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MIPCOM 2018: The Inside Scoop

FAANG, Endemol and Comcast were front of mind for delegates at a lively MIPCOM market, which appeared to be in rude health despite studios such as Sony believed to be weighing up their future in Cannes. While a quieter MIPTV in April tends to skew perceptions of the drama-focused MIPCOM – which ran from October […]

Facebook names Nick Clegg as its global affairs chief

Facebook has hired the UK’s former deputy prime minister as the head of global affairs and communications, as the company continues to face data protection controversy. Clegg will replace Elliot Schrage, who revealed he would depart his role in June. The former deputy PM will move to Silicon Valley in January. He agreed to take […]

MIPCOM: The Big Deals

With this week’s MIPCOM market coming to a close, TBI looks at the top deals struck out of Cannes. Netflix The streaming giant picked up Keshet International’s When Heroes Fly, the first recipient of the Canneseries Best Series award, for global release in 2019. All ten episodes of the original Hebrew-language drama will be made available in […]

Iacono exits Lionsgate Int’l, Kapouranis takes over

Lionsgate International television and distribution president Peter Iacono is to depart the company, with Agapy Kapouranis succeeding him. Iacono is to leave the studio to become CEO of TravelCadabra, his own internet travel, entertainment and e-commerce platform   which he says will launch in early 2019 and has secured “up to US$10m in initial funding”. […]

UK government unveils details of £60m kids TV fund

The UK government has announced the final details of a £60m (US$78m) fund that aims to halt the decline of UK-produced children’s TV content. First announced in December 2017, the scope of the Contestable Fund has now been confirmed, with up to £57m of the money to be assigned to the Young Audiences Content Fund, […]

TVF inks first-look deal with Mediacorp

Factual distribution firm TVF International has inked a first-look, two-year, deal with Singapore’s Mediacorp. In the deal, TVF will represent titles such as Channel NewsAsia’s Vanishing Foods (8×23’), luxury lifestyle series Luxe Asia (40×23’) and current affairs title The New Silk Road (18×48’). The deal builds on the 80 hours of Mediacorp content already represented by TVF. Recent […]

All3Media Int’l launches MIP Cancun formats pitch

All3Media International is launching a formats pitch at MIP Cancun. The distributor has extended its partnership with MIPCOM organizer Reed Midem to launch the MIP Cancun Formats Pitch, which will target the creators and producers of new non-scripted entertainment formats. The initiative follows on from their previous collaboration on the Asia Television Forum Formats Pitch, […]

CBS names Showtime boss as its creative chief

Showtime boss David Nevins has been named chief creative officer at CBS Corporation, effective immediately. The news has arrived from Joe Ianniello, who is CBS’ president and acting CEO after the departure of Leslie Moonves last month. Nevins has also been promoted to chairman of Showtime Networks and will remain the business’s chief executive officer. […]

BBC Three’s Stupid Man Smart Phone lands in Singapore

Kalel Productions’ BBC Three fact ent format Stupid Man, Smart Phone is heading to Singapore.   BBC Studios Distribution has sold the 8 x 30-minute format into Mediacorp’s English-language free-to-air network Channel 5. The show, which was originally produced by Kalel and Second Star Productions in association with BBC Brit, will be available on Mediacorp’s OTT […]

Twofour strikes European sales for What Would Your Kid Do?

Twofour Rights has sold ITV’s What Would Your Kid Do? and This Time Next Year into Belgium and Eastern Europe. Medialaan is to make the Belgian version of Boomerang’s What Would Your Kid Do? for VTM, which will soon go into production and is to air in early 2019. The show – which challenges parents to guess how their […]

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