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Prom Queen team get to work on Foreign Body

Michael Eisner’s digital production company Vuguru will follow up the success of online slasher series Prom Queen with a live-action series, which is a prequel to upcoming Robin Cook book Foreign Body. The series will be coproduced with France-based producer Cyber Group Animation, which will also handle international sales of the show. As with Prom […]

Zee getting into US production

Indian media outfit Zee is set to produce local content in the United States for the first time. Punit Goenka, director at Zee Entertainment, told TBIvision that it will launch two reality based singing contests for its Zee USA channel. First up it will launch An Takshri and Sa Ra Ga Ma Pa (Do Re […]

Univsion plans original programming push

US Hispanic broadcaster Univision is ramping up original programming this year as it faces the possible axing of its lucrative content pipeline from Mexican programmer Televisa. Univision is set to face Televisa in court in March, a move which could see the channel lose its exclusive output deal. Joe Uva, chief executive officer of Univision, […]

Top Model travels for CBS Paramount

Several new versions of CBS Paramount International TV’s Next Top Model and Wheel of Fortune format are rolling out around the world. The distributor says it has struck a series of deals for Next Top Model and that Finland’s Next Top Model on TV4, Croatia’s Next Top Model on RTL and Caribbean’s Next Top Model […]

Ratings Focus: Who’s The One For Wendy

Dating format Wie wordt de man van Phaedra (Who’s The One For Wendy) has been a success across Europe, particularly in Belgium and Norway. The reality show, which follows a single celebrity as she looks for love, was created by Belgian producer Tévé for local commercial broadcaster VTM. It is distributed by RDF Rights. The […]

Music site Last.fm preps TV move

Last.fm, the social networking website, is set to be extended to cover television following its success in the music world. The website, which was acquired by Viacom-owned CBS in May 2007 for US$280million, offers music recommendations by tracking what users have been listening to. Les Moonves, president and chief executive of CBS, told TBI that […]

David Simon, creator of The Wire, discusses the HBO cop series

Cop series The Wire has been hailed as the best TV drama ever. Stretching to five seasons it follows a wide array of characters across complex, intricate storylines that play out over a full run of episodes. Each season tackles a different social issue and the latest and final season, which debuted on HBO in […]

More Ben 10 live-action on the cards

Cartoon Network is tipped to green light another live-action Ben 10 movie after the success of the first feature length version, Ben 10:Race Against Time. The Cartoon Network Original Movie was a ratings hit on Cartoon network in the US and the show hits European screens on February 11 when it airs in the UK. […]

Pact refocuses on lobbying after job cuts

UK producers’ association PACT is to refocus its attention on media policy and lobbying on behalf of membership. The organisation is implementing swingeing cuts following changes to its funding and will cut down involvement in other activities, including conferences. PACT is reducing its workforce from over 30 to a core of 12 and the remaining […]

BBCWW sweeps up indie rights to maximise MySpace deal

BBC Worldwide has inked the first global network deal with MySpace.com and is now making sure that it has the new media rights to all of its hit shows to maximise revenues. The commercial arm of the British public broadcaster BBC is to upload 150 clips from 40 shows to the News Corp.-owned social networking […]