UK shows clean up at the International Emmys

The UK cleaned up at the 36th International Emmy Awards, winning seven of the ten available categories including best actor, best actress, best comedy, best documentary and best kids show. The Netherlands picked up one award with Endemol scooping the best non-scripted gong with hoax reality series The Big Donor Show. Meanwhile, Argentina and Jordan […]

Turkey’s DSmart shelves international plans

Turkish pay TV platform DSmart has cancelled plans to launch its service internationally because of turbulent market conditions, a senior company source told TBIvision. DSmart’s international plans have fallen by the wayside as the global economic turmoil hits Europe. "We looked a lot into the Ukraine, Romania, and Germany, but then the financial crisis hit […]

DCD strikes debt deal as boss steps down

UK independent production and distribution group DCD is looking for a new boss following the departure of CEO Chris Hunt. Hunt, who was a board member and company chief executive said he was leaving to “return to full time creative programme-making.” Hunt had been at the helm of DCD since its inception in 1999. DCD […]

UK regional production level remains low

The level of UK programming produced outside London and its immediate surroundings is "low and continues to decline in some regions", according to indie producers’ association PACT. A PACT report revealed that 64% of all UK programming was made in London last year and much of the content produced outside the capital was characterised as […]

Criss Angel in Freak China deal

AETN International has sold its first ever entertainment show to China, with state broadcaster CCTV acquiring its hit series Criss Angel – Mindfreak. AETN has good links with CCTV and regularly sells programming from its factual catalog to the Chinese broadcaster, which has a science and education channel, CCTV 10. But the Criss Angel deal […]

The CW cancels MRC block

US network The CW has cancelled its Media Rights Capital-produced Sunday night programming block. The arrangement had seen production company Media Rights Capital launch three original series – drama series Valentine and Easy Money and reality series In Harm’s Way – and one acquired Canadian documentary series 4Real. However, none of the shows impressed in […]

WLTM: Big Media seeks small indie for profitable relationship

The economic downturn won’t, it seems, put an end to larger producers, distributors and broadcasters hoovering up indie programme makers. In the week that RDF continues to finalise its £53m ($79.4m) management buyout, a raft of Big Media companies went on the record to say they are scouting for indie producers, with several deals in […]

France Televisions inks Lat Am deal

France Televisions Distribution, the sales arm of the French public broadcaster, has inked a distribution deal with Hola Entertainment in Latin America as it looks to expand its business outside of Europe. Hola Entertainment, which is run by former BRB Internacional executive Mercedes Alvarez, will distribute France Televisions’ range of drama series, documentaries and TV […]

News Corp veteran sets up syndicated programming business in China

Marty Pompadur is striking out on his own and launching a start-up business that will provide Chinese local broadcasters with syndicated programming. Pompadur, a long-time trusted lieutenant of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, told TBIvision about his plans on the same day that he told a London conference that large media companies should give up on […]

TV: playing the game

Factual giant National Geographic has become the latest TV company to launch a fully-fledged video game business, a move that marks the growing importance of gaming to traditional TV businesses. The success of games such as Vivendi’s World of Warcraft and MTV Games’ Rock Band has encouraged TV outfits such as Nat Geo to get […]