Johannesburg-headquartered producer responsible for formats including Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor.
RDF Television has scored a ten-part commission for fledgling international network Nat Geo People.
Mip TV organiser Reed Midem is promising maximum security for the TV and digital content market, unfolding April 4-7 in Cannes, as Europe remains on high alert following terror attacks in Brussels this week
US indie Half Yard Productions is to remake its hit series Say Yes To The Dress for TLC in the UK just months after producing a similar show for Channel 4.
French super-indie Federation Entertainment is aiming to ramp up its UK co-productions and is in talks with indies including Doctor Foster producer Drama Republic.
Wall to Wall has begun pitching a UK version of NBC’s kids talent format Little Big Shots after it became the biggest non-scripted show in the US in over four years.
David Ellender has left Slingshot Global Media, the international drama firm that he established in 2014, according to reports.
ITV America has appointed former Turner and Mark Burnett executive David Eilenberg to run ITV Entertainment.
Vice is expanding across Eastern Europe with the launch of country-specific online services and production hubs in seven territories.
Plimsoll Productions is to make a major international formats push after acquiring a stake in former DRG executive Andrea Jackson’s distribution firm Magnify Media.
Peter Bowker is eyeing up a multi-lingual World War II drama as his next BBC project – and plans to go deeper into society’s attitudes toward autism in a second series of The A Word.
Wall to Wall, Icon Films and Blast! Films are among the British indies to have scored major commissions with US network Nat Geo.
The Story of Cats indie Plimsoll Productions has acquired a stake in UK distribution firm Magnify Media.
Sky Living has poached country music soap Nashville, which previously aired on E4.
Plimsoll Productions, the indie set up by former RDF boss Grant Mansfield, has won a major commission to produce 50 hours of wildlife and natural history content from Zambia.
French indie Pernel Media is producing a four-part true crime series after securing access to human rights organisation The Innocence Network.
Happy Valley producer Red Production Company is to make its first major move into the US by launching an indie with bestselling American author Harlan Coben.
UKTV’s co-owner Scripps has admitted that it would run the rule over Channel 4 if the public service broadcaster was to be put up for sale by the government.
The British Film Commission (BFC) has partnered with Broadcast’s parent company Media Business Insight (MBI) to deliver its rebranded guide to the UK’s talent, facilities and locations available to the film and television industries.
Red Arrow Entertainment Group, which owns indies including CPL Productions and Nerd, has promoted James Baker to president.
Canadian producers are looking to ramp up the number of non-scripted co-productions they develop with British indies.
Merman, the indie co-founded by Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan, has struck a development deal with Sky Vision that will give the distributor international rights to a number of scripted projects.
Discovery has hinted that it may offer exclusive content or channels to UK pay-TV platforms, given the intense competition between the likes of Sky, Virgin Media and BT.
A+E Studios’ adaptation of Roots is to receive its world premiere at MIPTV in Cannes on April 4.
Banijay Group and Zodiak Media have completed a mega-merger eight months after Broadcast revealed their plans.
IMG, the UK’s largest independent production company, is expanding its international distribution activities with the hire of former MGM chief Gary Marenzi.
Love It Or List It, the Channel 4 property series fronted by Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp, is to be remade around the world after Beyond Distribution struck a series of format deals.
Optomen USA has bolstered its development team after recruiting former BBC America non-scripted chief Ricky Kelehar.
Discovery Communications’ international business was hit by foreign currency fluctuations over the last twelve months.
Paul Lee, the British boss of ABC, is leaving the Disney-owned broadcaster after six years.
Lion Television’s unorthodox dating show Sexy Beasts has been snapped up by Russia’s CTC Network.
The Berlin Film Festival ramped up its television offering this week with a raft of feature film-makers and high-end scripted producers in town to promote drama projects.
Sky-backed indie Znak & Jones is developing a British version of controversial social experiment Dating Naked after striking a deal with Ben Silverman’s Electus.
BBC Worldwide plans to capitalise on Norway’s growing appetite for British programming by launching BBC Worldwide Productions Nordics.
HBO is to start commissioning original content from the Nordics for the first time.
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is developing a remake of Salt, the spy film which stars Angelina Jolie.
NBC-owned broadcaster Syfy has ordered a virtual reality drama to air on its linear channel as well as VR platforms including Oculus Rift.
NBC Universal is to launch a subscription VoD service dedicated to reality TV, offering access to over 3,000 episodes of shows including Keeping Up With the Kardashians and The Real Housewives.
US broadcasters are hunting for the next Modern Family, with UK indie Kindle Entertainment getting in on the act as family comedies dominate the line-up of around 85 scripted pilots ordered for the 2016/17 season.
TLC has acquired forthcoming US medical drama Heartbeat, fronted by Home and Away’s Melissa George.
US cable network Starz has commissioned a follow-up to The White Queen from Company Pictures three years after the fantasy drama launched.
All3Media has hired former Lifetime exec Nina Lederman to drive its scripted division in the US.
Sally Miles is to leave Passion Distribution, the international TV sales firm that she founded eight years ago, Broadcast has learned.
National Geographic’s international acquisitions and co-production chief Maggie Rhodes has left the broadcaster.
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BBC1 drama War and Peace is to be translated into Russian after commercial broadcaster Channel One acquired the six-part drama.
Lookout Point is preparing to open talks with the BBC over Andrew Davies’ follow-up to War and Peace - an adaption of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.
Walking The Himalayas indie October Films has picked up a six-part survival series for Discovery - its third major US commission in the last two months.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment managing director Maria Kyriacou has been promoted to international president of ITV Studios.
Wildgaze Films is developing a TV spin-off to Oscar and Bafta-nominated Brooklyn, the company’s producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey have confirmed to Broadcast sister-magazine Screen.
Netflix and Amazon are ramping up their non-scripted plans and both online giants were seeking out new projects at Realscreen this week.
The Valleys producer True North is working with MTV on a second attempt to bring Catfish: The TV Show to British audiences.
Content Television has appointed a former Koch Media director as its UK sales chief.
National Geographic Channels boss Courteney Monroe has lifted the lid on plans to eschew local commissions in favour of a global programming strategy.
Early news from the Washington DC event includes a Wheeler Dealers remake and move from Barcroft Media into VR.
Sky and October Films have invested in a US production company established by former History exec Julian Hobbs and ex-MTV chief Elli Hakami.
Sky Vision has struck a first-look distribution and development deal with Welsh indie Avanti Media.
Pact has called for British indies to sign up for the Rio Content Market, which takes place in Brazil in March.
Discovery’s Animal Planet and Mad Men producer Lionsgate have partnered to pick up hotly-tipped stamp documentary Million Dollar Duck.