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Gåsmamman trio go Bigster with new indie

The creative teamn behind Scandi drama Gåsmamman have launched their own prodco, Bigster. Actor Alexandra Rapaport, producer Birgitta Wännaström and former Discovery Networks Sweden channel director Calle Janson have launched the company. They plan to develop and create ‘platform independent’ drama, comedy and entertainment featuring stories with powerful characters. A debut production in Sweden is […]

WME & IMG sales team merge for new Endeavor

The sales teams at WME and IMG are coming together to form Endeavor Content. Days after WME IMG rebranded as Endeavor, bringing the classic LA agency brand back after its retirement, the company has unveiled the launch of Endeavor Content. Chris Rice (pictured) and Graham Taylor will serve as co-presidents of the unit, with Endeavor […]

Victory founder Ashbourne launches new indie

Victoria Ashbourne has resurfaced at the helm of a new indie producer in the UK. The founder of Victory Television will lead Hello Dolly along with another ex-Victory exec, Stuart Shawcross, with the aim of making entertainment formats. Ashbourne and Shawcross worked together to create shows such as The National Lottery: Win Your Wishlist, 5 […]

Kew continues deals spree with Awesome move

Kew Media Group has acquired a stake in Jeff Norton’s Awesome Media & Entertainment as the Canadian-owned group continues its acquisitions strategy. Hot on the heels of a deal for TCB Media Rights, Kew (fka Content Media Corp.) has paid an undisclosed amount for the stake. Awesome is a London-based creative group that former Chorion […]

DR drama chief exits for own venture

DR’s long-serving drama chief, Piv Bernth, is exiting the Danish pubcaster to create her own prodco. The exec is well known for championing series such as Forbrydelsen (The Killing) and Borgen (The Bridge) and Follow the Money, but is leaving to launch Apple Tree Productions at the end of November. Bernth has led DR Drama […]

Blue Ant launches toon studio

Canada’s Blue Ant Media has launched an animation studio, Look Mom! Productions. The unit will aim to produce programming for kids aged 6-11 and teens and adults aged between 18-34. Blue Ant exec Joshua Bowen has been tapped to lead Look! Mom as creative director. Already in active development is the 26x11mins series Toy Hunters […]

Banijay releases Occupied’s Yellow Bird in UK

Banijay Group is bringing its Swedish production group Yellow Bird to the UK as it looks to strengthen its international position in scripted. Yellow Bird Productions UK will focus on developing and creating original series with a Scandi tone to the UK. Yellow Bird Sweden’s series Occupied has already been successful in the UK market, […]

Kew acquires Paul Heaney’s TCB Media Rights

Kew Media Group has struck a deal to buy Paul Heaney’s TCB Media Rights for a cash consideration of £5.6 million (US$7.4 million). TCB will also bag £700,000 in Class B Kew shares as a result of the deal when it closes. Kew will also pay deferred compensation based on adjusted earnings before interest, tax, […]

ITV Studios buys majority stake in Gomorrah prodco

ITV Studios (ITVS) has acquired a majority stake in Italian indie producer Cattleya, the company behind hit drama Gomorrah (pictured). Cattleya will retain full creative and production autonomy, while ITVS distribution arm ITV Global Entertainment will distribute TV series from the prodco where rights are available. ITVS parent ITV said that this is the latest […]

Red Arrow teams with new Ringbakk prodco

Red Arrow Entertainment Group has signed a commercial and creative partnership with a new LA-based prodco that produces Craig Armstrong and Rick Ringbakk founded. The deal with 10Fold does not include an equity stake, but ProSiebenSat.1-owned Red Arrow has an option to acquire a majority position in the future. 10Fold is the latest venture from […]