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East meets West as Japan opens its Treasure Box

The double whammy effect of not importing formats and lengthy primetimes filled with original shows means Japanese broadcasters are prolific producers of entertainment series. Takeshi’s Castle, Dragon’s Den, America’s Funniest Home Videos and Iron Chef are huge properties that originated in Japan, but the number of hit international formats is small in proportion to the […]

Broadcasters jump at Felix Baumgartner doc

A raft of international broadcasters have acquired Space Dive, the one-off documentary about Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking skydive. The documentary is distributed by BBC Worldwide. It has shopped it to Belgium (VRT), Denmark (DR), Finland (YLE), Germany (RTL), Holland (VPRO), France (France 4), Russia (Russia 2), Norway (NRK), Singapore (Channel News Asia), Korea (Chosun), Poland (TVP), […]

International factual execs confirmed for Tokyo TV Forum

International documentary channel buyers and programme managers will convene in Tokyo next month after the Japanese producers’ association has confirmed it will host another edition of the Tokyo TV Forum. The TV pitching event was launched last year to highlight factual projects from the country. The second edition of the event will take place this […]

Rastamouse and Wallace & Gromit acquired for BBC Global iPlayer

Global iPlayer, the international version of the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service, has acquired a handful of kids titles. It has inked deals with Aardman Animations and DHX for various titles. From Aardman it has Wallace & Gromit half-hour films A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, and A Matter of Loaf and […]

BBC crisis claims more scalps as Patten begins search for new DG

Following the resignation of BBC director-general George Entwistle on Saturday, head of news Helen Boaden and deputy director of news Stephen Thomas have “stepped aside” for the duration of the ongoing Pollard enquiry into flagship current affairs show Newsnight. Head of newsgathering Fran Unsworth has been named as acting director of news, while Ceri Thomas, […]

BBC orders Hurricane Sandy Superstorm documentary

UK public broadcaster the BBC has ordered a fast turnaround documentary about the hurricane that hit the US East Coast last week. Sandy: Anatomy of a Superstorm will be a 1x60mins doc for BBC Two. It is being made by Shine-owned Dragonfly, the production company behind Channel 4’s Terror at Sea: The Sinking of the […]

BBC and Discovery making Nasa disaster drama

The BBC and Discovery’s Science Channel are coproducing a one-off factual drama with William Hurt, who will play scientist Richard Feynman and tell the story of his search for truth in the wake of the 1986 Nasa Challenger disaster. The as-yet-untitled drama will be a BBC Scotland Science and Science Channel coproduction. Filming starts this […]

Hollywood Studio formats

Plans are underway to make some of the most iconic US shows ever for local broadcasters with international versions of 24, Breaking Bad, ER, Glee and Gossip Girl planned in countries as far afield as Israel and China. Shows including Prison Break, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives have already had the remake treatment and […]

Harvey Weinstein preps TV version of Miramax movie Shall We Dance?

Harvey Weinstein has told TBI that he plans to make a TV version of Shall We Dance?, the 2004 Miramax romantic comedy that starred Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez. The news comes as The Weinstein Company plans to move more heavily into scripted TV and its president of TV, Meryl Poster, also told TBI that it […]

Rastamouse becomes Rastasouris for Canal+

Canal+ has ordered a French-language version of hit preschool series Rastamouse. DHX has inked a deal with the French premium channel and the local version of the series will be called Rastasouris. “Rastamouse is distinctive and unique, yet universal in appeal, due to the positive messages and themes at the heart of each episode, coupled […]