ABC and BBC order more Scorpion Island from RDF

Australian public broadcaster ABC TV and its UK counterpart the BBC have ordered two more seasons of live-action kids series Scorpion Island. RDF, which distributes the show also announced new international deals for the gameshow in which 11-to-13 year olds compete to escape from an exotic island. The series is produced by RDF-owned The Foundation. […]

Disney XD buys Australian kids drama Lockie Leonard

The US Disney XD channel has picked up Australian-produced kids series Lockie Leonard. It will launch on the channel this June. The live-action comedy series is produced by Australia’s Goalpost Pictures and distributed by The Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF). Disney XD has acquired the second season of the show, which is set on the […]

MEG builds formats catalogue

Clips-show specialist MEG has added more shows to its formats catalogue, beefing up the slate of the recently-launched formats division. It has picked up French and UK-originated formats that it will launch internationally at MIP TV. MEG has added Catch Me If You Can from French indie La Creature and This Is Your Fridge from […]

Oprah nets gets new programming team

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network has rejigged its executive team four months after the hire of Lisa Erspamer as chief creative officer. Three unscripted executives are set to oversee development for the US cable net, which is a joint venture between factual channel operator Discovery Communications and Winfrey’s Harpo Productions, and replace Jamila Hunter, who […]

Who Do You Think You Are? travels around the world

Outright Distribution has sold the US version of genealogy format Who Do You Think You Are? to a raft of international broadcasters. The Wall to Wall format, which premiered earlier this month on US network NBC, has been sold to Australia’s Nine Network, New Zealand’s Prime as well as Canada’s Rogers, Denmark’s DR, Finland’s MTV3, […]

James Grant set up new formats division

James Grant Group has launched a TV formats division following the hire of former William Morris agent Holly Pye.This comes after former ITV executive chairman Michael Grade joined the management company, which looks after stars including Ant and Dec, Fearne Cotton and Davina McCall. Pye will become head of television at the company and will […]

Discovery Int. appoints content boss as COO departs

Discovery Networks International COO Sahar Elhabashi is leaving the company. DNI said that her position will not be replaced. As COO, Elhabashi handled the day-to-day running of the international business. Her departure comes soon after that of Greg Ricca, whose departure as president and CEO of international was announced last December. Like Ricca, Elhabashi joined […]

Murdoch manoeuvres in the Middle East

News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch has declared that he wants to ramp up local production in the Middle East to appeal to the 335 million people in the region. Speaking at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit, Murdoch said that wanted the Arab Nations to open up and allow more creativity around content. This comes after […]

Save Kids TV says it deplores GMTV’s kids cutbacks

Save Kids TV says ITV should reconsider its decision to scale back kids programming on UK breakfast time broadcaster GMTV. UK free-to-air broadcaster ITV, which recently bought Disney out of GMTV, said last week it is reviewing kids output at GMTV and scaling back. The departure of GMTV COO Clive Crouch was announced at the […]

John de Mol’s Talpa continues expansion drive

Talpa, the formats company owned by John de Mol, has inked another joint venture agreement, this time teaming with Portuguese producer CBV. The company has been on an aggressive expansion drive in recent months, creating JVs designed to get Talpa programming into the US and various European countries. In Portugal Talpa has formed a 50-50 […]