Disney’s Mama Don’t Dance waltzes into Italy

Disney has licensed a local version of its Your Mama Don’t Dance format to Sky Italia. The reality format has just started airing on the News Corp-backed Italian pay TV operator’s flagship entertainment channel  Sky Uno where the first episode doubled the channel’s average share. The 11-episode Italian version, Vuoi Ballare con me? is produced […]

Lifetime readies laughs alongside TV movie staples

Lifetime has unveiled a 2009-10 program slate heavy on TV movies, drama and with an expanded comedy slate. The cornerstone of the female-skewing US cable network’s line-up has been TV movies and across Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network 28 new originals were announced. Having ironed out a legal spat with The Weinstein Company, Project Runway […]

AETN sells 9/11 special to France, Germany, UK

Channel 4 in the UK, France 5 and ZDF in Germany have all picked up 9/11 documentary special 102 Minutes that Changed America. Swedish free-to-air broadcaster TV4 also acquired the series, rounding off a host of MIP TV deals for AETN International. The 1x102mins show was the highest rating special ever on AETN’s History channel […]

Cyber Group sells Manon to NHK

Cyber Group Studios, the recently rebranded French animation and web producer, has inked a raft of deals for its kids properties following MIP TV including the sale of animated preschool series Manon to Japanese public broadcaster NHK. The company, which was formerly known as Cyber Groupe Animation, has also sold the 52x7mins series, which airs […]

Crime and Investigations nabs American Gangster

A&E Television has acquired three seasons of factual series American Gangster from Viacom-backed US cable net BET. The show will be transmitted on AETN’s Crime & Investigation Network around the world and, as part of the deal, AETN’s international distribution division will handle sales of the show to other third party broadcasters. The show, narrated […]

Natpe floors it for 2010

Las Vegas television market NATPE will be moving out of the large convention hall it has traditionally occupied and moving exhibitors into suites or the ballrooms at the Mandalay Bay hotel next year. The move follows the decision, in recent times, of many studios and major distributors to swap stands for hotel suites. NATPE President […]

RHI still wants to make a Power move

TV movie and miniseries producer and distributor RHI Entertainment is still locked in talks to acquire rival European drama producer Power. RHI said that it was a difficult time to launch such a large corporate acquisition, but it is still keen on sealing a deal. Robert Halmi Jr., CEO, RHI, told TBIvision: “It’s a difficult […]

DQ, Sony, RAI start work on $23m Little Prince

A host of companies are teaming to coproduce an €18 million (US$23 million) animated version of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic kids books Little Prince. The main coproduction partners will be India’s DQ Entertainment and France’s Method Animation. The roster of other companies involved includes France 3, Germany’s WDR, Sony BMG and Italy’s Rai. DQ and […]

Sky takes House from Five

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has acquired NBC Universal-distributed drama series House, wresting it away from free-to-air channel Five. Five has aired the first four seasons of the series and will retain repeat rights, but Sky has bagged the rights to season five. The show will air on Sky’s flagship general entertainment channel Sky1 and […]

MBC strikes WB output deal

Leading pan Arabian broadcaster Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC) has renewed its output deal with Hollywood studio Warner Bros International Television Distribution giving the network hit US series including The Mentalist and Fringe. The three year deal will allow MBC to air Warner Bros series including Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles via free-to-air television for […]