Cyber Group inks Disney Lat Am deal

Disney Latin America has inked a volume deal with French animation producer and distributor Cyber Group. The agreement will see the pan regional kids broadcaster air series including Ozie Boo and Manon as well as a first look at the distributor’s new series such as Tatonka.  Pierre Sissman, chairman and chief executive of Cyber Group, […]

YouTube looks to int’l producers

Video sharing website YouTube is looking to launch a number of creative partnerships with top international producers following the success of its deal with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Patrick Walker, head of content partnerships at YouTube-owner Google, EMEA, told TBIvision that it is currently talking to producers across the world to allow them to […]

Orange to invest in French TV shows

French mobile operator and IPTV service provider Orange has inked content deals with UK and Australian producers and is putting together its first coproduction deal for French programming. Last week the France Telecom-owned company announced the launch of Orange cinéma series, a package of five movie and TV series channels that would be carried online, […]

HBO wins battle for IMG Ali doc

US cable network HBO has inked a deal with UK distributor IMG to acquire Mohammed Ali documentary Thriller in Manilla.  It has picked up the 1x86mins doc, which was produced by IMG-owned production company Darlow Smithson Productions for Channel 4.  The show tells the story of the famous boxing match between rivals Joe Frazier and […]

BBC Worldwide buys into Big Talk

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, has acquired a minority stake in Simon Pegg’s UK indie Big Talk. The producer and distributor has bought a 25% share in the company, which is run by chief executive Nira Park and managing director Matthew Justice, and has produced Pegg’s hit comedy series Spaced […]

Abu Dhabi positions itself as international TV hub

Abu Dhabi is to create a media facility to foster content creation in the Arab region called twofour54, named for the geographical coordinates of the UAE city. twofour54 has signed up a number of audiovisual and print media content partners, including CNN, the BBC, the Thomson Foundation, The Abu Dhabi Media Company, C Sky Pictures, National Geographic […]

Sony acquires Columbian format Love’s Roulette

Sony Pictures has acquired the international rights to a Columbian entertainment format Love’s Roulette. The US studio and its international distribution arm inked a deal with Columbian production company Si Hay Ideas, which is owned by Teleset, for the dating format. The show is a studio based dating game show that tests the compatibility of […]

MDA, Screenwest launch factual, kids funds

Singapore funding agency the Media Development Authority (MDA) has struck a deal with Australian counterpart ScreenWest to provide a new fund for kids and documentary producers. The deal will encourage Australian and Singaporean producers to co-develop projects with US$90,000 available for new ideas. This follows a series of similar arrangements launched by the MDA to […]

Remember when Heroes saved network television?

The numbers are falling and it seems not even a raft of supernatural powers can prevent the producers of NBC’s Heroes from facing the ignominy of a falling star. Remember when Heroes saved network television? Well, unfortunately, the launch of the third season has seen its ratings for it season premiere fall to just under […]

Marvista sells movies to Poland, Asia

Marvista has closed a number of deals for its slate of TV movies as well as teen series Beyond The Break. The US producer and distributor has sold a six movie package to Polish publish broadcaster Telewizja Polska. Movies include Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester-fronted flick Deadly Pledge, Hidden Camera starring Dean Cain and NYC Tornado […]