News brief: Sky buys Hostage: Do or Die

Sky has acquired true crime series Hostage: Do or Die. The factual show recounts hostage-taking situations with testimony from both hostages and negotiators. The UK pay TV operator bought the series from GRB Entertainment. The distributor announced another true crime sale, with ETV in Africa buying On the Case, which is an in-depth look at […]

Winx Club opens in South Africa

Italian-produced fashion-and-fantasy toon Winx Club has launched on South Africa free-to-air channel ETV. Seasons five and six of the show, which comes from Italin family entertainment firm Rainbow, debuted this month. This follows on from a similar deal in May with Brazil’s TV Cultura for new seasons of the show, which is currently broadcast in […]

Europe’s most valuable formats

The UK is the most lucrative formats market in Europe, while TF1 is the leading broadcaster and Money Drop and Come Dine with Me are the most successful formats in the region, according to new research. Endemol, ITV and FremantleMedia, meanwhile, are Europe’s most successful formats distributors. Knowing the value of your content is a […]

Talpa cuts international format deals

John de Mol-owned formats firm Talpa has struck deals for local versions of its shows in France and Africa. France’s leading commercial broadcaster TF1 has ordered a local version of The Winner Is… Shine France is making the French show and Benjamin Castaldi (Secret Story) will host the gameshow. Shine France also makes the French […]

African format first for All3Media

All3Media International has picked up rights to a cooking show from South Africa, the first time it has acquired a format from the country and the wider region. The distributor will sell the Ultimate Braai Master format internationally. The show is produced by from Cape Town based producer Cooked in Africa Films and sees amateur […]

BBC Worldwide launching new version of Dancing with the Stars in India

BBC Worldwide is launching a second version of its Dancing with the Stars (aka Strictly Come Dancing) format in India, TBI has learned. Myleeta Aga, general manager and creative head of BBC Worldwide Productions India, told TBI the new regional version of the talent show will launch in March and that she would like to […]