TBI Interview: Guiding Universal international

When NBC Universal president and CEO Jeff Zucker announced plans last year to increase the Hollywood studio’s international film and TV revenues from $2.7 to $5 billion by the end of 2010, it seemed an ambitious target for a company that had lagged behind rivals such as News Corp and Disney when it comes to […]

TF1, FTV and Canal+ sign up to French production reforms – M6 resists

French free-to-air networks TF1, France Télévisions and Canal+ have signed new agreements with independent producers’ associations agreements that amend their production obligations across drama, factual, animation and live shows. The reforms aim to modernize relationships between broadcasters and indies, but RTL-backed broadcaster M6 has refused to sign up to the new deal. Initiated by French […]

US election results: which shows are a turn on for Republicans and Democrats?

South Park is the most engaging cable series for right-wing voters while Deadliest Catch is a hit among the political left, according to figures from the Nielsen ratings agency. Nielsen revealed its latest findings – its Engagement Analysis 2008 – looking at which cable series Republican and Democrat voters paid most attention to. Republicans were […]

RHI wraps Meteor, inks deals

RHI Entertainment has just wrapped production on its latest four part mini series Meteor and has closed deals with a raft of international broadcasters. The producer and distributor has sold the 4x1hour action thriller to Spain’s Antena 3, Germany’s Telemunchen and Italy’s Mediaset. The show, which is coproduced with Larry Levinson Productions, follows a heroic […]

Family Channel commissions Connor

Canadian broadcaster The Family Channel has commissioned local indie Heroic Films to produce a 13x30mins tween comedy series – Connor Undercover. The live action series follows 15-year old Connor – played by Max Morrow – as he mixes ordinary teenage life with being an international spy. This is further complicated when a feisty female teenager […]

Peter Chernin

Peter Chernin, News Corp president and chief operating officer for the past 12 years, is probably the most powerful number-two of any business executive worldwide. ³If anything should happen to me, Peter will step into my shoes,² Rupert Murdoch has said. While James Murdoch is odds-on to one day take over his father¹s media empire, […]

Fox’s BabyFirst to play in Germany

BabyFirst TV, the Fox-backed channel for toddlers, will launch in Germany within weeks. BabyFirst CEO and co-founder Guy Oranim told TBIvision that a deal has been struck with Unity Media and the channel will launch on German cable before the end of October It will be carried in a new package of kids channels that […]

Gabe Sachs: 90210

Gabe Sachs and writing partner Jeff Judah are the creative powerhouses behind 90210, the modern day reworking of hit 90s series Beverly Hills 90210, the pressure is on Gabe Sachs to deliver. The much-hyped show has just been given a full season order and is attracting considerable press attention with a flurry of stories about which […]

iPlayer launches on Sky

The BBC’s online catch-up service – iPlayer – is now available via pay TV operator BSkyB. The service, which allows consumers free-of-charge access to a range of shows that have aired on the BBC, can now be used via Sky’s online TV service, Sky Player. There will be several BBC branded sections on Sky Player. […]

BBC pushes ahead with plans for China Showcase

BBC Worldwide is pushing ahead with plans to launch a Showcase event in China. The event, which would likely run for one day, is tentatively being scheduled for autumn 2009, Steve Macallister, BBC Worldwide managing director, global TV sales, told TBIvision. "We have our Showcase in Rio and doing something similar in China makes sense. […]