Passion cuts pre-NATPE CEE deals

Passion Distribution has struck a number of deals with broadcasters in Central and Eastern Europe ahead of next week’s CEE-focused NATPE event in Prague. In Poland, free-to-air broadcaster TVN has picked up a package of shows including a trio of home and makeover titles from the Scripps catalogue, which passion represents. Hot Beach Houses, Amazing […]

Leading UK digital channels’ content spend hits £2.6bn

A group of leading UK digital and pay TV channels spent a combined £2.6 billion (US$4.4 billion) on programming last year, a £234 million increase on the 2012 number. COBA, the industry group for commercial pay TV and digital channels, canvassed its members to get the content spending numbers. Its membership comprises A+E, BSkyB, Chinese […]

Scripps buys Oz vet series

Scripps has taken EMEA rights to Travels with the Bondi Vet, an Australian series that follows the life and work of TV vet Dr. Chris Brown. Brown originally came to viewers’ attention in the 2009 series Bondi Vet, which proved popular on Network Ten in Australia and is on Animal Planet in Europe and CBS […]

Discovery, Scripps end takeover talks

Discovery Communications and Scripps have reportedly abandoned merger talks without getting beyond an “early, exploratory stage”. According to a Wall Street Journal report, which cites people familiar with the matter, talks between the two companies have closed, ending the possibility that Discovery will acquire its factual channel rival. The report claims that Discovery did not […]

Beyond cuts US programming deals

Beyond Distribution has sealed a programming deal with Scripps Networks Interactive for content on two of its channels and a separate deal with another US cable network. SNI’s Travel Channel has picked up culinary series BBQ Crawl, the RTR Media-produced series that follows a world champion BBQ competitor as she eats her way through the […]

Scripps’ Food Network and Travel Channel launch on Virgin Media

Scripps Networks Interactive has secured carriage for its Food Network and Travel Channel services on Virgin Media’s network. The rebranded Travel Channel will bring content including Jonathan Phang’s Caribbean Cookbook, Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern, International House Hunters, Hotel Impossible, Dangerous Grounds and World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides to Virgin Media viewers. The addition of […]

UKTV orders more of David Attenborough’s Curiosities

UKTV has commissioned a second, longer, run of natural history show David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities. The first series of the show was the highest ever rated show on UKTV’s Eden channel. It focused on animals that, for various reasons, have an intriguing biology. The new 10x30mins series will feature two animals per episode that share […]

Scripps revamps Travel Channel

Scripps Networks Interactive has revamped its international TravelChannel with a new logo, identity and changes to its scheduling and programming. The rollout applies from today to the Travel Channel in territories outside the US – where it airs in countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. A US relaunch reflecting the new brand […]

UKTV moving into international programme sales

Multichannel group UKTV will start to distribute some of its original shows directly and will be speaking to potential partners as soon as MIPTV, its head of programme distribution/strategy has told TBI. UKTV used to have a distribution output deal with BBC Worldwide, but in recent times has worked with a range of other distributors […]