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Endemol expands in Middle East

Formats giant Endemol has expanded its business in the Middle East with a number of commissions, format deals and program sales. The producer and distributor secured its first commission in Egypt with Al Hayat TV’s order of 13 episodes of action series Fear Factor Extreme, while UAE broadcaster Abu Dhabi TV ordered a second season […]

Dori inks online deals

Israeli-based, London-listed producer and distributor Dori Media has sold its online web novela series Amanda O to a raft of international broadcasters. It has inked deals in Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Paraguay, Romania and Uruguay for the series, which was launched in November on Dori’s online novela site novebox.com.

Top Up TV inks CBS deal

Top Up TV has struck a video-on-demand deal with CBS Paramount International Television, the international sales arm of the US studio. The deal will allow subscribers to Top UP TV Anytime, the pay TV service that runs on UK digital terrestrial platform Freeview, to watch shows including Sex and the City, Medium and America’s Next […]

ABC Family picks up three series, drops Kyle XY

US cable network ABC Family has picked up three new series including Ruby and The Rockits, but cancelled sci-fi drama Kyle XY. The Disney-owned network has given 10-episode orders to Ruby and the Rockits, 10 Things I Hate About You and drama Perfect 10. The launch of these female skewing series follows the success of […]

Virgin Media inks sci fi deals

UK cable operator Virgin Media has inked a number of content deals that will see it launch a raft of sci-fi series on its video-on-demand service. The cabler, which operates a number of thematic channels including Living, Bravo and free-to-air Virgin1, has inked programming deals with US studio Warner Bros. to airs series including Terminator: […]

Double Discovery deal for Breakthrough

Breakthrough Entertainment has inked a pair of deals with Discovery, selling it factual series Greatest Tank Battles and animated kids show My Big Big Friend. Speaking to TBIvision at NATPE, Breakthrough Entertainment head of distribution Nat Abraham revealed that My Big Big Friend has been picked up by Discovery Kids Latin America, marking the first […]

Disney folds Stage 9 into abc.com

Stage 9 Digital, the digital production company set up by Disney ABC Television Group is set to be folded into abc.com after the fledgling subsidiary was hit by funding cuts and job losses. The move is a blow to Disney’s online ambitions and will curtail the number of digital productions that the division produces. Stage […]

Will NATPE floor it in 2010?

Ben Silverman, Anne Sweeney, Jon Feltheimer and a host of other TV top brass turned out for this year’s NATPE, but there was no disguising the fact that business was slow in Vegas. The annual Las Vegas-based programming market has struggled to find a compelling USP – the days when it was the go-to market […]

UK distributors, government create TV Export Group

Twelve of the most powerful UK distributors have joined forces with the UK government to create a Television Export Group. The companies in question will work with UK Trade & Investment, a government group that helps UK business in international markets, to maximise opportunities for UK-based producers and distributors. TEG’s remit is to coordinate the […]

Sony acquires Columbian producer

Sony Pictures Television International has acquired 50% of Columbian production company Teleset. The Hollywood studio has purchased the producer as it looks to expand its international production business in to Latin America. It has already produced a number of co-productions in the region including hit novela Zorro with Telemundo last year. Teleset is the largest […]