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Netflix launches in Sweden

Netflix’s Scandinavian roll out has commenced with its streaming service launching in Sweden today. Consumers can access a one-month free trial after which the local Netflix will be priced at SEK79 (US$11.81) a month. At launch there will be TV and movie content from Fox and Sony as well as other US distributors Lionsgate and […]

BBC Worldwide sells 200 hours to LifeStyle Network

BBC Worldwide has sold a package of 200+ hours of lifestyle programming into Australia. Foxtel-backed pay TV network LifeStyle has acquired the shows. Titles covered by the deal include property series Phil Spencer Secret Agent and DIY SOS and cooking series Hairy Bikers: Best of British and Hairy Bikers: Everyday Gourmet, which will be shown […]

MIPCOM Interview: Jane Campion

Jane Campion is the Oscar-winning director behind The Piano. She will be at MIPCOM, with her writing partner Gerard Lee, to talk about her first major move into TV drama with upcoming series Top of the Lake. Distributed by BBC Worldwide, the scripted series tells the story of the disappearance of a young girl and […]

BBC Worldwide pledges to commission 100hrs of originals in 2014

BBC Worldwide said today that it will be ramping up the number of original programmes that it commissions and will order 100 hours of originals the year after next. The channels division of Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has unveiled a new commissioning strategy, which will be executed by Tracy Forsyth, […]

Int’l broadcasters come on board BBCWW’s Ripper Street

Canadian broadcaster Space and Norwegian public broadcaster NRK have become the latest international channels to come on board BBC Worldwide’s crime drama Ripper Street. The series, which has been produced for the BBC, has already been pre-sold to Australian commercial broadcaster Network Ten and BBC America. Ripper Street is written by Waking The Dead‘s Richard […]

Ovation adds more British imports

US cable network Ovation has acquired British drama Blackout after striking a deal with BBC Worldwide. This is the latest British import for the broadcaster, which has recently picked up ITV Studios’ Bouquet of Barbed Wire, FremantleMedia’s Laconia and is coproducing TV movie Doors Open with the American arm of the British public broadcaster. Ovation […]

Foxtel strikes Australian Top Gear deal

Australian pay TV operator Foxtel is to launch the new season of British motoring series Top Gear on the BBC Knowledge channel ahead of its premiere on free-to-air station Nine Network after striking a deal with BBC Worldwide. However, the new deal does not include the rights to produce a new local version of the […]

Ovation comes on board TV adaptation of Ian Rankin novel, Doors Open

US cable channel Ovation has become a coproduction partner on Doors Open, the upcoming TV adaptation of the Ian Rankin novel. Ovation will coproduce with BBC Worldwide and Sprout Pictures, the production company owned by Stephen Fry, who will also star in the TV movie. Worldwide will distribute the show, which will debut on ITV1 […]

Sony’s beTV acquires more Sherlock for Asia

Sony’s Asian general entertainment network beTV has acquired season three of hit British detective series Sherlock after striking a deal with BBC Worldwide. This comes after the finale of season two of the series was one of the highest rated series on the broadcaster. beTV, which is available in 15 markets across Asia and is […]

Exclusive: Shine poaches BBC Worldwide’s Georgia Brown

Shine International has poached BBC Worldwide’s Georgia Brown to become its new director of acquisitions, TBI understands. Brown will be in charge of all of Shine International’s acquisitions outside of North America and will report to Camilla Hammer, who joined the company as chief executive last year. Brown was previously commercial manager, indie drama at […]

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