ABC to remake Austrian drama

US broadcast network ABC has ordered a pilot script of Austrian-created scripted format Janus. The crime drama will be reworked in the US by Europacorp Television Studios USA, which picked up the remake rights in the US from ORF Enterprise, the commercial arm of Austrian pubcaster ORF. The deal has a script-plus-penalty structure, and was […]

ORF, CCTV10 traverse the Himalayas

Austria’s ORF and Chinese statecaster CCTV10 are going into production on a three-part wildlife series, Sky River of the Himalayas. Produced in 4K, the show reveals the nature and wildlife that lives in and around the famous Asian river region. CITVC’s VP, Lynn Zhang will sign the coproduction agreement on behalf of CCTV10 at the ORF […]

ORF’s Austrian SVOD JV to fight Netflix, Amazon

Austrian pubcaster ORF has entered into a joint venture with local SVOD portal Flimmit in a bid to counteract overseas players Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video. ORF’s commercial arm ORF Enterprise will supply indie on-demand start-up Flimmit with premium German-language and European-produced movies, series and documentaries after upping its investment in the company from […]

RTL Hungary CEO exiting post

RTL Group’s long-serving Hungarian chief executive Dirk Gerkens is leaving his post, with Andreas Rudas appointed interim CEO. Gerkens, who has been chief exec since 2001, has been offered another, undisclosed role within RTL, the Bertelsmann-owned broadcaster said in a press release. The hunt for a permanent RTL Hungary CEO has begun, with RTL planning […]

Monster Frog attracts Austria’s ORF

Austrian pubcaster ORF will coproduce a pair of wildlife films with factual specialist Earth Touch. These are 50-minute one-offs Monster Frog and Black Mamba – Kiss of Death. The former will look at the strangest frogs from around the modern world, including western Africa’s Goliath, while investigating the existence of Beelzebufo, a 70 million-year-old Devil […]

ORF, Mexican channel to sign MOU at MIPCOM

Austria’s ORF will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Mexico’s TV UNAM next week at MIPCOM. This will mark Maximilian – Dreams of Power, a historical drama-documentary the pair are working up. Heinrich Mayer-Moroni from Vienna’s Interspot Film is producing. The series will look at Maximilian, who was Emperor of Mexico between 1864 and 1867, […]

Imira changes pace with Tom Turbo

Spain’s Imira Entertainment has acquired a trio of new programmes, including Austrian live-action series Tom Turbo (pictured). The deals give the Spanish kids distributor 188 26-minute episodes of the series to sell worldwide (ex. Austria and China), plus Tom Turbo the Movie (ex. Austria). Imira has also acquired Latin American rights to animated film The […]

CEE Euro nets tread The Road to War

Broadcasters across central and eastern Europe have acquired World War I documentary The Road to War from Austria’s ORF Enterprises. Russia’s Channel One, Slovakia’s STV, CYBC and LTV in Cyprus, MTVA in Hungary, Poland’s TVP and Estonia’s ERR have all bought the 1x50mins doc following NATPE Europe in Prague this week. The doc (pictured) is […]

ORF ‘eyeing VOD platform’ as Netflix launch looms

Austrian public broadcaster ORF is reportedly in talks to buy domestic video-on-demand portal Filmmit, ahead of Netflix’s planned launch in the country later this year. According to Austrian newspaper Kurier, negotiations have already taken place, with ORF’s board now due to discuss the matter. Neither ORF nor Filmmit have commented on the speculation. Filmmit offers […]

News brief: Euro broadcaster ask Java to Show Me Rio

Five European broadcasters have acquired Show Me Rio, a Portuguese-produced documentary about the Brazilian city and its people. Portugal’s TVI, TV3 in Catalonian Spain, French-speaking Belgium pubcaster RTBF, France Ô and Austria’s ORF have all bought the 1x41mins doc, which comes from producer Café Pessoa. The film – which France’s Java Films sells in English, […]