MTG online network eyes China with Tencent pact

MTG-owned online video network Zoomin.tv is setting its sights on China after partnering with domestic internet giant Tencent. Zoomin.tv is now making video stories available via Tencent’s mobile messaging service WeChat, its social networking site Qzone and its news app Tian Tian Kuai Bao. Zoomin.tv said it is targeting some 1.5 billion Chinese viewers across the Tencent […]

King Kong TV series in the works

Marvista Entertainment and IM Global Television are teaming to create a King Kong TV series. The series will be based on DeVito ArtWorks’ Skull Island property and movie producer Merian C. Cooper’s iconic King Kong film. King Kong Skull Island will be, the producers say, a comprehensive King Kong Universe endorsed by Kong’s creator. US-based […]

INTV: ‘SVOD players driving China drama boom’

China is now the most important market in the world outside the US for sales of Stateside programming, according to WME IMG TV boss Chris Rice. The agency is also setting up its first drama copros with Chinese partners, he said here at the INTV event in Jerusalem. “We’re starting to see the digital buyers […]

IM Global hires Phil Gurin for formats push

IM Global has hired Phil Gurin and the formats veteran will create a new unscripted unit for the US-based producer and distributor. Gurin will build new formats teams in LA, London, China and Lat-Am. In his new role, Gurin will be president of unscripted and alternative content and report to IM Global’s CEO Stuart Ford (pictured, […]

Nine to visit Planet Earth II

Australian commercial channel Nine Network has acquired local premiere rights to Planet Earth II, which scored huge ratings for the BBC in the UK this week. The BBC Studios Natural History Unit-produced series took 9.2 million viewers on its premiere on Sunday, making it the biggest-rating natural history programme in the UK for 15 years. […]

Tencent, PCCW buy into US studio STX

Chinese web video giant Tencent and Hong-Kong based TV and digital player PCCW have invested in fledgling US studio STX Entertainment. Both Asian companies have made “significant strategic investments” in the film-focused producer and financier, which has pushed into television through drama series such as NBC’s State of Affairs and a new unscripted arm led […]

Chinese VOD net takes 1,000 BBCWW hours

Chinese on-demand service Tencent has acquired more than 1,000 hours of documentary programming from BBC Worldwide Asia, which is part of the BBC’s commercial arm. Tencent Holdings, the parent of the VOD service, will play the docs on online platforms such as Tencent Vido and v.qq.com. The deal comprises programmes such as Attenborough: 60 Years […]

China: full speed ahead

As new drama coproduction and digital opportunities open up in China, TBI speaks to the international companies making movies in the world’s most populated company. China’s impact on television is  undeniable. The BBC wants to set up an on-the-ground production base there, Keshet  International is taking scripted shows into and out of the country, and […]

Tencent buys Bond catalogue, Paramount’s latest

Chinese on-demand service Tencent has acquired exclusive local rights to the entire James Bond movie library and Paramount Pictures’ upcoming feature films. The deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer for the Bond titles will at some point in the future include the recently-released 24th film in the series, Spectre, which debuts in China on November 13 and is […]

News brief: Chinese VOD net add Turtles

Chinese on-demand video site Tencent has acquired seasons one and two of Viacom’s Tenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The deal was one of a batch distributor Viacom International Media Networks announced overnight, with Nicaragua’s Telenica taking a 1 400-hour package including new shows Harvey Beaks, 100 Things to do Before High School and Shimmer & Shine. […]