Filmbox channels launch in Russia

Channel operator SPI International has launched seven of its channels in Russia. The digital nets will roll out on the Telekarta platform, which is owned by pay TV operator Orion. The channels carried include the FilmBox and the FilmBox Art House channels, meaning drama series including The Young Pope and Modus will be available. The […]

TF1 agrees deal with French producers

French broadcaster TF1 has agreed a new deal with local producers’ organisations that will see it commit to spending up to 12.5% of its advertising revenues on French-produced content over the next four years. TF1 will commit to spending 36% of its total programming investment on ‘dependent’ content, with a 26% ceiling placed on content […]

France Télévisions shakes up quotas, rights deals

France Télévisions has agreed new production quotas and secondary rights agreements with industry groups representing the country’s content producers. The French pubcaster inked a deal with the SATEV the SPFA, SPI and USPA industry associations yesterday that governs how much it will plough into indie production and how much will be in-house, as well as […]

Content companies vie to be Best Distributor

Five content sales companies have been shortlisted for the Best Content Distributor category in the first-ever Content Innovation Awards, organised by TBI and sister brand Digital TV Europe. Content Media, Endemol Shine International, Global Agency, ITV Studios Global Entertainment and TCB Media Rights will battle it out for the award, which will be given at […]

SPI buys 4K opera for Funbox

Channel operator SPI has acquired a 4K production of La Bohème for its ultra HD channel Funbox. The filming of the Pucini opera was overseen by Italian movie director Ettore Scola. The show has been licensed from DBW Communication, which produced it alongside Italian pubcaster Rai. “We are thrilled to present this stunning cinematic opera […]