Australia’s ABC looks to launch DTO

Australian public broadcaster ABC is prepping the launch of a download-to-own (DTO) service in a bid to boost revenues. It will allow viewers to download their favourite programmes via its website, for a charge. Currently more than 95% of the network’s funds come from taxpayers and new boss, Mark Scott, believes that selling shows online […]

NZTV acquires BBC’s Palin

New Zealand’s TV One has acquired Michael Palin’s latest adventure series following a deal with BBC Worldwide Australasia. It will air the 6x50mins series New Europe with Michael Palin, a Prominent Television production that follows Palin across twenty countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The acquisition is part of a wider deal that will see […]

BBCWW inks Primeval toy deal

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has awarded its master toy license for sci-fi series Primeval  to the Character Group. It will create action figures for a range of prehistoric monsters that appear on the show, which is a coproduction between UK indie Impossible Pictures, ITV, M6 and ProSieben.

Nick to splash in waterworld

Nickelodeon is to launch its own brand of hotels and water parks incorporating characters such as Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob Squarepants. The company has teamed with hotel chain Marriott and real estate firm Miller Global Properties to develop the plan and aims to have its first resort up and running in San Diego, USA, […]

NBC teams with JTMG

Joy Tashjian Marketing has been appointed the exclusive consumer products agency for a range of NBC, USA Network, Sci Fi, Bravo and CNBC properties. Tashjian will work across a range of shows including Late Night with Conan O’Brien, 30 Rock, Monk, Top Chef and Mad Money. JTMG already handles consumer products for Endemol’s NBC shows […]

MGM launching China World

Hollywood studio MGM is to open MGM Studio World in China. The entertainment centre will be based in Shanghai and will promote its brands – which include James Bond, Stargate, Rocky and the Pink Panther – in the country. The indoor location will include restaurants, stores and a 200,000 square feet entertainment venue for shows […]

Danger Rangers oral care products on the way

 Danger Rangers are to be turned into a set of toothbrushes and hair products after producer and distributor Educational Adventures inked a raft of licensing deals. It signed an agreement with World Trend to produce musical toothbrushes and haircare. The Bean Bag Boys will also create branded bean bags.

Prehistoric Park heads to China

Dinosaur adventure series Prehistoric Park is to be released in China via DVD after distributor FremantleMedia Enterprises inked a deal with CAV Warner Entertainment. The move marks the first time a Fremantle property is released by a Hollywood studio’s distribution arm, albeit via a joint venture. The show, which was created by UK indie Impossible […]

Big labels look to small screen

Record labels turn their attention towards television production The television and music industries have always been closely connected, but with record companies launching fully fledged production arms, TBI looks at the effect on music programming The Rolling Stones’ lead singer Mick Jagger had his own sitcom, Elton John is set to present his own primetime […]

Online Boowa & Kwala head for TV

Distributor Granada International is to step up sales activity for its multiplatform kids property Boowa and Kwala following its sale to French broadcaster Tiji and French language Canadian channel Radio Canada Television. The show, which follows the adventures of two dogs, was originally created as an internet site and has since been spun into a […]