RTÉ gets Connected

Irish pubcaster RTÉ has commissioned a local version of Israeli multiplatform Connected. RTÉ is coproducing the show with Animo Television & Kite Entertainment, having scored a deal with distributor Armoza Formats. It will go out on RTÉ Two. Connected first played on Hot TV in Israel and has also been made for MTV3 in Finland, […]

Irish talent format set for RTL5 in Holland

Irish talent format The Hit is getting a local version on Dutch broadcaster RTL5. The series has been a ratings hit for Irish pubcaster RTÉ One and formats rights holder Warner Bros. International Television Production has now secured an eight-episode run of its own. WBITVP-owned BlazHoffski will produce the show, which will launch in spring […]

Oz nets bag RTÉ lifestyle, factual series

Australia’s leading pay operator Foxtel and pubcasters ABC and SBS are among others of factual, documentary and lifestyle content from Ireland’s RTÉ Global. Foxtel’s History Channel has signed a 10-hour package from the commercial sales arm of Ireland’s pubcaster, which includes Secrets of the Irish Landscape, JFK: A Homecoming, WB Yeats: No Country for Old […]

Programming and channel deals for Nickelodeon

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has struck a new distribution deal with pay TV operator RCS&RDS covering Romania and Hungary. The deal will expand the reach of Viacom’s channels Nickelodeon and Comedy Central across RCS&RDS’s Romanian and Hungarian pay networks. Nickelodeon will be available in an additional three million homes in Romania and 500,000 in […]

Liberty Global launches Horizon TV in Ireland

Liberty Global has launched its next generation Horizon TV set-top service in Ireland, enabled by a half billion Euro investment in fibre-powered broadband by its European division UPC. Liberty’s Irish operator UPC Ireland launched the set-top box yesterday, which allows users to record up to four programmes simultaneously while watching a fifth, and to access […]

Canada’s THA poaches BBC Worldwide exec McCauley

Thomas Howe Associates (THA) has poached Gwen Jones McCauley from BBC Worldwide. She will take a newly created senior VP, content sales and business development position at the specialist Canadian distributor. In the new role McCauley will oversee THA’s programme sales in Canada as well as scouting for international series it can shop to Canadian […]

Channel 5 buys Irish drama

The UK’s Channel 5 has followed up its acquisition of The Bible by taking Irish drama Love/Hate, which was a hit for RTE. The show is sold by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. In Ireland, it scored critical acclaim and strong audience shares when it ran toward the end of last year. Channel 5 has bought […]

News brief: Al Jazeera Children’s Channel and V&S coproducing more Everything’s Rosie

V&S Entertainment and Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC) are coproducing a third season of preschool animated series Everything’s Rosie. The Middle Eastern kids channel and UK producer have teamed for earlier series and confirmed they will make season three together. The show  airs on JCC’s preschool channel Baraem. Internationally, V&S has shopped the series to […]

RTÉ takes songwriter format The Hit to series

RTÉ has ordered a full 6x52mins season of The Hit, the songwriting competition format that was part of the Irish public broadcaster’s Formats Farm project. Formats Farm sees pilots of new shows broadcast on RTÉ Two and The Hit was one of these and went out last September. The show sees hundreds of songs submitted […]

Worldwide sales for Penguin’s Peter Rabbit series sells

Silvergate Media has inked a raft of international deals for the new Peter Rabbit animated series. The company makes and distributes the CGI animated show, which is coproduced by Penguin UK and Nickelodeon in the US. It has presold it to ABC TV Australia, France Televisions, RTE Ireland, SVT Sweden, NRK Norway and Finnish Broadcasting […]