Doctor Who

FX buys Doctor Who in Indian first

The FX channel in India has acquired Doctor Who, the popular and long-running British sci-fi series, in a first for Indian TV. Fox-owned Star runs FX, whcih has picked up eight seasons of the show and will start airing episodes in mid-May. BBC Worldwide distributes the BBC-produced series and struck the FX deal. The series […]

BBC First launching with Sony in Japan

BBC Worldwide’s new channel brand BBC First is launching as a programming block on Sony Pictures Television’s mystery-themed network in Japan. The deal to place Brit content on SPT Networks’ AXN Mystery channel marks BBC First’s first branded programming block, and comes after the brand launched as a full channel in Australia. In Japan, the […]

BBC pulls Top Gear after Clarkson suspension

UK public broadcaster the BBC has decided to pull the remaining episodes of flagship motoring series Top Gear after controversial star presenter Jeremy Clarkson (above, centre) was suspended after an altercation with a member of the production team. “Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation,” The BBC […]

CBS preps 150-country CSI simulcast

CBS is preparing what it hopes will be the world’s largest ever drama simulcast with a simultaneous 150-country screening of CSI. International broadcasters and channels that have CSI rights will show the same episode of the enduringly popular US procedural, which is distributed by CBS Studios International. The simulcast, which will take place on March […]

Worldwide strikes worldwide SVOD deals

BBC Worldwide has struck a raft of deals with digital platforms around the world, shopping 2,300 hours of its content to buyers including Tencent in China, Amazon in Germany and fledgling Israeli SVOD service from telco Cellcom. Cellcom has acquired a drama package including Sherlock, Orphan Black and Luther (pictured). Amazon has also picked up […]

Brazilian net identifies Sherlock, Doctor Who

Brazilian channel TV Cultura has acquired a package of premium shows from the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. The deal includes eight seasons of Doctor Who and three of Sherlock, along with kids shows such as Andy’s Wild, Andy’s Dinosaur and Charlie and Lola. The deal came on the second day of the NATPE conference […]

Netflix and BBC discuss US content deal

Some library shows from BBC Worldwide could leave Netflix with several titles up for renewal. US reports this week have said Netflix will drop all BBC shows at the end of the month, meaning titles including Doctor Who, Luther and Top Gear will come off the US service. US fans of several of the BBC shows […]

Logo pre-buys Russell T. Davies dramas

US lesbian and gay-skewed channel Logo has pre-bought a pair of sexuality-themed dramas from Queer as Folk writer Russell T. Davies. Cucumber and Banana are interlinked drama series that UK broadcaster Channel 4 commissioned earlier this year from StudioCanal-owned producer Red Production Company. Logo has signed up, officially as a coproducer, though the shows have […]

Canada Netflix rival buys UK, US sci-fi

Project Latte, the upcoming Canadian OTT service from telco and broadcast group Bell, has bought several big-ticket sci-fi and fantasy drama series from the UK and US. It has licensed Doctor Who and Orphan Black from BBC Worldwide and US superhero series Arrow and its spin-off The Flash (pictured) from Warner Bros International Television Distribution. […]

International Netflix deals for BBC Worldwide

Netflix has acquired several of BBC Worldwide’s top titles for its new international services, TBI has learned. The US-listed streaming service recently launched in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland, giving it access to over 60 million more international homes. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has sold series into […]