Endemol moving into telenovelas

As part of a push into scripted programming Endemol is moving into telenovela production and distribution. Speaking at the European Media Leaders summit in London, orgaised by TBI publisher Informa Telecoms & Media, Endemol CEO Aat Schouwenaar said: "We are looking at telenovelas. There is big interest in South America and, increasingly, elsewhere." The Endemol […]

Arte revises schedules for 2008

Franco-German cultural channel Arte is reorganizing its primetime schedules for 2008. Starting January 7th, the channel has decided to extend its documentary slot and have it start 25 minutes earlier from 8.15pm to 9.00pm. Consequently, primetime programming will start at 9.00pm, which Arte head of programming, Christoph Hauser, said fits better with young adults’ lives. […]

BBCWW, ITV, C4 confirm Kangaroo launch

Britain’s leading broadcasters have teamed up to officially launch a combined video-on-demand service that will offer 10,000 hours of programming. Channel 4, ITV and BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the public broadcaster, have unveiled long-rumoured plans to launch Kangaroo, which would offer a combination of free and paid-for programming via peer-to-peer downloads and streaming. […]

Comment: UGC – It’s Utter Bedlam, says Helen Veale, joint MD, Outline Productions

Let’s admit it: most user generated content involves large kids re-enacting their favourite fight scenes from Star Wars using home made light sabres. Is this enough to create a realistic threat to our creative industries? No. Writing and producing coherent and entertaining narrative in the comedy, documentary or movie genres is a very difficult discipline […]

Globo taps Amazonia deals

Globo TV International has closed a number of major deals for its latest big budget drama Amazonia. The sales arm of Brazil’s leading broadcaster has sold the show, which follows love and deceit in the tropical rainforest’s rubber tapping industry, to Portuguese commercial broadcaster SIC and Romanian female skewed free-to-air network Acasa TV, which is […]

Disney scouts for more local ideas after UK deals

Having optioned two UK-produced shows this week, Disney has outlined ambitious plans for its Global Original Programming Division. Steve Aranguren, vice president, global original programming, said it is close to sealing an option on another show and that he hopes to have two UK programmes in production in 2008 and on-air the year after. Aranguren […]

Dori Media’s Paran deal puts it in control at Darset

Israeli based Telenovela production outfit Dori Media Group has increased its control over Darset Productions by acquiring a 75% stake in Paran Productions for $1.6m. Paran and DMG previously shared ownership of Darset but the new deal gives DMG an 87.5% stake. Darset has a 1000-hour telenovela library and is expected to produce about 300 […]

Ratings watch: Domino Day

Endemol’s entertainment show Domino Day 2007 aired November 16. Every year, the show tries to break the world record for falling dominos and this year it aired in primetime in several European countries. In the Netherlands, on SBS6, the show delivered a 36.8% audience share in the 6+ demographic from 9pm to 10.45pm (Source: SBS6, […]

Gédéon cuts Nat Geo deal

French factual producer/distributor Gédéon Programmes has sealed a number of presales with the National Geographic Channel. The Nat Geo channel in the US has pre-bought one-offs The Mummy that came in from the Cold and The Wild West Uncovered. The deal also includes 8x52mins series Cooking the World, featuring international culinary explorer Fred Chesneau. The […]