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Kids round-up: Jim Henson expands Anna Moorefield’s remit; Israel’s Nutz to shoot ‘Sky’

Jim Henson’s Moorefield gets bigger remit The Jim Henson Company has expanded the responsibilities of its VP of global distribution, Anna Moorefield. She will now head all content distribution strategies for the company across all platforms, with responsibility for sales of all media across TV, cable, home video, and theatrical in all territories. Moorefield is […]

Why the scripted format boom is fuelled by relatable storytelling (Column)

K7 Media insight manager Richard O’Meara breaks down the findings of the consultancy’s latest Tracking The Scripted Giants report, which reveal that the scripted ideas being remade around the world are largely humble, human stories rather than big-budget brainteasers.  The value of a good story has never been greater. With unprecedented competition between broadcasters and […]

Netflix eyes stake in Korea’s Studio Dragon as part of expanded content pact

Netflix has struck a three-year content pact with CJ ENM, including an option that could see the US streamer taking a stake in the South Korean company’s production subsidiary Studio Dragon. The “strategic partnership”, which will start in 2020, sees Studio Dragon and its roster of creators producing original series that will be available to […]

Endemol Shine sends ‘Lego Masters’ to Belgium, Netherlands

Endemol Shine has sold its hit entertainment format Lego Masters into the Netherlands and Belgium, making the format now available in six markets.  Dutch broadcaster RTL has commissioned a local series from Endemol Shine Netherlands, while Belgium’s VTM has ordered up its own adaptation of the format, also produced by Endemol Shine Netherlands. The casting […]

Starzplay re-ups with deal with Intigral for Saudi Arabia

SVOD Starzplay has announced a multi-year deal with Saudi Telecom Company (STC)-owned Intigral, renewing its agreement with the telco for the second time. The deal sees Starzplay’s full service and content library available to STC’s broadband users along with subscribers to its Jawwy TV OTT platform. Starzplay, owned by Lionsgate, is available in 20 countries […]

Yves Jeanneau, CEO of Sunny Side of the Doc, dies aged 69

Yves Jeanneau, CEO and co-founder of Sunny Side of the Doc and Asian Side of the Doc, has died aged 69. Jeanneau was a giant within the documentary industry and recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of Sunny Side of the Doc, the factual-focused event in La Rochelle, France, that brings together broadcasters, investors, distributors, content […]

Red Arrow Studios fuels ProSiebenSat.1 revenues as advertising declines

Red Arrow Studios’ revenues have soared by almost a quarter over the last three months, helping to offset a fall in advertising at parent company ProSiebenSat.1, which is looking to sell the production business. While ProSiebenSat.1’s core advertising revenues fell by 6% during the quarter, overall revenues were up 4% to €926 million thanks to […]

CBC welcomes Family Feud to Canada after Fremantle deal

Canada’s CBC is preparing to launch a local version of classic gameshow format Family Feud after striking a deal with distributor Fremantle. Family Feud Canada (60 x 30 minutes) will mark the first English-language version of the format to air in the country and will be hosted by actor and comedian Gerry Dee. Zone3 is […]

TBI Masterclass prepares to launch with Sky’s Zai Bennett

TBI is preparing to kick off its new ‘Masterclass’ sessions with an in-depth interview with Zai Bennett, director of programmes for Sky. Produced in association with Grand Scheme Media and set in our picturesque Blackfriars gallery, Zai is set to discuss commissioning strategies for Sky One and Sky Atlantic, plus new channels Sky Comedy and […]

Disney+ scores ITV Studios, Spoke Studios docuseries with LeBron James

Disney+ is working with ITV Studios and basketball star LeBron James on a 10-part docuseries that will explore celebrities’ early lives. Becoming is being produced by James’ and Maverick Carter’s prodco Springhill Entertainment, ESPN Films, Spoke Studios and ITV America. It is based on a show that was originally created for Disney XD, which featured […]

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