Netflix, AMC, CBC & SBS in Oz buy Israeli hit ‘A Body That Works’

Netflix, AMC Networks International, CBC in Canada and SBS in Australia have picked up Israel’s highest-rating drama of 2023, A Body That Works (aka Goof Shlishi). The show is produced by Kuma Studios and follows a childless couple who enlist the help of a surrogate, exploring themes about fertility, family and the autonomy of women’s […]

Arte acquires Israeli comedy ‘Bloody Murray’

France & Germany’s Arte has acquired Israeli comedy Bloody Murray, which it will launch under the title Dana & Murray on Arte.tv later this week. Created and written by Stav Idisis and produced by Yes TV and Kastina Communications, the series, which debuts on 9 February, focuses on the relationship between best friends and roommates […]

France Télévisions, SBS & CBC acquire Ukrainian war drama ‘Those Who Stayed’

Australian broadcaster SBS, France Télévisions and CBC Gem, the streaming service of CBC in Canada, have acquired Ukrainian drama anthology series Those Who Stayed. Launched at MIPCOM last month, the 6 x 30-minute series is inspired by events that took place in Kyiv in the first few weeks after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in […]

Quebec’s TVA Group slams “unfair competition” as it cuts 547 jobs & ceases in-house production

Canada’s TVA Group has announced a major restructure, including the eliminate of 547 jobs and the closure of its in-house production unit, as it grapples with mounting financial challenges and claims “unfair competition” and “anti-competitive practices” from local rivals CBC & Bell Media. The Quebecor-owned, Montreal-based company operates French-language network TVA, as well as a […]

How Paul Kemp took his Bitcoin creator doc out of the shadows & onto screen

TBI’s new ‘Fact to Feature’ strand of articles delve into how factual filmmakers got their shows off the ground and onto screens. Here, Paul Kemp tells Mark Layton how he embarked on a global journey in an attempt to solve “the greatest mystery in technological history” for his upcoming CBC documentary. For the past few […]

US boom has led to ‘dying’ Canadian industry says WGC, with earnings down 22% over five years

The US industry’s production push into Canada over the past decade has left the Canuck industry “dying”, with screenwriters earning almost a quarter less than they were five years ago, according to The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC). The findings came from the WGC’s submissions to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which is […]

Korea’s KBS faces ‘existential crisis’, warns BBC, ZDF, France TV & CBC

South Korea’s KBS faces an “existential crisis” if proposals to change its funding mechanism move ahead, according to some of the world’s biggest public broadcasters including the UK’s BBC, CBC in Canada, ZDF in Germany and France Télévisions. Around half of KBS’s revenue comes from the licence fee, which is funded via a levy on […]

WBD EMEA & CBC board ‘Lana Longbeard’ kids’ adventure

Warner Bros. Discovery EMEA, Super RTL in German-speaking Europe, M6 Group’s Gulli in France and CBC in Canada have all struck pre-sale deals for upcoming 2D animated comedy-adventure Lana Longbeard. The 52 x 11-minute series is currently in the works from co-producers Zephyr, the production arm of APC Kids, which holds distribution rights, and Canadian […]

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