Ofcom imposes wide range of quotas on BBC

Ofcom is to force the BBC to air a diet of 90% UK-produced original programming during peak evening hours on its two main channels. Introducing new rules as part of its expanded regulatory remit, the media and telecom watchdog said that from next year at least three quarters of all programming hours on the BBC’s […]

TBI Weekly: What happens to The Weinstein Company?

This week was undoubtedly dominated by news that Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the company he co-founded, The Weinstein Company (TWC), after multiple allegations of sexual assault. The move to fire Weinstein was supported by all directors of TWC including Weinstein’s brother Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar. However, the […]

Ovation on a Journy with new OTT service

Arts-focused US channel Ovation has launched a cultural travel-themed OTT service, Journy. The VOD net launches on Roku devices and Xumo connected TVs in the US, and has secured a number of acquisitions for debut. These include Jared Leto’s US national parks doc Great Wide Open, Reckognition Productions’ Droned, Australian muralist show The Wanderers and […]

Hulu buys Scandi drama Veni Vidi Vici

Hulu has acquired US streaming rights for MTG’s Scandi original series, Veni Vidi Vici. The series will premier on Hulu in December 2017. It originally premiered on MTG’s Nordic streaming service Viaplay earlier this year. Veni Vidi Vici is a 10-part drama series that follows struggling Danish film director Karstan Daugaard’s journey as he makes […]

MIPCOM slates – Red Arrow & Zed

Red Arrow International A Red Arrow International format in which families hand over responsibility of buying their home is headed for MIPCOM. Buying Blind comes from Red Arrow Group-owned Kinetic Content, but was first produced by Snowman Productions for TV3 in Denmark. Joining it on the Red Arrow slate is The Spouse House, also from […]

BBC among French sci-fi drama buyers

The UK’s BBC Four, Germany’s RTL and DR in Denmark have boarded a French sci-fi drama series from Empriente Digitale. DR’s deal gives it exclusive local rights for seasons one and two of Missions, while the BBC and RTL have struck second window deals, for free TV and premium pay TV respectively, as AMC-owned SVOD […]

ITV Studios & Barcroft know The Customiser is Always Right

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) and Barcroft Media have partnered up for a new deal that will see ITV’s sales house distribute car transformation series The Customiser is Always Right and four new series. The Customiser is Always Right was recently commissioned in the UK as a new UKTV Original show for Dave. The […]

MIPCOM slates – Passion, D360 & Flame

Passion Distribution UK-based Passion is taking some 300 new hours to Cannes next week. Toplining is the format slate is social experiment series The Class Next Door, while eye-popping clip show Japandemonium (pictured) leads the finished tape slate. The Class Next door is a 4x60mins series from Passion stablemate Firecracker Films that sees parents under […]

MIPCOM slates – ITV Studios & Endemol Shine

ITV Studios Global Entertainment ITV is bringing ten formats to Cannes, leading with popular dating show Love Island. The interactive show will be joined by new titles such as Big Star Bigger Star, a format in which parents of famous faces describe what they were like when they were children, and CelebAbility, where five friends […]

MIPCOM slates – Rai Com & Mediapro

Rai Com The latest titles from Italian distributor Rai Com includes new episodes of the evergreen Detective Montalbano and new Manetti Bros. series Inspector Coliandro (pictured). There will also be second seasons of crime drama Close Murders and The Ladies’ Paradise, the latter of which is set during the 1950s Italian economic miracle that followed […]