Dori Media’s Paran deal puts it in control at Darset

Israeli based Telenovela production outfit Dori Media Group has increased its control over Darset Productions by acquiring a 75% stake in Paran Productions for $1.6m. Paran and DMG previously shared ownership of Darset but the new deal gives DMG an 87.5% stake. Darset has a 1000-hour telenovela library and is expected to produce about 300 […]

Ratings watch: Domino Day

Endemol’s entertainment show Domino Day 2007 aired November 16. Every year, the show tries to break the world record for falling dominos and this year it aired in primetime in several European countries. In the Netherlands, on SBS6, the show delivered a 36.8% audience share in the 6+ demographic from 9pm to 10.45pm (Source: SBS6, […]

Gédéon cuts Nat Geo deal

French factual producer/distributor Gédéon Programmes has sealed a number of presales with the National Geographic Channel. The Nat Geo channel in the US has pre-bought one-offs The Mummy that came in from the Cold and The Wild West Uncovered. The deal also includes 8x52mins series Cooking the World, featuring international culinary explorer Fred Chesneau. The […]

NBC acquires web series Quarterlife

NBC has acquired Quarterlife, the made-for-web series produced by thirtysomething and My So Called Life creators Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick. The network’s international distribution arm NBC Universal International Television Distribution has also picked up the international distribution rights to the series and will be selling it to broadcasters worldwide. It will air the series […]

Worldwide sales for Eisner’s Prom Queen

Prom Queen, the internet series produced by former Disney chief Michael Eisner’s online production company Vuguru, has been sold to a number of countries including France, Russia the UK and Brazil. The show, a teen slasher series that has aired via Myspace and Bud.Tv in the US, will air internationally early next year after French […]

Gaumont moves for Alphanim

French film company Gaumont is in exclusive talks to acquire kids producer/distributor Alphanim. Gaumont has confirmed that talks are taking place although it did not specify how long they were expected to last. Alphanim confirmed to TBIvision it had been approached by Gaumont in the last few weeks. Created in 1997, Alphanim produces animated kids […]

US indies call for 25% TV quota

Sales agents and television distributors are calling for 25% of US primetime television to be ring-fenced for independent programming. Lobbyist the Independent Film & Television Alliance says that the share of primetime enjoyed by independents has fallen from 50% in 1995 to just 18% last year. At the same time the amount of programming in […]

Ex-Canal+ and Fremantle execs launching baby boomer channel

Former Canal+ exec Philippe Gildas and ex-Fremantle France boss Gaspard de Chavagnac are launching a French lifestyle channel for the baby boomer generation. Pay TV platform CanalSat has greenlit the project, which has taken five years to come about, and which will caters specifically to the 45-to-65-year-old viewers. The channel is called Vivolta – it […]

Ratings watch: Got Talent gets viewers

The second season of talent format Got Talent has got off to a good start on M6 in France. The Fremantle-distributed format sets out to find the best undiscovered talent in the country and features a variety of people with a range of talents attempting to impress a panel of judges, a studio audience and […]