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Sales round-up: Sky Vision sells Arabia, SBS Food’s Gusto deal, Passion’s CEE deals

Discovery Asia-Pac acquires Arabia Discovery Networks in Asia Pacific has picked up rights to a show following explorer Levison Wood’s latest travels from Sky Vision. Arabia with Levison Wood (pictured) is produced by Wood’s production company, Blackmane Media, and has been co-funded by Sky Vision, which acquired international distribution rights from Blackmane’s agent, Wolfsong Media. […]

Sales round-up: Fremantle seals Balkans deals; Passion lands ‘Moon’ sales

Fremantle sells ‘Jamie Oliver’ and ‘Got Talent’ into Balkans Fremantle has struck two deals across the Balkans, teaming up with Fox Networks Group Bulgaria and United Media to bring multiple Jamie Oliver series and its Got Talent juggernaut to the region. Under the deal, FNG Bulgaria will air a range of Jamie Oliver content on […]

Passion’s Rees appointed COO of Tinopolis Factual

Nick Rees has been promoted to chief operating officer of factual and distribution at Welsh-based mega indie Tinopolis. Currently serving as managing director of Passion Distribution, Rees’ newly created role will see him handle all commercial aspects of the business, maximising the indies’ IP and enhancing collaboration between production and distribution across the group. Prior […]

TBI Weekly: Formats thrive in purple patch post-MIPTV

The formats market has struck a purple patch a month on from MIPTV, with the past fortnight seeing a string of deals for scripted and non-scripted shows. The deals, listed in full below, have seen fact ent titles such as The Great Bake Off travel to Thailand, Family Food Fight being remade in Mexico, Catch […]

UK Screenings: Diversity is key for Passion projects

An eclectic slate of thought-provoking and entertaining content will lead the way for the Passion Distribution Showcase, held once again at London landmark The Ivy. Passion will open its doors to 80 buyers for the fifth year straight, providing an opportunity to “entertain and inform” clients of its upcoming slate ahead of MIPTV, according to […]

Passion hires Fremantle exec as head of acquisitions

Passion Distribution has hired FremantleMedia International’s (FMI) Sean Wheatley as head of acquisitions. Wheatley will spearhead the company’s content acquisition activity, working closely with Passion’s production partners – both independent producers and the Tinopolis group companies. He takes up the role this Spring. He reports to Passion’s CEO Emmanuelle Namiech. As part of his remit, […]

BBC ends Robot Wars for the second time

UK broadcaster BBC Two has killed off its mech-on-mech battle format Robot Wars for the second time. The series, which is from Mentorn Scotland and SPJ Media and counts Passion Distribution as its international vendor, has run for three seasons. The original run came 1998 and 2004, and its revival was greeted with a widely […]

Passion acquisitions chief moves to TCB

Passion Distribution’s head of acquisitions, Jimmy Humphreys, is moving to rival UK distributor TCB Media Rights. The exec will take on the newly created role of head of acquisitions and coproductions at TCB, which has been staffing up significantly in the past year. Humphreys will report to Paul Heaney, founder and CEO of TCB, and […]

MIPCOM slates – Passion, D360 & Flame

Passion Distribution UK-based Passion is taking some 300 new hours to Cannes next week. Toplining is the format slate is social experiment series The Class Next Door, while eye-popping clip show Japandemonium (pictured) leads the finished tape slate. The Class Next door is a 4x60mins series from Passion stablemate Firecracker Films that sees parents under […]

Doctor Christian Will See You in Cannes

Passion Distribution’s MIPTV slate is headed by Dr Christian Will See You Now, the latest series to feature doctor and presenter Dr Christian Jessen. The 10x60mins Firecracker Films-produced series went out on UKTV’s W channel in the UK. Passion also has Don’t Tell the Doctor, a Arrow Films 10x60mins series following four doctors helping patients […]

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