BBC, TVNZ order live-action kids series Paradise Café

UK and New Zealand public broadcasters the BBC and TVNZ have ordered a live-action kids series that will start shooting this August on the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. TBIvision understands Paradise Café will be produced by Endemol offshoot Initial and Kiwi producer The Gibson Group. UK distributor Portman Film and Television has come […]

Guru closes in on deals

Canadian animation studio Guru is close to inking its first development deal with a broadcaster and is already getting to work on widening its slate of animated series. Ex-Disney, Canal+ and Viasat exec Mary Bredin joined Guru in September of last year in a development and acquisitions role. She is talking to broadcasters about the […]

European producers take Village on a Diet options

All3Media International has agreed a raft of option deals for its factual entertainment series Village on a Diet. Europrodocciones (Spain), Endemol (Belgium), NRK (Norway) and Eyeworks (Sweden) have all optioned the show and Danish broadcaster DR has greenlit an eight episode series. The show, which follows a community as it collectively tries to lose weight […]

France Televisions to centralize kids department

France Televisions is combining the kids programming departments from all three of its channels, France 2, France 3, and France 5, to better compete against growing competition. The new entity will make all decisions on acquisitions, programming and co-productions. "In the coming year we are going to centralize everything into one company," Julien Borde, head […]

Fox to make local version of Little Mosque

US studio 20th Century Fox TV is to make a local version of hit Canadian comedy Little Mosque on the Prairie after inking a format deal with producer and distributor Westwind. The show, which follows the lives of a group of small town mosque goers, airs on CBC in Canada and is currently in production […]

BBC, Hat Trick to produce Krod Mandoon with MRC

British public broadcaster the BBC has joined forces with US cable network Comedy Central to develop fantasy comedy Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire. The live action show, which will launch at the beginning of next year, will be produced by US producer Media Rights Capital and UK indie Hat Trick Productions. Keith […]

AB inks Prophecy deals

French distributor AB International has sold its eight part mini series The Avignon Prophecy to a host of worldwide broadcasters including Mediaset (Italy). AB has inked new deals with the Berlusconi-owned broadcaster, VRT (Belgium) and Euskal TV (Spain). This follows sales to Ceska TV (Czech Republic), RTL Klub (Hungary), TV Markiza (Slovakia) and ERT Digital […]

Sally Miles back with Passion

Sally Miles talks to TBIvision about her new distribution company, Passion. Having left ID Distribution, the distribution company she founded, Sally Miles has now set up Passion and says she and her team will now set about building the new brand at a fast clip. "People will get to know Passion and the brand very […]

Fiver acquires E! reality series

Fiver, the recently revamped RTL-owned digital channel, has snapped up terrestrial rights to E! Entertainment’s two hottest reality series. Fiver has acquired Living Lohan and Denise Richards: It’s Complicated from Comcast International Media Group. Living Lohan, which is produced by Bunin-Murray Productions and Maloof Television, follows about Lindsay Lohan’s mother Dina, as she manages little […]

REN TV founder buys NBC’s German channel Das Vierte

NBC Universal has sold its German free-to-air channel Das Vierte to Mini Movie Channel for an undisclosed sum. NBC launched the channel back in 2005 in a rare international foray into free TV. It has sold it as it focuses on building its pay TV channels business, which comprises offerings including the Sci Fi channel, […]