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Nickelodeon launches branded block in Middle East

MTV Networks International is to launch a Nickelodeon branded block on pan regional Arabian broadcaster MBC. The international channel operator has struck a multiplatform deal with the free-to-air Middle Eastern network that will incorporate TV, digital media and consumer products. MBC3 will initially launch an afternoon block with series including Spongebob SquarePants, Fanboy and Chum […]

Carlos Slim to enter TV production business

Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim is to enter the TV production business for the first time through his Latin American telco America Movil. The move could see Slim, the world’s wealthiest man, compete directly with Televisa, which is currently the largest producer of Spanish-language content in the world. America Movil, which operates a satellite pay TV […]

Discovery inks China doc deal

International factual channel operator Discovery has launched a three year production deal with China’s State Council Information Office. The agreement will see the broadcaster launch a raft of documentaries showcasing the country over the next few years. The first series to be produced through the initiative include China’s Man Made Marvels: Ancient Beijing and Man […]

Jones joins AETN as distribution boss

Former Target and Nat Geo boss Ian Jones has joined A&E Television Networks as international distribution boss. Jones will become managing director, content distribution and commercial development for AETN International and will manage the company’s 8,000 hour programme library. He will be responsible for distributing series including Ice Road Truckers, Gene Simmons Family Jewels and […]

Stevens out as part of Comedy Central UK restructure

Comedy Central UK’s head of acquisitions Amanda Stevens has left the broadcaster following an internal restructure, TBIvision has learned. Stevens has left the Viacom-owned broadcaster following the move to restructure its acquisitions team by managing director Jill Offman. Comedy Central UK was launched last year as part of a rebrand of the Paramount Comedy channel […]

Big Brother back in Sweden

Swedish broadcaster TV4 is to bring back reality format Big Brother after a five year hiatus. This comes as producer and distributor Endemol poaches a key Zodiak executive to run the show. Big Brother previously aired in Sweden on Kanal 5 between 2000 and 2006. TV4 will relaunch the series next year produced by Endemol […]

Sony to produce Colombian telenovela

Sony is ramping up its production business in Latin America after striking a deal with Colombian broadcaster Caracol to produce a 90x1hour telenovela. The Latin American arm of the Hollywood studio is to produce Los Tiempos de la Violencia (The Times of Violence) in association with Caracol, which will be a coproduction partner. The show, […]

Pilots of the future: The US network hits of tomorrow

With this year’s slate of US dramas and comedies currently being cancelled and largely ignored by the TV-watching public, Peter White looks at the shows that are likely to replace them next year. Apart from a handful of series, including much of CBS’ slate such as Hawaii Five-O and arguably ABC’s No Ordinary Family, this […]

NBC Universal buys UK indie Monkey Kingdom

NBC Universal has acquired 100% of UK indie producer Monkey Kingdom. The deal is the first done by Michael Edelstein, the former Desperate Housewives exec producer who joined NBCU as president of TV production in June. The news broke yesterday in the US on the Deadline Hollywood website. Monkey Kingdom was founded in 2001 by […]

Pulse Films expanding outside the UK, readies move in to the US

Indie producer Pulse Films plans to open a US office as it expands outside of its UK base, co-founder and managing director Thomas Benski has told TBIvision. The UK indie is one of the hottest around at the moment, producing Sky1’s hit reality series Pineapple Dance Studios and the documentary for ITV1 about UK boy […]