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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. […]

BBC Three reveals switchover content plans

The BBC announced two new platforms and a raft of new content for its youth network BBC Three, ahead of its move to online-only on February 16. At an event in London yesterday to preview the reinvented BBC Three, the broadcaster announced a new online home for the channel, The Best Of, and a new […]

Details of Banijay-Zodiak structure emerge

Vivendi could ultimately take control of the soon-to-be-created Banijay-Zodiak group, according to Les Echos. Initially, Stéphane Courbit’s LOV Group will have 37.5% of the new group and five seats on the board, with Courbit the chairman. De Agostini will have about 36% and Vivendi 26%, and they will have three and two board seats respectively. […]

Keshet plots crime move with Woodcut deal

Israel’s Keshet International is getting into unscripted crime programming distribution following a deal with UK producer Woodcut Media. KI, the global sales arm of Keshet Media Group, will have exclusive rights to Woodcut’s new non-scripted factual crime programmes internationally. “This deal is another step towards our ambition to grow a larger finished English language programming […]

Veteran joins US unscripted body as policy chief

Veteran cable TV producer Michelle Van Kempen has joined US body the Non-Fiction Producers Association as head of policy and development. Working out of LA, the will work closely with NPA general manager John Ford, to whom she will report. Van Kempen was co-principal and executive producer at Film Garden Entertainment, which was behind shows […]

Zodiak-Banijay merger gets EU approval

The merger of Zodiak Media and Banijay Group has moved a step closer to completion after the European Commission approved the agreement. Banijay’s French parent LOV Group and Zodiak’s Italy-based majority owner De Agostini will now form a joint venture that will house the new group, along with minority shareholder Vivendi, which has been given […]