NZ$15m content fund up for grabs after TVNZ Charter scrapped

The charter that governs the operation of Kiwi public broadcaster TVNZ will be scrapped this year and the NZ$15 million (US$8.5 million) it is gifted for local programming will be opened up to all broadcasters and producers. The NZ$15 million, which is designed to promote locally-originated content that would not otherwise be made, will be […]

RDF USA sets up AFP arm with Omnicom

RDF USA is setting up an ad-funded content division with US brand management firm Omnicom. Omnicom’s Full Circle Entertainment will operate independently, but align itself with RDF USA and operate under its umbrella as it develops and produces advertiser related content. RDF USA, the US division of the UK independent producer and distributor RDF, said […]

BBC shops kids series to CCTV

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK public broadcaster the BBC, has sold its hit preschool kids series In the Night Garden to CCTV. Worldwide said the deal means the series will broadcast to a potential audience of 300 million Chinese preschoolers. The Chinese state broadcaster has picked up all 100 episodes of the series, […]

Sony launching Strictly Vocal

Sony Pictures Television International is launching a new talent show format at MIP TV, Strictly Vocal. Developed in-house by Sonys US team, the talent show has already been picked up by NBC in the US, where it will be called Sing Off. The format pitches eight individuals and acapella groups against one another in front […]

RTL cuts Warners output deal

Germany’s RTL has inked a multiyear output deal with Hollywood studio Warner Bros. The deal makes the German free-to-air broadcaster the home for all of the studio’s TV series and movies. Specifically, RTL will get new TV series starting from the 2010-2011 US TV season and first-run feature films starting with those released theatrically in […]

Cartoon Network and RTP buy Matt’s Monsters

Turner’s Cartoon Network Asia has picked up Alphanim’s animated 52x13mins series Matt’s Monsters. The Alphanim-Rai-Lanterna coproduction has also been bought by free-to-air broadcasters RTP in Portugal and Noga in Israel. The Flash-animated, Alphanim-distributed series has already been shopped to M6 in France, RTBF in Belgium and Jetix in Holland. A comedy series created by Robotboy […]

MJTV branches out into L&M

French indie producer Moi j’aime la television (MJTV) is launching an in-house licensing and merchandizing division. The company has appointed Alexandre Mayaud as consultant and said it wants to push its brands into music and book publishing, video games and toys. Mayaud runs the Alternative Branding agency and will initially focus his efforts on developing […]

Warners shops Eleventh Hour to Living

UK pay TV channel Living has picked up Warners’ drama series Eleventh Hour. It has picked up the 18x60mins series, which is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television and stars Rufus Sewell, for its 2009 primetime schedule and has exclusive UK pay TV rights. In the US the show, which is distributed by Warner Bros. International […]

Kidsco launches first commission

Kidsco, the international children’s channel, has launched its first original commission, arts and craft series Jass Time! The 10×1.5mins series was produced by UK indie markthree media and will air across the channel’s European, Russian, Middle Eastern, African and Asian networks. The show features 19-year old Leicester presenter Jassa Ahluwalia who teaches kids how to […]