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Target moves into Film releasing

Target Entertainment, which is building itself into one of the biggest television distributors in the UK, is moving into theatrical distribution, giving a cinema release to Ruby Blue, starring Bob Hoskins and Josephine Belasko. It is also thinking about giving theatrical releases to other British films which have not found a theatrical release so far […]

Local Australian drama boosted

Australian broadcasters spent nearly 20% more money on local drama programming this year than last. Figures from the Australian Film Commission’s National Survey of Feature Film and TV Drama Production 2006/07 shows that A$253m (US$217.2m) was spent in 2007 compared to $205m la year earlier. The number of hours also increased to 615 from 583, […]

Peace Arch moves for ContentFilm and Fireworks acquires CBC International

Canada’s Peace Arch Entertainment is in talks to acquire fellow producer/distributor ContentFilm. The two parties have signed a letter of intent that states Peace Arch is considering making a cash offer for of ContentFilm’s capital in a deal valued at about $35 million. The deal follows yesterday’s announcement that Fireworks International, the television distributor owned […]

Strike latest: WGA undeterred by returning shows

US writers’ union the WGA is adamant that the trickle of shows returning to network TV will not undermine its industrial action and said they will not be as good as when they had full writing teams. In a call with Wall Street analysts yesterday, WGA negotiators said the lack of writers will impact the […]

Sandra Carter launching web channels in early 2008

US distributor Sandra Carter Global is teaming with a US advertising agency to launch a wide range of Internet channels. SCG has the domain name clickchannel.tv and wants to roll out the Internet service early next year. Sandra Carter told TBIvision there will be up to 100 channels that can be navigated from the main […]

Telemundo aims for drama boost

Telemundo Internacional, the production and distribution arm of the US Hispanic broadcaster, plans to increase the amount of drama it produces in 2008 by 200 hours. The NBC-owned subsidiary is also hoping to produce its entire output in high definition by the end of the year. Some 70% the US Hispanic broadcaster’s schedule is filled […]

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 […]