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TBI In Conversation: Connecting a Japanese drama format with global audiences

Nippon TV revealed this week it is expanding its global ambitions, but the company has been quietly moving in this direction for some time. Michael Nakan, CCO of Envision Entertainment, tells TBI about his company’s partnership with the Japanese giant and what’s next for their joint drama project, Connected. While Western audiences have been avid […]

Exclusive: Altice Media links with Can’t Stop & ITVS for move into French Riviera property

French broadcaster Altice Media – operator of RMC Découverte and RMC Story – is moving into the high-end real estate business with a new docuseries that explores properties worth up to €300m ($310m) on the French Riviera, TBI has learned. French Riviera – Luxury Real Estate has been co-created by Let’s Make A Deal producer Can’t Stop Media and […]

TBI Weekly: What’s next for the swashbuckling world of windowing & rights?

Disney and Viacom18 last week struck a $6bn deal to share rights to the Indian Premier League cricket, with the Mouse House taking TV coverage and the Paramount-backed firm taking streaming. Richard Middleton explores the deal’s relevance to the rest of the content ecosystem and delves into the rapidly changing world of windowing. Sports have […]

ITV preps ‘Next Level Chef’ as Gordon Ramsay’s US show heads to Acton hub

ITV in the UK has picked up rights to Next Level Chef, the cookery format from celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s production venture created with Fox Entertainment. The deal marks Studio Ramsay Global’s first format sale for the show, which will be shot in a studio hub in the UK and feature Ramsay alongside two additional […]

Corus, Bell & CBC urge reform to stop US streamers ‘sucking dollars to Hollywood’

Canadian broadcasters including Bell Media, Corus Entertainment and CBC have urged upcoming regulatory reforms to stop US firms from “sucking dollars to Hollywood” without supporting the country’s own cultural development.  The C-11 Bill is set to update a raft of regulations across the Canadian media industry, including introducing a requirement for streamers to contribute to the country’s […]

TBI Weekly: What BBCS & Vuulr deal says about rights cycles & distribution

BBC Studios’ agreement with Vuulr revealed earlier this week is another nod to the rapidly changing content business. TBI speaks to the platform’s CEO Ian McKee about $12m worth of deals, 200,000+ hours of content & US studios’ reevaluation of rights. Trading rights to TV shows has been a part of the content industry for almost as long as there […]

Korea’s MBN calls ‘Mystery Duets’ to the stage

South Korean TV network MBN has ordered a local adaptation of studio-based reality format Mystery Duets. Image9Coms, which is behind the Korean adaptation of Got Talent, will produce this version of the format, in association with Jinwoo Hwang’s Something Special, which will run for 10 weeks in a primetime slot. The show was originally produced […]

Exclusive: Ukraine eyes European pubcaster pre-buys to ‘fuel’ productions

Ukraine’s top production and channel groups are approaching European public broadcasters to pre-buy content from the country as they seek to keep its TV industry functioning. The Ukraine Content Club (UCC), which was formed shortly after the Russian invasion, operates as a charity with an independent board and was created to provide a pathway for shows to make […]

Exclusive: BBC Studios joins rights marketplace Vuulr with 3,000-hour deal

BBC Studios (BBCS) has struck a deal that will see it placing more than 3,000 hours of its shows including Top Gear and Death In Paradise onto rights marketplace Vuulr. The pact will make shows from the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster available to Vuulr’s buyers in Asia, with documentary, comedy, factual entertainment and lifestyle content […]

Red Production CEO Sarah Doole steps down at ‘It’s A Sin’ prodco

Sarah Doole has stepped down as CEO at Red Production Company, the StudioCanal-owned UK company behind Channel 4 hit It’s A Sin. The former Fremantle head of global drama replaced Nicola Shindler as CEO of Red in 2020, after the prodco’s founder moved to start up ITV Studios-backed Quay Street. Doole spent 18 months at Stay Close producer […]

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