Fox Entertainment buys Marvista Entertainment as part of digital push

Fox Entertainment is expanding its production interests by acquiring Falling Inn Love distributor MarVista Entertainment. The deal hands the US broadcaster access to the LA-based producer and sales firm that was co-founded by Fernando Szew in 2003, whose catalogue runs to more than 2,500 hours of programming across genres. MarVista will continue to be led […]

NATPE briefs: Spain’s Mediapro Studio links with Erik Barmack’s prodco; ‘Top Chef’ to return to Brazil and Panama

Spain’s Mediapro Studio links with Erik Barmack’s prodco The Mediapro Studio has agreed a development and distribution deal with Erik Barmack’s prodco Wild Sheep Content. Barmack, the former Netflix international production exec who left the streamer in 2019, is currently working on shows including a French-language version of Stephen King’s The Plant, Scandi crime series […]

MarVista inks production deal with Front Row Films

MarVista Entertainment has signed an exclusive production agreement with former employee Robyn Snyder’s Front Row Films. The partnership, supported by a targeted development fund from MarVista, will focus on the creation and development of movies and series originating from intellectual property and other sources. The duo will kick-start the partnership with a development slate of […]

Marvista expands with ex-Cinetel & Fox execs

Marvista Entertainment is looking to growth in 2018 with new senior appointments including Darrell Cross as chief financial officer and Jody Cipriano as new head of global distribution. Cross, who was previously at Wild Card, will be responsible for overseeing financial operations and growth opportunities and look to leverage new business models and capital management. […]

King Kong TV series in the works

Marvista Entertainment and IM Global Television are teaming to create a King Kong TV series. The series will be based on DeVito ArtWorks’ Skull Island property and movie producer Merian C. Cooper’s iconic King Kong film. King Kong Skull Island will be, the producers say, a comprehensive King Kong Universe endorsed by Kong’s creator. US-based […]

MarVista picks up another Dentsu toon

US-based producer and distributor MarVista has acquired Latin American rights to Yo-Kai Watch, the second anime inspired toon series it has picked up in recent weeks from Japan’s Dentsu. The 26x30mins series has proved popular in Japan where it is shown on TV Tokyo. MarVista has TV and L&M rights throughout Lat-Am. The agreement comes […]

MarVista snags rights to Nick’s Little Battlers

US-based producer and distributor MarVista has picked up Latin America rights to animated series Little Battlers eXperience (LBX). The animated series is produced by the US division of Japan’s Dentsu and has proved popular on TV Tokyo in Japan and Nicktoons US, and a second season has just been greenlit. The series follows the adventures of […]

Fox, NBC buy Marvista movies for Asia

US-based producer and distributor Marvista has sold several of its TV movies to channels in Asia. Fox has picked up pan-Asian pay TV rights to disaster movie 10.0 Earthquake, teen comedy All She Wishes, and family movie From the Rough. NBC Asia has also bought a package of TV movies. The ten-title deal include Hallmark […]

MarVista sets Disney’s Pants on Fire

MarVista Entertainment is producing and distributing Pants on Fire, a new comedy movie for Disney XD. The LA-based company is coproducing the show with Canadian counterpart Two 4 the Money Media. Production is underway on the TV movie, which will star Disney XD faces Bradley Steven Perry (Good Luck Charlie), Joshua Ballard (Diary of a […]

Content crunch – the fight for rights

As the pace of consolidation quickens, competition for rights is fiercer than ever. Stewart Clarke talks to distributors about the changing face of the business and how, in the hyper competitive world of TV, they are gaining access to content. First-look deals, overall deals, development deals, output deals, umbrella deals and pod deals: all are […]