Ricky Martin’s RM 5to Elemento to launch Lat Am Fort Boyard

RM 5to Elemento, the Latin American production company set up by The Ricky Martin Entertainment Group and European producer and distributor Zodiak Entertainment, is set to reversion a raft of Zodiak shows for Lat Am broadcasters and hopes to have a couple of series on air by late spring 2010. The company, which was launched […]

Francois Deplanck: Head of children’s programming Canal+ Group

Canal+ Family is the successful kids division of the French satellite pay TV broadcaster. It is run by Francois Deplanck, who is head of children’s programmes and channels at Canal+ Group. Could you describe the kids strategy at Canal+? We have three channels; Piwi aims at 3-5 year olds, Teletoon targets 6-to-10 year-olds and we […]

Love is not enough for CBS

E1 Entertainment has started production on a TV movie for CBS starring Winona Ryder as Lois Wilson, the cofounder of support group Al-Anon and wife of Bill Wilson the cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous. E1 will handle international sales of the movie, When Love is not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story, which is being shot in […]

Seven eyes productions for digital net 7TWO

Australian broadcaster Seven Network is eyeing the launch of original productions for its recently launched digital channel 7TWO. The channel launched at the start of November and currently airs a mix of US entertainment series and factual entertainment programming. It bowed with series including 24, Lost, The Jay Leno Show and Jesse James’ Monster Garage. […]

MEG sets up format sales arm

Scandinavian clip show distributor Media Entertainment Group (MEG) is moving into the formats world with the creation of a format sales division. MEG Formats will be run by former Distraction and Zodiak exec Sarah Coursey. It will have an office in London as well as one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as it looks to […]

Zodiak makes comedy move with Mob Dar

Zodiak Entertainment has invested in The Corner Shop, a start-up comedy producer run by Mobashir Dar, the former head of new comedy at the BBC. DeAgostini-backed production and distribution group Zodiak said the new company will focus on creating comedy shows and formats for the UK and international markets. The company will be based in […]

Lorber joins HBO CE

HBO’s Central Europe division, HBO CE, has appointed Marc Lorber senior VP, original programming and production and executive producer. HBO CE is embarking on a local production push and is currently starting to make local versions of HBO US’s hit drama series In Treatment. HBO CE’s country manager for Poland, Aleksander Kutela, had been overseeing […]

MTV playing it for laughs in the Middle East

MTV is opening a production hub in Abu Dhabi to produce comedy content for the region’s broadcasters. MTV Networks International’s Emerging Markets unit has formed a strategic alliance with Abu Dhabi-based media hub twofour54 and Comedy Central Studios Arabia will be up and running by the end of the year. “There is very little that […]

News Corp embarks on channels push, launches DTT channel in Italy

News Corp is launching a free-to-air digital channel in Italy. Cielo, Italian for Sky, will launch next month. It will operate separately from News Corp-owned pay-TV operator Sky Italia, with News Corporation Stations Europe, which operates free TV in Bulgaria, Serbia and Turkey, running programming. Cielo will offer Italian dramas and reality TV shows along […]

Turkey’s Star TV to produce Target’s Restaurant format

Turkish broadcaster Star TV is set to produce a local version of British reality dining series Restaurant in our Living Room after striking a format deal with distributor Target Entertainment. The Dogan Media Group-owned broadcaster has commissioned local production company Medyapim to produce 20 episodes of the format. The show follows two couples as they […]