Discovery buys German Evil Knows! science series

Discovery Networks has acquired Evil Knows! – In the Name of Science, a popular science series out of Germany, in 100 territories. The show is produced by German indie Maximus Film and distributed by Berlin-based Quintus Media, which struck the Discovery deal. The show is hosted by ‘Evil’ Jared Hasselhoff, guitarist in US rock band […]

Nat Geo veteran moves to ITN US

ITN Productions has recruited Michael Welsh as its vice president of production and development for North America. Welsh is a veteran Net Geo producer with credits including Alaska State Troopers, Russia & The West and and Inside Nature’s Giants: The Whale. At ITN he will be based in Washington and add to the US team. […]

Mythbusters team prep Netflix show

The producer and several of the team from the popular popular science series Mythbusters are making a new show for Netflix. Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara will reunite to make White Rabbit for Netflix. Myhbusters (pictured) producer and distributor Beyond will make the series, which will be a major boost for the company, which […]

Beyond profit down 10%

Beyond International has seen its after-tax profit fall nearly 10% year-on-year – a result that was better than expected based on previous guidance. A preliminary ASX financial report for the full year to June 30, 2016, saw profit after tax come in at A$5.32 million (US$4 million), down from A$5.86 million in 2015. Revenues were […]

In-demand charts: French factual (August 21-27, 2016)

Our latest in-demand data in association with Parrot Analytics – a special on factual programmes in France ahead of TVFI’s Le Rendez Vous French screenings next month  – throws up a startling discovery: not one locally-produced documentary makes it into the top ten most in-demand series in the European territory. In fact, French viewers are […]

Beyond issues profit warning

Australia-based producer and distributor Beyond has warned investors its net profit after tax is likely to be as much as 35% down year on year. Management projections suggest full year 2016 earnings will be in line those for the 12 months to June 30, 2015, but that foreign exchange losses and changes to group income tax meant […]

Discovery’s Mythbusters given a final season

Discovery Channel’s longest-running series, Mythbusters, will come to an end after a final, fourteenth, season. The show’s send-off run will start on Discovery in the US in mid-January. The pop-science series bowed on Discovery 13 years ago. It is fronted by special effects artists Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who carry out wild scientific experiments, […]

Mythbusters firm revenues up, profit down

Australia’s Beyond International has posted mixed full year results to the Australian Stock Exchange. The Sydney-based firm’s revenues for the year to June 30, 2015, were A$91.2 million (US$65.4 million), up 1.6% on the 2014 figure. However, net profit fell 26.6% – or A$2.1 million – to A$5.9 million. Within the revenues, Beyond’s productions and […]

Beyond targets UK content acquisitions

The new acquisitions boss at Beyond Distribution says the distributor wants more content from the UK to take to market, and also wants to add programming in new genres to the catalogue. Caitlin Meek-O’Connor became head of acquisitions at Beyond earlier this year, replacing the long-serving Yvonne Body following her retirement. Beyond was in Cannes […]

Netflix buys up Australian content ahead of launch

Netflix has bought a raft of Australian content ahead of its launch in the territory next month. It has acquired the package of Australian and New Zealand series from  Beyond Distribution. Netflix has also taken Australian rights to Beyond-produced and distributed series Mythbusters. The popular science series is a big hit for Discovery around the […]