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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 […]

Discovery diversifying beyond factual to become ‘broader media company’

Discovery Communications will become a broader based media company, moving beyond the factual content on which the business was built, according to its international boss Mark Hollinger. “We have made the decision that we can be more than a factual pay TV business,” Hollinger said. “You can see the company transforming itself into a bigger, […]

ABC poaches SBS exec for top TV role

Australia’s ABC has appointed the COO of the country’s other pubcaster, SBS, to become its new director of television. Richard Finlayson will fill the gap left when former television chief Kim Dalton left in December. ABC, which comprises ABC1, ABC2, ABC3 and ABC News 24, and catch-up TV service ABC iview, described Finlayson as “a […]

BBC Worldwide poaches FremantleMedia boss

BBC worldwide has hired Jon Penn as managing director of its Australasian operation. Penn is currently CEO, Asia Pacific at FremantleMedia Enterprises. He will join Worldwide in April. As MD, BBC Worldwide Australasia, Penn will take over from Tony Iffland, who left lasy year to join public broadcaster SBS, and interim boss Blair McQuade. Under […]

Raft of extra carriage for Denmark’s free-TV channels

Modern Times Group (MTG) has inked new carriage deals for its free-to-air channels TV3 and TV3 Puls. The channels will be carried on the Canal Digital platform in Denmark, marking the first time that they have been on the Telenor-owned platform. Separately, MTG said it will add SBS’s free-to-air Danish channels, Kanal 4 and Kanal […]

Sierra/Engine bringing Korean drama to the West

US producer and distributor Sierra/Engine Television has picked up rights to hit Korean drama Cruel Temptation and will shop it as a scripted format internationally. Sierra/Engine Television picked up the rights from SBS International, the commercial arm of Korean free-to-air broadcaster SBS. The US company will team with former Sony senior VP Brendan Fitzgerald’s company, Pomodoro […]

Banijay wins Popstars format dispute with Talpa

A court in the Netherlands has ruled that Talpa cannot launch ‘The Next Popstar’ format under that name because it is too similar to ‘Popstars‘, the format ultimately owned by Banijay. The District Court of The Hague issued a ruling yesterday that the title of the upcoming Talpa talent show was too similar to that […]

Australia’s SBS announced 2013 slate

Australian public broadcaster SBS has announced its 2013 programming slate with a raft of local productions and international acquisitions including IFC action comedy Bullet in the Face. The network picked up Australian rights to the Eddie Izzard fronted series (pictured), which is distributed internationally by TF1 International and produced by Canada’s Muse Entertainment. Other international […]

UK multichannel operators programming spend hits £2.2 billion

The main providers of commercial digital channels in the UK spent a cumulative £2.2 billion on content last year, according to new research. Oliver & Ohlbaum’s Economic Impact Report for COBA, the industry body for UK-based multichannel operators, breaks down the programming spend of the group’s membership, which includes Discovery, BSkyB, Fox International Channels, NBCUniversal, […]

UK multichannel programming spend rockets to £623 million

Commercial multichannel broadcasters spent £623 million on content last year, a 31% year-on-year increase. A report compiled by Oliver & Ohlbaum for the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) showed that investment in original first-run programming increased sharply last year, as did money spent on acquisitions of finished shows. Many multichannel broadcasters, notably BSkyB, have upped their […]