Christiansen to spearhead DR’s coproduction push

Denmark’s DR plans to get more heavily into coproduction and Kim Christiansen will spearhead the initiative. The Danish public broadcaster said it wants to work more extensively with local partners and better pool resources and expertise. "The aim is to provide even more high quality TV programmes to viewers worldwide as well as giving TV […]

Amazia is off

Reed Midem has cancelled Amazia. The inaugural event was slated to take place in Hong Kong between November 17 – 20 this year and organisers blamed a lack of enthusiasm from TV companies and the number of competing events for calling off the event. Reed Midem chief executive Paul Zilk said reaction to the concept […]

ShineReveille boosts Lat Am business

ShineReveille, the recently merged production and distribution company, is ramping up its sales business in Latin America following a busy week at LA Screenings. Matt Vassallo, manager, international distribution and creative affairs, is heading its business in the region and is currently in negotiations with Latin American broadcasters over its raft of scripted and non-scripted […]

VH1 Lat Am closes in on deals for its new movie block

VH1 Latin America is introducing a new movie block and is in LA during Screenings week to cut a number of major volume deals with the studios. The pay broadcaster is launching its ‘Ladies Night’ block with a series of chick flicks. "It nicely complements our ‘Movies That Rock’ block," Dean Broadhurst, senior director of […]

Red Seven off the mark with German Singing Bee

ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s new production arm Red Seven is up and running and will coproduce the German version of Singing Bee with fellow German producer Werner Kimmig, company managing director Jobst Benthues tells TBIvision. The Gurin Company/Juma Entertainment-created, Zeal Entertainment-distributed, singing format is on NBC in the US. It is slated to debut on ProSieben later […]

RDF seals deals for Fritzl doc Secrets of the Cellar

The distribution arm of UK super-indie RDF has sealed a raft of presales for Secrets of the Cellar, a one-off doc about Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man who, for over twenty years, imprisoned several members of his immediate family. The Blakeway-produced show goes out on Channel 4 in the UK tonight (May 21) as part […]

Canada’s Global stocks up on US series

As the LA Screenings kicks off, Canwest has ordered a raft of US series. The Canadian media company, which owns the free-to-air Global TV network, has picked up the hyped Beverly Hills 90210 spin-off 90210 from CBS Paramount International Television. It has also taken Worst Week and Harper’s Island from CBIT. From Twentieth Century Fox […]

Kreiz in as Endemol CEO

Global producer and distributor Endemol has appointed media investment specialist and former Fox Kids Europe (now Jetix) boss Ynon Kreiz CEO. After his five-year stint at Fox Kids, which came to an end in 2002, Kreiz was general partner at private equity firm Balderton Capital (formerly Benchmark Capital) and was on the boards of sports […]

DRG shopping for animation producer

Digital Rights Group, the UK distribution company that owns Portman Films, iD Distribution and Zeal Television, is eyeing further acquisitions, particularly animation producers. Jeremy Fox, chief executive of DRG told TBIvision that it wanted to move into the animation field for the first time. Fox added that it was also looking to acquire a number […]

LA Screenings 2008

  The LA Screenings usually consist of a fairly predictable round of pilot viewing sessions, business meetings and star-studded parties. This year, however, normal service is being interrupted. And even the studio sales executives who host the event aren’t sure what the upshot will be, reports John Hazelton "It’s just a very different kind of […]