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Doodlebops tour hits the UK

The Doodlebops are set to head out on a UK tour next year following three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York. Creator Jamie Wease said: “It’s going to be like the Grateful Dead for kids.” Produced by Cookie Jar Entertainment, The Doodlebops series airs on Playhouse Disney and GMTV in the UK. […]

Outright heads east

UK distributor Outright Distribution has closed a number of Eastern European deals ahead of MIPCOM. In association with All3Media International it has sold gameshow format Cash Cab to the Ukraine’s Citi, which has also picked up Moonbeam Films’ shopping format Counter Culture. Meanwhile, Slovakia’s Attack has optioned 4DTV’s panel show Best of the Worst.

Fremantle solves Murder

FremantleMedia is launching detective format Murder at MIPCOM. The 10x1hour series, where contestants must unravel clues to solve real police cases and viewers at home can play along, is produced by Real World producer Bunim-Murray Productions for US cable network Spike TV.

Hit strikes Aardman deal

Hit Entertainment has inked a deal with Aardman Animations to license its key properties, including Shaun the Sheep, in North America. Hit will manage licensing and home entertainment rights for Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Aardman Classics in the United States and Canada. Shaun the Sheep, which is aimed at 5-to-10-year-olds, debuted on […]

Comment: ITV is programming for growth writes Dominic Schreiber

There can’t be that many broadcasters heading to MIPCOM with a £200 million ($440m) war chest for acquisitions – of production companies, not programming – a high profile new global content boss in place and plans to double revenues from production and distribution in the next five years. Yet when ITV executive chairman Michael Grade […]

Sonic gets toy deal

Jetix Consumer Products has inked a deal with Impact International and First 4 Figures to turn Sonic the Hedgehog into a range of plush beanies, radio controlled cars and vinyl figures. The toys are set to launch for Christmas 2007.

Endemol expands in Korea

Endemol International has stepped up its presence in Korea after it licensed five of its formats to Korean indie producer Olive 9. It has optioned the rights to hit gameshow Set for Life, which airs on ITV in the UK and ABC in the US, bluffing contest Balls of Gold, dating format Exposed and sports […]

CN inks Canadian Ben 10 deal

Cartoon Network has inked a deal with Canadian licensing firm Segal Licensing for animated action series Ben 10. Segal is set to sign apparel, accessory and sleepwear deals for the show, which airs on Teletoon in French and English.

SBT bags fashion format

Brazilian broadcaster SBT has struck a deal with BBC Worldwide to produce a local version of fashion-based format What Not To Wear, the first time the show will be made in Latin America. What Not To Wear offers style and fashion advice to contestants that are in need of a wardrobe makeover. What Not To […]

Fox rethinking international production

Fox TV Studios is continuing to review its production operations in non-US territories. Since April the News Corp.-owned studio has been weighing the future of its international TV production presence. The review has already led to the closure of the firm’s UK production operation. Meanwhile, a question mark hangs over its French production arm. FTVS’ […]