Canwest grabs NBC shows ahead of screenings

Canada’s Canwest has picked up several new shows from NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution and renewed several others ahead of this month’s LA Screenings. Canwest, which owns the Global network and runs E! as a joint venture with Comcast, has taken several new shows including the contemporary version of the classic Knight Rider series. NBC […]

Ushuaïa TV’s general director Didier Sapaut talks to TBIvision

The channel: Ushuaïa TVThe buyer: Didier Sapaut, general directorRecent acquisitions: Wasted (All3Media International), Oldies but Goldies (Off The Fence), E2 :Energy (TVF)Looking for: Documentaries, feature films Ushuaïa TV is one of the three documentary channels operated by TF1, sitting alongside Historie and Odyssée. It reaches 2.7million subscribers via cable and satellite in France, Belgium and […]

Territory Focus: Central & Eastern Europe

Broadcasters in Central and Eastern European countries have been relying on long-running telenovelas since the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Eastern Bloc. Major Spanish and Portuguese-language producers such as Televisa, Telemundo and Globo forged relationships with these channels years ago. They have sold their 120+ episode drama series into Central and […]

Feature: Evergreen Drama

Susan Bower took over as executive producer of the Australian soap Neighbours in this, its twenty-third, year and was faced with the challenge posed to executive producers of programmes that have been on for decades: How can the show be kept interesting and fresh year after year, but without scaring away the core audience? The […]

Feature: Low-cost docs

Despite a dwindling number of slots, broadcasters are still investing huge sums in big-ticket documentary films and series. These projects invariably have to pull together various partners and are subsequently seen on free-to-air channels all over the world. At the same time there are a growing number of producers that are working on projects that […]

Buyer Profile: Tom Zappala, ABC Family

The buyer: Tom Zappala, head of acquisitions and scheduling, ABC Family ABC Family is the Disney-owned cable network that launched in November 2001 following the sale of Fox Family and Fox Kids Network to ABC. It airs a combination of youth skewing series such as Greek (pictured), Kyle XY and animated comedy Slacker Cats, original […]

ABC Family announces schedule

US cable network ABC Family has unveiled its latest programming schedule, including three new original series and international acquisitions. The Disney-owned broadcaster is to launch sci fi series The Middleman, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, written by 7th Heaven creator Brenda Hampton and mini series Samurai Girl. Tom Zappala, head of acquisitions and […]

Lightworks scores new commissions

US indie producer Lightworks has scored a number of major drama and factual commissions, including one for the BBC. Lightworks will produce Florence Nightingale, a one hour drama based on the nurse’s letters and diaries, for BBC One. The company has also received the green light for two projects for The History Channel and one […]

Logo acquires travel series Bump

MTV’s gay and lesbian network Logo has acquired travel series Bump from Canadian producer and distributor Peace Point Entertainment as the channel looks to ramp up its international expansion. The broadcaster has picked up the 65x30mins series that follows homosexual human interest stories around the world and focuses on gay and lesbian communities in cities […]

Nat Geo launches new docs

National Geographic has commissioned two major series for its international channels, striking deals with UK indie Icon Films and New Zealand producer NHNZ. It has commissioned Icon Films, which made recent BBC hit doc Tiger Kill, to produce Street Monkeys, a 5x1hour series looking at wild vervet monkeys in Durban, South Africa. The docusoap is […]