News round-up: ‘Deal Or No Deal’ returns to Spain; SPI’s Dizi lands on Prime Video channels; Mercury & Stim prep ‘Octicorn & Friends’

Jesús Vázquez

Deal Or No Deal returns to Spain

Telecinco in Spain has ordered a new version of veteran gameshow Deal Or No Deal, which is returning to the country after 12 years off air.

Gestmusic, part of Banijay Iberia, will produce with Jesús Vázquez hosting.

The Banijay-owned format has been commissioned in over 80 territories with more than 350 productions to-date. It first launched in the Netherlands in 2002 and is also returning to the UK later this year, produced by Banijay’s Remarkable Entertainment for ITV and ITVX.

SPI’s Dizi lands on Prime Video channels

SPI’s Turkish drama series service Dizi is expanding its reach in Western Europe after striking a deal with Prime Video Channels.

The service, which is already available in Spain and the Netherlands, will now be offered to users in Sweden and Germany via an additional paid monthly subscription package on Prime Video Channels, costing €2.99 in Germany and SEK34 ($3.20) in Sweden.

Octicorn & Friends

Mercury & Stim prep Octicorn & Friends

Canada’s Mercury Filmworks has partnered with French Canadian animation house Stim Studio to co-produce a new animated series, Octicorn & Friends.

The 52 x 11’ pre-school show is based on Hello, My Name is Octicorn from debut authors Justin Lowe and Kevin Diller.

The series follows Octicorn, who is half octopus, half unicorn, and explores how his feelings lead Octi and his friends into comic adventures. Streamer/broadcaster details have not been confirmed.

Casa De Papel’s Morte snags SPT deal

La Casa De Papel (aka Money Heist) star Álvaro Morte has struck a multi-year producing deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT).

The deal, which is via Morte and Blanca Clemente’s prodco 300 Pistolas, will see the theatre-facing label moving into TV with Sony.

English-language shows are in the works, with SPT assisting on development, production and distribution.


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