Metronome buys producer Sto-Co

Metronome acquires Swedish producer Stockholm and Copenhagen Scandinavian production group Metronome has bought Swedish producer Stockholm and Copenhagen and there are plans for more acquisitions. Schibsted-backed Metronome is one of the region’s biggest TV players, owning Meter, Mekano, Spartacus and numerous other producers. Stockholm and Copenhagen produces comedy and entertainment shows and was snapped up […]

TV3 acquires Time Jam

Spanish broadcaster TV3 Catalunya has acquired sci-fi adventure cartoon Time Jam – Valerian and Laureline from French distributor Mediatoon International. The series, which is a mix of 2D and CGI animation, will also air on France 3 and Club RTL in Belgium.

Fremantle signs David Leaf for pop docs

Pop culture documentary maker David Leaf is lining up a number of non-music based projects after signing a first-look deal with distributor FremantleMedia. Leaf, who has set up David Leaf Productions, is best known for last year’s feature documentary US vs John Lennon and Beatles’ biopic You Can’t Do That, which tells the story of […]

Disney promises early delivery

Disney to offer US series to int’l nets sooner. International broadcasters will be able to air US series much earlier after studios pledged to deliver shows faster. Disney-ABC International TV is leading the march to enable channels, particularly in English speaking territories and key European markets, to air shows much closer to their US TX. […]

Record’s Opposite Lives goes Spanish

Rede Record prepares Spanish version of Opposite Lives Brazilian broadcaster Rede Record is prepping a Spanish version of its hit telenovela Vidas Opostas (Opposite Lives). The show, which follows the fortunes of a millionaire who returns to Brazil to court a young lady who lives in a slum and is the former girlfriend of the […]

Warner Bros. licensing active formats

Warner Bros. is to license the formats to the Without a Trace and Cold Case drama series for the first time. It is also the first time Warners has offered format rights while still producing the show in question in the US. It will offer the two shows, which are produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television, […]

Pioneer secures Hindenburg commission

UK indie Pioneer Productions has been commissioned by European broadcasters to produce a drama documentary uncovering the disaster of the Hindenburg German airship. German public broadcaster ZDF, Channel 4 and the Showtime-owned Smithsonian Networks have commissioned the doc, Hindenburg, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the ill-fated airship’s crash. The show, which is due […]

Jetix trials ad-supported online video

Pan-European kids broadcaster Jetix Europe is testing an advertising supported broadband player in key European territories. The player is accessed via local websites and shows exclusive clips, lasting a few minutes, from Jetix shows. The service being trialed in Spain offers access to full length shows as well as clips. So far the trial service […]

Treehouse growing into the UK

Canadian kids producer Nelvana is launching its download-to-own service Treehouse Direct in the UK – the first time it has offered the facility outside of Canada. It has signed a deal with UK telco BT to offer its kids shows via the recently launched BT Vision Download Store. Programming includes Franklin the Turtle and Max&Ruby […]

Chaotic year ahead for 4Kids

4Kids Entertainment is pinning hopes for 2007 on the launch of a new trading card site based on the Chaotic show and on Viva Pinata, the animated show it launched last fall. It also hopes that Turtles merchandise be boosted by the successful TMNT movie (Warner Bros., Weinstein). 2006 was tough as licensing revenue from […]