Czech TV

Unpacking the serious intent behind CEE drama’s global push

Central and Eastern Europe’s scripted industry has faced a turbulent 12 months, with HBO Max cutting commissioning and SkyShowtime entering the region. Richard Middleton finds out what’s next When news broke earlier this year that SkyShowtime was preparing to launch its first Polish original in June, producers may well have raised an eyebrow or two. […]

Sales round-up: SBS takes ‘Rats’ AVOD rights; Oz drama ‘RFDS’ flies worldwide

SBS takes ‘Rats’ AVOD rights Australian pubcaster SBS has acquired exclusive AVOD rights to Czech crime thriller Rats, following a deal with distributor GoQuest Media. Produced by Heaven’s Gate, the 6 x 55-minute series is based on true stories and made in collaboration with the National Anti-Drug Centre (DEA) of the Czech Republic. The thriller was […]

TBI In Conversation: ‘RATS’ director Viktor Taus on drugs, drama & talent

Czech Republic director Viktor Taus tells TBI about the “happy, closed circle” of his recent drugs drama RATS, his country’s burgeoning scripted scene and how he’s kept busy during lockdowns. The Czech Republic has an illustrious history of filmmaking, but TV series from the country are now also now becoming an in-demand product for global […]

Arte acquires ‘The Pleasure Principle’ from Beta Film

Franco-German network Arte has picked up crime series The Pleasure Principle from Germany’s Beta Film. The 10 x 60-minute series was produced by Apple Film Production in co-production with Canal+ Poland, Czech TV and the Ukraine’s Star Media and was directed by Dariusz Jablonski (Photographer). The show revolves around the murder of three young women […]

Czech, Thai channels prescribed Dr. Oz remakes

Sony Pictures Television’s health-themed magazine format The Dr. Oz Show is being remade in the Czech Republic and Thailand. Czech free-to-air broadcaster Czech TV is producing 15 on-hour episodes of DoktorKa (pictured), which physician and TV personality Dr. Kateřina Cajthamlová will host. In Thailand, TrueVisions will produce at least 60 episodes, which will air daily […]

Global nets board animal extinction doc

Eleven international broadcasters have pre-bought Gambling on Extinction, a new 1x52mins doc about illegal endangered animal trading, TBI has learned. ZDF and ARTE in Germany and France, DR in Denmark, SVT in Sweden, VRT in Belgium, TG4 in Ireland, TVP in Poland, Czech TV, TV3 Catalunya, TVI in Portugal, Yes Doku in Israel and SBS […]