Fremantle brings back Crackerjack

Fremantle Australia is to relaunch the Crackerjack brand, twelve months after the producer was merged with Grundy. Australian public broadcaster SBS has commissioned Newstopia, a Daily Show with John Stewart meets Brass Eye style spoof, which will be the first offering from the relaunched Crackerjack. Mark Fennessy, CEO of Fremantle Australia and former Crackerjack boss, […]

The Office launches online

The Office is set to be available online for the first time in the US after BBC Worldwide America inked a pair of digital distribution deals. Worldwide signed agreements with and that will allow the UK series, starring Ricky Gervais, to be made available via download-to-own and download-to-rent.

NBCU preps intn’l production HQ

NBC Universal will increase its international production activity after launching a production hub in London. The division will be headed by Angela Bromstad, who was previously NBC Universal TV Studio president, and will focus on scripted and reality programming. Currently, NBC Universal’s international production has focused on local remakes of top hits such as Law&Order: […]

Providence buys into Hulu

Private equity investor Providence Equity Partners has acquired a stake in News Corp and NBC Universal’s video site, Hulu. The deal gives Providence a 10% stake for $100 million. Details of the online video site have not been revealed, but News Corp and NBC Universal hope that it will allow them to compete against the […]

Dori Media preps animated Rebelde

Dori Media is producing an animated version of Rebelde Way, the teen telenovela. The 26-part animated spin-off will be produced with Mexican media group Televisa and an as-yet-unnamed US animation company. Televisa has already produced a 13-part reality spin off, following cast members from the show, RBD – The Family. Separately, Dori is continuing production […]

Fuji sells docs to France’s ARTE

Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV has sold a number of its documentaries to French cultural network ARTE. The French channel, which is available via cable, satellite and digital terrestrial, as well as cable in Germany, has acquired five of Fuji’s factual shows. It has bought On the Brink of Extinction: The Taron Tribe, which follows the […]

iTeddy signs new content partners

The makers of interactive teddy bear iTeddy have inked a number of deals with childrens TV producers that will allow kids to watch shows such as Noddy and Bob the Builder via the toy. iTeddy is a plush toy with a multimedia screen that can be connected to the internet via a USB port and […]

Entara seals Domo deals

Domo-kun, Japanese broadcaster NHK’s mascot, is set to be made into a range of mobile phone accessories and canvas posters after rights company Entara struck a raft of licensing deals. Entara signed an agreement with The Monster Factory for accessories and ID-Wall for the screen printed posters. Domo is set to be turned into a […]

Heroes video game set for late 2008

NBC Universal’s hit sci-fi drama Heroes is set to be turned into a video game after the company inked a deal with developer Ubisoft. The third-person action game, made for consoles and PCs, will launch in late ’08.

Comment: Nick Price, managing partner, Bridge London on ad-funded programming

Advertiser funded programming (AFP) has been around since the dawn of commercial television and yet it is still something that, for a lot of people, remains a source of funding of last resort or a misunderstood goal. It’s been talked about excessively as the future of entertainment but groundbreaking examples are difficult to find. However, […]