David Simon, creator of The Wire, discusses the HBO cop series

Cop series The Wire has been hailed as the best TV drama ever. Stretching to five seasons it follows a wide array of characters across complex, intricate storylines that play out over a full run of episodes. Each season tackles a different social issue and the latest and final season, which debuted on HBO in […]

Ratings Focus: Who’s The One For Wendy

Dating format Wie wordt de man van Phaedra (Who’s The One For Wendy) has been a success across Europe, particularly in Belgium and Norway. The reality show, which follows a single celebrity as she looks for love, was created by Belgian producer Tévé for local commercial broadcaster VTM. It is distributed by RDF Rights. The […]

More Ben 10 live-action on the cards

Cartoon Network is tipped to green light another live-action Ben 10 movie after the success of the first feature length version, Ben 10:Race Against Time. The Cartoon Network Original Movie was a ratings hit on Cartoon network in the US and the show hits European screens on February 11 when it airs in the UK. […]

Pact refocuses on lobbying after job cuts

UK producers’ association PACT is to refocus its attention on media policy and lobbying on behalf of membership. The organisation is implementing swingeing cuts following changes to its funding and will cut down involvement in other activities, including conferences. PACT is reducing its workforce from over 30 to a core of 12 and the remaining […]

BBCWW sweeps up indie rights to maximise MySpace deal

BBC Worldwide has inked the first global network deal with and is now making sure that it has the new media rights to all of its hit shows to maximise revenues. The commercial arm of the British public broadcaster BBC is to upload 150 clips from 40 shows to the News Corp.-owned social networking […]

EM.Entertainment sale extended, value slashed

EM Sport and Media has revalued its entertainment division and extended the sales period for the assets it has on the block. The parent company, EM.Sport Media is offloading the entertainment assets, which are focused on the kids and youth market. The EM.Entertainment assets are have been revalued at circa €40 million. Their previous estimated […]

Distraction reaps strike benefit

Formats distributor Distraction has inked five option deals with major US networks since the start of the writer’s strike for its catalogue of reality and game shows. This highlights the impact that the Writers’ Guild of America’s (WGA) industrial action is having on the terrestrial broadcasters, who are desperately searching for unscripted programming to fill […]

Tim Kring on Heroes

Sci-fi drama series Heroes is one of the most successful drama series in recent years. It has had huge international success, being sold to the largest free-to-air broadcasters including the BBC in the UK, France’s TF1 and Mediaset’s Italian network Italia 1. The second season and online spin off, Heroes: Origins, have been affected by […]

NBC links with NDTV for India push

NBC Universal plans to export its channels and formats to India after inking a joint venture deal with NDTV. Peter Smith, president NBC Universal International said there are plans to launch channels including Sci Fi and 13th Street within six-to-twelve months and that NBC formats will appear on NDTV channels. Smith said no formats deals […]

Venevision maintains Univision deal

Venezuelan distributor Venevision International has maintained that it plans to keep its multi-year output deal with US Hispanic broadcaster Univision, despite Televisa’s looming court battle with the network. Venevision International has a deal with Univision, which is now owned by a private equity conglomerate fronted by billionaire entrepreneur Haim Saban, that lasts until 2017 to […]