Idris Elba preps Mandela, My Dad and Me doc

Idris Elba is making Mandela, My Dad and Me, a one-off doc about his life and preparation for playing Nelson Mandela in the hit movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Elba’s prodco Green Door Pictures, UK indie Woodcut Media and Shine regional division Shine North are making the 1x60mins film. Content financier Bob & Co. are part-financing […]

Endemol Shine Group created, senior team named

Endemol, Shine and Core have launched their joint enterprise, which has been initially named ‘Endemol Shine Group’. Content sales will be run by Endemol Worldwide Distribution boss Cathy Payne (left). Nadine Nohr (below right) and Axel Kuehn are the highest-profile casualties amid a wide-ranging restructure. Shine’s Gary Carter and Endemol’s Martha Brass have also bagged […]

Buyers Briefing: Devi Noviana, RCTI (Indonesia)

Name: Devi Noviana Title: head of international acquisitions Ahead of the ATF market in Singapore, TBI spoke to key buyers in the region about their acquisitions strategy Describe the profile of the channel for which you are buying? RCTI’s target audience is Male/FemaleABC 5+ and most of our programming is general entertainment with local drama […]

Calemzuk forms Rampante, teams with Time

Former Fox and Shine boss Emiliano Calemzuk has created a new content company, Rampante, and teamed up with publishing group Time Inc. to form a new production company. The new prodco will make video content for a new multiplatform library and will also help Time distribute its video content. Time Inc. brands include Sports Illustrated, […]

MasterChef’s secret sauce

MasterChef recently broke the 50-territory mark for local versions. TBI spoke to the people making, distributing and broadcasting the show about the ingredients that have helped it become the preeminent global cooking show. Not every hit international format comes with a grocery bill, but broadcasters ordering MasterChef will need to spend between £300-£450 (US$485-$730) in […]

Rich Ross exits Shine, lands at Discovery

Rich Ross has left Shine amid a restructure at the enlarged production and distribution group and joined Discovery Channel. He will be president of Discovery Channel. Based in LA, Ross will oversee the running of Discovery’s flagship service with responsibility for strategy, production, marketing and the day-to-day running of the channel. Ross will report to […]

Endemol-Shine merger confirmed

MIPCOM 2014 will be the final market that Shine and Endemol attend independently of each other, after their parent companies today confirmed a merger. Endemol owner Apollo Global Management and Shine’s parent 21st Century Fox have confirmed their plan to merge the companies, along with Apollo’s Core Media Group, and co-manage the resulting group, which […]

Showtime for INXS as Shine strikes US deal

US cable network Showtime has acquired INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, the two-part drama that tells the story of the Australian rockers. Shine’s international sales arm distributes the drama and struck the Showtime deal, and told TBI this morning about a raft of other agreements for the drama. CBS-owned premium cable net Showtime will show […]

BBC quotas to be scrapped after TV mega-mergers

The BBC will scrap the mechanism by which it divides up in-house and independent production quotas following the mass of mega-mergers happening in the indie sector. The shake-up – described as one of the largest in the BBC’s 92-year history – is designed to create a “level playing-field between BBC producers and independent ones”, which […]

Hulu snags The Bridge

Hulu has acquired The Bridge from Shine International. The US streaming service will make the series, a US remake of hit Scandi drama The Bridge, available on its premium Hulu Plus service. The full series will be on the subscription Hulu Plus service from June 9, with selected episodes on the free Hulu service. Shine, […]