Disney UK launches RDF-produced HSM spin off

Disney Channel UK is set to launch a local production based around its High School Musical franchise after inking a deal with RDF Media-owned indie producer The Foundation. This marks the first time that RDF has been commissioned by the pay TV kids broadcaster. The two companies will launch Club High School Musical: Make It […]

Moonscoop launches huge coproduction The DaVincibles

French producer and distributor Moonscoop has launched a new kids coproduction – The DaVincibles – that has been commissioned by Italy’s Rai Fiction and has been presold to France’s Gulli and Australia’s Seven. The show is a coproduction between Moonscoop and Zodiak Entertainment-owned Italian producer Neo Network as well as Rai, Australian indie SLR Productions, […]

David Goyer Flashes Forward

David S. Goyer is producing Flash Forward for ABC in the US. The show generated the most buzz at this year’s LA Screenings and has already been sold to over 100 international broadcasters, becoming Disney’s fastest selling TV series ever. Is it flattering or annoying that Flash Forward is constantly mentioned in the same breath […]

French broadcasters mull joint catch-up service

France’s leading commercial broadcasters are discussing the launch of a joint catch-up service, according to local press. Pay TV operator Canal Plus and its free-to-air counterparts TF1 and M6 are talking about a joint service, which would provide an online outlet for their programming and also head off competition from NBC, News Corp and Disney-backed […]

France’s Banijay buys Nordisk

French producer and distributor Banijay Entertainment has bought Nordisk Film TV, the Nordic super-indie. Banijay did not break out any financials for the deal, which covers all of Nordisk’s production and distribution businesses. The Nordic company was previously owned by Scandinavian media group Egmont and has an annual turnover of €50 million (US$73.8 million). It […]

Sky tunes up music service

UK pay TV operator BSkyB is launching a music download service, Sky Songs. It has inked deals with music majors EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner and is making 4 million tracks available to stream or download as MP3 files. The service has two subscription packages. The first costs £6.49 (US$10.25) per month and allows the […]

Sony looks to sell of Shine stake

Sony Pictures Entertainment is set to sell off its 21% stake in international producer and distributor Shine Group. The two companies have increasingly become competitors, particularly in the formats business with Shine’s ownership of US producer Reveille, Scandinavian producer Metronome and UK indies Kudos and Firefly. Shine has also recently launched a number of international […]

AETN takes The People Speak to the UK, preps other versions

AETN International is launching a UK version of The People Speak event program and says several other local versions are in the works. The original US version of the two-hour TV film, which is based on the Howard Zinn A People’s History of the United States and features Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Morgan Freeman, Bruce […]

MIPCOM up on April, but down year-on-year

MIPCOM, the world’s largest market for the buying and selling of programming, recorded more attendees than at MIP TV in April, but was still down on last year’s record attendance. Organisers Reed Midem claimed that 12,000 delegates attended the show, the most important of the year for international producers and distributors. That compares with 11,500 at […]

Euro production spend topped €12b in 2008, but falling in 2009

Across Europe, the total investment in original production topped €12 billion in 2008, but will fall this year as broadcasters suffering in the face of the advertising downturn reign in programming budgets, according to new research. The research, from Content Economics, shows that Germany was the single largest investor in original commissions last year, with […]