CBC picks up TVF’s Hardline Buddhists

TVF International has licensed Channel NewsAsia’s Myanmar’s Hardline Buddhists to Canadian pubcaster CBC at MIPCOM (pictured). In the special, BBC Panorama reporter Mobeen Azhar travels to Myanmar to investigate and question links between religion and violence. Myanmar’s Hardline Buddhists is one part of Channel NewsAsia’s series Power and Piety, all of which is being distributed by TVF […]

TBI Weekly: Uncertainty ahead for DHX

After weak quarterly financials, Canada’s DHX Media is eyeing a sale or merger of the business, which owns kids hits from the Teletubbies to In the Night Garden. The move was a shock to the wider children’s TV community. The Canadian company’s revenue of C$298.7 million (US$239 million) missed analysts lowest estimates for its fourth quarter […]

Sundance SVOD service heads to Rillington Place, Riviera

AMC Networks has acquired Europe-produced scripted trio Back, Rillington Place and Riviera for its Sundance-branded US subscription VOD service. Sundance Now has landed exclusive streaming rights to the shows, deals that come just months after it ordered its first original series, The Chances. Back is the latest comedy from Peep Show stars David Mitchell and […]

Diana, Our Mother gains raft of int’l sales

Drive, the distributor for Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, has announced a range of international sales for the Oxford Film-produced documentary. NDR in Germany, TV4 in Sweden, Mediaset in Italy and RTL in French-speaking Belgium have all acquired the doc that is built around interviews with The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. […]

TVF secures swathe of deals in Australia and New Zealand

London-based factual distributor TVF International has sold a slate of shows to broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand. Inside Windsor Castle, co-commissioned by Channel 5 and Smithsonian, has been picked up by Foxtel, SBS (both Australia) and Sky Prime (NZ) while Foxtel also snapped up CBC crime doc Looking for Mike (44 minutes) and Channel […]

Global pubcasters prep online distribution platform

A group of public broadcasters from Europe, Asia and North America are joining forces to launch Panora.tv, a new online distribution platform. The group includes Canada’s CBC and National Film Board, Australia’s ABC, Portugal’s RTP, Switzerland’s RTS, YLE from Finland and RTVE from Spain. Each will contribute programming from their territory to create a local […]

Bristow hires Newroad Media founder

Julie Bristow’s Toronto-based production company has hired Marlo Miagza (pictured) to become its VP, content. Miagza is a 20-year Canadian programming industry veteran who joins Bristow Global Media from her own prodco, Newroad Media. She will work with president and CEO Bristow to lead production and development. Since its founding in 2013, BGM has produced […]

Breakthrough brings in kids veteran for sales

Breakthrough has recruited Caroline Tyre and the seasoned Canadia kids TV exec for a new sales and acquisitions role. At the Canadian producer and distributor she be senior director, covering sales and acquisitions across Europe and parts of Asia. Tyre will report to Craig McGillivray, vice president, distribution, who rejoined Breakthrough last year. He said: […]

Netflix, CBC adapting Anne of Green Gables

Streaming service Netflix and Canadian pubcaster CBC are hooking up on their second scripted coproduction, this time working up a version of a classic novel. The pair has given the greenlight to ANNE, which is based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gables. A separate, younger-skewing version of the book, titled Lucy Maud […]

CBC names interim kids chief after Markle exit

Canadian pubcaster CBC has named Marie McCann interim senior director of Kids CBC following the recent exit of Martin Markle. A CBC spokesman confirmed McCann had been upped to the position “while we take the time to consider a longer plan”. McCann has worked in children’s television for two decades, and has been with CBC […]