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Nine preps Underbelly spin-off

Australia’s Network Nine is working on Fat Tony and Co, a spin-off of its crime drama franchise Underbelly. The nine-part miniseries will feature a number of original Underbelly cast members and tell the story of real life Australian crime lord Tony Mokbel, who eventually arrested in an Athens café after fleeing to Greece. Banijay-owned Screentime […]

News brief: Channel 4 gets Taste for Nigella cooking series

The UK’s Channel 4 has secured broadcast rights to Nigella Lawson-fronted US cooking competition series The Taste and ordered a local version of the format. CPL Productions, the UK prodco owned by Taste rights holder Red Arrow Entertainment, will create the UK show, which will pair celebrity chef Lawson with Anthony Bourdain and Ludo Lefebvre. […]

Nine Network boss steps down

The managing director of Australia’s Nine Network is stepping down. Jeffrey Browne is exiting the broadcaster after seven years, Nine Entertainment CEO David Gyngell announced. He will move to a part-time role as executive director, commercial of Nine Entertainment. “Jeff’s made the call after seven terrific years at the top of the Network – the time […]

ABC appoints new comedy chief

Australian public broadcaster ABC has appointed the co-creator and executive producer of controversial sitcom At Home With Julia as its new head of comedy. Rick Kalowski is currently local indie Quail TV’s creative director and is responsible for Julia, a 2011 ABC1 political satire that lampooned Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and also sold to […]

BBC sells Bake Off to Discovery in Italy

The show tests the skills of amateur chefs in various challenges to find the country’s best home baker. It has been a big hit for the BBC in the UK on BBC Two. It is made by UK indie Love Productions, the UK indie set up by Richard McKerrow, a former commissioning editor at Channel […]

Zodiak reels in Minnow for first-look

Zodiak Rights has inked a first-look deal with UK indie producer Minnow Films. The distributor will sell its shows internationally, starting at MIPTV next month. Minnow was founded in 2006 by filmmaker Morgan Matthews. The first programmes to come under the deal from the Minnow Films include one-off doc Walking Wounded: Return to the Frontline, […]

Embarrassing sales for Zodiak

Zodiak Rights has sold fact-ent series Embarrassing Bodies to a raft of broadcasters. Broadcasters including Nine Network (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand), Discovery Italia (Italy), RTL (Holland), TV2 (Denmark), NRK (Norway), Fox (Finland), and Canal Vie (French Canada) have all bought season six of the series, in which people get medical help for a range of […]

CTV buys ABC version of The Taste

CTV has acquired The Taste, the cooking competition format fronted by Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain. The Canadian free-to-air broadcaster has bought the US version of the format, which is on US network ABC. “The Taste is a great twist on the traditional culinary series.” Said Mike Cosentino, senior VP, programming, CTV Networks, Bell Media. […]

Foxtel strikes Australian Top Gear deal

Australian pay TV operator Foxtel is to launch the new season of British motoring series Top Gear on the BBC Knowledge channel ahead of its premiere on free-to-air station Nine Network after striking a deal with BBC Worldwide. However, the new deal does not include the rights to produce a new local version of the […]

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