RDF’s US Secret Millionaire lands at ABC

US network ABC has ordered a new season of Secret Millionaire from RDF USA. The first season of the unscripted format went out on Fox at the end of last year where it won four of its six timeslots, but it will now shift to ABC. The show is based on the RDF UK format […]

TMG making $25.5 million Moby Dick

German producer and distributor Tele München Group (TMG) is making a US$25.5 million version of Herman Melville’s classic whale tale Moby Dick. Actors William Hurt and Ethan Hawke are on board as Captain Ahab and first officer Starbuck respectively. RTL, ORF and RHI are also on board the show, which will be the most expensive […]

Japan’s TBS buys Take Me Out

Japanese commercial broadcaster Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) is set to produce a local version of dating gameshow Take Me Out after striking a format deal with FremantleMedia. The deal is significant as Japanese broadcasters rarely commission international formats. FremantleMedia says that this is the first local adaptation of an international format for three years. Take […]

Fiver inks raft of US deals

Fiver, the digital terrestrial channel operated by British commercial broadcaster Five, has acquired a raft of US series for its autumn line up including the remake of Knight Rider and MTV’s The Hills’ spin off The City. The digital broadcaster has inked a deal with NBC Universal Television Distribution for 18x45mins series Knight Rider, which […]

Endemol France writing reality TV code of ethics

Endemol France’s CEO Virginie Calmels has announced the creation of a working group that will be to write up an ethical code for reality TV shows. In an interview with French daily Le Figaro, she mentioned that the code will define the not-to-be broken limits for both reality contestants and production teams. The code will […]

Endemol launching Worldwide at MIPCOM

Producer and distributor Endemol will launch its new distribution division at MIPCOM and is opening several new offices in Europe and the US. Endemol Worldwide comprises what was previously Endemol International and Southern Star International and follows the US$50 million acquisition of Southern Star by Endemol in January. Endemol said that it will open new […]

Raft of broadcasters pick up Disney’s Flash Forward

A host of international broadcasters have acquired Disney ABC ESPN Television-distributed drama series Flash Forward. The show was the most buzzworthy at this year’s LA Screenings and has been picked up by free-to-air and pay TV broadcasters across Europe. The ensemble serialised drama follows events after an unexplained event in which everyone in the world […]

Chorion launches The Octonauts

Kids producer and distributor Chorion is launching a preschool animated series The Octonauts and has pre-sold it to a raft of international broadcasters. The 50x11mins series has been picked up by Cbeebies, the digital kids channel operated by the British public broadcaster, French commercial network TF1 and Australian public broadcaster ABC. It is based on […]

Portfolio bags new Cat in the Hat toon

Canadian producer and distributor Portfolio Entertainment has taken the international rights to the new animated Cat in the Hat series and will launch it at MIPCOM. The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That! is produced by Portfolio and UK indie Collingwood O’Hare for PBS in the US and Treehouse in Canada. The […]

Burn Notice creator gets series away with Fox

US network Fox has picked up Jack and Dan, a 13x1hrs cop series from Matt Nix (Burn Notice). Nix will executive produce the new show, which will be produced by Fox TV Studios. Fox is looking for for international coproduction partners for the series, which has yet to go into production. FtvS president Emiliano Calemzuk […]