BBC orders water company ob-doc

BBC Two has commissioned Watermen (WT), a new observational documentary about water supply company United Utilities. The series will be produced by Mentorn Media, which is part of fast-growing production and distribution group Tinopolis, and will follow the staff and customers of the water company which operates in the north-west of England. Watermen was commissioned […]

Passion ignites Firecracker deals

Passion Distribution has cut international deals for several shows from UK producer Firecracker Films. Firecracker and Passion are both owned by Tinopolis, although some of the producer’s content, including My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, is distributed by Zodiak Rights under the terms of a deal that predates Tinopolis’ acquisition of Firecracker. However, going forward Passion […]

Pioneer Productions poaches BBC’s Innovation boss

UK factual producer Pioneer has recruited Ailsa Orr from the BBC. Orr was head of the Innovations unit at UK public broadcaster the BBC and will be creative director at Pioneer. Orr has created shows including BBC doc Pompeii – The Last Day and BBC One and Discovery show Supervolcano. Before running the BBC’s Innovation […]

Zodiak picks up and sells 10 Stone Testicles

  Zodiak Media has taken international rights to one-off documentary The Man with the 10-Stone Testicles. Zodiak Rights, the international division of Zodiak, has picked up the rights to the 1x60mins doc from Tinopolis-owned UK producer Firecracker Films (Big Fat Gypsy Wedding). It has already secured its first sale for the show, with Discovery’s female-skewing […]

TV M&A specialist acquires rival in int’l push

About Corporate Finance, the television-focused M&A firm that has overseen deals including Tinopolis’ acquisition of A Smith & Co and Sony’s acquisition of Left Bank Pictures, has bought rival Mediatique’s corporate finance unit. The deal will help ACF expand its advisory business into the US TV production market, which is said to be fertile ground for […]

BBC3 opens Hotel of Mum and Dad

Youth-skewed UK digital channel BBC3 has commissioned a new factual entertainment series studying economically-stricken young couples moving back to their parents’ homes. Hotel of Mum and Dad (working title) will investigate how sky high housing and rental prices, fewer jobs, debt culture and child care costs have lead to an estimated one in 10 young […]

Discovery will televise Oprah’s Lance Armstrong interview

Discovery will simulcast Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming interview with Lance Armstrong on its networks around the world. Oprah’s interview will be the first the disgraced cyclist has given since a damning report from US anti-doping agency USADA late last year. It will be shown on an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, the talkshow star’s series on […]

UK entrepreneur Peter Jones gets US cable show

UK businessman and Dragon’s Den star Peter Jones is making business makeover show for US cable network TNT called Save Our Business (WT). The reality show will see the telecoms entrepreneur travel across the US attempting to save small businesses that are struggling. Each week, in the six-episode series, Jones will assess the major problems […]

US cable net orders new reality shows from Endemol, Eyeworks and A. Smith

NBC Universal-owned female-skewed US cable net Oxygen has ordered new series from Eyeworks, Endemol and A. Smith & Co. Eyeworks USA will make Fat Girl Revenge for Oxygen in which two unapologetically large women stand up to the bullies who have made their life hell. Find Me My Man (fka Heart & Soul) from Endemol […]

Sally Miles to run enlarged Passion following Tinopolis deal

Passion Distribution boss Sally Miles has told TBI that she will run an enlarged distribution company after Tinopolis acquired her company. Mentorn International boss David Leach added that he will step down once the An Idiot Abroad distributor is folded into Passion. Tinopolis, which owns British production companies including Daybreak Pictures, Pioneer, Sunset + Vine […]