Acquisitions


First ever Bell/CTV format deal secured through Sony in UK

A deal that will see Sony Pictures Television (SPT) shopping Canadian format The Launch internationally marks the first time a CTV format from Bell Media has sold overseas. Sony-backed UK formats house Electric Ray is working up a local version of the music reality show, which comes from CTV parent Bell and Big Machine Label […]

Beyond rejigs with Hemperek hired from eOne

Beyond Distribution has hired Entertainment One’s Justina Hemperek as head of acquisitions, with Sarah McCormack taking a new role. Hemperek (pictured) was previously director of acquisitions for the UK, Europe and Australia within eOne’s international distribution team. As of March, she will lead Beyond’s buying team, with interim head McCormack becoming senior VP of acquisitions […]

Goalpost moves to All3Media first-look deal

Cleverman coproducer Goalpost Pictures has signed a first-look deal with All3Media International. Following the agreement, Australia-based Goalpost will see its upcoming programming distributed by UK-based All3’s sales team. The company is best known for ABC, BBC Three and SundanceTV sci-fi drama Cleverman, to which New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures is also attached. It is also behind […]

Sky UK picks up James Corden highlights series from CBS

Sky UK has signed a licensing agreement with CBS Studios International for a new exclusive weekly highlights series of The Late Late Show with James Corden. The one-hour show will be broadcast each Tuesday on Sky One, beginning in early March. Producers CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73 bring together The Late Late Show’s best […]

Cineflix gets new lease of Life as Paramedics leads deals

Cineflix Rights has hired industry veteran Richard Life as VP of acquisitions. His hire comes as Cineflix Media’s UK-based sales division scored deals for shows such as First Response: Paramedicsand City Porn. Life, the former head of acquisitions and coproductions at ITV Studios Global Entertainment and head of programming at Channel 4 International, is joining as VP […]

McMafia heads to China and Sweden

Ahead of its Showcase event in Liverpool next week, BBC Worldwide has announced that McMafia has been sold to services in China and Sweden’s pubcaster, SVT. In China, McMafia will appear as The Godmans on IPTV service providers OPG and Youku. The crime series, starring James Norton (War and Peace) and Juliet Rylance, focuses on […]

Sony seals string of int’l sales for Counterpart

Sony Pictures Television has sold espionage drama series Counterpart to more than 40 territories around the world, following a successful debut in the US. The show, one of TBI’s recently Show of the Week features, has received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes after appearing on Starz in the US. It will now appear in […]

EntertainTV gobbles up Fremantle’s Picnic in exclusive content push

EntertainTV, the Deutsche Telekom pay TV service, has taken exclusive rights to Australian drama Picnic at Hanging Rock. The deal comes months after Deutsche Telekom ordered its first original series, Germanized, a Franco-German coproduction that this week secured Amazon Prime Video as a coproducer. The platform has already added services such as Netflix and Ultra-HD […]

Alibaba bolsters VOD services with Disney toons deal

Chinese conglomerate Alibaba has signed a deal with The Walt Disney Company that will bolster video streaming service Youku with more than 1,000 episodes of programming. Disney and Alibaba had previously launched an SVOD service, DisneyLife, together in China, but this was closed in April under the weight of the country’s strict rules on foreign […]

BBCWW reveals top rated int’l shows

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has revealed its most-watched programmes around the world for 2017, which includes Planet Earth II, Sherlock and Dancing with the Stars. Though it did not provide methodology, BBCWW singled out various shows’ performances in various territories, with the data coming just before the BBC Worldwide Showcase market in Liverpool, UK, later this […]

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