Warner Bros the largest importer of TV series into Europe

New research reveals that Warner Bros is the largest importer of drama series into Europe. The company’s distribution arm shopped more hours of TV drama to European broadcasters last year than any of its rivals, according to data from Essential Television Statistics, Madigan Cluff and Digital TV Research. The research outfits’ report into imported TV […]

Lady Gaga shuts down Lady Goo Goo

Moshi Monsters has been forced to call off plans to release a single from Moshi Monsters character Lady Goo Goo after pop superstar Lady Gaga took out an injunction. Moshi Monsters is an online world aimed at kids aged 7 to 12 years old and allows them to adopt and care for a pet monster. […]

Hulu owners call off sale

The owners of Hulu have called off the planned sale of the online video service. Hulu is backed by Disney, NBC, News Corp and private equity firm Providence and they issued a joint statement saying the sale process has been terminated and the partners are now focused on growing the service. The statement, issued on […]

Julian Fellowes, writer, Titanic

Titanic is a huge international coproduction that is being lined up to air around the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship next year. The 4x1hour mini-series has been penned by Gosford Park and Downton Abbey scribe Julian Fellowes. It is produced by ITV Studios, Lookout Point, Deep Indigo Productions, Canadian producer Sienna Films […]

Big CBS buys raft of US series and preps new channel

CBS and Reliance joint venture channels group Big CBS has picked up a raft of US drama and unscripted shows. The partners are also prepping a new channel, Big CBS HD, for the fast-growing Indian market. CBS Studios International and Reliance Broadcast Network launched Indian joint venture Big CBS Networks last year and rolled out […]

ITV orders Daphne du Maurier drama The Scapegoat

ITV has ordered a one-off drama based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel The Scapegoat. The film will be produced by Island Pictures and distributed by Content Media. The Scapegoat will air on UK commercial broadcaster ITV’s main channel, ITV1, next year and have a theatrical release thereafter. The novel has been made into a movie […]

Making branded programming work

Stephen J. Davis, president, Hasbro Studios on making branded programming work I’ve been in the branded entertainment business my entire career and learned early on that selling pre-sold, proven concepts carries tremendous value. That lesson has never been more evident than it is in today’s highly competitive international kids’ programming marketplace. While there is always […]

ProSiebenSat.1 strikes Disney digital deal

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has struck a deal with Disney that will see over 500 new titles added to its Maxdome video-on-demand service. The deal, which was struck with Disney Germany, will see a raft of kids and family programming from the Disney Channel as well as a number of feature films featured on the […]

Vince Gilligan, creator, Breaking Bad

The 1980s Texas oil soap Dallas is an unlikely source of inspiration for critically acclaimed cable drama Breaking Bad.  But Vince Gilligan, the man who created the Emmy award winning AMC series, believes Larry Hagman’s JR Ewing paved the way for some of the most exciting drama series in recent years including The Sopranos and […]

Exclusive: Lifetime developing Johnny Depp TV project

US cable network Lifetime is developing a period drama series from Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and GK-TV, TBIvision has learnt. The series is the first significant move into television production for the Pirates of the Caribbean star and is being produced with GK-TV, the television arm of GK-Films run by former Lionsgate international boss Craig […]