ITV launches Web Lives

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned made-for-the-internet content for the first time, having spent £20m (US$40m) on revamping its website. The result is Web Lives, a series of three-minute shows from Roger Graef’s Films of Record that follow several individuals with lives inextricably linked to the internet. "Everyone’s using the web and we were interested […]

Yahoo! launches production arm

Yahoo!7 has launched a production arm to create content for Australia’s online community. The company, which is joint venture between the online search company and Australian broadcaster Seven, has created Yahoo!7 Studios with production firm Projekta to produce short form content, particularly for its sports and entertainment portals

Rocket Man to launch in UK primetime

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned a new primetime documentary to be hosted by Elton John. The show – Me, Myself and I – is the first primetime programme from Globe Productions, the production company set up by record company Universal Music. It is expected to TX later this summer. Iain Funnell, general manager at Globe […]

NZTV acquires BBC’s Palin

New Zealand’s TV One has acquired Michael Palin’s latest adventure series following a deal with BBC Worldwide Australasia. It will air the 6x50mins series New Europe with Michael Palin, a Prominent Television production that follows Palin across twenty countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The acquisition is part of a wider deal that will see […]

BBCWW inks Primeval toy deal

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has awarded its master toy license for sci-fi series Primeval  to the Character Group. It will create action figures for a range of prehistoric monsters that appear on the show, which is a coproduction between UK indie Impossible Pictures, ITV, M6 and ProSieben.

TV3 acquires Time Jam

Spanish broadcaster TV3 Catalunya has acquired sci-fi adventure cartoon Time Jam – Valerian and Laureline from French distributor Mediatoon International. The series, which is a mix of 2D and CGI animation, will also air on France 3 and Club RTL in Belgium.

Fremantle signs David Leaf for pop docs

Pop culture documentary maker David Leaf is lining up a number of non-music based projects after signing a first-look deal with distributor FremantleMedia. Leaf, who has set up David Leaf Productions, is best known for last year’s feature documentary US vs John Lennon and Beatles’ biopic You Can’t Do That, which tells the story of […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]