Playmobil series Super 4 sales stack up

A range of broadcasters from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Canada have acquired the Playmobil-inspired kids animated series Super 4. Neox Kidz, which is part Spain’s Atresmedia; TV3 in Catalonia, Canal Panda in Portugal; RTBF in Belgium; RTS in Switzerland; RTL téléKids in Netherlands and Luxembourg; MTV3 in Finland; Canal+ in Poland; Noga in […]

ITV Studios locks in CEE format deals

ITV Studios has struck several format deals in the Central and Eastern Europe region, including a remake of Surprise Surprise and Hell’s Kitchen. Romanian free-to-air broadcaster Antena has commissioned a local version of cooking reality series Hell’s Kitchen, which will go out on its flagship Antena 1 channel. ITV Studios has recently shopped the format […]

News brief: Newen plays Polo with Euro broadcasters

France’s Newen Distribution has launched an animated children’s series that has France’s PIWI+, Sweden’s SVT and Switzerland’s RTS attached as broadcast partners. Polo is a 52x6mins preschool series from Bayard Animation and Fabrique d’Images. According to Newen, the shows follows Polo, who “lives in a dream world. He has an island for him alone, lives […]

ITV Studios sells The Chase format

ITV Studios has shopped local versions of The Chase into Serbia and Croatia. In Serbia, RTS has ordered a 40x60mins local version of the gameshow and in Croatia HRT will air a 30x60mins version. The deals follow a recommission of The Chase in the UK on ITV, which has made a two-season, 324-episode order of […]

International media coming to Cambridge

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries, ABC boss Paul Lee and Microsoft Studios chief Nancy Tellem will be in the UK next month for the Royal Television Society’s annual convention. The media get-together is chaired by Channel 4 boss David Abraham and other speakers include UK culture secretary Maria Miller, BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie, YouTube […]

French documentaries singled out

Despite European public channels closing documentary slots and growing competition from hosted factual and reality series, the French single doc industry is finding success by diversifying and while presales are tough to secure, emerging territories are seeking international copro partners. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly explores the market. At MIPDoc in April, five out of the ten most […]

First Hand scores doc, factual sales

Switzerland-based First Hand Films has scored deals for its documentary and factual content with broadcasters in territories as far apart as Belgium and Australia. Among the deals secured at MIPTV last week, Belgian pubcaster VRT has bought The Secret of Hama, which is a humourous behind-the-scenes look at a struggling Dutch apartment store. Over in […]

FTA, pay TV nets visit Zodiak’s Ranch

Four free-to-air broadcasters are among new buyers of Zodiak Kids’ animated series The Ranch. The 26x26mins show, which comes from Zodiak Media-owned Tele Images Productions and launched on TF1 last year, has gone to FTA nets RTS in Switzerland, SVT Barnkanalen in Sweden, POP TV in Slovenia and CFI in French-speaking Africa. Furthermore, pay TV […]

News brief: Tessa Jowell among new RTS vice presidents

Former UK culture secretary Dame Tessa Jowell is among six new vice presidents at the Royal Television Society, the UK industry group for TV professionals. The other new RTS vice presidents are News International chief executive Mike Darcey, Ofcom chair Colette Bowe, broadcaster Stewart Purvis, Arqiva chief executive John Cresswell and TV presenter Baroness Floella […]

Theresa Wise named RTS chief

The Royal Television Society has appointed ex-Disney exec Theresa Wise as its new chief executive. She replaces Simon Albury, who is retiring as boss of the Society, which is leading UK-based forum for television and related media. Wise has been consulting since leaving Disney, where she was senior VP, corporate strategy for Europe, the Middle […]