Donald Trump, Univision settle $500m legal case

The US$500 million legal case between US Hispanic broadcaster Univision Communications and American presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been settled. Details of the settlement were not forthcoming, but relate to events set in motion when Trump called illegal Mexican immigrants “rapists”. Univision had dropped the Miss Universe telecast in protest of the comments that Trump, […]

Ob docs: obsolete or of the moment?

Rumblings that the ob doc trend is stifling creativity on both sides of the Atlantic have divided the factual programming industry. Is the genre coming to the end of its cycle, or is it simply evolving, asks Jesse Whittock The commissions of History’s Pawn Stars and American Pickers in 2009 and 2010 respectively ushered in […]

Sky Vision grabs Reelz-bound Asylum series

Sky Vision, the international distribution arm of BSkyB, has picked up international distribution rights to 50 hours from US-based Asylum Entertainment. The package comprises 10 10x30mins unscripted series Asylum is producing for US pay TV channel ReelzChannel. The shows come from an output deal Reelz secured with Asylum in August. Sky Vision already represents two […]

News brief: US channel Reelz cuts output deal with Asylum

ReelzChannel has inked an output deal with Asylum Entertainment and the producer will make 50 hours of unscripted content for the US cable net in 2014. The agreement, which covers ten series, follows the pair working together on a variety of previous projects. ReelzChannel acquired Asylum’s The Kennedys miniseries and the pair also inked a […]

NATPE’s Rod Perth: ‘TV talks Hollywood, Silicon Valley speaks Hungarian’

With NATPE Budapest 2013 wrapped up, Jesse Whittock sits down with NATPE CEO Rod Perth to discuss the market’s future, fighting new competition from upstart markets and why TV and digital need to start talking the same language This week was former channel president Rod Perth’s second NATPE Budapest since he joined the NATPE organisation […]

Bomb Girls series cancelled, continues as TV movie

Canadian WW2 drama series Bomb Girls has been cancelled by Global but the Canadian broadcaster has ordered a two-hour TV movie rounding off the stories from the show.   The show follows a group of women working in a war time munitions factory and performed well on Global and US cable net ReelzChannel, but the […]

Rive Gauche to distribute Dolph Lundgren reality series

US-based distributor Rive Gauche will distribute Dolph Lundgren’s new reality series Race to the Scene in international markets. The actor hosts the competition series, which follows contestants as they race to and from actual movie locations, competing in challenges and stunts inspired by the most memorable movie moments. Rive Gauche Television will launch it internationally […]

ReelzChannel orders Kennedys follow up

US cable network ReelzChannel is developing a follow up to its controversial miniseries The Kennedys with Canadian producer Muse Entertainment. The broadcaster has struck a co-development deal with Muse, which was behind the original series, after it acquired the rights to J. Randy Taraborrelli’s book After Camelot. The show will be the third series the […]