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News brief: ORF Universum launches industry-aimed site

The doc arm of ORF Enterprises, ORF Universum, is launching an industry-focused information website for buyers, sellers and producers. Universum is billing the site as a “fully-featured” tool that will assist channels coproducing content with ORF, commissioners, financiers and sponsors. It will also feature upcoming Universum projects, market trends and camera techniques. ORF Enterprises is […]

RAI, ORF capture Gestapo’s Most Wanted

Pubcasters in Italy and Austria have acquired Gestapo’s Most Wanted, a docu-drama biopic of the woman who inspired Sebastian Faulkes’ spy novel Charlotte Gray. RAI has bought the 1x52mins/70mins doc for its RAI 3, Rai Storia and Cubovision platforms, while Austria’s ORF has also taken it from UK-based distributor TVF International. The doc comes from […]

The War Report

With the 100th anniversary of the most terrible conflict in world history coming in 2014, Jesse Whittock identifies the projects and producers that will shape World War I in the minds of a new generation of TV viewers. War programming has the unique power to shock, appall and intrigue in equal measures, hence its enduring […]

BBC Two acquires ‘German Band of Brothers’

BBC Two has acquired the 3x90mins German miniseries Generation War, marking the first foreign language drama on the UK broadcaster in 12 years. Generation War depicts the lives of five young German friends during World War II, whose lives veer in wildly different directions as the horror of the period plays out between 1941 and […]

Hulu checks in to Grand Hotel

US VOD service Hulu is among the latest buyers of Spanish period drama Grand Hotel, TBI can reveal. Austria’s ORF and Sony’s new German pay TV channel Sony Entertainment Television have also acquired the show, which has been described by sources here in Cannes as a cross between ITV’s Downtown Abbey and Danish mystery drama The Killing. Furthermore, Italian prodco […]

MIPTV News: First Hand sends docs to US, Europe

Swiss-based documentary sales house First Hand Films has closed deals for its documentaries in the US and with pubcasters across Europe. Non-commercial cable channel Link TV in the US has bought Shadows of Liberty: The Media Monopoly in American Journalism (pictured), which takes a hard-hitting look at the impact of corporate control over media outlets. […]

Austria’s ORF acquires Studio 100’s Heidi

Austrian public broadcaster ORF has acquired the remake of classic kids series Heidi after striking a deal with Studio 100. The remastered 3D, CGI animation series is produced by Studio 100 Animation and Flying Bark Productions and it is set to be delivered in 2014. The property is based on the books written by Swiss […]

Sky buys Sony’s submarine drama Last Resort

UK pay TV broadcaster BSkyB has acquired US submarine drama series Last Resort. The Sony Pictures Television-distributed show airs on broadcast network ABC in the US, where it has a Thursday night 8pm slot. On Sky it will premiere on October 30. The series was created by Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and follows the crew […]

Austria’s ORF sells crime and Universum docs at MIPCOM

ORF Enterprise, the commercial subsidiary of Austrian public broadcaster ORF, has inked a raft of MIPCOM deals for its crime and for its documentary programming. It has sold its drama series Four Women and a Funeral to cable channels run by Fox and Sony. Sony’s AXN has acquired the crime drama for its AXN channel […]