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Discop drama for All3Media

All3Media International has sold a range of drama series into Eastern Europe at this week’s Discop programming market in Budapest. HRT (Croatia) and Proxima (Bulgaria) have both acquired Ecosse Films’ dramas He kills Coppers and Cape Wrath. HRT has also picked up Bentley Productions’ drama series Midsomer Murders and Company Pictures’ The Palace and Wild […]

MTV fleshes out plans for international HD channel

The first details of MTV Networks International’s upcoming high definition channel are starting to emerge. MTVNI announced it was launching an HD service in late 2007 but has said little about the channel itself. MTV Networks International president Bob Bakish has given TBIvision some of the first details. "The HD service will launch in Europe […]

Sci-Fi looks to UK producers for reality

The bosses of NBC’s Sci Fi channel are in London this week to meet UK producers. Sci Fi president Dave Howe and programming chief Mark Stern gave a presentation to UK producers Tuesday and the message was clear – it’s out with aliens, darkness and sci-fi fantasy programming and in with warm, relatable, human, stories. […]

RHI raising $189m through IPO

RHI Entertainment has priced its initial public offering at $14 per share. The TV movie and miniseries specialist is offering 13,500,000 shares, which means it would raise $189 million. The proceeds, the company said, will be used to pay down debt. Market watchers had expected RHI to price its IPO higher at $16 to $18 […]

Metronome launches in the US

Nordic-based producer and distributor Metronome has launched a US subsidiary and will start shopping its catalogue of formats to US broadcasters. The company has recently sold its Clash of the Choirs format to NBC and Single Moms to TLC and wants to capitalise upon opportunities in the US. Metronome COO Michael Porseryd told TBIvision that […]

Jana Bennett on iPlayer

BBC Vision boss Jana Bennett used her keynote address at last week’s Banff TV Festival to talk, among other things, about how catch-up service iPlayer is extending the lifecycle of the UK public broadcaster’s shows. Bennett on extending the life of a BBC show…Extending the window of time in which a programme is available to […]

Comedy Central launching in Hungary this October

MTV is launching a localised version of its Comedy Central channel in Hungary. The channel will launch in October 2008 and be carried on local cable and satellite pay TV platforms. MTV Networks International has already launched local versions of its core MTV channel as well as music channel Viva and kids offering Nickelodeon. The […]

ProSiebenSat.1 acquires C More

German broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 is to sell its pay TV business C More Group to Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4 for €320m. ProSiebenSat.1 inherited the Scandinavian pay TV group, which operates eight channels under the Canal+ brand, following the acquisition of SBS Broadcasting last year. TV4, which is owned by Swedish media group Bonnier, operates a […]

BBC, TVNZ order live-action kids series Paradise Café

UK and New Zealand public broadcasters the BBC and TVNZ have ordered a live-action kids series that will start shooting this August on the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. TBIvision understands Paradise Café will be produced by Endemol offshoot Initial and Kiwi producer The Gibson Group. UK distributor Portman Film and Television has come […]

Guru closes in on deals

Canadian animation studio Guru is close to inking its first development deal with a broadcaster and is already getting to work on widening its slate of animated series. Ex-Disney, Canal+ and Viasat exec Mary Bredin joined Guru in September of last year in a development and acquisitions role. She is talking to broadcasters about the […]