Duck Dynasty


MIPTV 2014: A+E hopes Flowers in the Attic blooms

A+E Networks is launching the new Flowers in the Attic (pictured) TV movie at MIPTV. It will also have follow-up, Petals on the Wind, giving it the first two adaptations from the VC Andrews quartet of books. Both shows are 1x2hrs. In the US, Flowers in the Attic launched on female-skewing cable net Lifetime in […]

The truth about storytelling

I was meeting a factual commissioner whose ratings were rubbish. It soon became clear that they had no idea what to do about it. The giveaway was when they looked me in the eye and said that what their channel most valued was “really strong storytelling” and then asked me if I might have anything […]

Beyond Duck Dynasty…

Stuart Carter, Pioneer Productions So what would you do if you suddenly won US$1 million dollars on the lottery? To help give you some ideas, one million is enough to buy you a Pagani Huayra supercar capable of 230mph. Very tempting. A Hublot Big Bang watch (hideous but there are those that buy them) or […]

A&E poaches VH1’s Tatro for key programming role

Duck Dynasty broadcaster A&E has poached Shelly Tatro from music net VH1 to become its senior VP, unscripted development and programming. Tatro joins the US cable channel after 12 years with Viacom-owned VH1, during which time she developed and oversaw shows including Mob Wives and Black Ink Crew. She also aided development on Jersey Shore, […]

Electus cuts programming deal with Sony channels

Producer and distributor Electus has cut a programming deal with Sony and a raft of its shows will play on Sony Pictures Television’s channels in the CIS region and the Baltics. The distribution deal with SPT Networks Russia covers over 60 hours of Electus content. Specific titles include season one of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s […]

TV’s conscious effort

Cruel critiques and manufactured conflict have been replaced by supportive smiles, warm hugs and a belief that shows should seek to transform someone’s prospects or help them grow emotionally in an ongoing raft of caring sharing formats reports Andy Fry. There was a time between 2003 and 2009 when factual and entertainment formats seemed to […]

A&E European launch confirmed with Canal+ deal

A+E Networks has joined forces with Canal+ and will launch local A&E and Crime & Investigation channels in France. Canal+’s factual channel Planete has traditionally been a big buyer of A+E Networks content but this is the first time Canal+ and A+E have joined forces to launch channels. Planete+ A&E and Planete+ CI have launched […]

A&E channel set to launch in Europe

The A&E Network is set to launch in Europe within weeks for the first time, TBI can reveal. The service is one of channel operator A+E Networks’ core offerings in its domestic US market and the general entertainment service is now about to roll out in Europe. In the US A&E is one of the […]

VH1 tunes up LeAnn Rimes series, hires FishBowl exec

Viacom-owned cable channel VH1 has commissioned a six-part reality series following country music star LeAnn Rimes, and tapped FishBowl Worldwide Media for a new executive VP. LeAnn & Eddie (WT) will follow Rimes, who broke on to the international music scene in her early teens, and her husband, actor Eddie Cibrian. The pair have become […]

News brief: Discovery launching reality show from Duck Dynasty creators

Discovery is set to launch Porter Ridge, a reality series from Duck Dynasty producer Gurney about the colourful characters that live in a rural community in Indiana. The show will launch on Discovery on August 13 in a 10.30pm slot. It follows the “eccentric band of misfits” that inhabit Porter Ridge focusing on characters including […]