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History launches in Ukraine, grows in Russia

A+E Networks-owned pay TV channel History has launched in the Ukraine on a DTH platform and increased its reach in Russia. History has gone live on Ukraine’s Lybid and on Russia’s Beeline. The network has transmitted through the Rostelcom and NTV+ platforms in Russia since late last year. History – which broadcasts shows such as […]

Asian nets bag 300 hours from TVF

Asian broadcasters have licensed more than 300 hours of programming from UK-based distributor TVF International. Japanese pubcaster NHK has acquired specials such as Ice, Sweat and Tears and The Real Sherlock Holmes, while commercial rival NTV took shock doc  Transgender Kids. History in Japan and India acquired Special Forces, with the latter also adding religious […]

A+E makes History in Russia

A+E-owned channel History is launching in Russia today. History and its HD sister channel have gone live on the NTV+ platform and will roll out on Rostelecom before the end of the year. The channel’s line-up includes the Ice Road Truckers, Pawn Stars, American Pickers and American Restoration franchises and in the US has moved […]

‘Russian HBO’ makes a major channels move

Russian producer Amedia has moved into the channels business in a big way, effectively launching HBO in Russia and inking a huge programming deal with CBS Studios International. Founder and president Alexander Akopov tells Stewart Clarke about the company’s plans in the pay TV space. Amedia was until a recently best known as Russia’s biggest […]

Mastiff acquires Eccho’s Exit

Zodiak-owned Mastiff has picked up Eccho Rights entertainment format Exit, as one of several deals Scandinavian-based vendor Eccho has secured. Mastiff has secured Danish production rights on the much-travelled hi-octane format, which originated on NTV in Japan, though no broadcaster has been announced. “We are very optimistic that we will go into production in our […]

Amedia preps programming, distribution deals as HBO and OTT launch

Russia’s largest producer Amedia has launched a premium channel and an OTT service today and founder and president Alexander Akopov (above) has told TBI deals are being negotiated for new programming and wider distribution of the new offerings. Amedia has snagged a raft of programming from CBS and HBO after inking volume and output deals […]

Denmark’s Mastiff buys Japanese gameshow format

Danish producer Mastiff has acquired rights to Japanese gameshow Exit from vendor Eccho Rights. The entertainment format comes from Japanese producer Kenichiro Akiyama and has broadcast in the territory on Nippon Television for three seasons. The format sees teams of contestants take on mental and physical challenges against the clock to escape from locked rooms. […]

BBC seals format deals for Mastermind

BBC Worldwide has struck agreements for international versions of long-running UK quiz show Mastermind. Mastermind has been on the BBC in the UK for 35 years and Worldwide, the commercial arm of the public broadcaster, has inked two format agreements for the show. It will air in Turkey and West Africa. In Turkey, Dogus Media […]

MIPTV News: Japanese Treasure Box opening again at MIPTV

Japan’s leading free-to-air broadcasters will launch a raft of new formats at MIPTV under the Treasure Box Japan banner. Backed by the Japanese government, the group embarked on a formats push at MIPCOM and will follow that up and introduce a range of new content in Cannes later this month. Treasure Box Japan comprises public […]

East meets West as Japan opens its Treasure Box

The double whammy effect of not importing formats and lengthy primetimes filled with original shows means Japanese broadcasters are prolific producers of entertainment series. Takeshi’s Castle, Dragon’s Den, America’s Funniest Home Videos and Iron Chef are huge properties that originated in Japan, but the number of hit international formats is small in proportion to the […]