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ER inks raft of LatAm deals

Entertainment Rights has cut a number of deals in Latin America. It has sold Basil Brush, Legend of Frosty, Peter Cottontail – The Movie and Casper Scare School to Cartoon Network, while the Disney Channel has picked up George of the Jungle.

Lionsgate dances with Televisa

Indie studio Lionsgate has acquired the format rights to Televisa’s Mexican hit Dancing for the Wedding of my Dreams as it ramps up its reality business. Lionsgate is currently shopping the series – which sees contestants dance it out for the chance of a dream wedding – to broadcasters from the US, UK and Australia. […]

SPTI to sell Power of 10

Sony Pictures Television International is to sell gameshow format Power of 10 worldwide after it was picked up by US broadcaster CBS. The studio acquired the format rights to the show – which sees contestants try and gauge public opinion in a series of pop quiz questions – from producers Embassy Row.

Talpa goes Silverback

John de Mol’s Talpa has sold its interest in format development unit Talpa Scandinavia. "We had been having talks with Talpa Media in Holland for some months," explained Anna Brakenhielm. "We have a very strong focus on developing formats and when you are independent you can work with anyone." Talpa Scandinavia is now called Silverback. […]

Kiss kids shout out loud online

A&E Television Networks (AETN) is to expand the reach of its reality show Gene Simmons Family Jewels with a number of online brand extensions. The show follows former KISS bassist Simmons and his family and is reminiscent of MTV’s The Osbournes. Steve Ronson, EVP, Enterprises at AETN, said that it will use the internet to […]

ITV launches Web Lives

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned made-for-the-internet content for the first time, having spent £20m (US$40m) on revamping its website. The result is Web Lives, a series of three-minute shows from Roger Graef’s Films of Record that follow several individuals with lives inextricably linked to the internet. "Everyone’s using the web and we were interested […]

Yahoo! launches production arm

Yahoo!7 has launched a production arm to create content for Australia’s online community. The company, which is joint venture between the online search company and Australian broadcaster Seven, has created Yahoo!7 Studios with production firm Projekta to produce short form content, particularly for its sports and entertainment portals

Rocket Man to launch in UK primetime

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned a new primetime documentary to be hosted by Elton John. The show – Me, Myself and I – is the first primetime programme from Globe Productions, the production company set up by record company Universal Music. It is expected to TX later this summer. Iain Funnell, general manager at Globe […]

NZTV acquires BBC’s Palin

New Zealand’s TV One has acquired Michael Palin’s latest adventure series following a deal with BBC Worldwide Australasia. It will air the 6x50mins series New Europe with Michael Palin, a Prominent Television production that follows Palin across twenty countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The acquisition is part of a wider deal that will see […]

BBCWW inks Primeval toy deal

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has awarded its master toy license for sci-fi series Primeval  to the Character Group. It will create action figures for a range of prehistoric monsters that appear on the show, which is a coproduction between UK indie Impossible Pictures, ITV, M6 and ProSieben.