TBI talks to Life on Mars creator Tony Jordan

Tony Jordan is one of the UK’s most respected scriptwriters. As part of the long running London-based soap Eastenders, he wrote nearly 500 episodes of the series. He also created retro cop drama Life on Mars, which has been a big hit on the BBC and is currently being remade locally in the United States […]

Europe Images ramps up Lagardere deals

M5Europe Images International, the factual distribution arm of French media conglomerate Lagardere, has ramped up the amount of content it distributes from parent company-owned producers. This follows the launch of Lagardere Entertainment, a subsidiary of Lagardere Active, in February to house the group’s production and distribution businesses. Catherine Alvaresse, senior VP, sales and co-productions, told […]

Arte expands daytime schedule

French documentary broadcaster Arte is set to expand its daytime programming schedule for the first time through its digital terrestrial channel. It hopes to acquire more content, particularly drama series and youth skewed shows, and has increased its acquisition budget accordingly. Currently the analog channel starts broadcasting at 7pm, but its digital terrestrial slot broadcasts […]

Survivor showrunner buys into Lonelygirl co

The producers of hit web TV series Lonelygirl15 and Katemodern are set to massively increase their production slate after raising US$5 million in funding from a range of investors including Survivor producer Conrad Riggs. LG15 Studios, operated by Miles Beckett and Greg Goodfried, will now be known as Eqal following the investment from venture capital […]

Asia fund raising US$300 mil. for TV and film

Access Asia is raising US$300 million for, TV series, films and computer games with an Asian flavour. The fund will use the money to produce and release TV series, films and computer games partly aimed at the burgeoning Asian marketplace. World Group, the producer, financier and sales agent, is the senior partner in Access Asia. […]

William Morris setting up shop in India

US talent agency William Morris is set to open an office in India to take advantage of the booming local formats business. The Indian production sector is booming with the launch of dozens of new channels, stimulating the need for local ideas. Mark Itkin, co-head of worldwide television at William Morris Agency, told TBIvision that […]

Nickelodeon launching in Poland

Kids channel Nickelodeon is launching in Poland. The channel, which is operated by Viacom’s MTV Networks International, will roll out at start-June. The channel will target 2-to-12-year-olds with a mix of local content and existing Nick programming. It will be wholly owned by MTV. Full details of the launch schedule are not available but hit […]

Canal+ orders Little Mosque TV movie

Canal+ has ordered a TV movie based upon Canadian comedy series Little Mosque on the Prairie. The French broadcaster has been airing the finished Canadian version of the show and has greenlit a 1x90mins TV movie. The original Canadian version of the show follows the lives of a group of small town mosque-goers. The French […]

Raft of Fremantle indie deals on the cards

FremantleMedia is eyeing the acquisition of up to 15 production companies following the launch of its Euro40m (US$58m) talent fund in November 2007. The fund, which is run by Stephen Flint,  senior VP, content partnerships, worldwide entertainment, initially inked deals with Trevor Eve’s Projector Productions;  Hillbilly Productions, which is run by The Full Monty co-producer Polly Leys;  […]