Candilis leaves TF1 for Lagardère

TF1 deputy general director of programming, Takis Candilis is leaving the French broadcaster to join Lagardère. Under Arnaud Molinié’s Presidency, he will become delegate general director for production at Lagardère Entertainment, the group’s new global production and distribution house. This subsidiary has replaced former Lagardère Images department and wants to become an Endemol-like multiplatform production […]

Canadian spending on foreign drama tops $500 million

Industry groups have called on Canadian broadcasters to show a greater commitment to local drama after the release of new figures that show they spent C$505 million (US$508 million) on foreign fiction in 2007. The financial results for Canadian TV in 2007, issued by communication regulator the CRTC, show the country’s non-public broadcasters generated C$2.2 […]

RATINGS Focus: The Truth wins out

The first episode of The Moment of Truth, local adaptation of the Reveille International format Nothing but the Truth, aired in the US on FOX, January 23 from 8pm to 9pm. The show, which has already aired in Colombia and in the United Kingdom, achieved a good 20% audience share in households and a 24% […]

Burnett gets Man for Asia

Man Shu Sum is leaving Singapore’s Media Development Asia to head up Mark Burnett Productions Asia. Man will remain in his role as director of strategic relations at the MDA, which acts as a national regulator and also invests in and promotes Singaporean media companies, until mid May. Man has been at the MDA for […]

Marathon buys KM Production

French producer and distributor Marathon Group has acquired a controlling stake in local production KM Production, which is headed by industry veteran Renaud Le Van Kim. This comes as the French independent production sector is showing similar signs of consolidation to the UK market, which has seen the rise of the superindie. Marathon, which is […]

Fincham replaces Shaps at ITV

Peter Fincham, former controller of BBC1, has been appointed as director of television at leading commercial broadcaster ITV, replacing Simon Shaps, who is leaving the company. The move comes as a surprise following Fincham’s departure at the BBC in October 2007 in the wake of the scandal surrounding RDF documentary A Year With The Queen. […]

BBC Worldwide launches Chinese copro

BBC Worldwide is launching its first Chinese co-production for its international boutique of channels on Beijing ahead of the Olympic Games. This is the company’s first such production agreement since its launch two years ago. BBC Worldwide’s Global Channels, the international channel arm of the British public broadcaster, has inked a deal with Chinese producer […]

GI acquires worldwide rights to Captain Mack

Granada International, the distribution arm of UK commercial broadcaster ITV, has acquired the international rights to live action kids series Captain Mack, as first noted by TBIvision last month. The show was produced by new UK indie Fireback, which was set by ex-Hit Entertainment and TV Loonland exec John Bullivant, for CITV. It comes as […]

ID sells 100 hours of Voom shows

ID Distribution has sold over 100 hours of high definition documentary programming from US HD network Voom. Network Ten (Australia) acquired a package of series including Mount Everest film Farther Than The Eye Can See, Mexican rock climbing doc Pit Of Swallows and 4x90mins survival doc The Northface Expedition. Sky Arts, the UK satellite pay […]

TF1 to launch formats division

French commercial broadcaster TF1 is to launch a formats arm as part of wide ranging plans to increase local production. TF1 CEO Nonce Paolini announced that the broadcaster will launch TF1 Formats, run by deputy general director Takis Candilis, which will collect information and research on international format trends and co-creating projects. The company is […]