Marathon tops French animation table

Marathon Media and Tele Images Kids were the largest producers of French animation according to a new study released by funding body CNC. The survey, released by the body at the Annecy Animation Film Festival, saw that the Zodiak Entertainment-owned companies produced 52 hours of animation in 2009, which was 14.8% of the total produced […]

MTV orders teen pregnancy series from September Films

MTV has commissioned Baby High, a one-off documentary special about teen pregnancy from UK indie producer September Films. The US cable net will air the show alongside an episode from the second season of its popular 16 and Pregnant series this summer. The one-off film will look at the real lives of pregnant teens and […]

Nat Geo staffs up new commercial division

National Geographic has hired Darren Poynton to spearhead its new commercial arm, National Geographic Ventures International (NGVI). Poynton will report to NGVI boss Maurice van Sabben, who also runs Nat Geo program sales arm NGTI. London-based Poynton, who joins after nine years at Nat Geo’s European channels arm will also have a dual role, also […]

BBC, ABC, YTV launch kids gameshow Splatalot

British public broadcaster the BBC, Australian public broadcaster ABC and Canadian network YTV are set to launch physical kids gameshow Splatalot from Canadian indie marblemedia. Three versions of the format will be shot in Toronto with hosts selected from the UK, Australia and Canada. The show will see 12 contestants compete in three rounds to […]

Teletoon launches fall slate

Canadian kids broadcaster Teletoon has launched its fall slate with ten original local productions including commissions for Cookie Jar Entertainment, Nelvana and Breakthrough Films and Television. The channel, which is a joint venture between Astral Media and Corus Entertainment, has greenlit 18x30mins comedy series Crash Canyon, produced by Breakthrough Films and Television, Nelvana’s 14x30mins Detentionaire, […]

Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train steams into Europe

The Jim Henson Company has secured a raft of European deals for its animated series Dinosaur Train. The preschool show has been picked up by France 5, YLE in Finland and TG4 in Ireland, all of which have taken free-to-air rights. Canal+ Poland has also acquired the series and Liberty Global’s content and channels division […]

Sky Italia gets new programming boss

Italy’s leading pay TV platform Sky Italia has appointed Andrea Scrosati to a newly created role overseeing its original programming slate and flagship entertainment channel Sky Uno. As vice president of programming and promotions Scrosati will oversee orginal programming as well as head up acquisitions for Sky’s seven-strong bouquet of movie channels. Scrosati worked as […]

News Corp bid for Sky rejected

The eight independent directors of BSkyB have said they would recommend a price of 800p a share for a takeover of the company by News Corp, valuing the company at £14 billion, following a rejection of the media giant’s revised 700p a share offer to acquire the 61% of the company it doesn’t already own. […]

Canal Plus joins C4’s Homeland

French pay broadcaster Canal Plus is to team with British broadcaster Channel 4 on Peter Kosminsky’s event mini-series Homeland. The series will be produced by UK indie Daybreak Pictures (The Trial of Tony Blair) and French producer Breakout Films (Resolution 819) and will be directed by Kosminsky, who has worked on Wuthering Heights and race […]

Electus launches DumbDumb shorts

Electus, the production company run by former NBC boss Ben Silverman, has launched the first sponsored series to come out of its deal with Arrested Development’s Jason Bateman and Will Arnett. Electus inked a content deal with Arnett and Bateman’s DumbDumb studio to create The Prom Date in association with Wrigley’s gum brand Orbit. The […]