BBCWW inks first HD deal in CEE

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, has sold a package of high definition programming to an Eastern European broadcaster for the first time. It has sold a 112 hours package to Albanian broadcaster Digit-Alb. "You always expect certain things to happen in certain markets, but we’ve just done our first pure […]

TV3 orders earthquake docudrama special from Gibson

Kiwi commercial broadcaster TV3 has ordered a docudrama about what would happen to New Zealand in the event of a massive earthquake. The one-off 2hr docudrama, Aftershock, will be followed by a straight 1x60mins factual show about what to do in the event of a quake. "This is a huge splash for us, it’s about […]

Telecinco takes on YouTube

Spanish free-to-air broadcaster Telecinco has filed a suit against YouTube, alleging that the video sharing site has infringed its intellectual property rights. Telecinco is unhappy that its content is available on the Google-owned YouTube site and alleges it has not taken measures to ensure this is not the case. It is also unhappy that video […]

David Simon on The Wire and Treme

David Simon was in London, Tuesday, for a screening of his HBO series The Wire and he wasn’t pulling any punches. Having told a packed British Film Institute (BFI) audience that he and his fellow writers on The Wire don’t really like TV, he took a few minutes to talk to TBIVision about his latest […]

Dharma and Greg first up under Fox-ITV pact

Classic US comedy Dharma and Greg will be remade for UK viewers after Fox and ITV inked a production pact that will see each remake each other’s shows. The two will scour each others programme and formats catalogues for shows that can be remade for the their respective home markets. There is also an option […]

Discop drama for All3Media

All3Media International has sold a range of drama series into Eastern Europe at this week’s Discop programming market in Budapest. HRT (Croatia) and Proxima (Bulgaria) have both acquired Ecosse Films’ dramas He kills Coppers and Cape Wrath. HRT has also picked up Bentley Productions’ drama series Midsomer Murders and Company Pictures’ The Palace and Wild […]

MTV fleshes out plans for international HD channel

The first details of MTV Networks International’s upcoming high definition channel are starting to emerge. MTVNI announced it was launching an HD service in late 2007 but has said little about the channel itself. MTV Networks International president Bob Bakish has given TBIvision some of the first details. "The HD service will launch in Europe […]

RHI raising $189m through IPO

RHI Entertainment has priced its initial public offering at $14 per share. The TV movie and miniseries specialist is offering 13,500,000 shares, which means it would raise $189 million. The proceeds, the company said, will be used to pay down debt. Market watchers had expected RHI to price its IPO higher at $16 to $18 […]

Metronome launches in the US

Nordic-based producer and distributor Metronome has launched a US subsidiary and will start shopping its catalogue of formats to US broadcasters. The company has recently sold its Clash of the Choirs format to NBC and Single Moms to TLC and wants to capitalise upon opportunities in the US. Metronome COO Michael Porseryd told TBIvision that […]

Sci-Fi looks to UK producers for reality

The bosses of NBC’s Sci Fi channel are in London this week to meet UK producers. Sci Fi president Dave Howe and programming chief Mark Stern gave a presentation to UK producers Tuesday and the message was clear – it’s out with aliens, darkness and sci-fi fantasy programming and in with warm, relatable, human, stories. […]