ABC sells Wikileaks around the world

ABC Commercial, the international sales arm of the Australian public broadcaster, has sold its Wikileaks: The Forgotten Man documentary to a raft of international broadcasters ahead of MIP TV. The company has sold the 45minute documentary to seven broadcasters across Europe, Latin America and Asia including DirecTV Latin America, CBC (Canada), VRT (Belgium), TVN (Poland), […]

Star to launch Indian version of Fox Look’s Beauty and the Geek

Star (India) is launching a Hindi-language version of Fox Look format Beauty and The Geek that will air in 20 territories. The deal is one of the last deals before Fox Look closes. Star’s Channel V will launch the show this month after Fox Look struck a deal with Indian producer Bulldog Media & Entertainment. […]

Warner Bros picks up Dutch format

Warner Bros International Television Production has struck a deal with Dutch producer BlazHoffski to distribute its reality competition format Flashback. The international arm of the Hollywood studio will represent the format, which airs this month on Dutch public broadcaster Ned1, and will open talks with international broadcasters and producers. The format was created by Ief […]

Netflix moves into original content with Fincher’s House of Cards

US and Canadian online video service Netflix has acquired David Fincher’s political drama House of Cards, marking its first move into original programming. The company, which operates a DVD rental service as well as an online streaming video platform, has acquired 26 episodes of the series from US production company Media Rights Capital. It confirmed […]

Fellowes’ Titantic drama greenlit, sold internationally

Julian Fellowes’ four-part drama Titanic, which is a British, Hungarian and Canadian coproduction that has also been picked up by US network ABC, has been green lit. The drama series, which is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, has also been acquired by a raft of international broadcasters. The series, which is being produced as […]

AETN shakes up programming execs

AETN has promoted three of its key programming executives across its A&E, History and Bio brands. The US cable network group and international channel operator, which is a joint venture between Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst and NBC Universal, has promoted Robert Sharenow as executive VP, programming for the Lifetime brands, David McKillop as executive VP, […]

ABC orders Endemol’s 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow as primetime series

ABC has given 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow a full order. Having commissioned a pilot of the Endemol format, the US network has now greenlit a primetime version of the show and will air it this summer. Endemol developed the show in-house and its sales arm has since shopped it to Argentina (Channel 13), […]

Spike orders new reality series

US cable network Spike TV is launching two new reality series including a car format produced by Ben Silverman’s Electus. The Viacom-owned male skewing broadcaster has commissioned Car Boss and tattoo competition series InkMasters, which is produced by Endemol USA’s Original Media. Car Boss follows legendary second hand car salesman Tom Stuker as he helps […]

Turner gives Gumball second season order

Turner has ordered a second season of The Amazing World of Gumball, the first series to come out of its European Development Studio. The show was effectively Cartoon Network Europe’s first full-length animated series commission. Cartoon Network said that after impressive testing in the US that it has greenlit another 40x11mins series ahead of the […]

Fox Look being disbanded following News’ Shine deal

Fox is closing Fox Look less than a year after creating the formats distribution unit. Managed by ex-Fox Reality boss David Lyle, the closure of Fox Look follows the acquisition of Shine, which itself distributes numerous formats, by Fox’s parent company News Corporation.  “While we did a great job securing some wonderful Fox-owned and third […]