BBCWW hires first regional Lat Am boss

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, has hired former Ole Communications exec Fred Medina to become its first executive vice president, Latin America. The move marks the international arm of the BBC to launch new brands in the region and increase its focus on regional opportunities. Medina, who was previously executive […]

Disney to launch shows in France 24hrs after US bow

The Walt Disney Company is to make a raft of its hit US series available for download in France one day after their US premiere. This comes as the international distribution arm of the Hollywood studio has struck a deal with a raft of platforms to make shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Body of Proof, […]

Shaftesbury to launch US division

Canadian producer and distributor Shaftesbury is launching a US division and has hired former Cookie Jar Entertainment exec Tom Mazza to head it. The company, which produces series including The Listener, Murdoch Mysteries, Good Dog and Life with Derek, will open the office in Los Angeles in September. It has also hired senior development executive […]

Disney to launch Turkish version of Desperate Housewives

Turkish commercial broadcaster Kanal D is launching a local remake of hit US drama Desperate Housewives after striking a format deal with Disney. This comes as the show nears the end of its run – and eighth season – in the United States. This marks the fifth international version of the Marc Cherry-created female skewing […]

Eyeworks hires Swedish creative boss

Eyeworks Sweden has hired former MTV and TV4 executive Mats Jankell to be in charge of development. He will join the Swedish arm of the international producer and distributor as director of programmes on September 1 from advertising agency Mediaedge:cia. Previously he was director of programmes at MTV and Nickelodeon in the Nordic region and […]

BBC strikes int’l copro to bring back Ab Fab

The BBC is bringing back comedy series Absolutely Fabulous after striking an international coproduction deal with US cable networks Logo and BBC America. BBC Comedy will produce 3x30mins specials starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. They will be set in the present day and will see Saunders reprise her role as publicist Edina Monsoon and […]

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 […]