TV Formats: Made in China

A decade ago China was considered the enemy of the international formats business, but today it is a key international buyer. Now, its producers and broadcasters are looking to export their own wares. “I’ve been doing business in China for the last decade. I was there trying to sell my formats when they were all […]

DHX cuts Chinese streaming deal with CCTV

Canada-listed kids producer and distributor DHX has struck a streaming deal with China National Television, the new media division of Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. The pair will launch a new streaming platform in China that will carry DHX’s kids and family programming. DHX will provide 700 half hours of kids fare, in Mandarin, for the […]

Rising Star set for China

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has bought Keshet International’s quick-selling singing format Rising Star. CCTV has commissioned a two-season, 30 episode run of the format, which Enlight Media will produce for CCTV-3. “We are excited about this format because of its cross-platform and interactive features, which are things that have never been seen before in Chinese […]

Globo has a Super Star Ding Dong

Brazil’s Globo TV has acquired local rights to Banijay International format Super Star Ding Dong. Originally from Irish prodco Vision Independent Productions for TV3, the musical game show will be remade in-house at Globo as a 13x40mins series that will launch later this year. The Brazilian version will feature as a segment on entertainment variety […]

Canal+ secures new electric motorsport coverage

French pay TV operator Canal+ has secured rights to Formula E motorsport, the new category that pits all-electric cars against each other, for the next three seasons. Following a deal brokered by MP & Silva, Canal+ will televise live races for distribution in France, Andorra and Monaco. The Formula 1 Association has already struck a […]

News brief: CCTV buys German comedy format Schiller Street

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has acquired Schiller Street, the German-originated improvised comedy format. The local version of the show will be called Joy Street and air on CCTV’s flagship CCTV-1 channel as well as being made available for online streaming. Red Arrow International distributes the format and struck the CCTV deal. It has previously shopped […]

News brief: China’s CCTV renews Globo soccer deal

CCTV has renewed a soccer rights deal with Brazilian media giant Globo. The three-year deal means the Chinese pubcaster will continue to have coverage of games from the Brazilian League and the São Paulo State League until 2016. The agreement also covers Globo’s football magazine shows FootBrazil Magazine and FootBrazil Highlights.

Cheetah Diaries Powers factual sales

Power’s The Cheetah Diaries has been picked up by a raft of international broadcasters. Three seasons of the wildlife series have been acquired by Romanian pay TV operator RCS & RDS, which will also show it in Hungary on its in-house thematic channels. The series were shopped as part of a wider package that also […]

Nordic World seals indie first-look deals

Nordic World has agreed first-look deals with four indie producers in Denmark and Sweden. The distributor, which is owned by Nordic broadcasters TV2 Norway and TV4 Sweden, has sealed agreements with STV and Doceye in Denmark, OTW in Sweden and Feelgood in Norway. Following the signing of the deals, Nordic World will sell the producers’ […]

China’s CCTV orders three Israeli formats

CCTV has licensed a trio of projects from Israeli formats house Armoza. Chinese state broadcaster has sealed new deals for Upgrade, House Call and Extreme Wedding Album (pictured). The agreements for the Israeli-originated shows were brokered by China’s Beijing Century Media. House Call was created by Israeli content house United Studios and has a team […]