NBC Universal to launch UK Law & Order

NBC Universal is set to launch a local version of legal drama Law & Order for UK commercial broadcaster ITV. The Hollywood studio is in talks with UK production company Kudos, which is owned by Shine, to make the series. This will be the studio’s first local production since it launched the London production office […]

CanWest’s $2.3b Alliance Atlantis deal gets the go-ahead

Broadcast regulator the CRTC has approved CanWest’s takeover of Canadian media company Alliance Atlantis. But the deal has angered local industry groups as it leaves US investment bank Goldman Sachs with a 64% holding in Alliance Atlantis. Canadian rules limit foreign ownership of Canadian media firms, but the CanWest has structured the deal so that […]

Europe 2 TV rebranded Virgin 17

Lagardère Active’s French DTT music channel Europe 2 will be rebranded Virgin 17 from the new year. French regulator the CSA has approved the switch, which has seen Lagardère sign a 10-year licence agreement with British group Virgin to use the brand. Lagardère Group will pay 0.5 % to 1 % of its turnover to […]

Target moves into Film releasing

Target Entertainment, which is building itself into one of the biggest television distributors in the UK, is moving into theatrical distribution, giving a cinema release to Ruby Blue, starring Bob Hoskins and Josephine Belasko. It is also thinking about giving theatrical releases to other British films which have not found a theatrical release so far […]

Local Australian drama boosted

Australian broadcasters spent nearly 20% more money on local drama programming this year than last. Figures from the Australian Film Commission’s National Survey of Feature Film and TV Drama Production 2006/07 shows that A$253m (US$217.2m) was spent in 2007 compared to $205m la year earlier. The number of hours also increased to 615 from 583, […]

Strike latest: WGA undeterred by returning shows

US writers’ union the WGA is adamant that the trickle of shows returning to network TV will not undermine its industrial action and said they will not be as good as when they had full writing teams. In a call with Wall Street analysts yesterday, WGA negotiators said the lack of writers will impact the […]

Sandra Carter launching web channels in early 2008

US distributor Sandra Carter Global is teaming with a US advertising agency to launch a wide range of Internet channels. SCG has the domain name and wants to roll out the Internet service early next year. Sandra Carter told TBIvision there will be up to 100 channels that can be navigated from the main […]

Peace Arch moves for ContentFilm and Fireworks acquires CBC International

Canada’s Peace Arch Entertainment is in talks to acquire fellow producer/distributor ContentFilm. The two parties have signed a letter of intent that states Peace Arch is considering making a cash offer for of ContentFilm’s capital in a deal valued at about $35 million. The deal follows yesterday’s announcement that Fireworks International, the television distributor owned […]