Passion Distribution


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, […]

Passion ups Elin Thomas

Passion Distribution has promoted Elin Thomas to director of global sales. Thomas (pictured) joined Passion last summer after almost two decades at BBC Worldwide, latterly as its international formats chief. At Tinopolis-owned, UK-based distributor Passion, Thomas is credited with growing overall and format sales with notable deals for entertainment series RuPaul’s Drag Race and Worst […]

Tinopolis poaches Wall to Wall boss

Wales-based Tinopolis Group has poached Wall to Wall veteran Jonathan Hewes to become CEO of its subsidiaries Mentorn Media and Pioneer Productions. Hewes (pictured) was most recently head of international at Warner Bros. International Television Production-owned Wall to Wall, having worked at the Who Do You Think You Are produce for two decades. He has […]

UK’s truTV lands America’s Got Talent

The British version of truTV has landed the latest season of US reality competition series America’s Got Talent. The exclusive deal with distributor FremantleMedia International marks one of the biggest deals truTV has struck since launching in the UK on digital free-TV last year. Produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment, America’s Got Talent […]

Seven will Make You Laugh Out Loud

Australia’s Seven Network has acquired Passion Distribution-sold comedy entertainment series Make You Laugh Out Loud. The 7x60mins series has also gone to Hong Kong’s TVB and Nat Geo Wild in Asia. A deal with a US channel will also soon be completed, Passion said. The first episode of Make You Laugh Out Loud debuted on […]