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Endemol Shine launches scripted label in Germany

Endemol Shine Group has launched a new scripted label in Germany, MadeFor Film. Based in Berlin, the new company is led by producer Nanni Erben along with Gunnar Juncken who have been appointed as joint CEOs. The label will focus on producing premium scripted series and films for the local and international market, and will […]

Banijay Rights sells Markle doc to Latin America’s OnDirecTV

Banijay Rights has sold the Channel 5 documentary Thomas Markle: My Story to pay TV provider OnDirecTV Latin America, as well as to a raft of international broadcasters. First aired on the UK’s Channel 5 in January, Thomas Markle: My Story (1 x 90’), from Alaska TV, gives Meghan Markle’s father’s insight into the decision by the Duke and Duchess […]

History channel rebranded as Sky History in UK

A+E Networks UK and Sky are to rebrand the History channel in the UK as Sky History this spring. The two companies have run the channel as a joint venture for 25 years, and say that Sky History will have further investment in locally commissioned original programming in 2020 and beyond. The additional titles will […]

Jed Mercurio to produce ITV bomb squad thriller

Bodyguard and Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has teamed with new writer Daniel Brierley to produce an ITV thriller about a police bomb disposal squad, starring Vicky McClure. Trigger Point is written by Brierley and produced by Mercurio’s HTM Television. Set in contemporary London, Trigger Point, is a six-part thriller series focusing on the […]

OTT market to reach US$86.8 billion by 2026

The OTT market is set to reach US$86.8 billion by 2026. According to new figures from Fortune Business Insights, this will represent a CAGR of 14.3% between 2019-26, with the market being worth US$30.23 billion in 2018. The report notes that this growth will largely be driven by the constantly rising number of smartphone users […]

Kloiber launches Night Train Media

Former Tele München Group managing director Herbert L. Kloiber has launched a new production firm, Night Train Media, focusing on European film and series. Night Train Media will work as a developer, coproducer, financing partner and distribution specialist for in-house and third-party projects. The Munich-based company is currently building its executive team and first projects […]

HBO Max orders Mark Burnett business format ‘The Big Shot’

HBO Max has ordered eight episodes of The Big Shot with Bethenny (wt), a new business reality competition series from MGM Television, The Apprentice creator Mark Burnett, and reality star Bethenny Frankel and her B Real Productions. In each half-hour episode, contestants will compete for a chance to be second-in-command to Skinnygirl founder Frankel, and win a position […]

Discovery picks up ‘Crash Test World’ for North America

Escapade Media has sold non-profit organisation ProjectExplorer’s 6 X 30-minute series, Crash Test World, produced by Intuitive Content, to Discovery for the US and Canada. Crash Test World, hosted by Mythbusters’ Kari Byron, takes explores how history, technology, culture and people come together to make the world a better place. Crash Test World is funded by Qatar Foundation International, […]

Exclusive: Germany’s RTL orders local version of hit Israeli dramedy ‘Stockholm’

German broadcaster RTL has ordered a local adaptation of Israeli black comedy Stockholm for its streaming platform TVNOW and linear TV channel Vox. The format, which is also being adapted in the US, is sold by Keshet International (KI) and is being produced by Keshet Tresor Fiction (KTF), the German scripted division launched by KI […]

NENT adds short form ‘Delete Me’ to Viaplay drama line-up

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) has added Norwegian young adult drama series Delete Me to its 2020 drama slate. The original short form series, which explores topics such as cyber-bullying, hacking and exclusion, will premiere on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service in late 2020. Told in reverse time order across seven 20-minute episodes, Delete Me […]