Discovery preps Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster special

Discovery Channel is filming a one-hour special on the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Anatomy of a Disaster will air early next month in the US on Discovery Channel and Science Channel before rolling out internationally. The show follows the natural disaster, which started with the huge 9.0 magnitude earthquake last week. Discovery said it will […]

NBCU acquisitions boss Mark Lawrence leaving the company

Mark Lawrence, NBC Universal Global Network’s acquisitions boss, is leaving the company this month, TBIvision understands. Lawrence is director of global programme acquisitions at the Hollywood studio’s channels division and will leave at the end of the month. News of his departure follows that of international president Pete Smith and comes as the company restructures […]

Univision boss unexpectedly steps down

Joe Uva, president and chief executive officer of Univision, unexpectedly announced his decision to leave the US Hispanic broadcaster last night. There was no immediate reason given for the departure, which leaves the broadcaster needing to find a new chief executive at a crucial point in its development ahead of a mooted IPO. Uva leaves […]

SevenOne’s royal wedding TV movie sells worldwide

William & Kate, the TV movie about the upcoming British royal wedding for US cable net Lifetime, has been sold to a raft of broadcasters. Italian public broadcaster RAI and free-to-air networks Antena 3 (Spain), Sat.1 (Germany), SIC (Portugal), TV2 (Norway) and SBS (Denmark) have all bought the scripted show. William & Kate, is coproduced […]

Nickelodeon buys new live-action Lola and Virginia

Hit animated show Lola and Virginia is being remade as a live-action series and has been pre-bought by Nickelodeon. The 26x26mins live-action series will be made by Spanish producer and distributor Imira, which also made the 52x12mins animated version, along with Italy’s RAI Cinema. Nick in Spain, Italy and Portugal has acquired the series. Imira […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger to launch new international TV series at MIP TV

Hollywood action star and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger is heading to MIP TV next month. Schwarzenegger, 63, has said he is working on a project based on a comic book character and is evaluating various movie offers from various studios. He has not given details of any possible TV projects, but it is understood that he […]

RTL to launch bouquet of channels in India

Pan European broadcaster RTL Group is to launch a bouquet of channels in India after striking a joint venture deal with Reliance Broadcast Network. This comes two months after RTL chief executive Gerhard Zeiler told TBIvision that it was looking to move into the Asian market. The company, which currently operates 46 channels in 11 […]

3Net commissions 3D science doc

3Net, the 3D joint venture set up by Discovery Communications, Sony and IMAX, has commissioned a new series from the team behind Blue Planet and Planet Earth. The US network, which launched on February 13, has commissioned French production company Saint Thomas Productions to produce three part documentary series Hurricane: The Anatomy. The series will […]

Warner Bros brings Joy to London

Warner Bros International TV Production has hired Numis investment banker Adam Joy as vice president, business development. The international production arm of the Hollywood studio, which is run by executive vice president Ronald Goes, has hired Joy, who was previously head of media corporate finance at Numis Securities, to look for businesses to acquire or […]

RTL eyes more int’l acquisitions, denies FremantleMedia sale

International producer and distributor FremantleMedia will continue to acquire small and mid-sized production companies as owner RTL Group looks to expand its content business. Gerhard Zeiler, chief executive officer of RTL Group, said that it would continue with its acquisition strategy. “We will continue to do what we did in the last year and continue […]