HBO renews Tim

US cable network HBO has picked up a second season of quirky animated comedy The Life and Times of Tim. The premium pay broadcaster has picked up an additional ten episodes of the series, which recorded steady ratings when it aired in the autumn. The show has also sold well internationally with distributor ShineReveille inking […]

Kids outfits eye Entertainment Rights

Hit Entertainment, BKN International and Cookie Jar Entertainment are all eyeing the acquisition of troubled kids producer and distributor Entertainment Rights.  The three companies are vying to buy the company, which owns the rights to kids brands including Postman Pat and Basil Brush. Private equity company DLJ Merchant Banking Partners also expressed an interest, although have reportedly balked […]

Mad Men to return for series 3

Hit drama Mad Men is set to return for a summer launch on US cable network AMC despite no current deal for creator, writer and executive producer Matthew Weiner.  AMC president Charlie Collier told press at the Television Critic’s Association that the show will launch in the summer as expected. Weiner is currently in negotiations with AMC […]

ITVS offers funding to international indie factual producers

ITVS, the US-based organisation that funds and promotes independently produced public service factual films and series, is asking international producers to submit proposals for docs that can air in the US and need part-funding. Producers can submit ideas to ITVS until early next month and can request a ‘realistic’ amount of funding to complete the […]

Beyond taking Numberjacks 2 to market

Beyond Distribution has picked up the international rights to the latest season of preschool series Numberjacks. The distributor already sells the first 45x15mins season and two specials that followed and has sold it into 40 countries. It will now handle international sales of the upcoming 20x15mins second season. As well as TV rights, Beyond will […]

Nat Geo picks up rights for FTD’s Aplocalypse

National Geographic Channels International has picked up the international rights to France Télévisions’ flagship documentary series Apocalypse: The Second World War. Nat Geo has picked up rights for all of its international channels excluding France and the US. Apocalypse: The Second World War is distributed by France Télévisions’ Distribution. The €4 million budget, six-part, series […]

Lionsgate acquires cable network

International producer and distributor Lionsgate has acquired US cable network TV Guide for US$255 million, moving into the channels business for the first time. The company, which produces shows including Mad Men and Weeds, acquired the channel, which reaches 83 million US homes, from technology company Macrovision. It will expand the network’s slate of original […]

Univision, Televisa set for court

US Spanish-language broadcaster Univision and Mexican media giant Televisa are set to soon learn the fate of their long-running legal battle as their trial starts January 6 in Los Angeles. The two companies have been fighting over royalty payments for Televisa’s pipeline of Mexican telenovelas that air on the US network; Televisa is keen to […]

HBO to launch US version of Shameless

US cable network HBO is to launch a US version of British comedy Shameless after striking a deal with West Wing and ER producer John Wells. This follows years of discussions between networks and Wells and Shameless creator Paul Abbott. NBC was originally reported to have struck a deal to bring a local adaptation of […]

Endemol gets new deputy COO

Formats production and distribution specialist Endemol has hired ex-FremantleMedia executive Martha Brass as its deputy chief operating officer. She started in the role this week and will report to Endemol COO Marco Bassetti. As well as FremantleMedia, Brass has worked for Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment and the CPH Group. Endemol has hired several new faces […]