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Record’s Opposite Lives goes Spanish

Rede Record prepares Spanish version of Opposite Lives Brazilian broadcaster Rede Record is prepping a Spanish version of its hit telenovela Vidas Opostas (Opposite Lives). The show, which follows the fortunes of a millionaire who returns to Brazil to court a young lady who lives in a slum and is the former girlfriend of the […]

Disney promises early delivery

Disney to offer US series to int’l nets sooner. International broadcasters will be able to air US series much earlier after studios pledged to deliver shows faster. Disney-ABC International TV is leading the march to enable channels, particularly in English speaking territories and key European markets, to air shows much closer to their US TX. […]

Warner Bros. licensing active formats

Warner Bros. is to license the formats to the Without a Trace and Cold Case drama series for the first time. It is also the first time Warners has offered format rights while still producing the show in question in the US. It will offer the two shows, which are produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television, […]

Underground Ernie moves into publishing

Joella-produced preschool kids property Underground Ernie is going to appear in print in the UK in the Panini Showtime Magazine and then in his own publication, launched by the BBC. Panini has licensed Ernie for Showtime, its weekly magazine for three-to-six-year-olds, which launched in newsagents and supermarkets at end-March. The magazine is unusual in that […]

MuchMusic launches credit card

MuchMusic, the Canadian music channel operated by Chum Television, has launched its own branded credit card. The broadcaster launched the MuchMusic Prepaid Mastercard targetting viewers between the ages of 13 and 24. Although Canadian financial services rules prohibit those under 16 having their own credit line, those between 13 and 15 can apply with the […]

Stargate goes direct to video

MGM is ramping up production on two direct-to-video movies from the Stargate franchise. The studio has teamed with the US Navy to shoot a number of scenes for the upcoming movie Stargate: Continuum, which resumes filming in May. Cast members inlcuding Ben Browder and Amanda Tapping will travel to the Artic to shoot the action […]

E! gambles on scripted reality

E! Entertainment is on track to launch scripted series in 2008. The celebrity focused broadcaster expects to pilot several scripts with shows launching early next year. "I believe we are on track for scripted programming for 2008. We’re in the thick of the development process," says E!’s vice president, international sales, Duccio Donati. Meanwhile, it […]

Jay Jay lands publishing deal

Jay Jay The Jet Plane will be turned into a series of coloring books and towels in Argentina after PorchLight Entertainment signed merchandising deals with publisher Ediciones B and Sueno Fuegino. The books and home furnishings will debut later this year. Jay Jay airs on Discovery Kids Latin America.

ZDF Enterprises ramps up copros

ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German public broadcaster ZDF, is ramping up the number of documentaries it coproduces in China. Currently in production is 2x52mins doc The Chinese Wall, which is produced by ZDF affiliated Gruppe 5. CEO Alexander Coridass says it aims to delve into territories not touched on by previous docs on […]

Dust settling on French pay TV revolution

With a commercial launch on 21 March, the merger of CanalSat and TPS put an end to ten years of brutal competition between Canal+ and TF1 over prices, programming, movie and soccer rights. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly reports Pascale Paoli-Lebailly. Greenlit last January and entering its first commercial phase in March, Canal+ France is a 10 million- […]