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ITV Studios back Piv Bernth drama studio

ITV Studios has bought a minority stake in the new drama production house of former DR drama chiefs Piv Bernth (pictured) and Lars Hermann. The pair announced their exits from DR in October, a move that led to an ongoing restructure at the Danish pubcaster. Their prodco, Apple Tree Productions, will focus on high-end Danish […]

Disney resumes Fox takeover talks – report

The Walt Disney Company has reportedly reopened talks with Rupert Murdoch and 21st Century Fox over the latter’s entertainment assets. News Disney had first gone in for Fox’s TV and film businesses emerged early last month, but those negotiations led to nothing. Disney is known to be in acquisitive mood ahead of the launch of […]

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 […]

WWE Studios plans TV originals assault

WWE Studios is expanding beyond feature films and into original TV and digital content production. The production arm of wrestling/sports entertainment giant WWE is looking to work with coproducers on scripted and reality TV shows, and is also eyeing the family and animated spaces. WWE Studios president Michael Luisi will continue to oversee the business, […]

Viacom int’l COO switch with Tolosa transforming

Viacom International Media Networks has named a new COO, as current incumbent Jose Tolosa moves to a new role oversee company-wide transformation. Long-serving exec Melody Tan (pictured) has been promoted to the number two post at the international arm of US media giant Viacom. She will report to president and CEO David Lynn, who moved […]

Cineflix launches prodco with Salzman Jr.

Canada’s Cineflix Media is backing a new Montreal-based indie led by the son of co-CEO Glen Salzman. Connect3 will focus on coproductions for the North American and international markets. Pablo Salzman will lead the business as president, with Cineflix a joint venture partner. The exec, who’s been with Cineflix since 2009, will focus on working […]

BBC merges Studios and Worldwide

UK pubcaster the BBC is merging its production arm, BBC Studios, and commercial division BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) into one entity. The BBC claims the move to plump for one commercial brand – BBC Studios – will bring it “into line with the rest of the industry” in an “increasingly competitive and global market for production […]

Beta buys prodco MR Film

Germany’s Beta Film has acquired a majority stake in Austrian prodco MR Film for an undisclosed amount. The deal, which is subject to cartel authority approval, will see Beta take a 51% stake in the Vienna-based business. MR Film is best known for shows such as ORF and ZDF coproduction Hotel Sacher, Suburbia – Women […]

John de Mol consolidates media assets

John de Mol has consolidated his media assets, including his Dutch commercial channels, in a new business called Talpa Network. The company will comprise SBS6, Net5, Veronica and SBS9, online services Juke and Kijk, Sky Radio and Radio 10, and a new acquisition: e-commerce business Emesa. Endemol co-founder de Mol (pictured) has also said there […]

Federation builds Bigger Boat into prodco

French companies Federation Entertainment and Empreinte Digitale have joined forces to create a genre-focused drama production company, Bigger Boat. Both Federation and Empreinte are prolific drama producers, with the former producing Netflix’s Marseille and the latter behind OCS and AMC coproduction Missions. Bigger Boat will focus on creating genre series in the vein of Stranger […]