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What Spanish hero ‘El Cid’ can teach us about global production

Jose Velasco, founder & president of Spain-based iZen Group, tells TBI about his company’s epic new drama El Cid for Amazon Prime – and why the show’s protagonist shares many qualities with those working in the international production business. The role of the independent producer in these interesting times is not dissimilar to that of the medieval heroes, […]

Producer-led iZen group launches new Clapperboard drama label

iZen, the producer-owned content group comprising of a network of independent production companies in Spain, the Middle East and the UK, has launched new drama label Clapperboard.  The new scripted prodco will be overseen by Mike Benson, MD of UK indie Chalkboard and director of iZen’s UK strategy. Benson will also be bringing in senior […]

BBC orders Farmer Wants a Wife-inspired format

The BBC had ordered a new take on the much-travelled Farmer Wants a Wife format back to the UK, and has commissioned an historical crime series from Chalkboard TV. Farmer Wants a Wife originally aired on ITV in the UK in 2001, but is now headed for BBC Two, which has ordered a six-part series. […]

Korea’s Grandpas format heading for Europe

Hit Korean format Grandpas Over Flowers has been optioned in France, Germany and the UK. The show comes from South Korean channel operator and programmer CJ E&M, which runs it domestically on its tvN channel. Tim Crescenti’s Small World IFT sells it internationally. Small World has done deals for the show in the UK with […]