Peace breaking out in Hollywood

The writers’ strike is close to being officially over after the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) finalised an agreement with the studios and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The WGA is currently presenting the details of the agreement to its members, who will vote on the terms on Tuesday (12 March). […]

Super RTL, N24 ink Nat Geo deals

German commercial broadcaster Super RTL has revamped its primetime schedule to accommodate a slot for documentaries and has inked a volume deal with National Geographic Television International (NGTI) to fill it. The channel, which is owned by German broadcast group RTL and Disney, airs children’s programmes during the day and drama and comedy during the […]

CIMG sells Kimora to Latin America

Comcast International Media Group (CIMG), the company formerly known as E! Entertainment, has sold a number of series from its Style Network to Latin American broadcasters. Pan Latin broadcasters Canal Fox Channel and FOXLife have acquired Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, the reality series that follows Baby Phat founder and wife of Run DMC’s […]

CITV gets back into commissioning

UK kids broadcaster CITV will begin commissioning shows again after getting extra broadcast hours. CITV has not confirmed how much it will spend on new product, but an ITV spokesman told TBIvision budgets and programme requirements should be clarified by end-February and that the new money will be for UK-originated programming. Previously when CITV commissioned […]

John Marley sets up Archie Productions

TV producer John Marley has set up a UK-based indie producer, Archie Productions. It will develop and produce kids, entertainment and factual entertainment content and has twelve projects in development. Marley told TBIvision he hopes to announce the first commission soon. Marley wants to create an organisation under the Archie umbrella that will provide a […]

Alchemy sells Burn Up, Diamonds to Spain

US producer and distributor Alchemy Television has sold its slate of talent packed mini-series and television movies to Spanish broadcasters. The company has sold 2x90mins action thriller Burn Up to Mediaset-owned network Telecinco and 2x90mins drama Diamonds to Antena3. Burn Up, which stars Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) and Neve Campbell (Scream) was commissioned by […]

Power Investor: Haim Saban talks to TBIvision

Egyptian-born entrepreneur Haim Saban has had a hand in several of the largest private-equity-backed media deals of recent years, he talks exclusively to TBI TBI: Do you think there is still a clear rationale for investing in free-to-air television in Europe when audiences and advertising markets are fragmenting?Yes, I believe so. But you can’t talk […]

Channel Profile: NRJ 12

Part of media group NRJ, which is involved in TV and radio, NRJ 12 was launched three years ago with the advent of DTT. Now the channel, whose audience share rose to 2.3 % last December, plans to become a full general entertainment offering. TBIvision talks to head of programming Gérald-Brice Viret and head of […]

Cartoon Network readies new theme parks

Turner is opening a Cartoon Network-branded theme park in the Middle East. Cartoon Network Enterprises has joined forces with Future Kid & Real Estate Company and will open a 3,500 foot indoor theme park in Kuwait City this year. The park will be Cartoon Network’s first in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and […]

Animal Planet gets wild with new look

The US version of Discovery Communications’ Animal Planet has been given a visual overhaul and repositioned itself as an edgier, more adult-focused channel. The new on and off-air identity was designed by UK agency Dunning Eley Jones and launched in the US yesterday. "We wanted to bring animals to the fore," says Dunning Eley Jones […]