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Tandem sells Pillars to Asia

German producer and distributor Tandem Communications has sold epic miniseries The Pillars of the Earth to a raft of Asian broadcasters. This news comes as international television event Asia Television Forum comes to an end in Singapore. Japanese broadcaster NHK and South Korea’s KBS have both acquired the eight part series, which is produced in […]

NBCU launches new UK production arm

NBC Universal has set up a new factual and entertainment production arm in the UK known as Chocolate Media run by former BBC commissioner Alan Brown. The Hollywood studio has also hired Hat Trick head of comedy Mario Stylianides to run a new comedy division. These moves follow NBC Universal International’s recent expansion in the […]

BBC, France Television to coproduce cop drama

British public broadcaster the BBC and French public broadcaster France Televisions are launching an ambitious international coproduction produced by Life on Mars’ Tony Jordan. Death in Paradise, which reportedly has a budget of UK£9 million, is produced by Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures, Atlantique Productions, the French production company owned by Lagardere Entertainment, in association with […]

Channel 5 and others buy breakout zombie series The Walking Dead

UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5 is among a handful of buyers for The Walking Dead, the zombie series that has been a huge breakout hit for cable channels AMC in the US and FX, which has international pay TV rights. Five has taken free-to-air rights in the UK in a deal concluded by the distribution […]

Shine poaches Disney exec to head EMEA sales

Shine International has recruited Ruth Clarke from Disney to run its distribution business across the EMEA region. She was commercial director at Disney programme sales arm Disney Media Distribution and will start in the newly created role at Shine’s distribution division at end-January. Based in London, she will report to Shine executive VP John Pollak […]

AETN UK appoints IWC exec to run programming

AETN UK has hired IWC Media creative director Adam MacDonald to run programming at its channels across Europe and the Middle East. In the newly-created position of VP, programming, MacDonald will head-up commissioning, acquisitions and scheduling for the AETN UK portfolio of channels, which includes standard and high-definition versions of History, Bio, Crime & Investigation […]

FME inks deals in Asia ahead of ATF

International distributor FremantleMedia Enterprises has sold thousands of hours of programmes to broadcasters ahead of the Asia Television Forum, which starts in Singapore later this week. Singaporean public broadcaster MediaCorp has acquired 400 hours of programming including The Martha Stewart Show, The Price Is Right, American Idol and China’s Got Talent. Filipino broadcaster Creative Program […]

Off the Fence inks raft of German deals

Off the Fence has concluded a raft of sales to German broadcasters including ZDF and RTL, TBIvision understands. The sales, totalling over 100 hours, come after the company set up Off the Fence Deutschland last year, recruiting ex-ZDF commissioner Ralf Blasius to run its German office. The German deals include a 70 hour package to […]

HBO Lat Am among the pre-buyers for Skins

HBO Latin America has inked a pan-regional deal for Company Pictures’ teen drama series Skins, TBIvision understands. Ahead of the upcoming launch of the US MTV version of the show, a raft of other broadcasters have also picked up the latest season of the original UK version from distributor All3Media International. The fifth season of […]

Foursquare strikes TV deal

Mobile location service Foursquare is to move into the television business after striking a deal with Endemol’s US production company. The deal will see Foursquare, one of the most talked about applications on the internet, and Endemol USA develop an original television format using the service. The move is reminiscent of Twitter’s entry in the […]