ODMedia hires former Beyond & Universal acquisitions exec for Oz office

Netherlands-based aggregation firm ODMedia Group has opened a new office in Australia and led a former Universal Pictures and Beyond exec to run it. Jason Behan has taken the helm at the Sydney office and joins from development, management and distribution service company Summer Star Creative, which he founded. Prior to that, Behan had been […]

Cloudco bolsters distribution team with Partner

Kids TV producer and distributor Cloudco Entertainment has hired Sam Partner as VP international content distribution. Based at Cloudco’s London office, Partner joins from Beyond Distribution, where he was SVP sales for German-speaking Europe, Scandinavia, Benelux & Kids. He has previously worked at The Pokémon Company International and Fremantle. Partner will report to Karen Vermeulen, […]

Wuaki races towards SVOD deal with Disney

Spanish streaming service Wuaki has scored an exclusive SVOD agreement to bring programming from Disney-owned US cable channel Freeform to its subscribers. The deal includes teen- and young adult-focused shows such as Beyond, Stitchers, Dead of Summer, The Fosters, Young & Hungry and Secret Life of an American Teenager. Freeform (fka ABC Family) is part […]

Mythbusters team prep Netflix show

The producer and several of the team from the popular popular science series Mythbusters are making a new show for Netflix. Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara will reunite to make White Rabbit for Netflix. Myhbusters (pictured) producer and distributor Beyond will make the series, which will be a major boost for the company, which […]

ABC Family drama apes Amanda Knox story

Disney-ABC Television Group-owned ABC Family has greenlit pilot production of a drama clearly based on the recent case of American murder suspect Amanda Knox. Guilt will be a one-hour soap billed as a “sophisticated, sexy and suspenseful crime epic” in which a female American student in London becomes the prime suspect in the savage murder […]

Mystery thriller eyes Stay on ABC Family

US cable channel ABC Family has greenlit the pilot of thriller about a widowed police officer stranded at a mysterious hotel. Stay makes up part of ABC Family’s plan to double its original programming over the next four years, and joins previously-announced drama pilots Gorgeous Morons and Beyond on the slate. Stay is billed as […]

ABC Family orders supernatural Tim Kring pilot

Heroes creator Tim Kring is exec producing Beyond, a one-hour drama pilot for ABC Family. The show was created by Adam Nussdorf (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland) and follows a man who wakes up from a 12-year coma to discover he has supernatural abilities that propel him into the middle of a conspiracy. It […]

Discovery fined for letting Deadly Women loose

Ofcom has fined Discovery Europe £100,000 (US$171,292) for transmitting graphic and disturbing violent content in slots where children could be watching. Several episodes of Discovery’s serial killer series Deadly Women went out between 6am and 5pm, during the school holidays at the end of last year, putting Discovery at odds with media regulator Ofcom’s Broadcasting […]

Beyond slams ‘arrogant’ Endemol in branding dispute

Producer and distributor Beyond has slammed Endemol for branding its new international division ‘Endemol Beyond’, accusing the company of being ‘arrogant’ and creating confusion in the market. Beyond CEO Mikael Borglund told TBI that Endemol did not approach it about the branding of its digital unit, and that Beyond was “blindsided”, with no knowledge of […]

Mythbusters turns ten

Beyond’s Mythbusters has achieved what very few factual programmes have and become a long-running franchise. TBI speaks to the hosts and executive producer of the hit series. In one sense Mythbusters was actually born out of Robot Wars, the Mentorn show in which rival teams of geeks built robots before seeing which could most successfully […]