ITV Studios revenues fall as programme orders slow

ITV Studios revenues dropped sharply in the first six months of 2010 as programme orders from UK and international broadcasters fell away. However, programme sales activity held up with The Prisoner and other dramas selling well. ITV Studios, which comprises the production and distribution activities of the UK largest commercial broadcaster ITV, reported a 21% decline […]

Int’l b’casters line up local versions of MasterChef

A raft of international broadcasters are set to launch local versions of cooking format MasterChef after striking deals with distributor Shine International. This comes after the show debuted to strong ratings in the US, where it recorded 5.7 million viewers on Fox, and its huge success in Australia earlier this summer. India’s Star is the […]

Branson’s Virgin sets up TV and film division with Relativity

The Virgin Group has launched a TV and film production company, Virgin Produced. Richard Branson’s Virgin said that, at launch, its mission is clear: ”to enter markets with opportunities to shake things up and offer a better experience’. The production company will be run as a joint venture between Virgin and Rogue Pictures, the film […]

Scrap BBC licence fee, give Worldwide greater role says UK think tank

UK public broadcaster the BBC should give up its licence fee and instead rely on voluntary subscriptions for funding, according to influential right-wing think tank the Adam Smith Institute. However the report does not echo earlier calls for the privatisation of commercial arm BBC Worldwide and claims to ‘envision an enhanced global presence for the […]

Germany’s Beta acquires TV and film libraries

German distributor Beta Films has acquired the libraries of a number of US and Spanish firms. The company, which is run by Jan Mojto, has acquired the TV and film catalogs of US producer and distributor Porchlight Entertainment and Spain’s Zeta Group’s On Pictures. These purchases will boost Beta’s film library by nearly 70 movies. […]

Telemundo inks Caracol output deal

US Spanish language broadcaster Telemundo has inked an output deal with Colombian producer Caracol Television, producer of Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso (Without Breasts There Is No Paradise). The NBC Universal-owned network has struck the multi-year deal with the producer and distributor, which will give it access to around 4,000 hours of content per year […]

Sky locks in HBO content with UK output deal

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has inked an output deal with HBO that gives it exclusive rights to all of the US company’s content including upcoming series Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and Luck. Martin Scorsese’s Boardwalk Empire will be the first HBO series on Sky under the terms of the programming deal and will […]

Sky and DirecTV flesh out 3D programming plans

Two of the world’s largest pay TV operators, BSkyB in the UK and DirecTV in the US, have given programming details for their 3D TV services as their plans for 3D take shape. Sky has announced a launch date and programming line-up for its service and DirecTV another content partnership for its n3D channel. In […]

Pact taking 25 indies to MIPCOM

Pact will host a 25-strong contingent of indie producers at this year’s MIPCOM. The line-up includes TV presenter Graham Norton’s production company So Television and six other MIPCOM first-timers. UK producers’ association Pact has now been running the Pavilion for six years. Combined, 21 indies on the Pavilion at MIP TV earlier this year generated […]

McPherson leaves ABC, replaced by Paul Lee

Steve McPherson has resigned as president of ABC Entertainment Group and has been replaced by ABC Family boss Paul Lee. The move will be heralded by the international TV community as Lee, a Brit and former BBC exec, has commissioned a raft of international coproductions and acquired a number of international series for the youth […]