News brief: UKTV buys Crusoe, Pinocchio

British multichannel operator UKTV has bought three scripted series from UK-based distributor Power. Scripps Networks International- and BBC Worldwide-owned UKTV has acquired the 13x60mins Crusoe, 2x120mins Pinocchio and 1x120mins A Bear Named Winnie (pictured). “We are pleased that there continues to be an appetite for these one of a kind classics, not only in the […]

Orange expands video-on-demand with studio deals

Orange France is expanding its video-on-demand service and launching a ‘buy to keep’ and download-to-own option, aided by deals with the likes of Warner and Disney. Orange customers can now purchase films direct from their TV screens, allowing them to stream them repeatedly on TV, PC or Mac, with an option to download a digital […]

MIPCOM Hot Pick: Pinocchio

Global Screen decided it had a hit on its hands with this remake of Pinocchio “as early as at script stage”, says the company’s head of TV sales, Marlene Fritz. The programme retells the story of the pine wood puppet carved by an Italian toymaker that comes to life and goes on a series of […]