News


New TeeVee Live: Alexander expected to discuss new pilot

Former Heroes producer Jess Alexander is prepping his latest project, which he says will be an internationally friendly episodic drama with digital spin offs. Co-exec producer Alexander, along with colleague Jeph Loeb, was fired earlier this month from the Universal Media Studio-produced sci fi series as network NBC battles with a ratings challenge. However, he […]

ABC launches raft of local series

Australian public broadcaster ABC has unveiled its latest programming schedule with a raft of locally produced dramas, documentaries and comedy series. The broadcaster has increased the number of hours of locally produced drama to 30 hours, compared to only 6 hours in 2006. New commissions include sports agency drama The Cut, mining thriller Dirt Game […]

TV Loonland will ‘look different’ by MIP TV

Having restructured the company and reduced its debt load, there are more changes afoot at German-based kids producer and distributor TV Loonland. Management had said previously that a partial or full sale, or a merger was a possibility. "We will look different by MIP TV," says company CEO Simon Flamank. "That might take the form […]

Marvel seals M6 output deal

US comic studio and entertainment company Marvel has sealed a multiyearprogramming deal with French broadcaster M6. Marvel recently inked an outputdeal with Teletoon in Canada and as well as the French deal, is set toannounce an output agreement in Spain and is working on a deal for LatinAmerica. The French deal will see M6 get […]

MTV gets Spike TV ready for roll out

The international roll out of youth skewing male entertainment brand Spike TV is on MTV’s radar. The broadcaster is looking at rolling out the channel, which is only currently available in the US, in a number of European territories, and Central and Eastern Europe is the region tipped to see it first. Bill Roedy, President, […]

MTV EMAs

MTV will launch the fifteenth MTV Europe Music Awards later this week and Bill Roedy, president, MTV Networks International, tells TBI how the event has evolved since 1994. The first ceremony was hosted in Berlin with the event overlooking the foot of the Brandenburg Gate and the spectre of the Berlin Wall. "We’re constantly trying […]

Channel 4 not looking for Jeff Ford replacement

UK terrestrial broadcaster Channel 4 does not expect to replace director of acquisitions Jeff Ford after it was revealed that he is returning to rival Five. Channel 4 is expected to eliminate the role as part of its wider restructuring as it aims to save £100m over the next two years. “It is unlikely that […]

Global a ray of hope for ITV as domestic revenues slide

The effects of the economic downturn have hit ITV hard at home but the silver lining in a set of weak financial results was the performance of the broadcaster’s Global Content business. The commercial broadcaster recorded a 5% drop in broadcasting revenues of £1.2b ($1.9b) for the nine months to end-September and issued a dire […]

BBC Worldwide says no long term HBO copro deal yet

BBC Worldwide is continuing to expand its international production reach following the launch of eight international subsidiaries in the last 18 months. However, Wayne Garvie, director of content and production at BBC Worldwide, dismissed reports that a coproduction deal with US cable network HBO had already been closed. BBC Worldwide has launched wholly owned production […]

Chorion and SMG join forces for kids TV

UK and US-based producer and distributor Chorion has inked a co-development deal with SMG, China’s largest media group. The two parties will work together on the development of kids properties for 6-to11-year-olds. Co-development directors will be appointed in New York and Shanghai and there will be ‘creative summits’ in both locations in June. "The deal […]