News round-up: MIPTV embraces FAST; German copro scheme joins All3’s ‘Messenger’; C4 & NFTS strike three-year pact

MIPTV embraces FAST MIPTV a FAST-focused “channel summit” to take place during its April event in Cannes. FAST & Global will explore the rapidly-expanding international opportunities for content producers, IP right sholders, buyers and commissioners. MIPTV organisers RX Media said that a series of “talks, insights and structured networking opportunities” would “take center stage” in […]

Germany’s KiKA & Israel’s Zoom land on Mars-set teen series

Israeli and German networks have greenlit DreaMars, a new live-action sci-fi show about eight teenagers who fly to Mars for a critical mission.   Aimed at older children and teens, the 20 x 22-minute series is set to debut on German channel KiKA, and Israeli broadcaster HOT’s kids channel Zoom in 2023. It is a […]

Germany’s SWR travels ‘Down The Road’ with local order for Belgian factual format

German broadcaster SWR has commissioned a local adaptation of Down The Road, the factual format created by Belgium’s Roses Are Blue. Berlin-based Tower Productions, alongside Three Rivers Entertainment, will produce the 6 x 50-minute season, with the new show set to arrive on SWR and ARD Media Library in August. This is the third adaptation […]

Cartoon Forum 2014: pre-market guide, part two

Every year, brave indie producers stand before the great and the good of European animation commissioning to pitch their latest wares at the Cartoon Forum. Ahead of the event in September, Jesse Whittock looks at the projects heading for Toulouse. Today’s featured territories are Ireland, Belgium and Germany. IRELAND Ireland’s growing reputation as an IP […]

News brief: Football doc Mata Mata finds Euro homes

Red Arrow International-sold Brazilian football doc Mata Mata has gone to platforms in Belgium and Norway. Belgium pubcaster VRT and Norwegian video platform VGTV have both bought the doc, which literally translates to ‘Kill-Kill’. This is a Brazilian term for a knockout match and a metaphor for an approach to life. Mata Mata was originally […]

The War Report

With the 100th anniversary of the most terrible conflict in world history coming in 2014, Jesse Whittock identifies the projects and producers that will shape World War I in the minds of a new generation of TV viewers. War programming has the unique power to shock, appall and intrigue in equal measures, hence its enduring […]