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 […]

RTL Germany lands ‘Dark Woods’ producers for true crime drama

RTL in Germany has unveiled a two-part drama from the team behind Dark Woods, which explores the work of Hamburg’s special response force.  Sonderlage (working title) is made up of 2 x 90-minute shows and is inspired by true events, exploring how the police respond to hostile attacks, kidnappings and hostage-taking. It is being shot in Hamburg and Berlin, with ConradFilm […]

German broadcasters go Beyond for factual content

German broadcasters including Sky Deutschland and RTL have acquired a slew of new factual content, following deals with distributor Beyond Rights. Sky Deutschland has acquired a package of close to 100 hours, led by Elizabeth (8 x 60-minutes), the topical royal biography series that spans the 70-year reign of the British Queen, and The Prince […]

MIPTV factual round-up – updated throughout the day

Curiosity & OTF strike factual deal Factual outfit Curiosity has acquired 190 hours of content in a package deal with Off The Fence’s (OTF) Amsterdam-based distribution arm. Under the deal, OTF will deliver 80 titles across five genres – including natural-history, travel, true-crime and history series and documentaries – to Curiosity’s flagship streaming service Curiosity […]

Sales round-up: European & Oz pre-sales for ‘Superbrands’; Bell Media & Discovery snag ‘Patrol shows; Noah Media takes ‘Stewart’ rights

European & Oz pre-sales for ‘Superbrands’ Nine Network in Australia, TV2 in Denmark and RTL in the Netherlands have inked pre-sale deals with UK distributor and production funding broker Silverlining Rights for HLP Studios’ upcoming Channel 4 series Inside The Superbrands. The 8 x 60-minute series goes behind the doors of some of the world’s […]

Show of the Week: The Friedmanns

This moving eight-part drama starts off where some shows might end, resulting in a unique, authentic and emotional series that explores how a family recovers after suffering tragedy and grief. The Friedmanns, from Redseven Entertainment, tracks what happens when Mischko Friedmann loses Emma, the love of his life and the mother of his three children, Maya, […]

RTL sells Croatian operation to PPF Group in $57m deal

Fremantle owner RTL Group has struck a deal to sell its Croatian operation to Czech investment group PPF. The deal, which is being carried out via PPF’s subsidiary Central European Media Enterprises (CME), values RTL Croatia at €50m ($57m). CME will acquire 100% of the broadcaster, and has secured the long-term rights to retain the use […]

TBI In Conversation: David Hasselhoff & Syrreal on ‘Ze Network’s tone & zone

With RTL+ comedy-thriller Ze Network launching later this year, TBI’s Mark Layton talks to Hollywood icon David Hasselhoff and Syrreal’s Christian Alvart and Sigi Kamml about what to expect from this genre-bending German series. The line between fact and fiction will grow a little blurry later this year, as David Hasselhoff-led dark comedy thriller Ze […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: How RTL Group is competing on streaming

US media giants are targeting Europe with their streamers but incumbent operators are making moves of their own. Tim Westcott, senior analyst for research powerhouse (and TBI sibling) Omdia, reveals the state of play at continental giant, RTL Group. Luxembourg-based RTL Group has set the target of “building national streaming champions” in all of the […]

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