Sony buys Embassy Row

US studio Sony Pictures Television has acquired independent production company Embassy Row, which is run by former ABC exec Michael Davies. The deal, which has been in the works for close to a year, further extends Sony’s moves into the format business; Embassy Row currently has a number of formats in development and production at […]

FIC launches The Listener global premiere

Fox International Channels, the New Corp-owned international broadcaster, is set to launch its latest drama series The Listener with a global premiere in March. This is thought to be the first worldwide premiere of such a series and launches ahead of the Shaftesbury Film-produced, ShineReveille-distributed show’s premiere in the US. The show, which follows a […]

Japan’s WOWOW buys Peep Show

Japanese commercial broadcaster WOWOW has inked a deal with distributor C4i to acquire the first three seasons of British comedy Peep Show. The broadcaster is set to launch the series later this year. C4i, which is owned by the Digital Rights Group, has also sold the show to a range of international broadcasters including Russia […]

ID launches new slate

Investigation Discovery, the rebranded pay broadcaster has announced its latest programming slate including a weekly magazine show with former CNN host Paula Zahn and a six part factual series from UK indie Touch Productions. Zahn has signed a development deal with the cable broadcaster and will also develop an investigative series for the network with […]

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 […]