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Kids round-up: Beyond shops ‘The World According To Grandpa’; Cyber launches animation studio; Rai welcomes ‘Pablo’

Beyond Rights shops ‘The World According To Grandpa’ Beyond Rights has acquired worldwide distribution rights to kids’ series The World According To Grandpa, which it will be officially launching to the international market at the upcoming Kidscreen. Produced by Saffron Cherry TV for UK broadcaster Channel 5, the 25 x 11-minute series is based on […]

Rai names Maria Pia Ammirati to replace Eleanora Andreatta as head of drama

Rai in Italy has appointed Maria Pia Ammirati to lead its scripted output, replacing the former head of drama Eleanora Andreatta who has joined Netflix. Pia Ammirati becomes head of drama for Rai Fiction having most recently been director of the Italian pubcaster’s archive division Rai Teche, which she has led since 2014. She is also president […]

Rai & Mediaset in Italy snag raft of factual deals with distributor TVF

Italian pubcaster Rai and commercial rival Mediaset have struck deals for a raft of programming from UK-based factual distributor TVF International. Rai 1 has picked up rights to two NHK-commissioned specials, with aerial show Flying China’s Stone Forest and Underwater Universe: The Orda Cave, as well as The Tipping Points, a six-parter originally commissioned by […]

Netflix swoops for Rai’s drama chief Eleanora Andreatta to head Italian originals

Netflix has shocked the Italian TV business by swooping for Rai’s head of drama Eleanora Andreatta, the long-standing scripted exec who has been with the public broadcaster for more than 25 years. Andreatta will become VP of Italian originals at Netflix, which has been ramping up its local output from the country over recent years […]

Exclusive: Rai, Asacha Media’s Stand By Me prep first Italian Covid-19 drama

Italian pubcaster Rai is preparing to air the first scripted series to be filmed and released during the Covid-19 pandemic, after linking up with Asacha Media Group’s prodco Stand By Me. A Coronavirus-themed special season of teen drama JAMS is in the works, which is being co-produced using new techniques to observe the new health […]

Netflix forges Fandango pact for Elena Ferrante novel, orders Swedish drama

Netflix has linked up with My Brilliant Friend producer Fandango to adapt another novel from author Elena Ferrante, while also ordering a drama about Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson. The streamer is working with Fandango to turn Ferrante’s novel The Lying Life Of Adults into a small screen series, following the book’s publication in Italy in […]

Slate round-up: Rai reveals virtual offerings; TVF unveils Covid-19-driven shows

Rai rides Piaggio onto virtual portal Rai Com, the distribution division of Italian pubcaster Rai, has launched an array of programming via its virtual sales platform including TV movie Piaggio and crime series Il Commissario Ricciardi. Virtual screenings of the new lineup, which had been scheduled to be rolled out at MIPTV, are currently available […]

Coronavirus hits events in Italy & Korea, Series Mania ‘monitors’ & MIPTV to refund

TV conferences and markets around the world are being postponed amid concerns over the spread of Coronavirus. Italian broadcaster Rai confirmed it was not moving ahead with Cartoons on the Bay, which had been due to take place in Pescara, Italy between 2-5 April. Organisers said that “in relation to the spread of the COVID-19 […]

Europe’s Alliance looks to Spain as it navigates different priorities

The fledgling Alliance of European public broadcasters is looking to get into business with Spain as it continues to become more established in the landscape.  Rai’s commissioner for international co-productions Michele Zatta has confirmed that the Alliance – a partnership formed last year between France Télévisions, Italy’s Rai and Germany’s ZDF to pool resources and […]

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