News round-up: ‘Alone’ enters Germany; Streamers snag ZDF Studios shows

A+E’s Alone enters Germany RTL+ in Germany has ordered a local version of A+E Media Group’s format Alone. Alone: Überlebe Die Wildnis, which will be produced by ITV Studios Germany, follows a second season order of Alone Australia, which will be available on SBS Australia and also produced by ITVS. SBS also picked up the […]

German SVOD subscribers to overtake UK by end of 2023, research reveals

Germany will have more SVOD subscriptions than the UK by the end of this year, with the gap between the two countries growing from then on, according to research revealed today. Western Europe is forecast to have 273 million SVOD subscriptions by 2029, up from 210 million by end-2023, with the data coming from Digital […]

Show of the Week: I Am Scrooge

Set in the 1980s and 1990s and based on real events, this 6 x 60-minute crime drama tells the true story of Arno Funke, better known to the world as Scrooge the department store extortionist. Becoming an international media sensation and dubbed the ‘DuckTales Bandit’ by The New Yorker, Funke (played here by Friedrich Mücke) […]

RTL & TV2 order ‘The Traitors’ as format expands to Germany, Denmark & Finland

RTL in Germany and TV2 in Denmark have commissioned local versions of psychological adventure format The Traitors, while a Finnish adaptation is also in the works. In Finland, Fremantle will produce the Finnish version, though no broadcaster partner has yet been named, whilst in Denmark Blu will produce a Danish version for TV2. All3Media’s Berlin […]

RTL+ tunes into ‘That’s My Jam’ for German adaptation

RTL+, the streaming service of German pubcaster RTL, has ordered a local version of musical format That’s My Jam. This will be the sixth international adaptation of the NBCUniversal Formats title and will be hosted by musicians and brothers Bill & Tom Kaulitz, best known for their band Tokio Hotel. That’s My Jam Mit Bill […]

TF1, RTL, & Seven among 77 global buyers of ‘Harry: The Interview’

TF1 in France, RTL in Germany, Seven Network in Australia and Globo in Brazil are among buyers in 77 countries that have picked up ITN Productions’ Harry: The Interview. The 90-minute show, which debuted on ITV1 and ITVX in the UK on Sunday, has been sold by ITV Studios around the world, with Discovery in […]

RTL rejigs in Hungary with RTL+ launch, with 12 local originals planned

RTL Group is launching a new SVOD service in Hungary called RTL+, which will seek to differentiate itself by focusing primarily on local content. RTL+ aims to launch 12 exclusive local productions on the platform over the next 12 months and in parallel with the streamer’s launch, the company’s well-established linear channel RTL Klub will […]

France’s TF1 & M6 abandon merger plans

Bouygues, RTL Group, Groupe TF1 and Groupe M6 have called off their plan to merge the TF1 and M6 groups. The decision to abandon the merger, which was originally announced in May last year, came after  the parties appeared at the hearings of the French Competition Authority’s board on 5 and 6 September to argue […]

RTL revives ‘Big Bounce Battle’

German broadcaster RTL has commissioned a third season of Banijay competition format Big Bounce Battle after a four year hiatus. Created by Endemol Shine Nederland and known locally as Big Bounce – Die Trampolin Show, the format debuted in Germany in 2018 with its second season launching in 2019. Banijay Productions Germany will produce the […]

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