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Zone Horror rebrands as Horror Channel, strikes Revolver deal

UK pay TV channel Zone Horror is rebranding as the Horror Channel next month. It has also struck a volume movie deal with independent film distributor Revolver Entertainment. The broadcaster will air movies including Diagnosis Death, Red Mist, The Grave Dancers, Mega Snake and The Ferryman as part of the deal. As part of the […]

Discovery moves into formats world

Discovery Communications is moving into the formats sales business for the first time and will launch its new formats division at MIP TV. The move will see the programme distribution arm of the factual channel operator sell formats based on a number of its Discovery brands including Bear Grylls’ wildlife series Man vs. Wild, dog […]

Talpa strikes JV deal with Nordisk Film TV

John de Mol-owned formats company Talpa Media has struck a joint venture with Scandinavian producer Nordisk Film TV, the latest in a long line of a JVs that it has struck in the last twelve months. Nordisk Film TV, which was acquired by Banijay Entertainment last year, will produce Talpa formats, including Dating in the […]

Fox to launch Banijay dating prank format

US network Fox is to launch a reality prank series based on a French format after striking a deal with distributor Banijay Entertainment. The broadcaster is set to pick up My Parents Are Going To Love You, which is based on JES Productions’ format Mes Parents Vont T’Adorer, which aired on digital net NRJ12. The […]

Universal Networks Int’l acquires Echo Bridge movies

Universal Networks International, the global pay TV division of NBC Universal, has inked a deal with distributor Echo Bridge Entertainment to acquire five sci-fi disaster movies. The movies – Swampshark, Firefight, Stormbringer, Sun Strike and World on Fire – have been produced by Active Entertainment for US cable network SyFy. The deal covers Europe, Latin […]

Zodiak Entertainment sells raft of docs

De Agostini-owned distributor Zodiak Entertainment has closed a raft of deals for its latest slate of documentaries ahead of MIP TV. Australian public broadcaster SBS, Belgium’s VRT and RTBF, Japan’s NHK, Ireland’s RTE, Portugal’s RTP, Italy’s Rai, Russia’s Historic Channel, Radio Canada, Switzerland’s TSR, Bulgarian National TV, Greece’s ERT3 and Israel’s IETV have all picked […]

Endemol taps Olivier Gers to run L&M business

Endemol has hired former FremantleMedia and IMG exec Olivier Gers to run its new licensing and merchandising division, Endemol Worldwide Brands. Endemol USA exec Joerg Bachmaier has been appointed general manager of the US unit of the brands division. Worldwide Brands will exploit Endemol brands across all licensing and merchandising categories and will invest in […]

Michel Rodrigue resurfaces at Chris Philip’s Engine

Formats industry veteran Michel Rodrigue has signed on as distribution consultant at Engine Formats, the formats division of Engine Entertainment, the producer and distributor started by former Power exec Chris Philip. Rodrigue will oversee distribution of formats at Engine, starting at MIP TV next month. The exclusive arrangement with Rodrigue will see him develop the […]

Discovery acquires Burnett-produced Palin series

Discovery Communications has acquired the international rights to Sarah Palin’s much vaunted Mark Burnett-produced documentary series and will air it on US cable network TLC. The eight part show, which has a working title Sarah Palin’s Alaska, will follow Palin, who was previously governor of the state. The budget for the travelogue-meets-reality show starring the […]

Banijay acquires Bunim-Murray

Banijay Entertainment is continuing its rapid expansion with the acquisition of US indie producer Bunim-Murray Productions. This follows Banijay’s move into the United States last year with the launch of Angel City Factory, a production company run by Temptation Island creators Chris Cowan and Jean-Michel Michenaud. Bunim-Murray Productions, which specialises in producing reality shows including […]