Taboo


Spain’s TV3 tempted by ‘Taboo’

Spain broadcaster TV3 has commissioned a local version of Lineup Industries’ comedy format Taboo. The format sees a famous comedian test the boundaries of comedy and good taste each week by taking on a new subject that society has judged too taboo to laugh about. They source their material directly from those affected, be it […]

Kinetic Content picks out Taboo content from Lineup

Red Arrow Studios-owned US prodco Kinetic Content has acquired local rights to unscripted show Taboo from Lineup Industries. The format sees a famous comedian test the boundaries of comedy and good taste each week by taking on a new subject that society has judged too taboo to laugh about. The show, which received its first […]

The Dealmakers: Four execs shaping the Asian TV landscape today

As business across Asia continues to flourish amidst shifting regulations and censorship, TBI introduces the key individuals shaping the landscape, including the Fox exec who acquired a Youku original in a historic format export; the producer who can connect you to your next fixer in China; and the distributors pushing projects through China’s censorship bureau […]

Australia’s Network Ten to remake human interest format Taboo

Australian broadcaster Network Ten has commissioned distributor Lineup Industries and Sydney-based Lune Media for Taboo, a human-interest format originally created for Belgium’s VRT. In Taboo a famous comedian tests the boundaries of comedy and good taste. They perform a unique routine which in each show challenges a subject judged too taboo to laugh at. The difference […]

BBC reports ‘best year ever’ for streaming service iPlayer

UK pubcaster the BBC has said the iPlayer recorded its “best year ever in 2017” after adding more boxsets, archive shows and personalisation features. Company stats reveal that viewers of the catch-up and on-demand service streamed 272 million programmes per month on average in 2017, with total requests growing to 3.3 billion – an 11% […]

Blue Planet II is BBC iPlayer’s top series of 2017

Big-ticket natural history series Blue Planet II is the most requested show on the iPlayer this year. The David Attenborough-fronted series saw its first episode received 4.2 million requests on the streaming service of the UK’s pubcaster. This narrowly topped episode one of Tom Hardy drama Taboo, which took 4.1 million. Relationship drama Doctor Foster’s […]

Returning miniseries

Distributors will tell you that if they could have one drama production in their portfolio it would be an evergreen returning franchise that rakes in the cash year after year. But this doesn’t alter the fact that TV movies, minis and limited runs are also regarded as valuable assets and are increasingly getting recommissioned as […]

Deal monitor: RTÉ, Radio Gaga, Exodus

BBC Worldwide will sell an upcoming comedy from Ireland’s RTÉ, while Hat Trick International and Lineup Industries have signed new distribution deals. The BBC’s commercial arm has taken rights to Nowhere Fast, which Deadpan Pictues (Can’t Cope Won’t Cope) is producing with support from local body the BAI and Section 481 tax credits. The RTÉ2 […]

Deal Round-up: Taboo attracts global networks

A number of broadcasters have acquired rights to Tom Hardy drama Taboo from US-based independent prodco Sonar Entertainment. Viasat’s TV1000 from the Russian/CIS territory bought rights to the eight part historical drama. It was also picked up by HBO in Spain, the Nordics and eastern Europe, Fox Networks Group Latin America, AMC in Portugal, Digiturk in […]

Sonar makes raft of distribution hires

Sonar Entertainment has expanded its distribution team, adding new execs from Sky Vision, Televisa and Lionsgate. Carol Eymery and Roberta Ibba-Hartog have joined the US producer and distributor from Lionsgate UK; Kylie Munnich has come over from Sky Vision; and Andres Santos from Televisa. Sonar said it is making an aggressive push in content sales, […]