Orange Smarty


News round-up: Orange Smarty sells 500+ factual hours; Fox building ‘Lego Masters’ S2; Fremantle gets ‘Tough As Nails’ in format deal

Orange Smarty sells 500+ factual hours Broadcasters TV4 in Sweden, Ananey in Israel, HRT in Croatia and Nine Network in Australia have collectively acquired more than 500 hours of premium factual content following deals with UK-based indie distributor Orange Smarty. TV4 entered into a two-year, 320-hour agreement for property-search format A Place In The Sun. […]

Flame Distribution hires Argonon, Orange Smarty alum Lynn Lugsden

UK-based Flame Distribution has appointed former Argonon and Endemol exec Lynn Lugsden as SVP of sales and content funding. She will report to Fiona Gilroy, content sales & acquisitions director at Flame and will be based at the company’s London office, starting immediately. Her remit includes working on pre-sales and co-productions in the UK and […]

TBI Roundtable: Deal makers

No other sector has had to adapt as quickly to the rapidly changing content market as distributors, but select boutique and mid-sized players have been among those to have retooled themselves fastest. TBI’s latest roundtable gathers some of the brightest UK-based distribution minds together to discuss the financing, commissioning, selling and marketing of content – […]

News round-up: Sky extends ‘Bulletproof’, orders AI game; Spain secures more Turkish drama; Indian remake for Israel YA drama

Sky extends Bulletproof, orders AI game version Sky has ordered a three-part special based on its Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters-fronted drama Bulletproof, with an “immersive” game powered by artifical intelligence (AI) also in the works. UK-based Vertigo Films is producing the three-part special, which will air on Sky One and its on demand service […]

MIPCOM 2019: The Big Deals

As MIPCOM closes its doors after another frenetic market, TBI explores some of the big deals to emerge this year in Cannes. DRAMA With new streamers in town, scripted business was again frisk along the Croisette, with one of those new entrants, Topic, picking up rights to StudioCanal shows Vernon Subutex and Danish comedy drama […]

Distributors warn MIPTV changes could be “universally detrimental” to market

MIPTV’s new floorplan, confirmed by Reed Midem today, has prompted outrage from international distributors who worry the changes could be “universally detrimental” to small and mid-sized outfits.  While the businesses have been aware of potential plans to concentrate the market within the Grand Palais since April, MIP organiser Reed Midem’s decision to go forward with […]

TBI Factual Hot Pick: ‘Psycho Pussies: Cats Behaving Badly’

Psycho Pussies: Cats Behaving Badly (1 x 52 minutes) is an “EPG jumper”, reckons Karen Young, CEO of distributor Orange Smarty, adding that the one-off special will bring an instant audience. Broadcast in May by the UK’s Channel 5, it follows on from Psycho Pussies: When Cats Attack, which was made in 2010. “Cats are […]

Sales round-up: Cineflix Rights, Orange Smarty, Beano Studios

Cineflix Rights scores French deal for Marcella The London-based distributor has sold series one of hit drama Marcella into Canal Plus-owned French channel Polar+. The 8 x 60-minute crime thriller, produced by Buccaneer Media for ITV and Netflix, stars Anna Friel as a Metropolitan police officer investigating a serial killer while dealing with a personal crisis. The drama — […]

Sales round-up: Fremantle’s ‘Friend’ heads to Europe; Orange Smarty closes deals down under

Fremantle has completed a string of deals across German-speaking Europe for Italian-language drama My Brilliant Friend. The eight-part series, which is based on the first book from Elena Ferrante’s sensational bestselling quadrilogy, has been acquired by Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Teleclub (German-speaking Switzerland), SRF (German-speaking Switzerland) and ORF (Austria). Fremantle has also struck a home entertainment deal for the […]

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