Dori sells La Lola to USA

Israeli production and distribution company Dori Media has closed its first major US deal, inking an agreement to produce its hit novela La Lola with Sony Pictures Television. The Hollywood studio has picked up English language format rights for the show, which was created by Underground Productions’ Sebastian Ortega and produced by Dori Media Contenidos. […]

UK indie growth up 10%

UK independent producers recorded £310m (US$606m) of international sales last year, according to producers’ association Pact’s Independent Production Consensus 2007/2008. Some 84% of these commissions by international broadcasters to UK indies are to the United States and nearly three quarters (72%) are factual or factual entertainment based shows. 18% of these commissions are for entertainment […]

CME to launch local production in Ukraine

European broadcaster Central European Media Enterprises plans to increase its local production in Ukraine after it has taken a majority stake in the country’s leading commercial broadcaster Studio 1+1. This comes as the Ukrainian government aims to bring in new legislation that will ban Russian-language programming in the country. Last month, CME made an agreement […]

Poland’s TVN launches local Cold Feet

 Polish commercial broadcaster TVN is set to launch a local version of UK drama Cold Feet after it inked a deal with distributor Granada International. The broadcaster hopes that this move can help it retain its ratings lead against commercial rival Polsat. TVN, which is owned by the ITI Group, lost its position as the […]

Zig Zag to produce soccer hooligan drama for G4

UK indie Zig Zag Productions is producing a drama pilot for US cable network G4’s recently launched international programming block.   The production company, which is known more for its factual fare, is expanding into drama following the commission of a fictional series based around soccer hooliganism. Zig Zag has made a number of hooligan related […]

Showtime orders more pilots

US cable network Showtime is bulking up its slate of original productions with the launch of two pilots from high profile A-listers. It has ordered a pilot for the Tim Robbins-penned pharmaceutical drama Possible Side Effects and has appointed Craig Gillespie to direct the pilot for The United States of Tara, the Steven Spielberg created […]

US writer’s strike is over

The US writer’s strike is over after members of the Writer’s Guild of America voted unanimously to end industrial action. Writers will go back to work today (Wednesday 13 February). The WGA finalised an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and the major Hollywood studios over the weekend and over […]

The Palace sells royally well abroad

All3Media International has sold royal drama The Palace across the world. The distributor has sold the Company Pictures-produced show, which is a fictional take on the royal family, to broadcasters including Australia’s Seven Network, Sweden’s TV4, Norway’s NRK and SBS in Holland. The show, which is currently being aired on UK commercial broadcaster ITV, follows […]

ABC sells Bindi: The Jungle worldwide

The commercial arm of Australian public broadcaster ABC has sold Bindi: The Jungle Girl to a raft of international broadcasters. ABC Commercial has inked deals for the 26x30mins kids wildlife series, which features the daughter of Australian wildlife legend Steve Irwin, with Finnish commercial broadcaster MTV Oy, Polish pay broadcaster Canal+ and MBC in the […]

Seven, Ten bask in summer ratings win

Seven has won the Australian ratings battle for the summer period. Seven was the most popular of the three commercial networks across the season with a 38.1% share ahead of Nine with 34.7% ad Ten with 27.2%. At the same point last year Nine beat Seven into second but Seven had the top two rating […]