BBC Worldwide taps AMC veteran for scripted division

BBC Worldwide has hired Vlad Wolynetz as senior VP of its scripted production division. He joins from US cable net AMC where he supervised production of series including Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Broken Trail. Wolynetz starts at Worldwide next month and will join another recent hire Hugh Fitzpatrick, who was brought on board earlier […]

John de Mol in talks with Ed Sharples for Talpa Asia

John de Mol’s Talpa is preparing to launch an Asian division and is in talks with ex-Endemol Asia boss Ed Sharples who is the leading contender to run the new unit, TBIvision has learnt. Talpa has expanded rapidly in Europe and the US in recent months setting up joint ventures in numerous countries, most recently […]

TED to launch conferences to int’l broadcasters

Some 20 international broadcasters are set to acquire the rights to air a series of talks and conferences from the TED conference, the US technology and design conference. TED, which offers lectures from the likes of Bill Clinton, Bono, JJ Abrams and Richard Branson, is offering broadcasters videos from its conference for free. Delia Cohen, […]

uMan to launch in Portugal, Brazil

Israeli producer and distributor Dori Media Group has inked a deal with Portuguese producer CTN to produce a local version of its digital series uMan. CTN, which is owned by local investment firm Ongoing Group, has optioned the series, which was originally produced for Israeli mobile operator Cellcom. The show, which is know as Megudalim […]

What has Apple done for TV?

Ten years ago Steve Jobs realised that one way to sell more iPods was to launch a simple online storefront that allowed consumers to buy songs with a simple click. Five years ago the Cupertino-based company decided to try this same trick with TV shows and movies. In those five years, Apple has sold almost […]

McCann hired as Litton’s replacement at Nick UK

Nickelodeon UK has hired Tina McCann to fill the position vacated by Howard Litton. McCann joins Nick UK from Turner where she is acting chief content officer for its kids channels in the EMEA region. As senior VP and managing director, she will start running Nick UK next month. McCann replaces Howard Litton who announced […]

Endemol launching Middle Eastern sports channels

Endemol is launching four soccer channels in the Middle East. The production and distribution giant is teaming with the Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC), which will roll out the four high definition channels as part of its Abu Dhabi Al Riyadiya portfolio. Endemol and ADMC said they will announce the pricing of the packages soon. […]

22.5 million homes will tune into 3D by 2015

Over 20 million TV homes will be watching 3DTV within five years, according to TBIvision publisher Informa Telecoms & Media. Backed by content owners, broadcasters and pay TV platforms, 3D will be in 1.6% of all homes by 2015. “However, the market will still be very immature by 2015, so significant growth opportunities exist beyond […]

MTV eyes local versions of Jersey Shore

MTV Networks International is eyeing the launch of international versions of controversial reality series Jersey Shore. The distribution arm of the Viacom-owned broadcaster is also set to launch local versions of hidden camera series Punk’d in the UK and is looking to breathe new international life into long running series Pimp My Ride. Caroline Beaton, […]

Kanal 5 to remake Banijay’s Celebrity Devil Race

Swedish broadcaster Kanal 5 is to make a local version of Banijay Entertainment format Celebrity Devil Race. This comes as rival Swedish broadcaster TV4 recommissions local versions of its factual entertainment series Construction Nightmares and Sold. SBS-owned Kanal 5 has commissioned Banijay-owned producer Nordisk Film TV to produce the series, which pits a number of […]