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Lonelygirl heads to Italy

Eqal, the digital production company set up by lonelygirl15 producer Miles Beckett, is to launch a local Italian version of the hit web series after it inked a deal with Italian production company M.A.D Entertainment. The Italian version will be a spin-off of the drama series rather than translation of existing scripts. Eqal will coproduce […]

Teachers’ TV

Angela Taylor, acquisitions controller, Teachers’ TV The buyer: Angela Taylor, acquisitions controller The channel: Teachers’ TV Recent acquisitions: The Earth From Above (France Televisions), The Rise of Man (France Televisions), Ultimate China (Pilot), Electric Science (Electric Sky), NAF Street Kid (Ruth Diskin Films), Escape from Antartica (Network Ireland), Drugs & Brain (Arte) Teachers’ TV is […]

Fremantle inks Live from Abbey Road deals

FremantleMedia has closed a number of international deals for the second season of its live music series Live from Abbey Road. The 12 part series, which was commissioned for Channel 4 (UK) has been sold to Sony Channel (Latin America), Sundance Channel (US), XYZ (Australia), Mediacorp (Singapore), YLE (Finland), The Biography Channel (Germany) and Super […]

ABC to coproduce Scorpion Island

Australian public broadcaster ABC is to coproduce BBC kids reality series Escape From Scorpion Island after it inked a deal with producer and distributor RDF. The second and third series of the show, which puts kids aged 11-to-14-years old on a desert island and forces them to compete in teams to conquer and escape from […]

Disney sells Amas (Housewives) to Azteca

TV Azteca, the second leading broadcaster in Mexico, has picked up Amas de Casas Desesperadas, Univision’s US Hispanic version of Desperate Housewives. The broadcaster has inked a deal with Disney Latin America, which produces the show in association with Pol-Ka Productions and holds international rights to the series. Azteca will air the show’s first season […]

Shine Reveille inks Canadian deal

Canadian broadcaster Rogers Media has inked a volume deal with distributor ShineReveille that includes a raft of network series. The agreement, which was inked following last week’s LA Screenings, covers the slate of Media Rights Capital-produced shows that will air on The CW’s Sunday night block as well as other titles. ShineReveille is distributing MRC […]

Studio 100 buys EM.Entertainment for €41m

Belgian based kids entertainment company Studio 100 has picked up the kids business belonging to Germany’s EM.Sport Media in a €41m ($64m) deal. The deal covers a range of assets including the 9,500-hour kids programming catalogue, the Junior TV pay TV channel, Australian producer Flying Bark, a 22.8% stake in interactive kids network Kabillion and […]

Cinemagic mooted for Spain

Disney is considering launching its premium Cinemagic channel in Spain after the core Disney Channel goes free-to-air in July. Disney management also told TBIvision that the free-to-air launch in Spain does not pave the way for similar moves elsewhere. "We have a whole new business model and set of relationships in the Spanish market," John […]

Nick Lat Am eyes animation

Nickelodeon Latin America is looking to launch a number of local animated series this year to complement the raft of live action coproductions it has greenlit. It will coproduce teen novela Isa TKM with Sony Pictures Television in Venezuela and has also inked a deal to coproduce La Maga, Illusion Studios’ Wizard of Oz remake […]

Vivendi and DIC team up for digital initiative

Entertainment company Vivendi and kids producer/distributor DIC have joined forces and will push a range of DIC’s animated programming on digital platforms. The agreement covers various forms of electronic distribution across North America. The deal allows Vivendi to distribute DIC titles, which include the (soon-to-be-updated) Inspector Gadget, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears and more recently Dino […]