MGM launching China World

Hollywood studio MGM is to open MGM Studio World in China. The entertainment centre will be based in Shanghai and will promote its brands – which include James Bond, Stargate, Rocky and the Pink Panther – in the country. The indoor location will include restaurants, stores and a 200,000 square feet entertainment venue for shows […]

Danger Rangers oral care products on the way

 Danger Rangers are to be turned into a set of toothbrushes and hair products after producer and distributor Educational Adventures inked a raft of licensing deals. It signed an agreement with World Trend to produce musical toothbrushes and haircare. The Bean Bag Boys will also create branded bean bags.

Prehistoric Park heads to China

Dinosaur adventure series Prehistoric Park is to be released in China via DVD after distributor FremantleMedia Enterprises inked a deal with CAV Warner Entertainment. The move marks the first time a Fremantle property is released by a Hollywood studio’s distribution arm, albeit via a joint venture. The show, which was created by UK indie Impossible […]

Big labels look to small screen

Record labels turn their attention towards television production The television and music industries have always been closely connected, but with record companies launching fully fledged production arms, TBI looks at the effect on music programming The Rolling Stones’ lead singer Mick Jagger had his own sitcom, Elton John is set to present his own primetime […]

Online Boowa & Kwala head for TV

Distributor Granada International is to step up sales activity for its multiplatform kids property Boowa and Kwala following its sale to French broadcaster Tiji and French language Canadian channel Radio Canada Television. The show, which follows the adventures of two dogs, was originally created as an internet site and has since been spun into a […]

Metronome buys producer Sto-Co

Metronome acquires Swedish producer Stockholm and Copenhagen Scandinavian production group Metronome has bought Swedish producer Stockholm and Copenhagen and there are plans for more acquisitions. Schibsted-backed Metronome is one of the region’s biggest TV players, owning Meter, Mekano, Spartacus and numerous other producers. Stockholm and Copenhagen produces comedy and entertainment shows and was snapped up […]

TV3 acquires Time Jam

Spanish broadcaster TV3 Catalunya has acquired sci-fi adventure cartoon Time Jam – Valerian and Laureline from French distributor Mediatoon International. The series, which is a mix of 2D and CGI animation, will also air on France 3 and Club RTL in Belgium.

Fremantle signs David Leaf for pop docs

Pop culture documentary maker David Leaf is lining up a number of non-music based projects after signing a first-look deal with distributor FremantleMedia. Leaf, who has set up David Leaf Productions, is best known for last year’s feature documentary US vs John Lennon and Beatles’ biopic You Can’t Do That, which tells the story of […]

Disney promises early delivery

Disney to offer US series to int’l nets sooner. International broadcasters will be able to air US series much earlier after studios pledged to deliver shows faster. Disney-ABC International TV is leading the march to enable channels, particularly in English speaking territories and key European markets, to air shows much closer to their US TX. […]

Record’s Opposite Lives goes Spanish

Rede Record prepares Spanish version of Opposite Lives Brazilian broadcaster Rede Record is prepping a Spanish version of its hit telenovela Vidas Opostas (Opposite Lives). The show, which follows the fortunes of a millionaire who returns to Brazil to court a young lady who lives in a slum and is the former girlfriend of the […]