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WE tv re-ups distribution deal with Off The Fence

AMC Networks-owned cable channel WE tv has re-upped an exclusive distribution deal with global unscripted distributor Off The Fence. The pact between WE tv and Off The Fence – which have been partners for 10 years – will see the latter ZDF Enterprises-owned distributor selling more than 1,200 hours of WE tv content internationally and […]

BBC Studios, ZDF strike strategic content partnership

BBC Studios and Germany’s ZDF have struck a strategic partnership to develop and co-produce a slate of new content. The long-term agreement will see the two organisations co-develop scripted and landmark factual programming such as the forthcoming One Planet: Seven Worlds from BBC Studios Natural History Unit. A partnership between the two companies is expected […]

BBC Studios, Cosmote SVOD deal signals post-Discovery licensing plans

BBC Studios has struck a premium factual SVOD deal with Greek telco OTE’s pay-TV service Cosmote TV, lifting the lid on how such deals will play out alongside its international SVOD pact with Discovery.  BBC Studios has licensed more than 250 hours of factual programmes for Cosmote TV’s on-demand service, Cosmote TV Go, launched last […]

Oxford Scientific Films hires BBC alum as exec producer

Oxford Scientific Films (OSF), part of the ITV Studios-owned Boom Cymru group, has appointed BBC alum Lucinda Axelsson as executive producer. Axelsson is a multi-award-winning executive producer whose recent credits include Snow Bears for BBC One and wildlife drama series Serengeti, both of which were produced by John Downer Productions. Formerly a producer at the BBC’s prestigious Natural […]

Apple hires A+E’s Molly Thompson to head documentaries

Apple has hired A+E Networks veteran Molly Thompson as its head of documentaries. Thompson founded A+E’s feature film banner, A&E IndieFilms, in 2003 – a unit that has commissioned, acquired and backed a variety of award-winning docs such as The September Issue, Jesus Camp and The Tillman Story. Thompson’s recent exec producer credits include Matt […]

MIPTV: The Big Deals

TBI looks at the top deals struck out of Cannes at last week’s MIPTV market. EUROPE ITV is believed to have aggressively outbid Channel 4 for the MBC Korea-distributed singing format The Masked Singer (above), as revealed by TBI. The format finds celebrities singing in full-body costumes and masks, with top contenders reaching series’ end while […]

Discovery, Science Channel commission ‘Uncharted’ from Karga Seven

Discovery and Science Channel in the US have commissioned Uncharted from Karga Seven Pictures – a title that follows explorer Justin Fornal to investigate unsolved mysteries. The title sees urban explorer Fornal use detailed historical maps, along with the latest in high tech imaging, to investigate mysteries that have remained elusive. Uncharted (WT) will premiere […]

TBI Weekly: MIPTV at critical juncture to safeguard its future

MIPTV reached a major turning point this week, with the future of the spring market in its current iteration poised for a significant overhaul amid a growing chorus of incensed distributors.   For a number of years now, the four-day market has been shedding international buyers due to unsavory timing ahead of LA Screenings in […]

Disney + unveils unscripted slate as it preps SVOD pitch to investors

Disney has unveiled a robust unscripted slate for its Disney + service ahead of revealing new details of its SVOD to investors later today (11 April). The mouse house has announced its first overall deal with production house Supper Club, the team behind Netflix’s Chef’s Table, as it positions itself as a direct competitor to the […]

Exclusive: Amazon taps TF1 exec to head up unscripted in France

Amazon has hired TF1’s non-scripted development manager Thomas Dubois to head up unscripted in France. Dubois joined Amazon’s European team this week. At TF1 he handled new project development and format commissioning for the French channel, and DTT channels TMC and NT1. For over three years he assisted the creation of new formats and developed […]

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