Sticky Pictures, Top Draw launch Mango Distribution

Australian kids indie producer Sticky Pictures and Philippines-based animation company Top Draw Animation have launched an international distribution company and have inked a number of deals for kids series. The two companies have launched Mango Distribution, which will focus on selling kids and family series in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The company has already […]

FremantleMedia poaches MGM exec to head up Australian operation

FremantleMedia has recruited Ian Hogg to run its Australian operation. Hogg will replace the Fennessy brothers, who were poached by Shine earlier this year to run its freshly minted Australian division. He joins from MGM, having only joined the US studio earlier this year. Hogg will be CEO of FremantleMedia Australia, based in Sydney and […]

ITV and NBC pact for Prime Suspect

NBC and ITV Studios have inked a deal that will see the US network take three programmes from the UK company over the next two years. The first project is a US version of UK cop series Prime Suspect, with Hank Steinberg (Without a Trace) attached to write the two-hour pilot. NBC and ITV Studios, […]

ITV Global ships out Wuthering Heights

A raft of international broadcasters have acquired ITV Global Entertainment’s latest costume drama Wuthering Heights including Australian public broadcaster ABC and Sweden’s TV4. The series, which was produced by ITV-backed Mammoth Screen and WGBH Boston, has also been picked up by Canada’s W Network, New Zealand’s TVNZ, Belgium’s VRT, Denmark’s TV2, Holland’s KRO, Cyrpus’ CYBC, […]

RTL renews NBCU deal

German commercial broadcaster RTL has renewed its output deal with NBC Universal International Television Distribution, the sales arm of the US studio. The deal will give Germany’s leading broadcaster access to a range of new blockbuster movies, NBC Universal’s latest TV series and a range of classic shows. Movies will include Quentin Tarantino’sInglourious Basterds, Sacha […]

Disney acquires Marvel

The Walt Disney Company has acquired comic book giant and animation studio Marvel Entertainment for US$4 billion, in a move that will have wide ranging ramifications for the television industry, in particular the company’s kids channel Disney XD. The move sees Disney pay $50 per Marvel share in a combination of cash and stock for […]

John McMahon leaves Sony Pictures TV

Sony Pictures Television, the international production and distribution arm of the Hollywood studio, is set to be shaken up following the departure of European president and managing director John McMahon. McMahon has been promoted to managing director, Europe, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, reporting to Matt Brown, EVP, international, SPHE. McMahon will oversee SPHE’s European division […]

A&E ties up deal for Lifetime

A&E has sealed a deal for fellow US cable network Lifetime and will install A&E Television Networks boss Abbe Raven as CEO of the new entity when the deal closes later this year. Current Lifetime CEO Andrea Wong will remain in charge of the female-skewing network, reporting to Raven. A&E is backed by Disney-ABC Television, […]

Heroes the most popular illegal TV download

NBC’s action drama series Heroes is the most popular show among illegal file-sharers, ahead of Disney’s Lost and Fox’s 24, according to new research. Data from US-based analysts Big Champagne revealed the top ten illegal downloads for 2009 so far. It also indicated that TV shows are more popular illegal downloads than movies. The roster […]

Fox making Heathers TV remake

US network Fox is set to launch a TV remake of popular ’80s movie Heathers after striking a deal with Sony Pictures Television and Lakeshore Entertainment. The broadcaster is developing a modern day reversioning of the movie, which starred Christian Slater and Winona Ryder as a pair of rebels that killed off the mean girls […]