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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 […]

‘Prime Suspect’ detective to front CBS Reality doc series

UK factual channel CBS Reality is rolling out a pair of true crime originals, including the first factual project to be associate produced by distributor Orange Smarty.  The Real Prime Suspect follows Jackie Malton, a former Met Police Officer and the inspiration for the character of DCI Jane Tennison, played by Helen Mirren, in Lynda La Plante’s multi-award […]

Sales round-up: Sky Vision, Federation, Orange Smarty

Sky Vision inks volume deal with Russia’s Amedia TV The production and distribution arm of Sky has signed a multi-year volume deal with Russian premium pay-TV and SVOD platform Amedia TV. In a first for Sky Vision, the three-year volume deal includes both scripted and non-scripted content. Titles included in the package include Sky originals such as […]

Show of the week: Working with Weinstein

Due to Harvey Weinstein’s influence, many of the highest profile stories of his sexual behaviour have focused on female actors and well known celebrities. However, those that worked with him also experienced his alleged actions, as this new 1x49mins doc from UK indie Tigerlilly Productions sets out to show. The programme focuses on the producer’s […]