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Separatists ‘demand Ukrainian channels go dark’

Leading Ukrainian cable operator Volia has reported pro-Russian separatists entered its premises and demanded that it suspend broadcasts of Ukrainian national channels 1+1 and Kanal 5. The separatists are calling for Volia to resume transmissions of previously banned Russian channels, it is claimed. The incident is said to have taken place at Volia’s regional office […]

Ukrainian channels forced off cable in Crimea

Crimean cable operators have switched off Ukrainian channels following armed intervention by pro-Russian separatist forces in the region, according to Ukrainian national channel 1+1. According to the channel, citing what it said was a reliable source, cable operators in Crimea have been forced to disable the broadcasting of Ukrainian channels. The move follows the shutting […]

Spain’s drama producers look to go global

Spain’s crisis has forced TV producers to seek international business. Local fiction continues to dominate Spanish primetime, but the dramatic fall in investment in TV advertising has obliged broadcasters to cut their budgets for originals. Creating virtue out of necessity, an increasing number of drama producers are looking beyond Spanish border and beginning to reap […]

French drama Braquo getting Russian remake

The Emmy-winning French drama Braquo is to be remade in Russia, its distributor Zodiak Rights has announced out here in Cannes. National broadcaster Channel One has acquired the format, along with rights to seasons one and two of the original, which followed a group of Paris cops that often operate beyond the law to catch criminals. Zodiak Rights […]

Format deals for The Ultimate Entertainer

Nordic World’s shiny floor format The Ultimate Entertainer will be remade in Georgia and Armenia having successfully been reversioned for the Russian market. The show was created by Monster Formats, part of the Nice Group, and was originally made for NRK in Norway. Local versions will now be made by GPB in Georgia and Armenia […]

RTL plans Russia exit

European broadcast giant RTL Group is planning to exit the Russian market after reportedly failing to gain control of leading channel operator National Media Group. Last week, RTL revealed it was exercising a put option to sell the 7.5% stake it owns in NMG. The value of the stake was €81 milion (US$108 million), RTL […]

News brief: RTL Klub says Your Face Sounds Familiar

Hungary’s RLT Klub has commissioned a local version of Your Face Sounds Familiar. The Endemol format will launch in a prime time slot in early 2014. This follows deals across Central and Eastern Europe such as a Russian version on Channel One. The comic celebrity singing format was developed by Endemol Spain.

Russian channel to adapt NZ Cult drama

State broadcaster Rossiya 1 has commissioned a Russian version of Kiwi mystery drama The Cult. The VGTRK-owned channel has ordered local prodco Star Media to produce a 13-part Russian-language version of the scripted format, which UK-based DRG sells on the international market. The original series, which Great Southern Television produced for New Zealand’s pubcaster TVNZ, […]

Endemol cuts Russian Hot in Cleveland format deal

Endemol has inked a deal for a Russian version of its hit comedy series Hot in Cleveland and the local adaptation will roll out later this month, TBI can reveal. Channel One, the country’s largest free-to-air broadcaster, will air the Russian Hot in Cleveland and it will debut on Monday, July 29. Endemol confirmed the […]

Formats to see in CEE

As NATPE Budapest gets underway, TBI speaks to the main players about selling formats into Central and Eastern Europe, breaking into emerging local territories and the booming market in constructed reality series Traditionally, the biggest buyers of formats in the CEE region have been Russia, Poland and Ukraine and while this triumvirate remain fertile ground […]