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Sales round-up: PBS Int’l scores with moon landing; ZDFE sells drama into China

PBS scores international sales for moon landing doc The commercial arm of the US public broadcaster has secured a raft of sales for Chasing The Moon, with 12 broadcasters including the BBC and France and Germany’s ARTE signing on for the 6 x 60-minute doc series. The film has also been acquired by SBS (Australia), VPRO (Netherlands), […]

Momentum, Industrial strike overall deal

Momentum Content has entered an exclusive overall deal with American Idol prodco Industrial Media. Through the deal, Industrial Media’s CEO Eli Holzman, and president, Aaron Saidman, will work closely with Momentum Content’s CEO, Christina Douglas, and Anna Snead, Momentum’s head of development, to create, develop and produce new TV content under the Industrial umbrella. The […]

Cineflix alum Anthony Kimble launches content outfit

Anthony Kimble, who recently left Cineflix Rights after five-years as senior VP of acquisitions and co-productions in North America, has set up his own content development, financing and production company. Titled Fugitive, the new prodco will work across scripted, unscripted and formats. Kimble will make his official Fugitive debut at next week’s Series Mania, where […]

Cineflix Rights acquires Icelandic political drama ‘The Minister’

Cineflix Rights has acquired a new Icelandic drama from Sagafilm. The indie distributor has picked up 8 x 60-minute political drama The Minister, starring Fantastic Beasts actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson. Produced by Sagafilm for RUV Iceland, the drama centres on Benedikt Ríkhardsson (Ólafsson), a rising star in the political world who rides a wave of […]

Disney completes $71bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox

Disney completes its US$71bn acquisition of the bulk of 21st Century Fox today, paving the way to create what chairman and CEO Bog Iger described as “the preeminent global entertainment company, well positioned to lead in an incredibly dynamic and transformative era.” Disney is acquiring 21st Century Fox’s film production businesses Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox […]

ITV responds to ‘Love Island’ backlash with bolstered aftercare

ITV has said it is extending its “support processes” for Love Island contestants following the suicide of 2017 cast member Mike Thalassitis.  The channel released a lengthy statement on Tuesday (19 March) highlighting that it is retooling its aftercare process following a recently concluded six-month review. “This review has led us to extend our support processes to offer […]

Channel 4 gets ‘Banged Up’ Stateside with BriteSpark

Channel 4 has commissioned Argonon Group-backed BriteSpark Films for a three-part social experiment series that will see British teens jailed in the US.  Banged Up (3 x 60 minutes) will see eight teens aged 15-17 – some of whom are in trouble with the law – spending a week living and working in a tough Florida […]

Endemol Shine gets ‘Younger’ in China

Endemol Shine China is to produce a local version of the TV Land drama Younger. Produced in association with Huace Group, Endemol Shine China is to deliver a 40 x 45-minute Mandarin-language adaptation of the Darren Star-created US show, which follows a woman who lies about her age to get ahead in the cut-throat world […]