Canal+ unveils new €1.2 billion TV season

French pay TV channel Canal+ has put the accent on exclusive original programming and developing new talent in its 2008-2009 season. As in previous years Canal+ said it will be exploring new concepts in drama and entertainment with its new line-up of shows. Belgian born presenter and actress Virginie Efira has joined Canal+ from free-to-air […]

Outright agrees volume deal with Fox Italy

UK-based distributor Outright has sealed a volume deal with Fox International Channels Italy. It will sell in a raft of content from producers belonging to Outright parent company the Shed Media Group and from third parties. The deal is Outright’s first with FIC Italy. Several shows covered by the deal will appear on Fox’s Cult […]

Endemol hires Disney’s Toumazis

Endemol has appointed Disney ABC ESPN Television managing director, EMEA and Canada Tom Toumazis as chief commercial officer. The surprise move marks Endemol’s move to boost its scripted programming division, particularly in drama and comedy. New CEO Ynon Kreiz has stated his wish to build Endemol’s third party distribution business, scripted sales and pre-sales and […]

Canwest launching MovieTime channel

Canadian media company Canwest is replacing its Lonestar westerns channel with a blockbuster features network, MovieTime. Canwest said the new net will replace Lonestar and air 250 features a month. It will target a 25-to-54-year-old demo. The launch line-up includes Apollo 13 and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. The channel launches October 6.

Beat Your Host travels to Sweden

German gameshow Beat Your Host is launching in Sweden. A local version of the Raab TV and Brainpool-produced show – Vem kan slå Filip och Fredrik – will air on Kanal 5 where it will be the curtain raiser for the free-to-air channel’s new season. Kanal 5 will put out a one-hour primetime show on […]

Strike TV gets ready for September launch

Strike TV will have a full roll out next month and several new series have been added to those detailed in the launch slate, Peter Hyoguchi, founder of the online ‘network’ tells TBIvision. A beta test of Strike TV is underway and Hyoguchi says a full launch will take place next month. Hyoguchi says there […]

NBC Universal acquires UK indie Carnival

NBC Universal has acquired UK indie producer Carnival Film & Television, marking its first acquisition by its recently formed international production arm. Angela Bromstad, president international TV production at NBC said that her, co-CEO of NBC Entertainment Ben Silverman and Neame have already discussed a US network berth for an unnamed Carnival project. NBC Universal […]

MacFarlane shorts debut next month

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will launch his web comedy series Seth Macfarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy next month and has struck a landmark deal advertiser Burger King. The series, which is produced by MacFarlane and producer Media Rights Capital, will bow in September via Google using its AdSense network. Burger King has signed up […]

Screen Australia names New Zealander as new boss

Screen Australia, the recently merged government body set up to fund local TV and film projects, has appointed New Zealand Film Commission CEO Ruth Harley as its new boss. Harley is a surprise choice for the position in which she will oversee subsidies for the organisation, which is a combination of the Film Finance Corporation, […]

ShineReveille picks up Solitary

ShineReveille International, the recently merged distribution company, has taken international rights to Fox Reality’s psychological reality format Solitary. The show, which has just been commissioned for a third season by the News Corp-owned cable network, will be available as both finished episodes and as a format. Solitary is a gameshow that sees contestants kept in […]