Philippe Soutter

2014 Year in Review, part two

What were the moments that defined 2014 for individual companies in the international TV space? In the second part of our three-part Year in Review special, we unearth the deals that mattered to those brokering them. The quality of programming in 2014 continued the recent trend that has seen TV become a prime source of […]

In kids TV, a great concept simply isn’t enough

Everyone in the television industry will agree to two things when it comes to kids TV: it’s tough to get funded for a US$10 million kids TV show, and it’s even tougher to make it successful. What makes it even tougher to persist and subsist in kids TV is that, like the music industry, this […]

New international deals for Chaplin toon

PGS Entertainment has notched more sales of Chaplin & Co, the series featuring the famous comic actor in animated form. Produced by Method Animation and commissioned by France Televisions and Italy’s Rai, the series has been acquired by broadcasters including RTVE and Canal Panda in Spain, TV2 in Norway, CTC in Russia and Globosat in […]

Nickelodeon signs up for Alvinnn! and The Chipmunks

Nickelodeon has taken international rights to the new Alvin and the Chipmunks series. The new show, Alvinnn! and the Chipmunks, will go out on Nickelodeon’s international channels with the exception of the US and Brazil. The show was created by by Janice Karman and is produced by Bagdasarian Productions and OuiDO! Productions. Nick has bought […]

PGS takes rights to Playmobil series Super Four

PGS Entertainment has picked up rights to Playmobil-inspired series Super Four. The France-based distributor will launch the 3D CGI series internationally. The show features four characters and their adventures in a a world based on the distinctive Playmobil toys. It is the first time the brand, which is owned by Germany’s Brandstätter Group, has featured […]

PGS inks first-look deal with Zagtoon

Distributor PGS Entertainment has struck a first-look deal with kids producer Zagtoon and will sell its shows internationally. The first project under the terms of the new partnership will be for the global distribution of the live action and animated series Ghostforce (pictured). The series follows a New York chemistry teacher turned ghost hunter. Zagtoon […]

Management shake-up at French kids company PGS

France-based kids distributor PGS Entertainment has reshuffled its management team and appointed a CFO. Guy Soutter (above) becomes the company’s first ever CFO. He joins from private equity firm Oberon. Other internal changes include the promotion of Laure Cubeau to head of operations and Charlotte Selignan head of marketing. Richard Bickersteth has been taken on […]