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MIPTV Hot Pick: Spies

Espionage has perhaps never been more relevant than it is in 2017, with fake news on social media, daily headlines linking Russia to the American presidential election result, and stories of backchannels used by Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange, constantly cropping up. UK broadcaster Channel 4 has been a keen proponent on intelligence- and […]

Passion sales chief resurfaces at DRG

Elin Thomas has joined UK-based distributor DRG just days after her exit from Passion Distribution was announced. She has taken on a newly-created post as executive VP of sales at the Modern Times Group-owned company, with former Arte France sales manager Emilie Klienmann also joining. At DRG, she will oversee the sales operation, reporting to […]

Tanner upped as Thomas exits Passion

Nick Tanner has been named head of sales at UK-based distributor Passion, replacing the outgoing Elin Thomas. The latter was named global head of sales at the Tinopolis-owned distribution house in 2014 and was promoted global director of sales a year later, but is leaving for a new senior role at a currently-undisclosed company. Thomas […]

Passion releasing The Boy Who Tried to Kill Trump

Passion Distribution has snagged The Boy Who Tried to Kill Trump, the doc special about a British citizen who tried to shoot the US president at one of his pre-election rallies. The show was commissioned by BBC Three, the UK pubcaster’s online, youth-skewing net, under the titled The Brit Who Tried to Kill Trump, and […]

Ex-NBCU unscripted chief resurfaces at Tinopolis

NBCUniversal International Studios’ former unscripted chief, David Mortimer, has joined transatlantic production group Tinopolis. Mortimer has become Tinopolis’ first director of content, overseeing content direction and performance across the Wales-headquartered production and distribution group. Placing a particular focus on popular factual and factual entertainment, Mortimer will also be tasked with group growth by identifying and […]

BBCWW takes Pests and Rich Kids into Africa

Passion Distribution has shopped a raft of content to BBC Worldwide in the wake of the recent Discop Africa market. Worldwide acquired a package that includes Rich Kids of Social Media and UKTV’s pest control series Deadliest Pests Down Under (pictured) for its channels in the region. The deal also included Firecracker Films’ one-off Channel 4 […]

Broadcasters join Robot Wars

UK battling robots series Robot Wars has been acquired by a raft of international broadcasters. The sales come as UK pubcaster the BBC orders a second season of the rebooted series after a successful summer run on BBC Two. Internationally, Viasat World has bought the finished first series for its Explore Channel in the central […]

Passion to reveal The Next Great Magician

UK-based Passion Distribution to hoping to conjure up deals for its new Crook Productions format The Next Great Magician. The ITV entertainment format is a coproduction between Cats on the Roof Media-owned Crook and illusionist Derren Brown’s Vaudeville Productions, and comprises six of 200 new hours Passion is debuting in Cannes. The reality competition series […]

Banijay UK chief to exit

Rod Henwood is stepping down from his post as CEO of Banijay UK, Belgium and Netherlands. He will leave in November, with “an announcement will follow shortly regarding the organisational changes that will be made following Rod’s departure”, according to a Banijay statement. Henwood’s post put him in charge of prodcos such as RDF, IWC, […]

DCD Rights adds Passion exec in drama plan

DCD Rights has hired Philippa Chuter, who was working at rival UK-based distributor Passion, as part of a wider push into drama acquisitions. She is taking on a new role as senior acquisitions executive at the DCD Media sales business, having previously been acquisition executive at Tinopolis Group-owned Passion. This will free up head of […]