TVFI numbers show a mixed picture for French programme sellers

Sales of factual programming lifted French TV export figures in 2007 with revenues hitting €118.8 million, a 3.3% year-on-year increase. However, there was a sharp decline in revenues from presales, which generated revenues of €33.9 million, a 19.3% year-on-year decrease. The figures are compiled annually by French industry group TVFI and funding agency CNC. By […]

ITV eyes more deals after Electric Farm

British commercial broadcaster ITV is eyeing further digital acquisitions following US arm Granada America’s deal to buy a stake in online production company Electric Farm Entertainment. ITV paid $2 million for a 10% stake in the US-based producer, which has created web series including Afterworld, Rosario Dawson-fronted Gemini Division and Woke Up Dead, which stars […]

Wallace and Gromit join KidsCo for Xmas

Kids channel KidsCo has acquired a raft of movies that will form the centrepieces of its Christmas schedules. As well as picking up titles from DIC and Nelvana – both of which are shareholders in the business – KidsCo has picked up three Wallace and Gromit movies. The features are produced by Aardman Animations and […]

BabyFirst launches preschool production unit

BabyFirst, the baby and parent focused channel backed by Fox, is launching an in-house production unit that will produce shows for the international preschool market. BFTV Productions will be headed by Arik Kerman, senior VP of programming for BabyFirst. It will have two new shows for MIPCOM Junior. The first is 5x26mins non-dialogue series The […]

TF1 to air local Beat Your Host

French free-to-air commercial broadcaster TF1 will air a local version of German-originated gameshow format Beat Your Host! The TF1 version will be fronted by French TV personality Benjamin Castaldi and be called Qui peut batter Benjamin Castaldi? It will air in a primetime slot later this year. The French version will be the third local […]

Marathon launching Totally Spies spin-off at MIPCOM

Marathon will start shopping Amazing Spiez, a follow-up to its smash hit series Totally Spies, at MIPCOM Junior this October. Marathon, the Italian-backed French producer/distributor, will be handling international sales for the series, which will air on Teletoon in Canada and TF1 in France. The show itself focuses on a B-team of younger, emerging spies […]

ShineReveille inks int’l output deals

ShineReveille has inked a number of major output deals across Europe, the Middle East and New Zealand. Its international distribution arm has struck deals with pan regional European broadcaster SBS Group, Middle East Broadcasting and New Zealand’s Sky Television. The company, which was acquired by Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group earlier this year, previously had an […]

Comedy Central Poland picks up US series

Comedy Central Poland has picked up a number of hit US acquisitions including Californication, The Sarah Silverman Show and My Name is Earl. The Viacom-owned thematic broadcaster inked deals with CBS Paramount International Television for David Duchovny’s adult comedy Californication, which airs on Showtime in the US, with Twentieth Century Fox International for Jason Lee  […]

The N nabs Viacom movie deal

Polish pay TV operator The N has inked a long term movie deal with Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks, wresting away pay TV rights from rival Cyfra+. The move means that The N, which is owned by local media group ITI, will have exclusive access to movies from both Viacom owned companies from next year for […]

Nordisk inks TV2 Denmark deal

Nordisk Film TV World has inked a deal with TV2 Denmark to represent all of its locally produced formats for international distribution. This follows Nordisk’s deal last month to represent formats produced by Swedish public broadcaster SVT and furthers the company’s expansion with third party producers. This comes as broadcaster TV2 Denmark closed its international […]