Can’t Stop Media

Banijay licenses ‘Mystery Duets’; sells ‘The Write Offs’

European production giant Banijay has licensed French entertainment format Mystery Duets from London-based distributor Can’t Stop Media in a multi-territory deal. Banijay’s development agreement covers Brazil, India, Mexico, New Zealand Poland, Portugal, Russia and Spain and follows an order for more episodes of the show from French channel TF1. Mystery Duets is created and produced […]

France’s ‘Mystery Duets’ snagged by ITVS for US, UK, Oz & Nordics

ITV Studios (ITVS) has picked up remake rights to French singing format Mystery Duets in the US, the UK and in countries across Europe, after striking a deal with distributor Can’t Stop Media. Finnish broadcaster MTV3 has also acquired rights to the show, with the deals coming ahead of the format’s debut in France on TF1, where […]

News round-up: TVN snags Fremantle’s ‘kindness’ format; Eccho sells ‘Legacy’; Can’t Stop’s ‘Pharaohs’ travel

TVN takes Fremantle’s Great Giveback Poland’s TVN has ordered a local version of a reality format originally created by Motive Television in Ireland, with Fremantle selling globally. The Great Giveback, which launched on Virgin Media One in Ireland earlier this year, sees successful and well-off families connecting with those less fortunate in their community. They […]

News round-up: Sky Studios invests in Longboat Pictures; Travel Channel orders eerie doc series from Karga Seven; Love Nature lands on Xumo in US and more…

Sky Studios invests in UK prodco Longboat Pictures Comcast-owned Sky Studios has acquired a minority stake in Longboat Pictures, a new London-based indie prodco specialising in TV drama. Longboat was founded last year by LA-based director-producer Julie Anne Robinson and former ITV commissioner Victoria Fea. Under the deal, Sky Studios’ investment will help to accelerate Longboat’s […]

TBI Formats: Year in Review

The best-sellers, the trend makers, the battles, the emerging territories, the industry favourites… here is the TBI Formats Year in Review. If This Time Next Year and Lip Sync Battle were among the best sellers, there were also new distributors on the ground this year. Twenty-sixteen was the first full year for Vivendi’s new formats […]

Canal+ takes Kissman stake

French commercial broadcaster Canal+ has taken a 50% stake in Kissman Production Group. Kissman is the prodco of Jamel Debbouze, whose comedy-entertainment series Jamel Comedy Club is a fixture on Canal+. Following the investment, financial terms of which were not disclosed, Canal+ and Kissman will work to develop new TV and digital projects in the […]

Broadcasters buy Back to the Future special

Several broadcasters including History in the US have acquired Back to the Present, the pop-science and entertainment special released to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of classic movie Back to Future II. The show is distributed by Can’t Stop Media, the London-based content specialist recently acquired by Vivendi as part of the French media giant’s […]

Undercover Leader rises with Can’t Stop

Matthieu Porte’s boutique distributor Can’t Stop Media has bagged spaces rights to Undercover Leader, a politics-themed format current making waves in France. The format, from indie Equilibre Production and for Canal+-owned D8, sees top-ranking politicians anonymously take on jobs and roles of ordinary people to understand the hardships of their constituents. Their identities are hidden […]

Can’t Stop goes Back to the Present

Matthieu Porte’s Can’t Stop Media has brought a documentary that’s timed to launch as seminal 1980s movie Back to the Future turns 30. Canal+ in France has commissioned Back to the Present, which will look at what predictions from the film have come to pass. The original suggested a number of technological advances would have happened by October 21, […]