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Returning miniseries

Distributors will tell you that if they could have one drama production in their portfolio it would be an evergreen returning franchise that rakes in the cash year after year. But this doesn’t alter the fact that TV movies, minis and limited runs are also regarded as valuable assets and are increasingly getting recommissioned as […]

Content hires London-based sales VP

Content Media has brought in Tom Bairstow as vice president, sales and distribution. The new recruit, who was most recently at Sony Pictures Television, will be based in London and cover sales across all platforms to French-speaking Europe and Africa, Japan, Asia, Israel and Middle East. Content recently brought together its film and TV sales […]

10 MIPCOM trends

MIPCOM has ended with no major dramas of the ash cloud, flood or industrial action kind, but several of the small-screen variety, with Shonda Rhimes gracing Cannes alongside actors Jenna Coleman (Victoria), Rutger Hauer (Mata Hari), Kiefer Sutherland (Designated Survivor) and the cast of Versailles. Curvy Supermodel led the unscripted charge, and on the kids front, […]

Winners crowned at TBI Content Innovation Awards

Gaumont Television, Zodiak Rights, Content Media and Fox UK were among the big winners at the second Content Innovation Awards last night. Gaumont scooped the gong for Breakout International Drama for Netflix’s Pablo Escobar drama Narcos, Zodiak Rights bagged the Best Series Launch of the Year award for Canal+ period piece Versailles, and Content was named […]

Content to debut Cardinal music docs

Content Media Corp. has signed a distribution agreement with Cardinal Releasing that gives it a raft of music- and media-themed documentaries. Titles making their debut in Cannes include 1x90mins special Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story, which is about a guitar virtuoso who has performed on countless songs and narrated by the late Bowie. Monochrome: […]

Content bringing Netflix thriller to Cannes

Content Media Corp.’s newly unified sales arm is hitting MIPCOM with a new Netflix thriller drama coming from a partnership with Palatin Media. Content and Bernd Schlötterer’s Palatin have entered into a relationship to source, acquire and co-distribute shows for the international market. The first of these are Netflix drama Between and doc series Hip-Hop […]

Content companies vie to be Best Distributor

Five content sales companies have been shortlisted for the Best Content Distributor category in the first-ever Content Innovation Awards, organised by TBI and sister brand Digital TV Europe. Content Media, Endemol Shine International, Global Agency, ITV Studios Global Entertainment and TCB Media Rights will battle it out for the award, which will be given at […]

History takes African rights to Mandela, My Dad & Me

A+E has acquired African rights to one-off doc Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad & Me. The Content Media-distributed show has already been acquired by Discovery in the UK. In Africa it will go out on A+E’s History later this year. The project was initially planned as documentation of Elba’s attempt to make a music album […]

Sky postpones Gibney’s Scientology doc

UK satcaster Sky has pulled its scheduled broadcast of Alex Gibney’s controversial Scientology documentary, Going Clear. The pay TV provider is a coproducer of the doc along with doc maker Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions and US premium cable channel HBO, but British libel laws have forced it to be shelved for the time being. It was […]

Discovery UK buys Idris Elba doc

Discovery Networks has acquired actor Idris Elba’s personal journey documentary Mandela, My Dad and Me. Elba (The Wire, Luther) has been in town with his company, Green Door Pictures, and distributor Content Media to promote the doc, and news of his doc’s first sale, into the UK and Ireland, came at a drinks reception yesterday evening. Mandela, […]

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