BBC Studios’ ‘The 1% Club’ travels to Israel

Israeli pubcaster Kan 11 has signed a format license agreement with the UK’s BBC Studios for gameshow format The 1% Club. The 15 x 60-minute episode Israeli series will go into production in August 2021 and is scheduled to air in 2022. Israel is the second international market to license the format after a deal […]

Blue Ant Studios inks partnership with ‘Surviving R Kelly’ producer Tamra Simmons

Blue Ant Studios, the production arm of Canada’s Blue Ant Media, has signed a development deal with Surviving R Kelly producer Tamra Simmons. The Atlanta-based producer, writer and talent director, who is who is executive producer of LA Productions and CEO of The Tamra Simmons Brand Agency, will work with Blue Ant Studios to identify and develop a […]

MGM ups Epix co-GM Laura Sher to EVP of scripted TV

US-based MGM has promoted Laura Sher to EVP of scripted TV operations. The appointment comes following Epix president Michael Wright’s remit was expanded last month, taking over MGM’s scripted TV division after the departure of Steve Stark. Sher, who is co-general manager of MGM-owned Epix, will continue to serve in her current capacity alongside her […]

Distribution veteran Andew Haber dies, aged 55

Andrew Haber, veteran sales VP at US-based Alfred Haber Distribution, has passed away at the age of 55, according to his family. Haber spent 25 years working for his uncle’s New Jersey-based distribution firm, overseeing sales for TV and film content across territories including Europe, Asia and Latin America. In a statement released last night, […]

News round-up: Atlantic Nomad closes financing deal; Love Nature lands on Samsung TV Plus; Flix Snip partners with Korea Telecom for Asia expansion

Atlantic Nomad closes financing deal Jamie Carmichael and Simon Mirren’s London-and-LA-based production label Atlantic Nomad has closed a television and film slate financing deal with Finnish venture capital fund manager IPR.VC. The deal provides overhead and development financing for Atlantic Nomad, focusing on premium TV, with documentaries and feature films in consideration on a project-by-project evaluation basis. IPR.VC’s […]

Nature streamer WaterBear rolls out in 30 more countries

Natural world-themed streaming platform WaterBear has expanded the presence of its digital platform and app into an additional 30 countries worldwide in its planned global rollout.  WaterBear launched in December 2020 in the USA, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark. The latest expansion sees it become available in Austria, Belgium, […]

Amazon Studios inks first-look deal & sets docuseries with tennis champion Serena Williams

Amazon Studios has signed a first-look TV deal with 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion, Serena Williams.  The sports star will work with the company to create scripted and unscripted television projects that will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, beginning with an as-yet untitled docuseries that follows her in both her professional and personal life. The docuseries […]

Distribution360 moves into scripted with inter-connected family show launch

Canada’s Distribution360 has moved into scripted distribution, with family series The Parker Andersons/Amelia Parker spearheading its latest kids and family slate. The 20 x 30-minute concept series is presented as two inter-connected sitcoms, with The Parker Andersons segment focusing on widower Tony Parker and his move from the UK to Chicago, while Amelia Parker follows […]

Televisa and Univision merge to create global Spanish-language powerhouse

Mexican and Latin American media powerhouse Televisa is to merge its media, content and production assets with Univision, the leading US Hispanic network in which it already holds a 36% stake. The combination brings together two leading media businesses in the two largest Spanish-speaking markets in the world: the US, the largest Spanish-language media market […]

MIPTV round-up: Protagonist launches ‘The Kings’ for global sales; David Beckham preps biography project; ViacomCBS strikes format deals

Protagonist launches ‘The Kings’ for global sales UK-based distributor Protagonist Pictures is launching global sales of Box To Box Film’s boxing docuseries The Kings at MIPTV this week. The four-part series, made by Box To Box in association with Ingenious Media was directed by Mat Whitecross (The Road To Guantánamo) and produced by James Gay-Rees […]