News round-up: ARTE1 & Paramount strike Lat Am factual deals; PBS & NRK open ‘The Letter’; MIP Cancun confirms 2023 dates

ARTE1 & Paramount strike Lat Am factual deals Broadcasters and platforms across Latin America have struck deals for factual content with distributor Abacus Media Rights at MIP Cancun. ARTE1 in Brazil has acquired a line-up including Lennon’s Last Weekend, The Oratorio, Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards, Agatha Christie: 100 Years of Poirot and […]

Exclusive: What the future holds for Europe’s public broadcasters

Public broadcasters face pressure like never before, with squeezed budgets and their very funding models under intense scrutiny. Marie-Agnès Bruneau takes a trip around Europe to find out what’s happening across the continent Europe’s public service media have faced turbulent times of late, as the traditional licence fee funding model faces challenges across the continent. […]

Show of the Week: Saving The F*****g Planet

This 6 x 35-minute young adult drama is a “modern-day Romeo-and-Juliet story”, says show creator Karina Lystad, with those parallels obvious in the fraught relationship of Daniel and Elin – who are on different sides of the climate change debate. Daniel has hit a rough patch. Just expelled from university, he’s now back home with […]

NRK appoints head of drama to replace Rubicon-bound Ivar Køhn

Norwegian pubcaster NRK has appointed Skam producer Marianne Furevold-Boland as its drama chief, replacing Ivar Køhn who joined Banijay-owned Rubicon earlier this year. Furevold-Boland was an actress and presenter for NRK before she began producing radio and TV shows for the pubcaster. She then became an executive producer at NRK’s drama department in 2017, working […]

Norway’s NRK orders Leonard Cohen drama from Buccaneer & Redpoint

Norwegian broadcaster NRK has commissioned So Long, Marianne, a new drama series from UK-based Buccaneer Media and local firm Redpoint Productions.  The 8 x 45-minute English & Norwegian-language series is based on true story of Marianne Ihlen and her relationship with acclaimed singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. The couple’s stories take place across the world, travelling from […]

ABC in Oz, NRK & VRT among those to ‘Evolve’ with Abacus docuseries

The ABC in Australia, NRK in Norway and VRT in Belgium are among a slew of companies to have picked up Patrick Aryee’s wildlife and tech docuseries Evolve. The 6 x 60-minute show, sold by Abacus Media Rights (AMR), was produced by Beach House Pictures for streamer Curiosity in association with Blue Ant Media. Deals […]

Canal+ join NRK, TV4 on Thomas Vinterberg’s Danish drama ‘Families Like Ours’

Canal+ in France, NRK in Norway and fellow Nordic firm CMore/TV4 have joined Denmark’s TV2 on upcoming drama Families Like Ours, which marks the first TV drama by Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt). The show, which first emerged in 2020, will be produced by Canal+ sibling StudioCanal and Zentropa, with Vinterberg and Bo Hr. Hansen (Darkness: […]

Norway’s Rubicon hires NRK drama chief as CEO, after Håkon Briseid joins Netflix

Beforeigners and Lillyhammer producer Rubicon has hired the head of drama at Norwegian pubcaster NRK as its CEO, after Håkon Briseid’s decision to join Netflix. Ivar Køhn joins the Banijay Nordic-owned production firm on 1 May having led NRK’s drama output since 2013, with commissions during his watch ranging from 22 July, State Of Happiness and Mammon […]

Disney+, ABC in Oz take trip to Studiocanal’s ‘Ridley Road’

Disney+, ABC in Australia and Nordic pubcasters including Sweden’s SVT are among buyers of Ridley Road, which debuted on the UK’s BBC last month. The 4 x 60-minute thriller, which is from Studiocanal-owned Red Production Company and sold by its parent, was commissioned for BBC One and co-produced with PBS’s Masterpiece. It will also air […]

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