Globo and Telemundo team for Spanish-language Clone

Brazilian media group Globo and US Hispanic network Telemundo are joining forces to make a Spanish-language version of hit telenovela The Clone. Telemundo will air the new version having already had the original show back in 2002. Globo produced and distributed the original series, which had a 70% share when it aired in Brazil and […]

Ratings Watch: The Secret Millionaire

US network Fox has just greenlit a local version of UK format The Secret Millionaire and the RDF produced and distributed format has got off to a good start in Denmark on TV2. In the show a millionaire spends ten days living undercover, searching for people whose lives he or she can change for the […]

Marvel gets Black Panther toon ready for BET

Marvel Entertainment’s animated miniseries based on The Black Panther comic books for Viacom’s BET network in the US will debut later this year. Marvel will handle sales of the show and be offering it to international buyers at MIPCOM. The Black Panther is an 8x30mins extended miniseries based upon the comic books of the same […]

ITV buys Silverback

ITV has acquired Swedish-based indie producer Silverback for an initial £5.2 million ($10.1 million). The UK commercial broadcaster said it will make a further payment of up to £8.8 million, which will be calculated on Silverback’s performance over the next three years. Silverback was created in 2007 following a management buy-out after John de Mol’s […]

Jetix getting closer to Disney

Kids channel operator Jetix and its largest shareholder, Disney, are to coproduce a pair of live-action shows. The two have previously coproduced animated series Yin Yang Yo and will now join forces for two shows that will deliver in 2009. Jetix would not reveal details of the shows but said they will have the same […]

Ex-BBC Films boss sets up indie

David Thompson has become the latest TV producer to set up on his own and has created Origin Pictures. Thompson was head of BBC Films for over a decade and the entity will launch next month. Origin starts out life with a three-year first-look deal with BBC Fiction that covers TV drama and feature film. […]

US Upfronts: Pickups

The new shows picked up the by US networks. ABC The Goode Family (Prod: MRC Dist: ShineReveille International) Life on Mars (Prod: Fox/ABC Studios Dist: 20th Century Fox Television Distribution) Scrubs (Prod: ABC Studios Dist: Disney-ABC International Television) Opportunity Knocks (Prod: Katalyst Films/3 Ball Productions) CBS Flashpoint (Prod: Alchemy Television Dist: Alchemy/Tele Munchen) Project Gary […]

PS71 sets up light entertainment producer Red Seven

ProSiebenSat.1 has created a new production company, Red Seven Entertainment. The new entity will create light entertainment shows for the German-based broadcast group, which owns channels in Germany and, following the acquisition of SBS, throughout Europe. It will be headed by Jobst Benthues, who is currently head of entertainment at ProSieben, and be headquartered in […]

Screen Australia budget unveiled

Screen Australia, the government body set up to oversee subsidies for local TV and film productions, is to receive A$103 million (US$96.1 million) in its first year of operation. This is a slight reduction of the combined current budgets of the Film Finance Corporation, the Australian Film Commission and Film Australia, the three bodies that […]

Analysts downbeat on Toei’s prospects

Japanese animation company Toei has seen profits slip in the most recent reporting period and has warned there will be further declines going forward. Analysts said the cost of new broadband operations and mobile phone initiatives combined with a lack of hit products mean the company is facing tough times. “With no new major hit […]