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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. […]

Writer’s Room: Sharon Horgan

Irish comedy star Sharon Horgan on the quirks she and production partner Clelia Mountford found working in US TV after launching their UK-based production firm, Merman, in the States The difference between working in the UK and US can be summed up in two words: craft services. Affectionately known as ‘crafty’, this service provides sets with […]

Justice landmark for Middle East drama

There is a tradition of local drama in the Middle East, but Heart of Justice is the first time an original legal procedural has come out of the region, and Qalb Al Adalah as it will be known locally is being billed as the biggest TV series ever out of the United Arab Emirates. With […]

Billions gets second season

US cable net Showtime has given buzzy drama Billions a second season order. The show, which stars Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti and is set in the world of high-finance, was the best ever launch for premium net Showtime with 6.5 million viewers, beating Ray Donovan, which debuted with 6.1 million. Showtime is owned by […]

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. […]

Pinewood in drama JV with CTC founder

British studio Pinewood Group has moved into high-end drama creation and financing through a new joint venture with CTC Media founder Peter Gerwe. Pinewood and Gerwe’s StoryFirst PST have created Pinewood Television, which will “create, develop and finance high quality drama series for television for the international market”. It also plans to be involved with […]

Show of the week: Viva Hate

How Morrissey’s brand of misanthropic indie rock inspired SVT’s Prix Europa 2015 award-winning miniseries Viva Hate Morrissey’s influence on today’s musicians is undeniable. SVT’s Viva Hate shows he’s also influencing the modern drama television producer, too. Unsurprisingly, the forces behind the drama-comedy have dabbled in music. Writer Peter Birro, a popular Swedish television and film […]

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 […]