Virgin buys ‘Flemish noir’ brothel drama

UK pay TV service Virgin Media has acquired exclusive rights to a ‘Flemish noir’ drama about an infamous brothel-lined street in Belgium. The deal for Chaussée d’Amour, which is considered ‘the ‘first’ original Flemish pay TV series locally, will see Virgin TV Full House customers given access on-demand. The series, produced in Dutch with English […]

BBC has Picnic at Hanging Rock with Fremantle acquisition

UK pubcaster the BBC has secured UK rights for FremantleMedia International’s Picnic at Hanging Rock. The series, based on Joan Lindsey’s Australian novel, follows the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day 1900. It stars Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer as the English headmistress. Picnic at Hanging Rock is a FremantleMedia […]

Beta joins Sky Germany’s Bridge-inspired Pagan Peak

Sky Germany’s upcoming reimagining of The Bridge has welcomed Munich’s Beta Film as coproducer and distributor. Beta has joined Wiedemann & Berg (Dark), Austria’s Epo-Film Produktionsges and Sky as a producing party on Pagan Peak, which will run to eight hours. Beta and Sky worked together on another original drama, Babylon Berlin, which has been […]

HBO Europe adds BBC’s Gunpowder to programming arsenal

HBO Europe has bought BBC thriller miniseries Gunpowder for a number of territories. The deal hands pay TV player HBO Europe rights to the Kit Harington series in the Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe and Spain. The drama, which comes from Endemol Shine Group’s Kudos in association with Harington’s Thriker Films, has already sold to […]

TBI Weekly: Netflix looks to China – again

This week it has become apparent that Netflix is looking to China once more, but this time with a different plan. Netflix had big plans for a China launch back in 2015, only to realise that the territory is a tougher nut to crack than once thought. The streamer stated tough regulatory measures for international companies […]

Studio 100 acquires Little Airplane Productions

Studio 100 has taken over kids prodco Little Airplane Productions. With this US acquisition, Belgium’s Studio 100 is taking a step further into international expansion. Little Airplane Productions is known for the series Wonder Pets, Small Potatoes, Super Wings, P. King Duckling and many others, all original productions created from scratch for broadcasters around the […]

Sky UK lands CBS dramas SEAL Team & Instinct

CBS Studios International has offered first-window broadcast rights to Sky UK for new drama SEAL Team and midseason series Instinct. Both series will premiere in 2018 with SEAL Team set to broadcast on Sky One and Instinct on Sky Living. SEAL Team stars David Boreanaz as officer Jason Hayes and follows the professional and personal […]

ITV’s Harry & Meghan ties knot with nets

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement has been good news for UK-based distributor Orange Smarty. ITV documentary Prince Harry & Meghan: Truly, Madly, Deeply, which Orange Smarty sells internationally, is headed to a number of networks as royal fever ramps up upon news. CBC in Canada, Seven Network in Australia, W9 in France, TVNZ in […]

TBI Weekly: ProSiebenSat.1 looks to the future

Germany’s ProsiebenSat.1 is among many large international broadcasters wrestling with the challenges of transforming into a company that’s ship-shape for a diversified digital media landscape occupied by new players such as Facebook, Apple and Google. In the past seven days, it has unveiled plans to address some of the more pressing issues. Last week, the […]

China’s iQiyi buys UK dramas Rellik & Miniaturist

iQIYI, the chinese online platform, has acquired UK-produced series Rellik (pictured) and The Miniaturist. The streaming service, which claims to have 20 million subscribers, now has rights to Rellik, which is a New Pictures and Two Brothers Pictures production for BBC One and Cinemax, and The Miniaturist, which is from The Forge. The latter was […]

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