Renowned Films hires ‘Love Island’ commissioner

London and LA-based Renowned Films has hired former ITV and Channel 4 commissioner Kate Maddigan as head of studios, and promoted chief operating officer Mark Raeburn. Maddigan was most recently head of entertainment at London-based indie Little Gem. At ITV, Maddigan worked on the reboot of Love Island, as well as working on X Factor […]

BBC Natural History Unit plunges into ‘Waterhole’ for BBC Two and PBS

BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit is producing new BBC Two series ‘Waterhole’ (w/t), a specialist rig show which sees presenters Chris Packham and Ella Al-Shamahi create a waterhole in Tanzania. Waterholes are vital to the African ecosystem, but little is known about how they support so much life. BBC Studios Natural History Unit is working […]

NATPE briefs: Spain’s Mediapro Studio links with Erik Barmack’s prodco; ‘Top Chef’ to return to Brazil and Panama

Spain’s Mediapro Studio links with Erik Barmack’s prodco The Mediapro Studio has agreed a development and distribution deal with Erik Barmack’s prodco Wild Sheep Content. Barmack, the former Netflix international production exec who left the streamer in 2019, is currently working on shows including a French-language version of Stephen King’s The Plant, Scandi crime series […]

The Content Group buys ‘Dance Moms’ producer Collins Avenue from Kew Media

The Content Group, part of Steve Michael’s Asylum Entertainment Group, has acquired Asylum Entertainment Group producer Collins Avenue Entertainment from Kew Media Group. Collins Avenue is the second company to break away from trouble-hit Kew Media this month, following in the footsteps of Glasgow based producer Two Rivers Media. TCG will retain all of Collins Avenue’s […]

All3Media strikes bumper Latin American deal with Acorn TV

AMC Networks’ streaming service Acorn TV has acquired more than 180 hours of content from All3Media for Latin America. Acorn TV has secured SVoD rights in Latin America to first five seasons of the UK’s leading drama export Midsomer Murders, seasons two and three of murder mystery Agatha Raisin, and five seasons of South Pacific Pictures’ whodunit The […]

Amazon orders Italian and Latin American originals

Amazon has stepped up its investment in original shows in Italy and Latin America, ordering a range of dramas and unscripted series. The streamer has greenlit three Italian originals: comedy series Vita da Carla, music documentary Ferro and unscripted cooking travelogue Dinner Club. Amazon also green-lit four original series from Argentina, Chile and Colombia, marking […]

NATPE 2020: View from the market

Ian McKee, CEO of online content marketplace Vuulr, gives his take on this week’s NATPE market in Miami. This week marked our debut at NATPE Miami, so of course the Vuulr team was anticipating lots of sunshine, numerous poolside business meetings and little need for donning extra layers. Mother Nature clearly wasn’t on our side. […]

BBC Two orders social history format ‘Unforgotten’ from Blink Films

BBC Two has commissioned a new three-part social history format from Blink Films, Unforgotten (w/t), which reveals the personal stories of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events -and follows their quest to find the person who made a huge impact on their lives. Presented by Anita Rani, the 3×60-min series explores the experiences of two […]

‘Blown Away’ producer Marblemedia readies three factual series

Toronto-based Marblemedia, the producer of Netflix hit Blown Away, is travelling to Realscreen next week with a new development slate spearheaded by three factual series being pitched for pre-sale. Two series have been created and developed in-house by Marblemedia, whose new series Restaurants on the Edge launches on Netflix on 28th February. A third series […]

Kids round up: Aardman hops off with Brave Bunnies rights; Gibbs Smith, ThinkTank team for BabyLit

Aardman hops off with Brave Bunnies rights Aardman has acquired distribution rights for Ukraine-based Glowberry’s new pre-school series, Brave Bunnies, created by Olga Cherepanova. The 52 x 7-min preschool series, currently in production with Anima Kitchent (Spain), follows a family of courageous and curious Bunnies as they seek adventure and exploration, travelling on their Bunny […]

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