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Dale Winton in line for BBC lottery gameshow pilot

UK producer Victory Television has won a pilot order from the BBC for a new gameshow, TBI has learned. Popular British host Dale Winton is expected front the show, which is designed to fill the UK public broadcaster’s coveted lottery results slot. Winton currently hosts In It to Win It, the Saturday evening gameshow wrapped […]

Blacklist gets early renewal at NBC

The Blacklist, the most successful of this year’s batch of new season broadcast dramas, has been given an early renewal by NBC. Making the announcement, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said the show’s ratings success “demonstrates that inspired storytelling is alive and well in broadcast television” – an attempt to disprove a growing industry belief […]

Intellygents founder leaves Sony Pictures Television

Kirsten Jan van Nieuwenhuijzen has left his position as creative director at Sony Pictures Television and started a new business, Indy Ideas. Van Nieuwenhuijzen was the cofounder of Intellygents, the interactive content firm that was acquired in 2006 for about €5 million (US$6.75 million) by 2waytraffic, which in turn was bought by Sony in 2008. […]

Paranomal series to debut on upcoming Syfy Oz

New paranormal series Haunting: Australia will be among the programmes broadcasting on the soon-to-launch Australian feed of NBCUniversal International’s Syfy channel. The show will make its debut on the net in February, a month after Syfy launches on January 1 on pay TV platform Foxtel. Haunting will follow paranormal investigator Robb Demarest (Ghost Hunters International) […]

No more Unnecessary Roughness for USA Network

USA Network has cancelled its drama series Unnecessary Roughness after three seasons. The Sony Pictures Television-produced show, which starred Callie Thorne as a therapist to an American football team, ran for three seasons from 2011 but will not return for another. “We are proud of this show and its writers, which had a unique ability […]

Breaking Bad’s Gilligan signs new Sony deal

Vince Gilligan has signed a new overall deal with Sony Pictures Television, keeping the Breaking Bad creator with the studio for the foreseeable future. Gilligan (above, right) was counted as the hottest free agent on the market after his previous SPT deal lapsed following the end of his critically acclaimed AMC crime drama but he […]

News brief: Africa’s M-Net cuts Sony Pictures deal

Sub-Saharan African pay TV platform M-net has agreed a programming deal with Sony Pictures Television. The package deal gives the African platform new and returning Sony series and titles include The Blacklist, Masters of Sex (pictured), Breaking Bad and Bad Teacher. M-Net director of group content eervices Jan du Plessis said: “The current SPT series […]

Sony’s AXN Black acquires lifestyle series

Sony Pictures Television’s pay TV channel AXN Black has picked up a package of lifestyle titles from Canada-based distributor Peace Point. Sony launched the AXN Black and AXN White channel brands in Central and Eastern Europe earlier this year with the new former replacing AXN Sci-Fi and the latter AXN Crime in the region. AXN […]

Formats boss leaves Sony Pictures Television

Ed Louwerse has left Sony Pictures Television, TBI has learned. Louwerse, who left SPT last week, is one of the most experienced formats distribution executives in the international TV business having spent almost seven years at SPT after it acquired 2waytraffic. Prior to that he spent seven years at Endemol. Sony confirmed his departure to […]

HBO Lat Am extends deal with Sony

HBO Latin America and Sony Pictures Television have agreed a multi-year extension to their current agreement for Sony Pictures’ features across HBO channels in 24 countries across Latin America, the Caribbean and Brazil. The deal gives HBO Latin America exclusive first-run pay television rights to a slew of live-action and animated films from Sony. Titles […]

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