Pluto TV hires Magine, TV4 alum to oversee Nordic deals

Paramount’s FAST streaming service Pluto TV has hired a former TV4 Sweden exec to work across its acquisitions activity. Annica Lindeberg took up the role of senior manager for content partnerships at Pluto’s Stockholm office last month, with a remit to create the service’s acquisitions strategy for the Nordic region. She will also work closely with […]

WBD UK & Benelux, 7Mate among deals struck for ‘Gem Hunters’

Seven Network’s 7Mate in Australia is among a raft of buyers to have struck pre-sale deals for Gem Hunters Down Under. The show, sold by Wild Thring Media, is an obs doc series about a unique and adventurous band of miners. It is produced by WildBear Entertainment and has also been acquired by Warner Bros. Discovery […]

Warner Bros. Discovery ‘firing up’ third-party distribution as FAST push emerges

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) is “firing up” its third-party distribution efforts and exploring a push into FAST channels as it looks to increase revenues. WBD is in the midst of a vast restructuring and cost-cutting exercise following the $43bn merger between Discovery and WarnerMedia, but the company’s CFO chief financial officer Gunnar Wiedenfels defended programming cuts […]

Fox raids int’l format market for Fremantle & Banijay Rights shows

US broadcaster Fox has raided the international format market for its latest entertainment programming, with reboots of Farmer Wants A Wife and SAS: Who Dares Wins. Farmer Wants A Wife is the Fremantle-owned dating format that follows a group of singletons living in the countryside who are paired up with city-dwellers looking for love. It […]

London TV Screenings sets 2023 dates, goes up against BBC Studios Showcase

London TV Screenings, the fast-growing event organised by All3Media International, Banijay Rights, Entertainment One, Fremantle and ITV Studios, is to be held over the same week as BBC Studios’ flagship market. The London screenings event’s third iteration will run from Monday, 27 February to Friday, 3 March next year, following a 2022 version that attracted more than […]

Netflix expands Brazil offer with crime show & Candelaria Massacre drama

Netflix is expanding its Brazilian offering with a flurry of new shows, including an investigative crime series from Paranoid Filmes and a drama about the Candelaria Massacre. DNA Do Crime will follow the complex work of federal police officers as they unpick organised crime in the country, with Heitor Dhalia directing. Two comedy shows are in the works from […]

Asylum Entertainment Group acquires ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!’ prodco Texas Crew

LA-based Asylum Entertainment Group has acquired Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! producer Texas Crew Productions. Asylum said that the acquisition of the Austin-based indie would allow it to further diversify its slate, with the company now sitting alongside unscripted label The Content Group, scripted division Asylum TV and audio platform Audity. In return, David Karabinas-led Texas […]