News round-up: ‘Batwoman’ lands on C4; Sony preps 40th ‘Dragon’s Den’; Vietnam puts on GoQuest’s ‘Ruby Ring’


UK’s C4 adds Batwoman for E4

Channel 4 in the UK has picked up Warner Bros. drama Batwoman for its E4 network.

The show, which debuts on The CW in the US, is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. and is based on the Ruby Rose character from the DC Comics.

It will debut on E4 later this year, having been renewed by The CW for a second season earlier in January.

Last year, the US network offered viewers exclusive streaming access to shows including Batwoman during their current seasons.

The arrangement came after The CW’s parents, Warner Bros. and ViacomCBS, ended a deal with Netflix that provided the US-based streamer with full seasons of the network’s new shows just eight days after their respective finales.

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M6’s Dragon’s Den marks 40th milestone

M6 in France is preparing to air its local remake of Sony Pictures Television (SPT)’s format Dragon’s Den, which will mark the 40th adaptation of the entrepreneurial show.

The French version, known as Qui Veut Etre Mon Associe? (Who Wants To Be My Associate?), will debut today on the French network, which has commissioned a six-episode run.

The show is based on original format Money Tigers, the Japanese series that debuted on Nippon TV in 2001, which requires aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch to secure investment from top names in the business world.

SPT said that more than $250m had been invested in small businesses through the various international versions of the show, which aired for the first time in 2019 in Hungary on RTL Klub, in Thailand on Channel 7 Wandee Media, and on Switzerland’s CH Medien TV24.

The format, which is also being developed in Bangladesh, is into its 17th season in the UK with BBC Two and its 11th run on ABC in the US, where it is known as Shark Tank.

Vietnam puts on GoQuest’s Ruby Ring

Vietnamese broadcaster THVL has acquired exclusive TV rights to Ukrainian drama Ruby Ring, after striking a deal with India’s GoQuest Media Ventures.

The show is produced by Media Group Ukraine and is a remake of the South Korean show of the same name, which debuted on KBS in 2013.

The 95 x 45 minute show follows two sisters whose lives change drastically, putting them in conflict with each other.

Jimmy George, VP of sales & acquisitions at GoQuest, said: “We are delighted to have struck our first deal in South East Asia for Ruby Ring. With its strong storyline and demand for foreign language shows increasing, this gripping drama is beginning to gain good momentum across various territories.”

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