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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 […]

Virgin Media picks up ShineReveille’s Tim

UK cable operator Virgin Media has acquired ShineReveille’s quirky animated comedy The Life and Times of Tim. This marks one of the first major deals by UK broadcasters for US Hollywood studio content. Apart from pay TV broadcaster Sky One’s acquisition of Warner Bros’ sci fi series Fringe, there have been no other major deals […]

BBC creates new unit: Children’s and Licensing

BBC Worldwide has restructured its kids business and renamed it Children’s and Licensing. The newly minted division will focus its efforts on preschool, pre-teen and adult licensing. The BBC said the name change reflected the “importance of maximising global licensing opportunities for adult brands such as Top Gear and Planet Earth in addition to award […]

Echo Bridge inks pre-MIPCOM deals

Echo Bridge International has sealed a raft of programming deals ahead of MIPCOM. The distributor picked up the Alliance Atlantis catalogue earlier this year and has sold a range of the shows in that library. Mediaset (Italy) and Virgin 17 (France) have picked up musical drama Instant Star, which airs on MTV’s teen channel The […]

Distraction picks up new OJ Simpson doc

Distributor Distraction has picked up the rights to a new one-hour documentary about OJ Simpson, which has exclusive interviews and footage of the troubled star. Marquez Productions’ Monster or Myth was originally set to be a retrospective telling of the story around the original 1995 OJ Simpson trial. The making of that documentary was interrupted […]