Iacono says programming fund could be boosted again

ITV Worldwide will triple its fund for English-language program development and acquisition this year with an eye to boosting investment even further in the near future, president and managing director of ITV Worldwide Peter Iacono told TBIvision. "Should it all work out, we can revisit the amount we are spending and we could triple it […]

When animation meets live-action

Are hybrids the next big thing in kids TV? Faced with growing requests for live-action series from broadcasters, producers are looking to hybrid live-action series-a la Hollywood movie Roger Rabbit as a best-of-both-worlds solution. Driven by the popularity of live action shows such as Disney’s Hannah Montana and now Camp Rock, kids TV producers are […]

Sunny Side news: Brazil puts extra $40m on the table for docs

Brazil’s recently launched public broadcaster TV Brasil and the state-run financing entity Ancine have launched a $40 million Images of Brazil fund for producers making programmes about the country. The fund was announced at the Sunny Side of the Doc festival in La Rochelle, France. It is primarily for local indie producers but the broadcaster […]

All3Media buys Zoo

All3Media has acquired US producer Zoo Productions, producer of Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? for US network Fox and MTV’s Spring Break. Privately-owned UK independent production and distribution group All3Media already owns several producers including Lion Television, Objective Productions and South Pacific Pictures, but the Zoo deal marks its first acquisition of a […]

Sunny Side news: Euro fund for Dutch docs

A new fund fully financing Dutch-originated docs will launch later this year. The Dutch Independent Documentary Fund will be managed by Hans Boescher who unveiled it at the Sunnyside documentary festival, which is taking place in the French city of La Rochelle this week. Boescher has obtained several millions of Euros of backing from the […]

Fremantle launches web series, eyes acquisitions

FremantleMedia is launching a number of exclusive web series later this year as part of the expansion of its new media business, which is also eyeing investment in a number of digital producers. The company’s new media arm will roll out Parentshood, a short form sitcom for NBC-owned parenting site iVillage UK and LoveRace, a […]

Family Guy creator to bow online shorts this year

The set of original productions for the web developed by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will be launched before the end of the year, TBIvision can reveal. MacFarlane struck a deal with US producer Media RightsCapital (MRC) and web search giant Google last year. Some 50 original shorts will be launched via Google’s advertising network […]

IMG in talks to acquire Mark Burnett Prods

International producer and distributor IMG is reportedly in talks to acquire reality producer Mark Burnett Productions. Mark Burnett Productions develops and produces a number of the largest non-scripted formats in the world including Survivor for CBS and The Apprentice and Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? Mark Burnett has been looking to sell the […]

BBCWW inks first HD deal in CEE

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, has sold a package of high definition programming to an Eastern European broadcaster for the first time. It has sold a 112 hours package to Albanian broadcaster Digit-Alb. "You always expect certain things to happen in certain markets, but we’ve just done our first pure […]

TV3 orders earthquake docudrama special from Gibson

Kiwi commercial broadcaster TV3 has ordered a docudrama about what would happen to New Zealand in the event of a massive earthquake. The one-off 2hr docudrama, Aftershock, will be followed by a straight 1x60mins factual show about what to do in the event of a quake. "This is a huge splash for us, it’s about […]