Michael Edelstein takes over int’l production at NBC

NBCU has hired Desperate Housewives exec producer Michael Edelstein as president, international television production. He will relocate from LA to London to head up NBC’s international programming activities. NBC launched its London-based international production hub in late 2007. It was initially run by Angela Bromstad, but she returned to the US as part of a […]

Mediaset to launch series with US exec producer

Italian broadcaster Mediaset is set to develop a series with a US showrunner after striking a deal with Insight, a joint venture between Latin American formats distributor Resonant TV and MediaXchange. The joint venture – which will pair international broadcasters with US executive producers including Desperate Housewives’ Jeff Greenstein, 24 co-creator Bob Cochrane and The […]

Endemol staffs up on the East and West coasts

Endemol has opened a new office in New York to better service the US cable networks and added two new execs to its West coast operation. Dave Hamilton has joined the producer and distributor from VH1 and will be head of development at the new Manhattan base, which will operate alongside Endemol-owned, NY-based, True Entertainment […]

Mediaset forks out €17.5m for 500-title Cecchi Gori film library

Italian commercial broadcaster Mediaset has acquired the former Cecchi Gori Group’s film library for €17.5 million (US$21.7 million). The library includes free-to-air and pay TV rights to over 500 feature films from Italian directors including Luigi Zampa, Luciano Salce, Ettore Scloa, Gianni Amelio, Marco Risi, paolo Virzì, Alessandro Benvenuti, Carlo Vanzina and others as well […]

Eurosport wants to launch in Africa and Latin America

Sports broadcaster Eurosport has told TBIvision that the next stage of its development will see it launch services in Africa and Latin America. The TF1-backed broadcaster is widely distributed throughout Europe and has successfully rolled out an Asian feed in recent years. “Going outside Europe is something that is very interesting for us and we […]

Come Dine with gets cooking in the US

UK format Come Dine with Me is being remade for the US market. The ITV Studios-distributed dinner party show has been picked up by the BBC, which will transmit a local version on its BBC America cable channel. The US format will feature amateur chefs from New York as they attempt to organise the best […]

Half of large TVs will be 3D by 2012

Panasonic expects half of all large TV sets will be 3D enabled by 2012. Speaking at a Paris press conference about the 3D coverage of the French Tennis Open, Panasonic’s European CEO, Laurent Abadie, added that the first 3D sets are selling faster then expected in Europe. “Sales are far above expectations – like in […]

Five reportedly on the block

UK free-to-air broadcaster Five is about to be officially put on sale according to UK press reports. These suggest that Five’s owner, pan-European broadcast group RTL, has a team working on a tender process. The story originated in the UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph, which added that the roster of potential bidders includes fellow UK […]

Globo renews Fox deal, inks copro pact with SIC

Brazilian broadcaster Globo has renewed a multiyear programming deal with Fox and, separately, inked a telenovela coproduction pact with Portuguese free-to-air broadcaster SIC. The Fox deal, which gives Globo a range of the studios TV series and movies, will run for another three years. Movie titles include X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Fantastic Four: Rise of […]

Paula Abdul on board US version of Got to Dance

Paula Abdul has joined upcoming US reality show Got to Dance and will executive produce the reality series. The dance competition, which first appeared on UK pay TV channel Sky 1, is being produced by Shine-owned Reveille for CBS. Former pop star and American Idol judge Abdul will also be a judge on the Got […]