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Sweden’s TV4 to make NBCU’s Momma’s Boys

Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4 is to make a local version of NBC Universal’s dating format Momma’s Boys. This marks the first time the series will be produced outside of the United States, where six episodes aired on NBC at the end of 2008. TV4 is set to launch 10×1 hour of the format, which will […]

Canada’s Family Channel launches new kids series

Canadian broadcasters Family Channel and Playhouse Disney, which are both operated by Astral Media, have launched a number of new kids series as well as new episodes of returning hits including Connor Undercover and Overruled! The Family Channel is launching 13x30mins live action series Angel on Campus and 13x30mins comedy Baxter. Angel on Campus, which […]

Televisa, Univision head for online court battle

Televisa is set to face US Hispanic broadcaster Univision in court this week to settle a long-running dispute over the online rights to Televisa’s content in the US. The two companies settled their dispute over their 25 year programming agreement in January but agreed to settle the online dispute at a later date. Televisa CEO […]

France’s 5 Frenchies format travels worldwide

French format 5 Frenchies has been sold into six countries including the US, where RDF will make a local version called World’s Greatest Lover. The original French show was for French digital channel NRJ12 and follows five bachelors as they travel around with no money and compete to get the most French kisses. Episodes of […]

Lachkar confirmed as Shine France launches

As first reported by TBIvision in April, Shine Group has recruited Thierry Lachkar as CEO of its freshly minted French division, Shine France. Lachkar served as a senior executive at Endemol France from 2000 until earlier this year and is chairman of Mark Burnett Productions France. While at Endemol he worked with Shine’s distribution arm […]

The WB.com picks up The Lake

Digital production company Generate has inked a deal with Warner Bros.’ online video portal TheWB.com to air its teen drama The Lake, which is directed by former Beverly Hill 90210 star Jason Priestly. The 12x10mins series, which is coproduced by Warner Bros Television’s Studio 2.0, will launch in August and marks a return to the […]

Spain’s Forta inks studio deals

Spanish regional broadcasters association Federation of Regional Radio and Television Organisations (FORTA) has inked a number of volume deals with Hollywood studios Warner Bros and Sony that will see hit US series air across its twelve local stations. FORTA, which collectively acquires series for the country’s regional public broadcasters, has inked deals with Warner Bros […]

Chase Carey back at News Corp

News Corp has confirmed that Chase Carey is rejoining the media giant in July, when he will take up the position of deputy chairman, president and chief operating officer with responsibility for all of News’ global operations and reporting directly to Rupert Murdoch. Carey is a long time trusted lieutenant of Murdoch and will also […]

Off the Fence shops 300hrs around the world

Off the Fence has announced over 300 hours of program sales including a 50hr package to China, sales in the US and major western European countries. In Europe, the privately owned factual producer and distributor has shopped 1x50mins Pirate Gold to Arte Germany. Also in Germany, NTV has acquired shows including the Man Made Marvels […]

Global has NCIS spin-off and Glee for fall primetime

Global has unveiled a fall line-up full of the latest US series. The Canadian free-to-air broadcaster picked up several marquee series from CBS Studios International and Twentieth Century Fox Television at last week’s LA Screenings and will air NCIS spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles in a Tuesday 9pm slot, straight after the original show. Also from […]