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 […]

Style launching on Sky

Comcast International Media Group’s Style Network is about to roll out in the UK on the BSkyB pay TV platform. The channel is part of Sky’s Lifestyle and Culture package and will be channel 289 on the Sky EPG. CIMG said there will be a TV, print and outdoor marketing campaign from July 7 to […]

Iacono says programming fund could be boosted again

ITV Worldwide will triple its fund for English-language program development and acquisition this year with an eye to boosting investment even further in the near future, president and managing director of ITV Worldwide Peter Iacono told TBIvision. "Should it all work out, we can revisit the amount we are spending and we could triple it […]

BBC readies US HD channel

The BBC plans to launch a high definition version of its BBC America channel shortly, BBC Worldwide Channels’ managing director Darren Childs tells TBIvision. Worldwide has just launched its first high definition channel in an international market with BBC HD forming part of the launch line-up of Australian pay TV operator Foxtel’s HD service, which […]

When animation meets live-action

Are hybrids the next big thing in kids TV? Faced with growing requests for live-action series from broadcasters, producers are looking to hybrid live-action series-a la Hollywood movie Roger Rabbit as a best-of-both-worlds solution. Driven by the popularity of live action shows such as Disney’s Hannah Montana and now Camp Rock, kids TV producers are […]

Sunny Side news: Brazil puts extra $40m on the table for docs

Brazil’s recently launched public broadcaster TV Brasil and the state-run financing entity Ancine have launched a $40 million Images of Brazil fund for producers making programmes about the country. The fund was announced at the Sunny Side of the Doc festival in La Rochelle, France. It is primarily for local indie producers but the broadcaster […]

All3Media buys Zoo

All3Media has acquired US producer Zoo Productions, producer of Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? for US network Fox and MTV’s Spring Break. Privately-owned UK independent production and distribution group All3Media already owns several producers including Lion Television, Objective Productions and South Pacific Pictures, but the Zoo deal marks its first acquisition of a […]

Sunny Side news: Euro fund for Dutch docs

A new fund fully financing Dutch-originated docs will launch later this year. The Dutch Independent Documentary Fund will be managed by Hans Boescher who unveiled it at the Sunnyside documentary festival, which is taking place in the French city of La Rochelle this week. Boescher has obtained several millions of Euros of backing from the […]