Barnaby Shingleton

NBCU distribution boss promises “seamless transition” for Sky Vision takeover

NBCUniversal Global Distribution bosses have promised a “seamless transition” around its takeover of Sky Vision, highlighting that they are on track to integrate the latter business into operations by 1 October. Belinda Menendez, president of NBCUniversal International Television Distribution and Universal Networks International, was among a number of NBCU execs in London on Tuesday (9 […]

Sky Vision secures TV3 output deal

UK-based distributor Sky Vision has scooped rival DRG and secured an exclusive programme representation deal with Ireland’s TV3. This will see Sky’s distribution arm represent an initial 200 hours of TV3 shows, with another 150 hours of new programming to come between now and 2017. DRG was the previous distributor, but the Sky deal comes […]

Sky Vision poaches Sony’s Munnich

The international distribution arm of UK satcaster Sky has poached Sony Pictures Television’s senior VP for the UK, Ireland and Africa, Kylie Munnich. Sky Vision has appointed Munnich its director, drama and comedy. The position is a new one, which will see her work with Sky’s drama and comedy commissioners to develop scripted programming. She […]

Sky Vision cuts first-look deals with UK indies

BSkyB’s distribution arm Sky Vision has signed first-look deals with two UK indie producers. It will sell programming from ACME Films and Spark Media Partners under the terms of the deals as well as co-developing new shows with the indies, which Sky will sell internationally. ACME is the drama and factual prodco run by Exit […]

Sky Vision poaches Zodiak Rights’ Shingleton

UK-based distributor Sky Vision has hired Barnaby Shingleton from rival Zodiak Rights. Shingleton will become Sky Vision’s director, factual and entertainment, reporting directly to managing director Jane Millichip. He was previously head of entertainment for Zodiak Rights, the sales arm of Zodiak Media, where Millichip was also formerly MD. Last week, Zodiak appointed ex-Endemol exec […]

Zodiak hires new entertainment VP

Zodiak Rights has recruited Andrew Sime as its new VP, entertainment. Sime joins from Turkey-based distributor Global Agency where he was head of acquisitions. In his new Zodiak role he will work with Zodiak in-house production companies and third party producers to develop formats with international potential. He will then oversee the distribution strategy of […]

TV’s conscious effort

Cruel critiques and manufactured conflict have been replaced by supportive smiles, warm hugs and a belief that shows should seek to transform someone’s prospects or help them grow emotionally in an ongoing raft of caring sharing formats reports Andy Fry. There was a time between 2003 and 2009 when factual and entertainment formats seemed to […]

Formats in focus: Zodiak Rights

Zodiak’s two big new formats stretch from the wacky Japanese-originated end of the market to the premium high-end studio format world. Zodiak inked a development deal with regional Japanese broadcaster ABC last year and heads into MIPCOM with the first fruit of that effort. Unlike some of the other deals between western and Japanese companies, […]

Zodiak sells German kids vs. adults entertainment series into China

Zodiak Rights has sold You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me to Guangxi Satellite TV and the Chinese broadcaster will air a ten-episode local version of the entertainment show. Zodiak took international rights to the series from I & U TV, the German producer that makes it for public broadcaster ARD where it proved the channel’s […]

Formats to see in CEE

As NATPE Budapest gets underway, TBI speaks to the main players about selling formats into Central and Eastern Europe, breaking into emerging local territories and the booming market in constructed reality series Traditionally, the biggest buyers of formats in the CEE region have been Russia, Poland and Ukraine and while this triumvirate remain fertile ground […]