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Disney rebranding CEE Jetix channels

Disney is rebranding a clutch of its wholly-owned Jetix channels in the Central and Eastern Europe region later this year. Since taking control of the Jetix channels last year, Disney has started rebadging them Disney XD, its boy-skewed brand. But in this instance Jetix channels in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia will be revamoped […]

Disney and HBO kick off LA Screenings

The LA Screenings kicked off in full swing this weekend as buyers flocked to a low key screenings event hosted by premium cable network HBO and a bustling party and presentation from Disney ABC ESPN Television. This followed a busy week at the Century Plaza hotel where independent distributors vied with Latin American producers, distributors […]

Endemol gets first Polish drama order

Production giant Endemol has won its first order for a scripted series from a Polish broadcaster. Free-to-air broadcaster TVN has ordered a local version of the drama series Vodka and Lime, which was originally produced by Endemol Netherlands for free-to-air broadcaster RTL and then Talpa, the channel launched by Endemol co-founder John De Mol. The […]

Buyer Profile

Remi Jacquelin, head of acquisitions, TF1 Group What are your expectations for this year’s LA screenings? We hope to find good dramas this year. We will probably be more careful about the way the shows will be financed to be sure to invest our money on series with a long-term potential. The impression we have […]

Hulu weighs giving UK b’casters equity ahead of mooted September launch

Hulu is considering giving UK broadcasters equity stakes in soon-to-launch Hulu UK, in an effort to persuade them to make their content available. The NBC, News Corp and Disney backed online catch-up service is expected to launch in the UK this September and stakes are understood to have been offered to public broadcaster the BBC, […]

ABC announces fall line up

US network ABC has announced its fall line up with a batch of new comedies including Courtney Cox-fronted Cougar Town and a remake of 1980s sci fi miniseries V. The Disney-owned broadcaster is to launch a two hour comedy block on Tuesday nights ahead of a TV adaptation of John Updike novel Eastwick. Comedy: Cougar […]

Tandem inks output deal with Romania’s Pro TV

Romanian broadcaster Pro TV has inked an exclusive free-to-air output deal with German TV movie and mini-series distributor Tandem Communications. The deal will see the CME-owned broadcaster get series including two movies from its Patricia Cornwell franchise, as well as all Tandem movies and series for the next three years. Pro TV, which also operates […]

Canal Plus commissions US$18 million

French pay TV broadcaster Canal Plus has commissioned a big budget three part crime mini series and subsequent feature film from acclaimed French movie director Olivier Assayas. The broadcaster has coproduced the US$18 million series – Illich: The Story of Carlos – about Venezuelan terrorist Illich Ramirez Sanchez with sister film company Studio Canal, German […]

Fox launches fall line up

US network Fox has announced its plans for its fall line up with a raft of new comedies and two new dramas. The News Corp-owned broadcaster has picked up musical comedy Glee, which is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ryan Murphy Television, sports comedy Brothers, which is produced by Sony Pictures Television, Tantamount […]

Canada’s CRTC decides against US content ban

Canadian broadcasters will be allowed to acquire a raft of US series at next week’s LA Screenings after the country’s regulator decided against imposing further quotas. The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced plans in February to consider imposing a ruling that would require a 1:1 ratio between Canadian programming and international series. While, the […]