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Heroes video game set for late 2008

NBC Universal’s hit sci-fi drama Heroes is set to be turned into a video game after the company inked a deal with developer Ubisoft. The third-person action game, made for consoles and PCs, will launch in late ’08.

Comment: Nick Price, managing partner, Bridge London on ad-funded programming

Advertiser funded programming (AFP) has been around since the dawn of commercial television and yet it is still something that, for a lot of people, remains a source of funding of last resort or a misunderstood goal. It’s been talked about excessively as the future of entertainment but groundbreaking examples are difficult to find. However, […]

US network picks up DMG’s Rebelde Way

UK listed telenovela producer and distributor Dori Media Group has sold its hit telenovela Rebelde Way to a US network. The as-yet-unnamed broadcaster has optioned the show and, if it decides to make a pilot, a US version could be on screen by late 2008. "The networks invest $1.5m to $2m per episode, that’s a […]

Five launches new wildlife strand

UK broadcaster Five is to launch a wildlife documentary strand – Five Wild. The channel is commissioning one-hour docs for the programming block, which will air at 8pm and skew male. Budgets are expected to reach £200,000 ($397,000) per show.

ABC Australia invests in new docs

Australian public broadcaster ABC is investing part of its new A$20 million (US$17m) programming fund in two factual series – The Choir of Hard Knocks and South Side Story. The Choir of Hard Knocks, from Fremantle Australia, is a 5x1hr series following a group of homeless men starting a choir. There is also 6x30mins South […]

CBS launches Clark and Michael

CBS has launched Clark and Michael, a youth skewed online sketch show, created by Arrested Development’s child star Michael Cera. Cera signed a production deal with the network last year. The programme, which was originally due to launch via CBS’ online venture Inner Tube, is now available to stream via its own website at clarkandmichael.com.

Australia’s ABC looks to launch DTO

Australian public broadcaster ABC is prepping the launch of a download-to-own (DTO) service in a bid to boost revenues. It will allow viewers to download their favourite programmes via its website, for a charge. Currently more than 95% of the network’s funds come from taxpayers and new boss, Mark Scott, believes that selling shows online […]

NZTV acquires BBC’s Palin

New Zealand’s TV One has acquired Michael Palin’s latest adventure series following a deal with BBC Worldwide Australasia. It will air the 6x50mins series New Europe with Michael Palin, a Prominent Television production that follows Palin across twenty countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The acquisition is part of a wider deal that will see […]

BBCWW inks Primeval toy deal

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has awarded its master toy license for sci-fi series Primeval  to the Character Group. It will create action figures for a range of prehistoric monsters that appear on the show, which is a coproduction between UK indie Impossible Pictures, ITV, M6 and ProSieben.

Nick to splash in waterworld

Nickelodeon is to launch its own brand of hotels and water parks incorporating characters such as Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob Squarepants. The company has teamed with hotel chain Marriott and real estate firm Miller Global Properties to develop the plan and aims to have its first resort up and running in San Diego, USA, […]