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Peace Point, Muse enter distribution pact

Peace Point Rights will represent programmes from Canadian compatriot Muse Distribution International’s catalogue in Latin America and selected Eastern European territories. The first shows are 13x60mins procedural drama Played and feature length documentary JFK: The Smoking Gun, which Peace Point will offer in both 1x60mins and 1x90mins formats. Played is set to broadcast on Canadian […]

DRG sells comic science factual series back to NRK

MTG Studios-owned UK distributor DRG has sold the Canadian remake of an NRK comic science-themed factual series back to the Norwegian public broadcaster. Never Ever Do This at Home pairs a scientist and a comedian and tasks them with finding out what happens when household products’ warning labels are ignored, while explaining the science behind the […]

Discovery orders second factual drama mini

Discovery Channel is developing a miniseries based on the Scottish legend of William Wallace – its second scripted series after Klondike. Currently known as Untitled William Wallace and Robert the Bruce Project (WT), it is based on Nigel Tranter’s historical books. It will follow the lives of Scottish patriots Wallace and Robert Bruce and their […]

Discovery goes Turbo in Turkey

Pay TV operator Discovery has launched new HD channels including a new brand – Discovery Turbo Xtra HD – in Central and Eastern Europe. Discovery Turbo Xtra HD launches today on the D-Smart platform in Turkey and Orange Romania’s recently launched TV service. The channel’s programming focuses on male-focused areas of interest including cars, engineering […]

Haslingden tunes up a new super indie

Until September last year, David Haslingden was Fox’s top channels executive, running its US and international networks. But after two decades at the News Corp unit he left, only to emerge back into the spotlight in February when he acquired Natural History New Zealand. Australia’s Northern Pictures was then added and a joint venture formed […]

BT plans TV rebrand, entertainment push

BT is planning to slowly rebrand its TV service from BT Vision to BT TV, and has plans to boost its channel line-up later this year. Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild event yesterday, BT Retail’s chief executive of TV Marc Watson said that BT is rebranding the division following the launch of its web-connected […]

Pact: Channel 5 attitude toward indies ‘worrying’

UK producer body Pact has labelled the terrestrial broadcaster Channel 5’s relationship with local indies “worrying” following results from a new survey. Pact’s membership survey rated Channel 5 as ‘disappointing’ at best in key areas of concern – ‘appreciation of cash flow issues’, ‘dealings regarding terms of trade’ and ‘getting paid on time’. This compared […]

Mythbusters turns ten

Beyond’s Mythbusters has achieved what very few factual programmes have and become a long-running franchise. TBI speaks to the hosts and executive producer of the hit series. In one sense Mythbusters was actually born out of Robot Wars, the Mentorn show in which rival teams of geeks built robots before seeing which could most successfully […]

New Belgian pay TV service launches with raft of intn’l channels

Dutch telco KPN has launched a new pay TVservice in Belgium, Snow. The service will combine TV, internet and telephony in a bundled offering, competing with existing providers Telenet and Belgacom. The Snow service will be marketed separately from KPN Belgium’s existing mobile telecom offering in the country, Base. The service offers 33 channels including […]

Latin Media Leaders: Enrique R. Martinez, Discovery Latin America

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ENRIQUE R. MARTINEZ, PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, DISCOVERY NETWORKS LATIN AMERICA/US HISPANIC Enrique Martinez has, in almost two decades at Discovery, stewarded it to become a cornerstone of the pay TV industry in Latin America and it now operates in 44 countries, in three languages, reaching 256 million subscribers. He has been […]