Buyer Profile: Tom Zappala, ABC Family

The buyer: Tom Zappala, head of acquisitions and scheduling, ABC Family ABC Family is the Disney-owned cable network that launched in November 2001 following the sale of Fox Family and Fox Kids Network to ABC. It airs a combination of youth skewing series such as Greek (pictured), Kyle XY and animated comedy Slacker Cats, original […]

ABC Family announces schedule

US cable network ABC Family has unveiled its latest programming schedule, including three new original series and international acquisitions. The Disney-owned broadcaster is to launch sci fi series The Middleman, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, written by 7th Heaven creator Brenda Hampton and mini series Samurai Girl. Tom Zappala, head of acquisitions and […]

Lightworks scores new commissions

US indie producer Lightworks has scored a number of major drama and factual commissions, including one for the BBC. Lightworks will produce Florence Nightingale, a one hour drama based on the nurse’s letters and diaries, for BBC One. The company has also received the green light for two projects for The History Channel and one […]

Nat Geo launches new docs

National Geographic has commissioned two major series for its international channels, striking deals with UK indie Icon Films and New Zealand producer NHNZ. It has commissioned Icon Films, which made recent BBC hit doc Tiger Kill, to produce Street Monkeys, a 5x1hour series looking at wild vervet monkeys in Durban, South Africa. The docusoap is […]

Logo acquires travel series Bump

MTV’s gay and lesbian network Logo has acquired travel series Bump from Canadian producer and distributor Peace Point Entertainment as the channel looks to ramp up its international expansion. The broadcaster has picked up the 65x30mins series that follows homosexual human interest stories around the world and focuses on gay and lesbian communities in cities […]

America’s Got Talent on MySpace

Audition videos for the latest season of America’s Got Talent can be posted on MySpace for the first time. The show’s producers, FremantleMedia North America and Simon Cowell’s SYCO Television, have teamed up with the social networking site to allow users to audition online. A ‘virtual Audition City’ has been created and videos showcasing individual’s […]

Warner Bros to launch channel in India

Warner Bros. is to launch an English-language channel in India later this year. The channel, which is a collaboration between Warner Bros. and fellow Time Warner subsidiary Turner Entertainment Networks Asia, will air a combination of the Hollywood studio’s movies and original series. Warner’s latest hits include teen soap Gossip Girl and sci-fi drama Pushing […]

Channel 4 picks up Half Ton Dad; Half Ton Teen next

UK broadcaster Channel 4 will air Eyeworks’ Half Ton Dad, the follow up to successful one-off doc Half Ton Mum. The one-off factual show has been filmed and is expected to air later this year. The first Half Ton show was the most popular doc on Channel 4 for two years when it aired earlier […]

Zodiak sells Wallander back into Scandinavia

The English-language version of Wallander has been sold back to broadcasters across Scandinavia and into the US. Distributor Zodiak International has sealed deals with free-to-air broadcasters in Sweden, Denmark and Norway, which have all picked up the three upcoming 1x90mins TV movies. The shows will air first on the BBC later this year. In Sweden […]

Beat your Host beats ITV’s average

SevenOne International-distributed format Beat Your Host beat the channel average share on its first UK outing. The show, which pits celebrities against members of the public in a range of trials, started out in Germany, where it airs on ProSieben. The Diverse/Gallowgate-produced UK version aired on its core channel ITV1 on Sunday, April 20. The […]