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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 […]

Humphrey to reunite with Namiech at Passion

Jimmy Humphrey will reunite with his former Banijay International boss Emmanuelle Namiech by joining UK-based Passion Distribution. The exec will become head of acquisitions at the Tinopolis Group-owned sales outfit on August 1. Reporting to Namiech, who succeeded Sally Miles as Passion chief executive earlier this year, Humphrey (pictured) will oversee the development, acquisition and […]

ProSieben to start Robot Wars

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has bought the reboot of Robot Wars. The new UK series, in which teams pit their battle robots against one another in a knockout competition, is about to launch on BBC Two in the UK. ProSieben has snagged the free TV rights for Germany in a deal struck with its distributor, Passion […]

Foxtel, Sky Italia get factual from Passion

Pay TV providers in Australia and Italy are among those that have bought factual programming from UK-based vendor Passion Distribution. Foxtel has taken Charlie Luxton’s Homes By the Med (pictured), a new 6x60mins show airing on More4 in the UK, plus season three of Charlie Luxton’s Homes By the Sea, another from True North Productions […]

Buyers commit to true crime with Passion

Passion Distribution has notched a raft of post-MIPTV sales with a several deals for its true crime and factual fare. Discovery Networks Italy has picked up a 60-hour package for Italy that includes Prospectors and Weather Gone Viral. Discovery has also bought true crime series Mail Order Murder, Stalked and Frenemies. Other true crime sales […]

BattleBots to challenge Robot Wars in Cannes

A five-foot humanoid combat robot named ‘The Obwalden Overlord’ will touch down in Cannes next week, as a face-off between two rival formats looms large. The mech will be at MIPTV with UK-based Sky Vision, which has acquired rights to ABC robot combat series BattleBots. Rights to the 6x60mins season one are immediately available, with the […]

Ex-Banijay sales boss to lead Passion

Former Banijay Group sales boss Emmanuelle Namiech has been named CEO of Passion Distribution. Multiple sources had indicated ex-Banijay International managing director Namiech would be named in the post, and Tinopolis-owned Passion has now confirmed the news. Namiech exited Banijay Group as it completed its merger with Zodiak Media, with the latter’s head of sales, […]