Eyeworks wins diving formats ruling over Banijay

A Dutch court has ruled in favour of Eyeworks in its copyright infringement case with rival producer and distributor Banijay. Eyeworks immediately said that it is considering legal action against Banijay for damages. Banijay alleged Eyework’s Celebrity Splash format (pictured) infringed its copyright relating to TV Total Turmspringen (aka Stars in Danger). However, a Dutch […]

Australia and NZ take a seat at the drama table

Producers in Australia and New Zealand are creating a new wave of international-friendly scripted series for their distribution partners to take to market, but the popularity and lower cost of formats and reality shows poses a threat to the sector, report Dan Barrett and Stewart Clarke. Expectation. Its shadow carries considerable weight across Australia and […]

Spain’s drama producers look to go global

Spain’s crisis has forced TV producers to seek international business. Local fiction continues to dominate Spanish primetime, but the dramatic fall in investment in TV advertising has obliged broadcasters to cut their budgets for originals. Creating virtue out of necessity, an increasing number of drama producers are looking beyond Spanish border and beginning to reap […]

Eyeworks to produce Banijay’s Opposite Worlds for Syfy

Eyeworks USA has been drafted in to produce the upcoming US cable remake of Banijay International-sold reality format Opposite Worlds. When Syfy took US rights at MIPCOM in 2012 Minute to Win It producer Craig Plestis from Smart Dog Media was named as executive producer but the NBCUniversal cable channel has now brought in Eyework’s […]

Power Play: why celebs are becoming execs

As the global media superpowers march into ever more sectors, A-list actors, musicians, fashion gurus and novelists are taking control of television projects. Jesse Whittock reports on the rise of the celebrity superproducer. In the past, the glamorous worlds of film, sport, pop music and fashion looked down their noses at TV from behind the […]

The War Report

With the 100th anniversary of the most terrible conflict in world history coming in 2014, Jesse Whittock identifies the projects and producers that will shape World War I in the minds of a new generation of TV viewers. War programming has the unique power to shock, appall and intrigue in equal measures, hence its enduring […]

Keshet’s Rising Star sparkles in new territories

Keshet has inked deals for its super buzzy Rising Star format in Germany and the Nordic territories. The Israeli-originated show, in which would-be singing stars are voted on live by viewers at home before being revealed to a studio audience if they garner enough support, created a lot of noise last week at MIPCOM where […]

Banijay buys Spanish production company

Production and distribution group Banijay has acquired Day Light On Producciones (DLO), the Spanish drama prodco run by José Manuel Lorenzo (pictured). France-based Banijay already has a Spanish producer in its stable in the shape of Cuarzo Producciones, but the DLO deal moves it into the Spanish scripted market at a time when the country’s […]

Nine preps Underbelly spin-off

Australia’s Network Nine is working on Fat Tony and Co, a spin-off of its crime drama franchise Underbelly. The nine-part miniseries will feature a number of original Underbelly cast members and tell the story of real life Australian crime lord Tony Mokbel, who eventually arrested in an Athens café after fleeing to Greece. Banijay-owned Screentime […]

Checking up on US-Israeli TV at The Operating Room

LA-based prodco The Operating Room was founded by businessman Roby Freireich and filmmaker Oded Turgeman six years ago and first came to many people’s attention this June after Bunim/Murray picked up Screenz, the drama format that went out on pay TV platform Yes in Israel. The third partner in the company alongside Freireich and Turgeman […]