Sony sells Stand Out From The Crowd

A raft of international broadcasters across Europe and Latin America are to produce local versions of Sony Pictures Television’s gameshow format Stand Out From The Crowd. The format will be produced for City TV in Colombia, Sky Italia in Italy,  Lietuvos Rytas TV in Lithuania, Prime TV in Moldova, RTP1 in Portugal and ATV in […]

DVD firm Acorn acquires Greenlit assets

DVD distributor Acorn Media has acquired the TV rights to a raft of UK drama  series including Vexed and Foyle’s War from bankrupt independent producer Greenlit Rights. This is the company’s first move into television acquisition. Acorn Media has acquired all rights to series including ITV drama Foyle’s War, which it already distributed on DVD, […]

Disney to launch Body of Proof in Europe ahead of US bow

Disney is launching Dana Delaney-fronted crime drama Body of Proof in Europe ahead of its US debut, the first time such a deal has been struck. Disney’s international distribution arm Disney Media Distribution is to launch the ABC Studios-produced show in Italy, Spain and Hungary, where it has been sold to Fox, Cuatro and Story4 […]

FremantleMedia hires Zodiak’s Ardal to run Blu

FremantleMedia has poached former Zodiak exec Kim Ardal to become managing director of its Danish production arm Blu. Ardal will return to Blu, where he previously worked  before setting up his own production company Look Entertainment in 2005. This comes a few months after FremantleMedia completed the full acquisition of the production company; the international […]

DRG shops Peep Show to Hulu

UK-based distributor DRG has sold its comedy series Peep Show to Hulu. The sixth series of the comedy, which airs on Channel 4 in the UK, will be available on the US on-demand service. Swedish free-to-air broadcaster TV4 has also picked up season six. Meanwhile, DRG has cut several deals for the seventh series of […]

ITV orders Penn and Teller show fronted by Jonathan Ross

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered Penn & Teller; Fool Us, an entertainment series featuring the eponymous magicians that will be fronted by UK presenter Jonathan Ross. Ross inked a development deal with Endemol last week, but this series will be produced by UK indie DCD Media’s September Films/117 Production, and marks the presenter’s first show […]

More positive TV advertising forecasts lift the sector

The latest in a line of positive advertising revenue forecasts spell good news for the TV industry. US-based marketing and advertising specialist Warc has collected predictions from agencies, media companies and industry bodies to create a weighted average, which the company says suggests a 4.4% increase in ad-spend this year and a 4.5% rise in […]

Prisa to get US$868 million cash injection after Liberty deal

A deal that sees Liberty Acquisition Corp buy into Spanish media group Prisa has been approved by the US fund’s shareholders. Prisa said the agreement, which sees the company get a US$868 million injection of funds, clears the way for it to expand into the US and Latin America. In broadcasting, the Spanish company owns […]

Endemol teams up with Jonathan Ross

Production and distribution giant Endemol has inked an exclusive programming deal with Hotsauce TV, the production company owned by controversial and high-profile UK presenter Jonathan Ross. Endemol said the two will co-create entertainment shows for the UK and international markets. Endemol UK has cut the development deal with Hotsauce and its distribution arm, Endemol Worldwide […]

Singer rejoins MTV Latin America

Charlie Singer has rejoined MTV Networks Latin America as senior vice president of content and creative for the company’s US Hispanic network Tr3s. Singer joins from online video web platform My Damn Channel, where he was general manager. Singer initially joined MTV in 1984 establishing the broadcaster’s production arm in LA before joining the company’s […]