30 years of TBI: The TBI 20 (2003)

TBI turns 30 this year, and to celebrate we will be publishing a series of archive articles chronicling the evolving television and entertainment landscape since 1988. In 2003, TBI asked the industry to nominate the top 20 executives in the business at that point, and results brought together some of the biggest names in the […]

Zodiak hires France CEO

Zodiak Media has hired Gaspard de Chavagnac as CEO of its French operation putting him in charge of production companies including KM, Marathon, GTV, Tele Images, Marathon Media and Mona Lisa. De Chavagnac is the founder of French production company Odena Media and Discovery-backed pay channel Televista. He also worked at premium broadcaster Canal+ as […]

Keshet Canada’s Mark Rubinstein lands skiing role

Mark Rubinstein, the industry veteran who heads up the Keshet Canada joint venture, has been named president and CEO of skiing body Alpine Canada. A Keshet International rep told TBI Rubinstein would not exit Keshet Canada as a result of his new role, as it was “a public title with few responsibilities”. Rubinstein and Keshet International, […]

Keshet Canada makes Marathon debut deal

Keshet Canada has unveiled its first deal, which will see it bring Israeli format Marathon to the Canuck market. The venture, which is a joint operation between Keshet International and Canadian media veteran Mark Rubenstein, will co-develop and coproduce the docu-reality format with Fadoo Productions. Marathon launched in Israel on Keshet-operated Channel 2 scored a […]

Formats the key for Keshet in Cannes

Keshet Media’s international sales arm will head to Cannes with a batch of new formats and scripted series She’s with Me (pictured). Following the announcement of lead format Rising Star, Keshet International will also be in Palais with docu-reality format Marathon, in which ordinary people come together to run a marathon. It launched on Israel’s […]

Zodiak cuts drama deal with former TF1 drama boss

The French division of Zodiak Media has inked a production and development deal with Karine Evrard, the former TF1 drama exec who recently set up her own indie. Evrard was senior VP of drama at the French commercial broadcaster before leaving to set up Blush Film. The fledgling indie will develop scripted series with Zodiak […]

News brief: Broadcasters prep royal baby programming

International broadcasters have lined up a raft of programming focused on the British royal baby. In the US, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will run a ninety-minute special, William, Kate and the Royal Baby, in a primetime slot this Thursday and repeated the day after. The one-off is distributed by Zodiak Rights and produced by Marathon […]

Spain’s Imagina restructures sales division

Spanish TV and film producer and distributor Imagina is restructuring its international sales unit. The new structure at Imagina International Sales combines content sales across TV, features, home entertainment and new media. As part of the reorganisation, Barbora Susterova (pictured) has been promoted to sales manager, while Guillermina Ortega and María José Camacho will round […]

Marathon takes French rights to German series Danni Lowinski

French producer Marathon has taken local remake rights to Red Arrow’s comedy drama series Danni Lowinski. Zodiak Media-owned Marathon will work on a French version of the show, which follows an unconventional hairdresser-turned-lawyer. It airs on free-to-air channel Sat.1 in Germany where it runs to four seasons. The CW had looked at US version although […]

Breton leaves Zodiak’s Marathon, Alessandri appointed CEO

Pascal Breton, the co-founder of Marathon, has stepped down as CEO of the French production company. He will be succeeded at the Zodiak Media-owned firm by Philippe Alessandri who is currently CEO of Tele Images Productions. “Pascal Breton has decided to pursue new personal projects and to concentrate on being an independent producer,” Zodiak said […]