Danny Fenton, CEO, Zig Zag Productions

A modern TV conundrum: get hitched or enjoy the single life? After 10 years of being independent, like most production companies the time came for us to consider getting hitched. But are you necessarily better off being married than remaining single? Marriage is not for everyone, but if you decide to take the plunge, you […]

Entertainment One acquires Oz distributor

Entertainment One (eOne) has acquired Australian film and TV distributor Hopscotch. The international producer and distributor has paid A$20 million (US$21 million) for the company, which was founded in 2002. The move comes weeks after eOne raised £16 million from a share placement in the UK and CEO Darren Throop said that the cash will […]

Brazil’s Globo to produce Dutch format

Brazilian broadcaster Globo is producing a local version of emotional airport format Hello Goodbye after striking a deal with Dutch formats house BlazHoffski. The Brazilian network has commissioned a local version of the format, which  looks at the hellos and goodbyes that take place in the arrival and departure halls at international airports. “Because it’s […]

Orange to show Monaco royal wedding in 3D

French telco and pay TV operator Orange plans to show the upcoming wedding of Prince Albert of Monaco on its 3D TV service. Speaking at MIP TV this week, Ghislaine Le Rhun Gauthier, head of Orange’s 3D project told TBIvision that ‘event programming’ is an important part of its 3D service and that it will […]

Discovery takes Russian docs to US for the first time

A raft of documentaries from Russian state-backed broadcaster VGRTK will be seen in the US for the first time after Discovery took international rights to the content and it was picked up by its US cable net the Military Channel, TBIvision has learned. Discovery inked a seven-year representation deal for a 130-hour catalogue of VGRTK […]

AETN sells package of series at MIP TV

AETN International has sold a raft of programming to free-to-air broadcasters at MIP TV. The international sales arm of the US cable network has sold series including Royal Wedding of a Lifetime, Charlie Sheen: Bad Boy On The Edge, Criss Angel Mindfreak as well as a Bio documentary about Elizabeth Taylor. Mediacorp (Singapore), Vivolta (France), […]

MIP TV numbers remain flat

The number of attendees at MIP TV was exactly the same as last year, according to organisers. The event, which is held in Cannes, recorded 11,500 executives including 4,000 buyers, which was the same number that they announced in April 2010. This comes as next year’s event has been pushed back and will start on […]

Silverman’s Electus acquires rights to Israeli series Blue Natali

Ben Silverman’s Electus has acquired international rights to hit Israel drama Blue Natali (בלו נטלי) and has inked a deal with Dexter writer Wendy West to adapt it for the United States, TBIvision has learnt. This is the latest Israeli format to be reversioned in the States following deals by HBO for The Naked Truth […]

Channel 5 brings back Big Brother

British commercial broadcaster Channel 5 has confirmed that it is bringing back reality format Big Brother after striking a deal with Endemol. The broadcaster has inked a two year deal with the international producer and distributor. It will launch a celebrity version of the series later this summer, produced by Initial, followed by a new […]

MTV commissions prank show for international nets

MTV has commissioned, Flash Prank, an original hidden camera series that will play on its networks around the world, TBIvision understands. The 10x30mins show will be made by UK indie producer Splash Media (The Eurovision Dance Contest) and start airing this October. It will go out on MTV’s channels in the UK and across Europe, […]