Sky gives Rai top spot in Mediaset channels row

Sky in Italy is to give public broadcast channel Rai4 a prime spot on its EPG and is moving its own channels to other prime slots to replace Mediaset’s services following the latter’s decision to encrypt its channels from September 7. Mediaset has decided to encrypt its channels after failing to secure what it views […]

US drama Parenthood getting Italian remake

Italian pubcaster Rai has ordered a local version of US network comedy Parenthood. The format is owned and distributed by NBCUniversal, which has struck a deal with Cattleya, the Italian prodco that made Romanzo Criminale and Gomorrah. It will make the Italian version of the family drama, Tutto Può Succedere (Anything Could Happen), for Rai’s […]

Rai Com creates buzz around Italiana

The commercial division of Italian pubcaster Rai is in Cannes launching a magazine series based on an opinion-forming Italian culture magazine. Rai Com’s Italiana TV Magazine will run to 28 episodes of 25 minutes, with each looking at different parts of Italian culture such as food, art, architecture, fashion and design. The series is based […]

Rai Com scoops journalist miniseries drama

Rai Com, the international sales arm of Italian pubcaster Rai, is taking a scripted miniseries about trail-blazing journalist Oriana Fallaci to Cannes. Oriana stars Vittoria Puccini as Fallaci, a 20th century journalist famed in Italy for her interviews with world leaders and coverage of war and revolution. Rai Com will also offer new seasons of […]

ITV resurrects The Saint

UK broadcaster ITV is looking at a reboot of classic spy drama series The Saint. The network wants to develop a new series, subject to rights and script, TBI understands. TV declined to comment, but the Radio Times reported Ed Whitmore and Chris Lunt (Prey) are writing a pilot script. The original drama, which followed […]

News brief: Romanian net Can Do That

Romania’s Antena 1 has commissioned a local version of Armoza Formats’ studio entertainment format I Can Do That!. Antena 1 will go into production on the local show in early February ahead of a spring airdate. The deal comes soon after Azteca in Mexico and Rai in Italy signed up for local remakes. “Our goal […]

Monello gets first commission with Barenboim toon

Fledgling French prodco Monello Productions has won its first commission, Kevin Maestro, an animated series developed with, and featuring, renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim. France Télévisions, Italy’s Rai and HR, a regional affiliate to ARD, are all investing development money in the toon series. Animation indie Monello was cofounded in September 2013 by former Télé Images […]

Italy’s Rai completes successful Rai Way IPO

Italian public broadcaster Rai’s transmission tower subsidiary Rai Way has successfully completed its IPO, with its share price rising significantly after the company began trading. Rai Way set its IPO price last week at €2.95 (US$3.67), at the bottom of its initial price range, valuing the company at €802 million. The company said at the […]

Cyber plays the Long, Long game

Founder of Cyber Group Studios Pierre Sissman tells TBI that the firm is expanding its development and production capabilities, and why World War II animation The Long, Long Holiday will bring families together Pierre Sissman has spent the better part of a decade getting his Cyber Group Studios to the point where it is ready […]

News brief: Italy’s Rai sells drugs drama to the US

The international division of Italian state broadcaster Rai has notched several sales in the wake of MIPCOM. Rai Com has shopped Antidrug Squad 2 (La Narcotici 2) to US cable net MHz. The distributor added that the Goodtime and Beta Production drama, about a team of cops tackling the war on drugs, is attracting strong […]