Nat Geo orders Virgin space doc from Endemol’s DSP

National Geographic Channel has ordered Virgin Galactic, a four-part doc on Richard Branson’s efforts to launch a commercial space travel service. UK-based Darlow Smithson Productions, now part of Endemol, is making the series, which will TX this spring The four-parter will span two years and follow Branson and the Virgin Galactic pilots and crew as […]

Twilight producer Summit moves into TV with Push

Twilight producer Summit Entertainment is moving into TV production with the launch of a TV adaptation of Dakota Fanning-fronted feature film Push. The company, which is best known for producing the Robert Pattison vampire smash as well as movies including Sorority Row and Mr and Mrs Smith, is working with international producer and distributor E1 […]

Tiger Aspect’s Zein to head up WB formats drive

Warner Bros. has hired Tiger Aspect MD Andrew Zein to head up its international formats drive. This follows the move by Warner Bros International Television Distribution to set up a number of international production divisions that that the Hollywood studio announced in August last year. Zein, who will report to Ronald Goes, will become senior […]

ProSieben expanding internationally with Red Arrow

ProSiebenSat.1 has created Red Arrow Entertainment, a new entity that will house all of its production and distribution companies. The German-based broadcast group said Red Arrow will also be used as a vehicle for international expansion as part of an initiative to expand production and distribution activities around the world. ProSieben said: “Red Arrow plans […]

Metan preps Beckham bio and teams with Friends, Lizzie McGuire alumni

Metan, the China-focused media company, is preparing  52-part celebrity biography series called Icons that will kick off with a David Beckham profile. The company, which was created by E! co-founder Larry Namer and former News Corp Europe boss Marty Pompadur, is also working with a several US-creatives who are keen to produce content for the […]

ITV opens up shop in France

ITV Studios is opening a French production division. The Paris-based unit will be headed by Francois Florenty who will be director general. ITV said that it will focus on high-end drama and unscripted programming and will develop new ideas as well as bringing existing ITV formats to the French market. ITV Studios, the content arm […]

Shine sells Rehab to raft of int’l networks

Shine International has sold US cable reality hit Rehab: Party At The Hard Rock Hotel to a raft of international broadcasters including Australia’s Foxtel and Turner in Latin America. The distributor has sold the series to Poland’s Polsat, Finland’s MTV3, Denmark’s SBS, TruTV in Asia as well as Australian pay TV broadcaster Foxtel and Latin […]

DRG inks first look deal with US producer 44 Blue Prods.

British distributor Digital Rights Group has inked a first-look deal with US production company 44 Blue Productions, one of the first moves following the launch of DRG America. The distributor, which is backed by Ingenious Media Active Capital and constitutes brands including Portman Film & Television, iD Distribution and C4i, set up a North American […]

Deadline day for MGM bids

Today (January 15) is the deadline for first-round bids for US studio MGM with twelve companies understood to be in the running. Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA Group is the latest company being linked to MGM and is expected to lodge a bid today. The Indian company inked a deal with Dreamworks last year and injected […]

Time Warner moves for control of HBO int’l nets

Time Warner’s HBO is close to completing a US$160 million deal to buy Disney and Sony out of HBO Central Europe. Time Warner expects to close the deal early this year and once complete it will have full or majority control of all international HBO channels.   The international HBO offerings started out as multi-partner […]