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Ex-Endemol Shine execs pact with Fremantle

Former Endemol Shine Group producers Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin have created an unscripted prodco with FremantleMedia. The pair, who have worked together for more than a decade, will lead Eureka Productions, which launched this month in Los Angeles. A Sydney office will open in March with “top appointments” for the creative team coming over […]

Talpa confirms huge China formats deal

ITV-owned formats giant Talpa has confirmed a deal with China’s Zhegiang that covers several seasons of The Voice, and will see the pair co-develop hundreds of new variety shows. The first reports of a Talpa-Zhegiang agreement came to light last week when the Chinese company issued a local release. The news was then first picked […]

TCB hires from Nat Geo, cuts US deals

UK-based independent distributor TCB Media Rights has hired Claire Runham as a sales and acquisitions exec. She joins from National Geographic Channels International and has also worked at the BBC and UK indie Dragonfly. “[Claire’s] ability to make relationships tick, her creative instincts and her amazing attitude make her the perfect interface between the creative […]

Bedell latest to exit ITV

ITV director of entertainment and comedy Elaine Bedell following Peter Fincham out of the door at the UK broadcaster. Bedell has decided to step down from her post after seven years with London-based ITV, during which time she has commissioned and overseen shows such as Britain’s Got Talent, The X-Factor and Ant & Dec’s Saturday […]

Red Arrow buys Building Alaska prodco

Munich-based Red Arrow Entertainment Group has acquired Denver’s Orion Entertainment, which is behind various unscripted cable series. Orion becomes the latest US-based company to join ProSiebenSat.1 Media-owned Red Arrow’s ranks, coming after deals for companies including Kinetic Content, Karga Seven Pictures, Fabrik Entertainment and Left/Right Productions. The latest deal is for a majority stake in […]

Viacom keeps up Lip Sync momentum

Viacom’s popular entertainment format Lip Sync Battle has sold to six new territories. Season one of the original US version of the show, in which celebrities impersonate music stars, has gone to TV2 in Norway, 365 Media in Iceland, Media Works in New Zealand, SIC in Portugal, Kanal 2 in Estonia and DBS in Israel. […]

New development deal for Sky Vision

UK-based distributor Sky Vision has scored an exclusive two-year development deal with Wales-based factual producer Avanti Media. This gives Sky Vision, the sales arm of pay TV service Sky, international rights to Avanti’s programming and formats going forwards. The first fruits are two 1x60mins documentaries. Frozen Christmas looks into the world of extreme ice sculpting, […]

3 Ball gets new development chief

LA-based prodco 3 Ball Entertainment has promoted a long-serving executive to oversee its development efforts. D.J. Nurre has been named executive VP, programming and development. He has been with 3 Ball, which was known as Eyeworks USA until mid-2014, since 2004, and was most recently senior VP, development and current. In the new post, he […]

TF1 completes Newen deal

TF1 has completed its controversial 70% buyout of French producer and distributor Newen Group. In a statement, France’s largest commercial broadcaster said that it had obtained clearance from all the relevant authorities and has completed the deal under terms it agreed last year. TF1 and FLCP, the holding company of the Newen Group, agreed in […]

AMC hires former MTG exec in CEE rejig

The central Europe division of AMC Networks International has rejigged its operation and will now run across two distinct areas, film and entertainment, and kids and infotainment. The channel operator has brought in CEE TV industry veteran Judit Minda to oversee programming at the new kids and infotainment unit. She was at MTG until recently. […]

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