SBS buys another Studiocanal drama

Australian pubcaster SBS has acquired another drama from French distributor Studiocanal. The deal comes after the network bought The Last Panthers, which Studiocanal jointly distributes with Sky Vision. Spotless, a ten-part crime drama about a man that becomes embroiled with the mob, will air on SBS2 next year. “Edgy, funny and filled with danger, Spotless […]

ProSiebenSat.1 nabs ‘important’ Disney content deal

ProSiebenSat.1 and The Walt Disney Company have agreed a significant multi-year agreement that gives the former new US series and movies for its free, pay and SVOD channels. The deal is a coup for German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, with Disney’s output previously going out in the territory through former local partner RTL. The master-licence agreement includes […]

Studiocanal, Red back new UK indie

France-based film and TV giant Studiocanal is backing Guilty Party, a new UK prodco start-up from producer Spencer Millman and actor-writers Simon Bird and Jonny Sweet. Nicola Shindler, boss of another Studiocanal-owned UK producer, Red Production, will be the creative supervisor of Guilty Party. Millman has a long list of UK comedy credits including Harry […]

Tandem lines up Ken Follett event series

Tandem Productions is lining up another series based on a Ken Follett novel, taking rights to the writer’s spy thriller Code to Zero. Tandem, which is owned by France’s StudioCanal, has already successfully adapted two Follet books for TV – The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Crossing Lines prodco Tandem said Code […]

Vivendi buys Can’t Stop, Flab Lab and Studio+

French media powerhouse Vivendi has made three prodco acquisitions in its ongoing content drive, including Can’t Stop Media, the formats creator and distributor run by former Zodiak Media executive Matthieu Porte. Vivendi has also bought French prodco Flab Lab, a talkshow specialist that is well-known in France, if not internationally. The third deal is for […]

Vivendi moves for stake in Banijay-Zodiak

French media giant Vivendi is in talks to buy a minority stake in the soon-to-be merged Banijay Group and Zodiak Media production and distribution group. Vivendi confirmed yesterday that it is in exclusive talks to buy into to the new company. In a note in its first half 2015 financial results, the French media firm […]

Independent thinking

The LA Screenings see thousands of buyers head to Los Angeles to peruse the Hollywood studio’s latest offerings. However, May isn’t entirely about the majors and the Latins and independents are keen to make the most of the buyers’ time, reports Stewart Clarke It is little wonder that international buyers always cite the LA Screenings […]

NBCU net acquires Canal+’s Spotless

NBCUniversal’s cable channel Esquire Network has acquired Canal+ Originale drama Spotless. The dark 10-part drama comes from Germany-based Tandem Productions, whose parent Studiocanal, is part of the Canal+ Group. Studiocanal is also the show’s distributor. Though the series, shot in English and set in London, has finished its first run on French pay TV, Esquire […]

DR, Arte back Borgen creator’s drama

European channels DR and Arte have partnered with Borgen creator Adam Price on a character-driven drama that centres on faith. Danish pubcaster DR and Franco-German cultural channel Arte are working with BAFTA-winning producer Price’s new scripted prodco SAM Productions on the show, Rides Upon the Storm (WT). The Danish and French SAM subsidiaries, SAM Productions […]

Wuaki poaches iTunes exec for OTT

OTT video-on-demand provider has hired former Apple iTunes executive Sébastien Janin to head international business development. Janin has worked for iTunes, where he was responsible for launching and managing the roll out of the iTunes film service in Europe and Latin America, for the last eight years. For the last two years he has […]