News round-up: Global sales for Euro-thrillers; Portugal’s SIC acquires ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’ format; Finland’s YLE gets ‘Pretty & Single’ and more…

Euro-thrillers head to Netflix and others in global sales Global streamer Netflix and broadcasters around the world have picked up thrillers The Twelve and Amsterdam Vice, following a raft of sales agreements with Federation Entertainment. The 10 x 52-minute Belgian psychological thriller The Twelve was produced by Eyeworks, part of the Warner Bros group, for […]

The CW does deal with ‘Devils’ to bolster fall schedule

US network The CW has picked up Sky Italia thriller Devils as it continues to acquire international series for its 2020/21 schedule. The series is produced by Sky Italia and Italian prodco Lux Vide, in association with Sky Studios and France’s Orange Studio. It originally aired on Sky Atlantic in Italy and OCS in France. […]

Kids VP Levine departs Mouse House to “pursue new opportunities”

David Levine, Disney’s VP of kids programming for the UK, Europe and Africa is leaving the Mouse House after 16 years at the company. In an email to staff announcing the departure, Diego Londono, EVP of media networks and content in Europe and Africa, said that Levine was leaving to “pursue new opportunities in media”. […]

Discovery Denmark first in line for Keshet’s ‘Singletown’ format

Discovery Networks has commissioned Nordisk Film TV Denmark to produce a local version of Keshet Productions’ Singletown for Discovery Denmark, in a deal marking Keshet International’s (KI) first format sale for the relationship reality show. Casting has already begun for the 16 x 43-minute series, which starts shooting in Copenhagen in July and was originally […]

Amazon Original tells ‘True Stories’ with French celebs and YouTube stars

French Amazon Original comedy series True Story will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in France on 26 June. Produced by Warner Bros International Television Production France for Amazon Studios, in collaboration with Talent Web/Webedia, the six-part series sees YouTube stars, including Natoo, Cyprien, Norman, Ludovik, Mcfly & Carlito, meet with French celebrity guests such as […]

Rebooted: Q&A with Géraldine Gonard, Conecta FICTION director

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, industry shows around the globe have had to adapt to the changing circumstances. Here, Conecta FICTION director Géraldine Gonard, reveals what attendees can expect from the 2020 event.   This year’s Conecta FICTION will offer both virtual and physical events, how will these two aspects compliment each other? Due to exceptional […]

Kids round-up: ‘Alien TV’ and ‘Horrid Henry’ special both land on Netflix; ‘Brainbuzz’ travels in Australia and Hong Kong; ‘Bubu And The Little Owls’ fly to Kidoodle.TV

Alien TV lands on Netflix and Nine Network Netflix and Australia’s FTA Nine Network will premiere Entertainment One (eOne) and POP Family Entertainment’s family comedy Alien TV later this month. The 26 x 30-minute series was co-produced by eOne and and POP, in collaboration with Netflix for global release.  The Nine Network commissioned the series in Australia, produced with financial support of Create NSW. The series follows the […]

Dealing with Covid-19: How an Italian teen drama marked a nation’s scripted first

The latest installment of TBI’s extensive coverage of Covid-19 takes us to Italy, where we hear from Stand By Me’s Simona Ercolani on how she delivered a first for the country’s scripted industry during the pandemic. Italian teen drama JAMS has never been a show to shirk a challenge. Airing through Italy’s pubcaster Rai, it […]

BBC launches beta testing for ‘Beeb’ voice assistant

UK pubcaster the BBC has revealed more details of its ‘Beeb’ voice assistant, including a public trial. News had been quiet about the AI helper since its initial announcement in August 2019, with some details revealed the following month. Now, the broadcaster has said that it will start testing it publicly as a beta to […]

French streamer Salto ‘on starting blocks’ for autumn as test phase starts

Salto, the French commercial and public broadcasters’ answer to Netflix, has begun closed user-group tests ahead of a delayed commercial launch in the autumn. Salto CEO Thomas Follin told the AFP news agency that the streaming service was on the “starting blocks” for an autumn launch. Salto, which has been subject to lengthy delays while […]

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