FremantleMedia seals Magnum deal

FremantleMedia has inked a first look deal with entertainment producer Magnum Media, which was set up by former Channel 4 entertainment commissioner Andy Auerbach and ex-Princess Productions head of entertainment Dean Nabarro. The deal allows FremantleMedia to distribute Channel 4’s Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night internationally, both as a finished program and as a format. Vasha […]

Digital producer 60Frames to shut

Digital production company 60Frames Entertainment, which is run by Hollywood talent agency UTA, is set to close due to lack of funding. The company, which was run by former agent Brent Weinstein, is making its seven staff redundant, which follows a mass cull late last year. The studio had seemed to be making headway producing […]

Corus, Shaw launching 3D TV

Canadian cabler Shaw and content company Corus are launching a 3D TV service. Shaw Video on Demand and Corus’ Movie Central will feature TV series, features, sports and event programming in 3D fom this summer. The initial launch titles include NASCAR: The IMAX Experience, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Deep Sea. Broadcasters […]

AETN makes LA Screenings debut

The program sales arm of AETN is heading to the LA Screenings for the first time as the company attempts to reach out to Latin American buyers. Having installed a dedicated head of sales for Latin America, Mayra Bracer, it will be pushing its factual and fact-ent series from a suite in the Century Plaza […]

US$22 million Ben Hur saddles up

Filming has started on a Ben Hur miniseries that has been pre-bought by ABC in the US, CBC in Canada, Antena 3 in Spain and ProSieben in Germany. The US$22 million, four-part, miniseries, based on the nineteenth century novel by Lew Wallace, is being filmed in Morocco and will deliver in December and start hitting […]

Canada and UK pick up most Roses

Producers from Canada and the UK won the most awards at last night’s Rose D’Or awards in Lucerne, Switzerland, while US-produced reality series I Survived a Japanese Game Show won the Golden Rose for best overall show. Canada’s Locomotion TV won the best drama award for Windfall & Misfortune, about a dysfunctional lottery-winning family. Best […]

NBC announces fall line up

US network NBC has announced its fall season line up with a raft of big budget dramas and high profile comedies including the Ron Howard-produced remake of Steve Martin movie Parenthood and Day One, a drama about a global catastrophe created by Heroes exec producer Jesse Alexander. The network has announced six pick ups – […]

Discovery ups revenues but international contribution down

US-based factual channel operator Discovery Communications increased overall revenues in the three months to end-March, but the amount its international networks contributed slipped 4%. Overall sales for the quarter to end-March were US$817 million, a 5% year-on-year increase while revenues from international were US$255 million compared with US$266 million in the same period a year […]

Fox Channels Italy launches crime thriller

Fox Channel Italy has commissioned local indie producer Wilder to produce a six part miniseries Il Mostro di Firenze (The Monster of Florence). The broadcaster, which is operated by News Corp-owned thematic channel operator Fox International Channels, will launch the channel on satellite pay TV channel Fox Crime later this year, before distributing the series […]

Discovery launches kids channel with toy firm Hasbro

International channel operator Discovery Communications is to launch a joint venture kids network in the United States with toy manufacturer Hasbro and has called for independent producers to pitch new kids series. The channel, which will replace Discovery Kids in the States, is set to launch next year and will air programming based on Hasbro […]