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The Departed producer Graham King launches TV arm, eyes cop dramas

The Departed producer Graham King is looking to develop primetime cop dramas with international cooperation. This follows the news that he has set up a TV division with former Lionsgate boss Craig Cegielski. GK-Films has launched GK-TV, which will be run by Cegielski, who was previously EVP, programming and sales, international TV, Lionsgate. Cegielski told […]

IAC’s Notional launches development slate

US production company Notional, which was set up by Barry Diller’s InterActive Corp and run by Collegehumor.com founder Ricky van Veen, has launched its first development slate with a raft of reality series. The company, which was launched in August, has launched four new series and is also working on two existing series. It is […]

ITV looks at paid-for previews

UK free-to-air broadcaster ITV is looking at making preview episodes of its shows available on-demand for £1 or £2 per episode. Carolyn Fairbairn, group director of development and strategy at the UK broadcaster revealed the plans at the Digital TV World Summit, organised by TBIVision’s parent company Informa Telecoms & Media. “We think people might […]

ITV gets new chairman and restructures UK production business

ITV has appointed Archie Norman as its new chairman. The UK free-to-air broadcaster has spent seven months finding a successor to outgoing chairman Michael Grade and is still looking for a CEO. Norman is a former Conservative Party Member of Parliament and built his reputation as a businessman by rejuvenating the fortunes of supermarket chain […]

France Télévisions sets up pitching days for prodcos

With the aim of discovering new production talent, French public broadcast group France Télévisions is organising two pitching days on February 3rd and 4th, 2010. Prodcos will be able to pitch new multi-platforms projects. Entitled, ‘Creation Days’, this event will be open to producers from all TV genres including games and light entertainment, drama, youth, […]

CTV, Space and FIC renew The Listener

Canadian broadcasters CTV and Space and international channel operator Fox International Channels (FIC) have renewed sci-fi series The Listener for a second season despite the show not being renewed by US network NBC. The series, which is produced by Canada’s Shaftesbury Films, was one of the high profile Canadian series to get a US network […]

Mogensen appointed head of FremantleMedia’s Blu

FremantleMedia has appointed Morten Mogensen as CEO of Blu, the company’s Danish production arm. Mogensen was previously programming director at Danish free-to-air broadcaster TV3 responsible for production, acquisition and scheduling at the TV3, TV3 Plus and TV3 Puls channels. In his new role he will report to Simon Spalding, regional CEO, Europe and Asia Pacific […]

Univision inks long form deal with YouTube

Univision has struck a deal with online video site YouTube that will make the US Spanish-language broadcaster’s long form programming available for free on the Internet. However, this arrangement will not include content from Univision’s prominent Mexican supplier Televisa despite Univision winning a ruling earlier this year that prevents Televisa from launching its novelas online […]

Nick orders Reveille, E1-produced Summer Camp

Nickelodeon US has commissioned a pilot for Summer Camp, which will be produced by Reveille and E1 Entertainment and written by High School Musical’s Peter Barsocchini. The 30-minute pilot follows a group of boys and girls who go away to camp and chronicles their adventures. It will be directed by Lev L. Spiro, who has […]

Nordisk inks Who’s the Best? format deals across Europe

Nordisk Film TV World has sold its talent show format Who’s the Best? across Europe and in the Middle East. Nordisk, now part of French media group Banijay, has sealed new deals for the series in Italy, Dubai and Germany and a Spanish deal is understood to be close. The show is billed as a […]