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Super RTL acquires raft of int’l series

German kids broadcaster Super RTL has acquired a raft of international series including major US hit Glee. The move marks a step into family programming for broadcaster, which is a joint venture between the German broadcaster and Hollywood studio Disney, and is one of the first older-skewing series to air on the channel. It is […]

MTV closes raft of programme deals

MTV Networks International has closed a raft of deals for its comedy and reality series. The programme sales arm of the Viacom-owned broadcaster has sold Comedy Central series John Oliver Stand Up Show to Swedish public broadcaster SVT, while TV5 in Finland has picked up two seasons of Ashton Kutcher-fronted reality series Punk’d, as has […]

AMC orders The Killing to full series

US cable network AMC has picked up a local version of Danish miniseries Forbrydelsen (The Killing) to order. The basic cable channel has picked up the 13x1hour series, which was originally distributed by the sales arm of Danish public broadcaster DR. The US version of the show will be produced by Fox TV Studios and […]

Disney eyes early VOD releases

Disney is eyeing the launch of early video-on-demand windows for a number of its key film and TV titles. This comes as the company posts healthy financial results for the third quarter. Chief executive Bob Iger said it is experimenting with a number of VOD services. “We are going to become aggressive. We’re experimenting with […]

Airey, Woolfe to leave Five

Dawn Airey and Richard Woolfe are to leave UK commercial broadcaster Five after new owner Richard Desmond culled its senior management team. However, director of digital channels and acquisitions Jeff Ford will remain at the broadcaster and will become programme director. This move, which will see seven of the nine directors leave the company, is […]

Seven launching Granada dating format

Australian commercial broadcaster Seven Network is developing a new gameshow format with ITV-owned producer Granada Media. The network is currently in development with the project, which has a working title The Dating Show, and is recruiting contestants. “Exciting new dating show for Seven. Finding ‘The One’ is harder than it seems. We are casting for […]

Electus strikes 5×5 format deal

Ben Silverman’s production and distribution company Electus has struck a deal with US producers 5×5 Media that will see it distribute the company’s unscripted TV formats internationally. The deal will also see 5×5 Media, which was set up by Craig Armstrong, Rick Ringbakk and Tod Mesirow, producers of series including Survivor, Amazing Race, Mythbusters and […]

Endemol acquires Ace of Cakes producer Authentic

Endemol has acquired US reality production company Authentic Entertainment, the outfit behind Ace of Cakes and Toddlers and Tiaras. The international production and distribution outfit has acquired a majority share in the producer, which was founded by Lauren Lexton and Tom Rogan in 2000 and produces more than 200 hours of programming per year. This […]

Fremantlemedia Enterprises hires Namiech

FremantleMedia Enterprises has hired former ITV Studios exec Emmanuelle Namiech to become senior VP, content and development, EMEA and Asia Pacific. Namiech, who was previously director of content acquisition at ITV Global Entertainment, will perform a similar role at the RTL-owned distributor. She will be in charge of developing and acquiring content from producers and […]

The Hub to skew younger, launches Clue gameshow

The Hub, the joint venture kids channel between Discovery Communications and toy manufacturer Hasbro, is to spend around US$20 million on its October 10 launch as it looks to skew younger than its rivals. The channel has also announced a live action gameshow based on the popular boardgame Clue. The network is eyeing a younger […]