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ITV prepares to launch Talpa’s Cannonball

A UK version of Talpa Global’s physical gameshow format Cannonball is in the works for ITV. The deal marks ITV’s latest deal for a show from Talpa, the Dutch company it bought for an initial US$500 million in early 2015. Cannonball is a water-based physical gameshow in which contestants compete across crazy water-based challenges, such […]

Buyers queue up for Grizzy and the Lemmings

The first free TV sales of French CGI toon Grizzy and the Lemmings have been completed, with a raft of European broadcasters coming on board the Hari International show. Super RTL in Germany, VRT in Belgium, NPO in the Netherlands, NRK in Norway, SVT in Sweden, RUV in Iceland and Puls TV in Poland have […]

Youfone launching TV service in the Netherlands

Dutch SIM-only mobile operator Youfone is planning to launch a new IP-delivered TV service in partnership with phone manufacturer Huawei. According to local reports, Youfone will launch its service by April next year, offering live TV channels, VOD, apps and games, with a basic package priced at €10 (US$12). The basic package will include about […]

Dutch net first to taste Bake-Off companion

Dutch pubcaster NPO has become the first broadcaster outside the UK to order a remake of The Great Bake Off companion series An Extra Slice. The remake will be known as Smaakt Naar Meer and sit alongside the local version of Bake Off, Heel Holland Bakt, debuting on September 7. The format is a studio […]

Dutch drama deal for The Five

Dutch public broadcaster NPO has acquired Harlan Coben-penned UK drama The Five. The ten-part drama was originally for Sky 1 and comes from Red Production Company, whose parent, Studiocanal, sells the show internationally. In the Netherlands, The Five will debut on NPO2 on June 12 during the network’s ‘Detective Month’ with a special theatrical screening […]

Canal+ buys Russian athletics doping doc

French pay TV service Canal+ has acquired Doping – Top Secret: the Shadowy World of Athletics, as a damning report resulting the programme yesterday rocked the sport’s foundation. DR in Denmark, YLE in Finland, NRK in Norway and NPO/Vara have also acquired the show from Germany distributor Autentic. The Shadowy World of Athletics is the […]

WDR doping doc finds int’l homes

A German documentary about alleged wide-scale doping among Russian Olympic athletes has sold to seven broadcasters around the world. Top Secret Doping: How Russia Makes its Winners, an in-house doc for German regional pubcaster WDR, has gone to VRT in Belgium, Globo in Brazil, DR in Denmark, Kanal 2 in Estonia, Al Jazeera in the […]

News brief: African CBeebies among Q Pootle buyers

CBeebies in Africa and NRK in Norway are among buyers of Snapper Productions-produced toon Q Pootle 5. Ketnet in Belgium and NPO in the Netherlands have also acquired the show, which was first commissioned by CBeebies in the UK and which ZDF Enterprises sells internationally. The deals mean the show has sold into more than […]

What next in the Netherlands?

From Big Brother to The Voice via Deal or No Deal and Splash! Dutch producers have proved time and again that they know how to construct an international television hit. But do deep budget cuts at the public broadcast group and the increasing influence of international content threaten the Netherlands’ status as a creative powerhouse? […]

NPO preps premium Dutch VOD service with US movies

Dutch public broadcasting organisation NPO is set to launch a subscription video-on-demand service early next year, which will carry major US movies. NPO Plus is designed to have less advertising and more content than the NPO’s existing free NPO Uitzending Gemist catch-up service. The service will roll out on a one-year trial and will offer […]