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Network Ten axes Big Brother

Australian broadcaster Network Ten is to axe reality series Big Brother after the current season as a result of declining ratings. The show, which is produced by Endemol Southern Star, had seen ratings fall to just over 1million compared to 2001’s high of 2.8million. Ten had attempted to spice up the current series by including […]

Endemol brings in Lineker for Dutch soccer show

Endemol has inked a deal to produce content for the digital channel of the top Dutch soccer league Eredivisie and has recruited UK presenter and ex-footballer Gary Lineker as one of its hosts. Lineker, who played for Barcelona and England, will be joined by other local hosts and reporters. The Eredivisie Live channel will be […]

Blueprint tooling up for HBO’s Hung

US producer Blueprint Entertainment is about to cast the lead for the upcoming HBO comedy Hung. It will then start shooting the 45-minute pilot for the eagerly awaited show late next month. Blueprint, which was last week acquired by Entertainment One, took the project to mainstream and cable networks by way of Michael Rosenberg, who […]

Cuban to air movies on TV ahead of cinema

Mark Cuban-owned film distributor Magnolia Pictures is set to bow its latest releases via television ahead of their theatrical release. Movies will air via HDNet Movies’ new video on demand service weeks before they are released in movie theatres. Cuban, who also owns HDNet, is looking to smash traditional windowing and even day-and-date releases in […]

Nat Geo inks indie deals

National Geographic Television International has inked a number of deals with independent producers and will distribute their content. It has signed deals with Canadian producer Cirrus Media and Welsh indie Green Bay. NGTI will distribute Green Bay’s 1x52mins Rescuing The Past: The Step Pyramid, Egypt, a documentary focusing on the Egypt’s oldest pyramid in Saqqara […]

Looking to the future with Sci Fi

Sci Fi president Dave Howe and programming boss Mark Stern were in London recently and gave a few hints of new shows that are coming up on the channel. TBI was there and got a peek into the future. NBC’s Sci Fi has 400 hours a year of original programming – here’s some of what’s […]

Parthenon sets up film division

Indie producer and distributor Parthenon is moving into feature film finance and distribution. The UK company is teaming with Germany’s NDR Naturfilm for the film project, which will initially focus on two family-friendly properties. Knut and his Friends is from DocFilm and follows the story of Berlin Zoo’s star turn, Knut, the only polar bear […]

Mark Burnett faces legal action

Mark Burnett, producer of Survivor and The Apprentice, is being sued by former colleague Conrad Riggs for US$70m in a row over unpaid royalties. Riggs launched the legal action against Mark Burnett Productions, claiming that Burnett reneged on a deal to pay Riggs, through his Cloudbreak Entertainment company, 10% of the company’s profits. Riggs, a […]

UK kids TV under the microscope

TBI’s Megan Edwards attended children’s programming festival Showcomotion in Sheffield, England and got the low down on kids TV in the UK. Here are some of the best bits from the conference: The role of Channel 4 was one topic causing debate. Some said that the broadcaster’s plan to spend a chunk of its budget […]

Heroes’ producer takes Pirate’s Dilemma to TV

Matt Mason, author of hit book The Pirate’s Dilemma, is set to turn the pop culture tome into a US television series after securing the help of Heroes executive producer Jesse Alexander. The Pirate’s Dilemma is a Wired-meets-Freakonomics tale of how youth trends reinvent pop culture and in turn become mainstream ideas with mass appeal. […]