NBC cuts billion dollar deal for The Weather Channel

NBC and private equity backers have agreed to buy The Weather Channel in a deal estimated to be worth $3.5 billion. NBC, Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group announced the deal late Sunday. NBC said that it will provide management support but the channel will be operated independently from its Atlanta base. The Weather Channel […]

Entertainment One acquires Canadian producers including Blueprint

Canadian film distributor Entertainment One has acquired a number of independent TV companies including producers Blueprint Entertainment, Barna-Alper and distributor Oasis International. The deal allows listed company Entertainment One to expand its library of television content to over 2,800 hours and focus on international TV sales. Entertainment One has paid C$51.5m (US$50m) for the three […]

Showcomotion news: JCC puts $22m on the table for coproduction

Al Jazeera’s Children’s Channel (JCC) has set aside US$22 million in the next 12 months to spend on international coproduction. The channel hopes to secure about 12 to 13 projects with a variety of companies from around the world, JCC deputy director of programs & production, Mahmoud Orfali said at the Showcomotion Children’s Media Conference […]

Strike.TV goes live

The brains behind Strike.TV, the internet TV channel created by and for Hollywood writers, have given viewers a clue as to what they can expect. The launch slate features a host of projects from well-known TV writers. Upcoming scripted programming includes Daryl From OnCar from Malcolm in the Middle scribe Ron Corcillo and John’s Hand […]

Nordisk expands finished shows biz

Scandinavian format distributor Nordisk Film TV World is expanding into the world of finished programming and has inked deals with producers in Australia and New Zealand. Nordisk, which is known for selling formats such as Melody Challenge and Doobidoo, has inked a deal with New Zealand producer Ninox Television to sell its reality documentary series […]

Two more iD staffers jump ship for Passion

Two more ex-iD Distribution employees have joined Sally Miles’ new distribution company Passion. Emma Simpkins has signed on as director of sales. Claudia Zell has also joined Passion, as European sales and acquisitions manager, reporting to Simpkins. Simpkins worked with Passion founder Sally Miles at iD where she was head of sales. Zell also previously […]

Channel 4 orders Bring Back… Star Trek… Fame

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has ordered two more shows from the Bring Back… franchise. The shows will be produced SO Television, the UK indie set up by comedian and presenter Graham Norton and Graham Stuart. Stuart tells TBIvision that Channel 4 has now greenlit Bring Back Fame and Bring Back Star Trek. The Bring Back… […]

GTV, Ziegler ready $28m Henri IV miniseries

French producer GTV and Germany’s Ziegler Film are about to start work on a €18 million historical miniseries. German public broadcaster ARD and its French counterpart France 2 are also on board. GTV, which is owned by France’s Marathon, will be the minority partner in the project. The series will be based upon German author […]

Fox to pilot US version of La Lola

US network Fox has confirmed that it will produce a pilot based on Dori Media’s hit novela La Lola. This follows Sony Pictures Television International’s purchase of the English language formats rights to the show in February. La Lola, which follows the womanizing journalist Lalo who has a spell cast over him turning him into […]

What’s in fashion on Style?

Style is the sister channel to E! Entertainment and part of the Comcast group of channels. A round-the -clock network in the US it is now being rolled out as a fully-fledged channel in international markets. VP, Programming & Acquisitions Katie Buchanan talks to TBIvision about the network’s programming needs and strategy. What’s your target […]