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Hulu to roll out internationally

Hulu, the online web video joint venture between News Corp and NBC Universal, is set to rollout internationally and some local versions may launch before the end of the year. News Corp president Peter Chernin says it hopes to roll out a number of joint venture sites in local markets. "Hulu will eventually be the […]

Endemol hires CME exec Williams

Endemol has continued its aggressive expansion plans with the hire of CME executive Marina Williams as chief executive of the company’s Central and Eastern European arm. This follows the appointment of Disney ABC ESPN Television boss Tom Toumazis as chief commercial officer. Williams, who was previously EVP at pan regional broadcaster group Central European Media […]

Lionsgate ships out The Guard

Producer and distributor Lionsgate has sold Canadian drama series The Guard into 30 territories ahead of its debut at MIPCOM. It has inked deals with A&E Latin America, South Africa’s MNet, Finnish public broadcaster YLE and Belgium’s RTBF. The show, which is produced by DHX Media-owned producer Halifax Films and Brightlight Pictures, follows the lives […]

Target closes various Canadian deals

Target Entertainment has closed a number of sales in Canada ahead of MIPCOM. The UK-based distributor has sold a raft of reality series and documentaries to broadcasters. Canwest has picked up documentary Kate: The New Diana and ABH Productions’ Downsize My Pet, while W Network acquired Scarlett Television-produced Diana’s Last Day. Much MTV and CTV […]

All3Media triggers White Smoke deal

Patrick Scholtze, a long time John de Mol associate one of the creators of Big Brother, has forged a deal with All3Media and launched a new formats company, White Smoke Media. Scholtze has joined forces with another ex-Endemol and Talpa exec Etienne de Jong and together they have built a ten-strong team that operates out […]

MTV UK unveils latest slate

MTV UK has unveiled its new season of original series with a raft of reality shows and observational docs. The new shows include Peaches: Disappear Here, Kerry Katona – Whole Again and The Celebrity Agency. It has also recommissioned a second season of Laguna Beach remake Living on the Edge and will air the fourth […]

RDF inks doc deals

RDF Rights has closed a number of international deals for a range of documentaries, including sales to US networks.   The distribution arm of RDF Media has sold its one hour Firecracker Films-produced documentary Young Guns to NBC-owned news channel MSNBC. The show, which was commissioned by Channel 4, has also been acquired by international […]

Spike pilots Peep Show

US cable network Spike TV has just finished production on the pilot of UK comedy format Peep Show. The decision of whether to launch a multi-episode run of the remake will be made over the next few weeks. Pangea, the scripted programming arm of RDF USA, produced the pilot for the Viacom-owned broadcaster, while Malcolm […]

Vuguru launches Topps

Vuguru, the online production company set up by former Disney boss Michael Eisner, is to launch its latest series Back on Topps, and has struck an exclusive deal with Foxsports.com. The 17 episode comedy series, which follows a pair of hapless heirs to the Topps trading card empire, will launch exclusively via News Corp-owned sports […]

Southern Star put up for sale

Australian producer and distributor Southern Star has been put up for sale by its corporate parent Fairfax Media. FremantleMedia, Endemol and BBC Worldwide are all reported to be interested in the business and Fremantle is reported to have already approached the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission about a possible purchase. Fairfax Media announced to the […]