Animal Planet preps Irwin tribute

Animal Planet is preparing to commemorate Steve Irwin’s with a selection on shows about the late naturalist. "We have an ongoing relationship with John Stainton at Best Picture Show (producer/distributor of Steve Irwin programming)," says Phillip Luff, general manager, Animal Planet International. "We’re coming up to the anniversary of Steve’s death and talking to John […]

E! teams with ninemsn in Oz

E! Entertainment is launching a series of online short-form shows in Australia. The entertainment channel operator has struck a deal with online media site ninemsn. It will allow viewers to see exclusive clips from shows such as Girls of the Playboy Mansion, Planet Gossip, and E! News. Ninemsn an online joint venture between Nine Network, […]

Sci Fi unleashes Legion of Fire

Sci Fi UK, the NBC Univeral-owned thematic channel, has commissioned its first exclusively online show Legion of Fire. The 25-minute programme, which is a superhero themed mockumentary drama, will air via Sci Fi Play, the channel’s online broadband player. Produced by Tellyjuice, the show will feature actor Ron Moody and follow a band of London-based […]

Euro consolidation continues

The trend for distributors acquiring independent production companies is set to continue following deals involving two of Europe’s largest programme sellers. Granada International has acquired a stake in UK indie Mammoth Screen for £1 million ($2 million), while ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of the German public broadcaster, has bought a 50% stake in Munich-based […]

Yahoo! inks reality TV deal

Internet search engine Yahoo! is boosting its line up of original programming after it inked a deal with production company Rocket Science Laboratories. The companies have signed a first-look deal for unscripted programming. Rocket Science Laboratories is responsible for producing reality shows Temptation Island and Joe Millionaire for the US Fox network. Yahoo! already has […]

Net5 repositions itself with new look

Dutch broadcaster Net5 has undergone a creative rebranding and shed its image as a female-skewing channel. The station, which is owned by Europe’s second largest broadcast group ProSiebenSat1 Media, hired UK design agency Dunning Eley Jones to come up with a series of new graphics and interstitials. Project manager Liz Dunning says that Net5 wanted […]

Discovery launches UK mobile channels

Discovery Networks has launched two new mobile TV channels in the UK. It has launched Discovery Turbo and Animal Planet via mobile TV platforms from operators Vodafone and Orange. Shows that will be available include American Chopper, Meerkat Manor and Crocodile Hunter Diaries.

Fremantle brings back Crackerjack

Fremantle Australia is to relaunch the Crackerjack brand, twelve months after the producer was merged with Grundy. Australian public broadcaster SBS has commissioned Newstopia, a Daily Show with John Stewart meets Brass Eye style spoof, which will be the first offering from the relaunched Crackerjack. Mark Fennessy, CEO of Fremantle Australia and former Crackerjack boss, […]

The Office launches online

The Office is set to be available online for the first time in the US after BBC Worldwide America inked a pair of digital distribution deals. Worldwide signed agreements with and that will allow the UK series, starring Ricky Gervais, to be made available via download-to-own and download-to-rent.

NBCU preps intn’l production HQ

NBC Universal will increase its international production activity after launching a production hub in London. The division will be headed by Angela Bromstad, who was previously NBC Universal TV Studio president, and will focus on scripted and reality programming. Currently, NBC Universal’s international production has focused on local remakes of top hits such as Law&Order: […]