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DRG binds with Screen Glue in first-look deal

Britain-based distributor DRG has scored first-look rights to shows from UK-based producer Screen Glue, TBI has learned. DRG will become the sole distributor of all Screen Glue shows going forwards, will help fund development, and will invest in original unscripted content and new formats. Former Wide-Eyed Entertainment and Impossible Pictures exec Jasper James created Screen […]

RTÉ, NRK pitch winner is Bucking the Trend

The national broadcasters of Ireland and Norway have handed Dublin-based Sideline Productions €10,000 (US$11,275) after it won a formats pitching competition. RTÉ and NRK have handed over the cash so Sideline can create a pilot of new problem family-focused format Bucking the Trend for the Irish and Norwegian markets after a “closely fought contest”. The […]

Norwegian format given life at Channel 4

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a local version of Norwegian format Born On following a deal with distributor DRG. Each episode of the 4x60mins series will see three disparate individuals, one a celebrity, whose only link is being born on the same day reveal how their lives have travelled in very different directions. The […]

Formats Ireland

Ireland is emerging as a solid format creating hotspot, as its small local market forces producers to think internationally, TBI reports. Ask Irish producers what the most significant development in formats has been of recent years and the answer is almost invariably the same: RTÉ’s Format Farm. The initiative launched in 2012 in order to […]

Formats remain in focus as DRG drops label

DRG has discontinued its DRG Formats label, but the Nice Entertainment Group distributor remains a player in the remakes genre as a batch of new international deals demonstrate. DRG’s finished and format catalogues were merged into one at MIPCOM in October, and a spokesperson today confirmed to TBI the DRG Formats moniker had been dropped. […]

Destination America takes slow train

US cable channel Destination America is the latest network to get in on the slow TV phenomenon. The Discovery Communications-owned network has ordered Railroad Alaska: Real Time Train Ride, in which 500-mile train journey will be broadcasted in its entirety. This makes it the latest international channel to try out the slow TV format, which […]

BBC Brit, NRK grapple with UFC doc series

BBC Brit and Norwegian pubcaster NRK are among buyers of RTÉ Global’s 6x30mins UFC-themed doc series The Notorious. BBC Worldwide’s new best-of-British network, BBC Brit, has taken rights to the series in Scandinavia, Poland and Africa, with SBS and FOX Sports in Australia and Fox in Netherlands also named as buyers. The series follows Irish […]

Kabo asks Who’s Who? with format revival

France-based Kabo International has acquired worldwide sales rights to game show Who’s Who?, which comes from UK format creators Rose Bay Media and Noel Gay Television. Who’s Who? was initially commissioned by France 2 more than a decade ago, ran for six years and had several specials ordered. It has been produced in ten territories, […]

French, Scandi nets buy CBeebies series

Gulli and Tiji in France are among the latest buyers of DHX Media-sold CBeebies kids series Twirlywoos. The networks get the show after parent Lagardere scored a deal with Canada-based DHX, which has also shopped it to YLE in Finland, SVT in Sweden, NRK in Norway and Hop! in Israel. DHX’s channel, Family Junior, will […]

BBC, NRK buy citizens festival special

Pubcasters in the UK and Norway have acquired a special of the 2015 Global Citizens Festival, a new event crafted by Live Aid co-creator. The BBC and NRK are the first buyers of the programme, which the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, is selling internationally. In the UK, viewers will see artists such as Ed […]