John de Mol buys into SBS channels

John de Mol’s Talpa Media and Finnish media company Sanoma have acquired the Dutch and Belgian assets of German broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1. The deal is valued at €1.3 billion. Talpa and Sanoma have jointly acquired the company’s Dutch channels SBS6, Net5 and Veronica TV, while Sanoma has teamed with media firm Corelio, sports journalist Wouter […]

The Killing up for BAFTA audience award

The British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) has announced the shortlist for the YouTube Audience Award, which includes European crime thriller The Killing and a raft of period dramas and reality shows. The Philips British Academy Television Awards are held on May 22 in London and this award is the only prize voted for […]

TLC’s new shows for 2011-2012

Female-skewed TLC has started the year well, recording its best Q1 for six years. Here is what’s coming up for the 2011-2012 season Gypsyville Big Fat Gypsy Weddings was a surprise smash-hit in the UK where it was one of free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4’s most popular programmes ever. TLC has the UK show and is […]

AETN closes post-MIP TV deals

AETN International, the global sales arm of the US cable network, has sold a raft of programming to free-to-air broadcasters following the MIP TV market. The distributor closed significant deals in Europe, particularly across Scandinavia, and Asia. Norway’s TV2 acquired Manhunters and Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads; Denmark’s DR picked up Ice Road Truckers, Sweden’s […]

Sky Italia buys Borgia

Italian pay TV channel Sky has bought Borgia, the Tom Fontana drama series about the Italian renaissance family. The series, which is coproduced by Atlantique Production, EOS Entertainment and Etic Film and had previously been picked up by Canal+ in France and HBO in Latin America. In Germany, it will be on free-to-air channel ZDF […]

Discovery ‘on a mission’ to push international content business

Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav said that the company is ‘on a mission’ to drive international growth and predicted a tipping point whereby operating profit from Discovery Networks International (DNI) matches that from the US operations. In its last reported results, international networks generated revenues of US$1.2 billion compared with the US$2.4 billion from the […]

OWN: new programming line-up

Discovery unveiled a billion-dollar line-up of new programmes at its Upfront presentation in New York last week and TBI was there to see the new shows. How far does a billion dollars go in terms of programming? In Discovery’s case it gets you a raft of new series and returning shows. The range covered by […]

Zed closes MIP TV factual deals

Argentinean public broadcaster Canal Encuentro has acquired a 10 hour package of programming from factual distributor Zed, TBI has learnt. The network, which is operated by the country’s Ministry of Education and was launched in 2005, has picked up series including Aliens of the Deep Sea and Sex Under The Sea from the French producer […]

Oprah Winfrey to take her Encore on OWN

OWN is launching a 60-episode series looking back at The Oprah Winfrey Show, which is coming to an end on the CBS network. The show, Oprah’s Encore, will feature the talkshow host looking back at the highlights and standout moments from her network show, which has run for 25 years. Oprah revealed the project at […]

TLC to produce US version of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

Cable network TLC is to produce a US version of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings after striking a deal with UK indie Firecracker Films. The Discovery-owned broadcaster is currently in development with the series that will examine the lives of gypsies and travelers in the States and is scheduled to air in early 2012. There are […]