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Television’s love affair with the People’s Princess

Yearlong activities have taken place to mark the twentieth anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, and the television industry has followed suit with a raft of documentaries and series to signify the landmark event. Kaltrina Bylykbashi reports on the ongoing influence of the late British royal, as her son, Prince Harry, continues to make headlines thanks […]

MTG reveals Hidden Swedish original

MTG Studios has revealed its next original drama Hidden, fronted by Izabella Scorupco (GoldenEye) and August Wittgenstein (The Crown). Based in Stockholm, the Swedish thriller will premier exclusively on MTG’s Nordic streaming service Viaplay in 2018, followed by TV3 in Sweden. A similar model has been used for various Viaplay originals, including upcoming Norwegian drama Wisting. […]

SVT buys Anglo-Welsh drama Bang

SVT in Sweden has bought crime drama Bang, which was created in both English and Welsh. Bang premiered on Welsh pubcaster S4C earlier this month and was sold to SVT by Banijay Rights. The 8x60mins drama is produced by Joio and Artists Studio for S4C. Set in the steel town of Port Talbot, it features […]

TBI Weekly: Disney challenges loom

Disney has had a tough week. On one end news emerged that the company is looking to cut costs, which may lead to significant job losses, and on the other a New Zealand broadcaster has claimed its deal with the group is behind a drop in its profits. The Walt Disney Company is looking to […]

Returning miniseries

Distributors will tell you that if they could have one drama production in their portfolio it would be an evergreen returning franchise that rakes in the cash year after year. But this doesn’t alter the fact that TV movies, minis and limited runs are also regarded as valuable assets and are increasingly getting recommissioned as […]

Banijay secures €365m as Survivor deal nears

Banijay Group has raised €365 million (US$416 million), which will be used in part to fund its takeover of Survivor owner Castaway Television. The cash injection will also be used to service debts accrued in its merger with Zodiak Media last year. Nataxis, Société Générale and Credit Suisse lead the bond issue transaction, which Banijay […]

Digging into CEE

The number of pay TV homes in Central and Eastern Europe are set to fall, but international distributors tell TBI business in the region is booming A Digital TV Research report earlier this year forecast the number of pay television homes in Central and Eastern Europe to fall in 18 territories across the region in […]

CityTV bags Screenings goodies

Canadian broadcaster CityTV has acquired four new season US broadcast scripted series for its 2017/18 season line-up. The Rogers Media-owned network has taken Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution-sold comedies Ghosted, The Orville and LA to Vegas (pictured) and medical procedura; The Resident. It has also acquired 2016/17 season comedy Speechless, Sony Pictures Television-sold action procedural […]

Drive picks up ITV & HBO’s Diana doc

As the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death approaches, a new HBO and ITV doc about her life as secured distribution. UK-based Drive has acquired rights to the untitled doc, which is a 1x90mins effort from British producer Oxford Film and Television. US cable channel HBO and UK commercial broadcaster ITV came on board the […]

Banijay to distribute Diana death doc

Banijay Rights will sell a French-produced docu-film that explores the death of Princess Diana. The 1x60mins Diana: The Truth Behind Her Death (WT) features exclusive testimony from contributors and witnesses, including the team that investigated her death and emergency services who tried to save her. Diana and boyfriend Dodi Fayed died in a car crash […]