Ratings watch: The Singing Bee

The Gurin Company format The Singing Bee has now rolled out in several countries, with varying degrees of success. In the show eight contestants are chosen from the audience and challenged to accurately sing the lyrics to popular songs in karaoke-style competitions. The local adaptation of the Zeal-distributed show debuted last Sunday on Rai Uno. […]

DIC expects $11.5 million hit after Slumber Party Girls and others fail to perform

Kids producer and distributor DIC Entertainment has told investors that it will fail to hit its financial targets after a series of its shows failed to generate the sales expected. DIC is listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in the UK and shares were down over 50% in early trading. The company said that […]

Start looks online for Bang on the Door

UK licensing and merchandising outfit Start Licensing is looking to bring its successful teen property Bang on the Door to social networking sites such as Bebo, eschewing traditional television formats. The Bang on the Door property includes Groovy Chick, which has been a massive success as a range of birthday cards and accessories. However, it […]

Strike relations hit a new low

The two sides in the ongoing Hollywood writers strike are further apart than ever as the war of words continues. The organisation representing the studios, the AMPTP, last night issued a barbed response to an earlier WGA missive, as relations hit a new low. In a note to member companies the AMPTP said. "By now […]

CBBC tunes up for $20m CGI series

Freefonix, a $20m CGI series featuring a virtual pop group, will launch on BBC kids channel CBBC this January, with producer Cinnamon Entertainment looking to exploit the music rights soon after.The 40-episode series was coproduced with Method Films, Indian animation studio Toonz Animation and The Isle of Man Film Fund and is based on an […]

Discovery to become fully listed company

The ownership structure of factual content media company Discovery is being shaken up with a new publicly-listed entity to be created. Discovery Holding company and Advance/Newhouse have agreed a deal in principle to fold their interests in Discovery Communications into a new fully public entity. DHC will fold its other chief asset, creative services company […]

Seven scoops NBC Universal deal ahead of Ten, Nine

Australian broadcaster Network Seven has won the bidding war for an exclusive output deal with NBC Universal International Distribution, beating out rival broadcasters Nine and Ten. Previously, the NBC Universal programming catalogue had been shared between Seven and Ten, harking back to the days before the creation of NBC Universal in 2004, which was formed […]

Creatives speaking: Michele Buck on the changing face of drama production

After a lengthy stint at UK broadcaster ITV, Buck and fellow former ITV production chief Damien Timmer are running indie drama producer Mammoth Screen. Granada International took a 25% stake in the company in July. Broadcasters are under pressure, what’s the impact on drama?Commissioners don’t give as much as they used to but the audience […]

Xilam readies 2nd season of award winning Shuriken School

Xilam, the French animation outfit, is working on a second season of Japanese ninja series Shuriken School after the show was named 2007’s best selling French export by industry association TV France International. The 26x26mins animated show, which has been sold to broadcasters such as Nicktoons in the US and Jetix Europe, was awarded the […]

Challenge gets the fear down under

UK pay TV network Challenge is to revamp its schedule in the new year with new deals for action format Fear Factor and a number of classic British gameshows. The Virgin Media owned broadcaster has acquired the Australian and South African versions of Fear Factor from Endemol. Brad Wood, acquisitions executive at Challenge, told TBIvision […]