ABC Studios’ Missing to premiere at MIPCOM

ABC Studios’ forthcoming drama Missing, starring Ashley Judd, is set to get its world premiere at MIPCOM. Missing will launch on Monday 3 October ahead of its US debut as part of MIPCOM’s 2011 World Premiere Television Screenings and will be followed by a Q&A with the stars of the show and production team. The […]

BBC acquires Australian drama The Slap

British public broadcaster the BBC has acquired Australian drama The Slap after striking a deal with distributor DCD Rights. The broadcaster will air the 8x1hour drama, which is an adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ novel of the same name, on its arts and culture digital network BBC Four. The series was produced by Australian indie Matchbox […]

M6 renews CBS output deal

French commercial broadcaster M6 has renewed its output deal with Hollywood studio CBS Studios International. The move will give M6 access to all of CBS’ latest slate of programming and movies as well as series in forthcoming years. CBS Studios International’s latest raft of series includes Sarah Michelle Gellar-fronted drama Ringer, cop drama The 2-2, […]

3net launching 3D kids block

3net, the 3D broadcaster operated by Sony, Discovery and IMAX, is launching a kids block with more than 30 hours of 3D content. This marks the first 3D kids block to launch internationally. 3Net has commissioned two new animated 3D series; Bolts & Blip, a robot sports series that is produced by Toonbox Entertainment in […]

Miramax hires NBCU’s Minehart

Miramax, the film studio that has produced hit features including Pulp Fiction, No Country For Old Men and Clerks, has hired NBC Universal new media executive Beth Minehart as senior vice president, global digital.  This marks the latest high profile hire from the company following the recruitment of former Power boss Danny Goldman.  Minehart, who […]

Warner and MGM launch Canadian movie nets

Hollywood studios Warner Bros and MGM are launching movie channels in Canada as part of the launch of new company Hollywood Suite.  The two companies will launch their channels as part of Hollywood Suite, a new company set up by former Chum executive Jay Switzer.  Hollywood Suite will launch four new high definition movie networks […]

RTL profits up but FremantleMedia profits down

RTL has registered revenue and profit increases in its half-year results. The pan-European broadcast group posted revenue of €2.8 billion for the six months to end-June, a 3.4% increase year on year. EBITDA profit increased 3.7%, taking the total to €557 in the same period. The company said that higher TV ad revenues in France, […]

Three new public broadcasters join TV Lab formats initiative

ZDF, RTV and STV have joined the TV Lab initiative in which broadcasters show a raft of format pilots on air before the public selects the ones they like, which then go to series. The initiative started out in the Netherlands in 2009 and is spearheaded by Roek Lips, channel manager at Nederland 3. He […]

Netflix cuts Telemundo deal

Netflix has inked a content deal with Telemundo, giving it a raft of Spanish-language content for its upcoming Latin American service. The online video service has struck a deal with the NBC-backed Spanish-language content powerhouse for 1,200 hours of original content a year. Titles include Telemundo’s biggest recent hit La Reina del Sur (The Queen […]

Nordic World launches formats pitching event with Zig Zag

Nordic World, the pan regional programme sales company, is hosting a formats pitching event in Denmark this week and has secured Zig Zag’s Danny Fenton as part of its jury. The company, which was originally set up by TV2 Norway and TV4 Sweden and also includes Norway’s NRK, Denmark’s TV2, Estonia’s K2 and YLE and […]