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Fox-backed Studio Ramsay Global hires Propagate’s distribution chief

Fox Entertainment-backed Studio Ramsay Global (SRG) has made its first senior executive hire with the addition of Propagate Content’s distribution chief. Cyrus Farrokh becomes SVP of strategy at the LA-based firm, which was launched last year as a joint venture between Fox and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. SRG acquired 100% of Ramsay’s former prodco, the All3Media-backed Studio […]

SkyShowtime names Paramount exec as VP of distribution & partnerships

SkyShowtime has named a Paramount exec to work across its roll-out of the soon-to-launch streamer. David Urgell becomes VP of distribution & partnerships at SkyShowtime, the Comcast and Paramount-operated service that yesterday revealed its launch plans for the Nordics. Urgell had most recently been SVP of strategy, operations & business development at Paramount’s international streaming division, […]

French TV exports hit record high of $373m, as tax rebate fuels surging int’l investment

French TV exports hit a record €375.9m ($373m) in 2021, while improvements to the country’s Tax Rebate for International Production (TRIP) saw investment from outside of the country more than double on 2020’s figure. International spending on French audiovisual programmes – namely sales, pre-sales and investment in coproduction – were up 6% on 2020, according to […]

ZDF Studios & Curiosity explore ‘Restless Planet’ in co-pro docuseries

ZDF Studios subsidiary ZDF Digital has partnered with Curiosity and ZDFinfo for Restless Planet (working title), a new science series exploring the history of the world. The 5 x 50-minute Curiosity original science documentary series spans 4.5 billion years when Earth was first formed through to the modern day, exploring the dramatic history of our […]

SkyShowtime lines up Nordic launch date & programming offer

Comcast and Paramount have unveiled the launch date, cost and show line-up for its combined streamer SkyShowtime. The streamer, first revealed in mid-2021, will debut on 20 September in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, followed by an expansion into the Netherlands later in Q4. The roll-out will continue across Spain, Portugal, Andorra, and Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) […]

News round-up: BBC Scotland doc tackles ‘Ice Cream Wars’; S4C awards Welsh ‘Gogglebox’ tender; RASI acquires ‘Kid Sister’ & ‘Summer Love’ rights

BBC Scotland doc tackles ‘Ice Cream Wars’ BBC Scotland has commissioned indie Two Rivers Media to produce a series about a vicious gang war that tore through the tough housing estates of Glasgow in the early 1980s. The Ice Cream Wars (2 x 60-minutes) will use archive, first-hand testimony and high-end dramatic reconstruction to tell […]

WBD reveals Nordic exec team, with Discovery alum taking key content role amid departures

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has unveiled its senior leadership team in the Nordics, with a former Discovery exec taking one of the top content roles in the region. Pil Gundelach Brandstrup, the former DR exec who joined Discovery from Fox in 2020, is taking on responsibility for content and planning across the Nordics, in addition to […]

Amazon’s Freevee licenses ‘The Suze Orman Show’

Amazon’s AVOD service Freevee has secured a two-year licensing deal for all 14 seasons of US financial advice series The Suze Orman Show. The deal includes multi-territory streaming rights including the US, UK and Germany – with exclusive on-demand and FAST channel rights to the full library of 592 episodes. In the US, 207 episodes […]

Discovery+ embarks on ‘Expedition Borderlands’ in India & Philippines

Warner Bros. Discovery-owned streamer Discovery+ is launching Expedition Borderlands with Levison Wood and Ash Bhardwaj, a new docuseries that will stream in India and the Philippines later this month. Produced by Maximus Productions, in association with Blackmane Media, the four-part original series follows explorer and host Levison Wood who is on a quest to explore […]

Just 48 hours left to enter TBI’s Content Innovation Awards 2022!

There is just 48 hours left to enter this year’s Content Innovation Awards, with producers, broadcasters and distributors having until 2 September to get their entries in. The CIA’s honour the best of the TV industry’s content and the people behind it, with this year’s glamorous ceremony set to take place at London’s Church House, […]

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