Nigeria’s STV launches Nick block

Nigerian broadcaster Silverbird TV (STV) is to launch a Nickelodeon kids block after striking a deal with MTV Networks International. The free-to-air broadcaster will launch series including Dora The Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, Avatar and SpongeBob SquarePants as part of the block, which will air for one hour at 4pm on weekdays and for an […]

BBC criticised over long running formats

British public broadcaster the BBC has been criticised by its governing body for airing too many long-running factual entertainment formats. This move could have a negative impact on UK indie producers as well as international distributors, which rely on long running returnable formats. The BBC Trust, which unveiled its interim conclusions on its strategy review, […]

Australia’s Ten eyes joint venture 3D channel

Australian commercial broadcaster Network Ten is eyeing the launch of a dedicated 3D channel and wants to launch it as a joint venture with its two main rivals Seven and Nine. Ten chief executive Grant Blackley said that it could look to launch a 3D event channel. “In defence of 3D, as an event channel, […]

BBC Worldwide sees 26% rise in distribution profits

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, has recorded healthy annual financial results with its international distribution business recording a 26% rise in profits. The company saw its annual revenues reach £1.07 billion (US$), an increase of 7% on the previous year, with net profits rising 36.5% to £145 million. It also […]

Five inks US content deals

UK commercial broadcaster Five has acquired a raft of US programming. Shows include Comedy Central’s animated series Ugly Americans and Steven Seagal-fronted cop drama True Justice. The RTL-owned broadcaster also picked up FremantlMedia’s web series-to-TV comedy Secret Girlfriend, which follows a group of men drinking and looking to get girls, as well as the third […]

C4 commissons raft of AFP series

Channel 4 has commissioned a number of new advertiser funded programmes (AFP) from UK indie Boomerang and has renewed a raft of existing series. The British broadcaster is to launch Quiksilver’s Tony Hawk European Tour, a 3x30mins and 1x1hour skateboarding series and Red Bull-funded magazine format series Elements, which looks at the wildest extreme sports […]

Telemundo launches digital novela

US Hispanic broadcaster Telemundo is to launch its first digital novela after striking a deal with Microsoft. The Spanish language broadcaster will launch 120x1hour Las Aparicio online in August via a new online video site at, hosted by the US technology company. The show will debut online – both as an ad supported series […]

Rogers to launch new Prom Queen via iPad

Canadian broadcaster Rogers Media is to launch Vuguru-produced web series Prom Queen: The Homecoming later this month via the Apple iPad and iPhone. The 22-episode series, which is a follow up to the Big Fantastic-created hit teen digital series Prom Queen and Prom Queen: Summer Heat, will launch as part of Rogers Shorts in the […]

Five striking Warner Bros deal

UK commercial broadcaster Five is close to striking a new deal with Hollywood studio Warner Bros that will see it renew hit crime drama The Mentalist and give it access to a number of series that debuted at last month’s LA Screenings. The RTL-owned broadcaster is in negotiations with the studio’s international distribution arm Warner […]

Bravo picks up Hawaii Five-0

UK digital channel Bravo has acquired CBS Studios-distributed drama Hawaii Five-0, a remake of the classic cop series that aired from 1968 to 1980. The contemporary version of the series will air on US network CBS and has already been bought by Canadian free-to-air broadcaster Global. Bravo said it had fought off a number of […]