Lifetime to launch internationally this year

Female-skewed cable network Lifetime will roll out internationally this year, channel owner AETN International has told TBIvision. The international debut of Lifetime means two major US cable nets targeting women are launching this year – Discovery announced last month that TLC will have an extensive roll out outside the US and be in 100 million […]

Zodiak inks That’s My Kid deals

Zodiak Entertainment has closed a number of deals for its light entertainment format That’s My Kid. Russian commercial broadcaster CTC and public broadcaster Egyptian Radio & Television are to make local versions of the show. That’s My Kid was created by Zodiak’s central creative team Zodiak Distillery and was launched at last year’s Mipcom market. […]

FremantleMedia buys FourOne

FremantleMedia has acquired Dutch producer FourOne Media. The producer specialises in scripted programming and makes S1ngle, which airs daily on Net5 as well as MTV shows Helmets and Scoots. Company founder Willem Zijlstra will continue to run FourOne and, as managing director, will also manage FremantleMedia’s other Dutch production offshoot Blue Circle. He reports to […]

Mark Gray leaving FremantleMedia

Mark Gray, FremantleMedia Enterprises’ VP of programming, is leaving the company. Gray announced his departure at the end of the MIP TV programming market in Cannes. “It’s been a genuinely exciting time of dynamic growth, but I’m ready for something different,” Gray said. He added: “I’ve loved working with some of the most creative producers […]

Ex-Discovery boss sets up Filmedia

Ex-Discovery Italy boss Filippo Mori Ubaldini has set up a new distribution outfit, Filmedia. It will export third-party content from Italian producers as well as helping international TV companies that want to break into Italian markets. The company currently represents Universum programming, from Austrian public broadcaster ORF, in Italy as well home entertainment products from […]

Spain’s Vertice launches int’l distribution arm

Spanish production and film company Vertice 360 Group has launched an international distribution arm and has sold its first documentary series to a raft of Asian broadcasters. The firm has set up Vertice Sales, which will distribute series produced by its sister companies including Telson, Videoreport, Apuntolapospo and Telespan as well as third party producers. […]

Talpa strikes German JV deal with Schwartzkopff TV

John de Mol-owned formats company Talpa Media has struck a joint venture with German producer Schwartzkopff TV, making its first move into Germany following a number of international JV deals. The producer, which is part of the German media company Axel Springer, will produce Talpa formats, including Dating in the Dark, I Love My Country […]

Televisa inks novela deal with China’s CCTV

Televisa, the largest producer of Spanish language content in the world, has inked a deal with Chinese broadcaster CCTV to produce local versions of its telenovelas. The move marks the first time that Televisa will produce a local Chinese version of one its shows. CCTV recently acquired and aired Televisa novela Distilling Love and Televisa […]

Ben Silverman calls on digital platforms to ‘step up’

Ben Silverman used his MIP TV keynote address to call upon the leading digital platforms to ‘step up’ and start investing in premium content. The ex-NBC programming boss and now CEO of IAC-backed Electus, told MIP TV delegates that “Microsoft, Google and Yahoo looked like the Disney, Warners and Universal” of the digital marketplace. But, […]

Discovery inks first 3D VOD deal

Discovery Networks International has fleshed out its 3D plans and inked its first-ever deal to provide 3D video-on-demand content. The channel operator cannot name the platform that it has completed the agreement with yet as the pay TV operator in question has not announced its 3D VOD service, but it will roll out in 2011. […]