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Virgin Media agrees €10m UTV Ireland buyout

Liberty Global-owned UK and Irish operator Virgin Media has agreed to buy Republic of Ireland broadcaster UTV Ireland for €10 million (US$11.1 million). Virgin will buy the free-to-air commercial channel from its current owner, UK terrestrial broadcaster ITV, and the deal also includes a ten-year Irish output deal for ITV-produced programming. The buyout marks the […]

Report: Virgin Media in talks to buy UTV Ireland

Liberty Global-owned pay TV operator Virgin Media is reportedly in advanced talks to buy Irish commercial broadcaster UTV Ireland. According to a report in The Telegraph on Sunday, the UK and Ireland pay TV operator is poised to buy the channel from UK broadcaster ITV, which took control of UTV Ireland after it agreed to […]

Little Big Shots goes big

Warner Bros. has secured a raft of new deals for its Little Big Shots, format including getting a local version away with ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany. The series launched on NBC in the US, with a second season commissioned, and showcases the skills of gifted children. Warner Bros. International Television Production sells the format, and has […]

How the Rich Live Longer prospers

Channel 4’s How the Rich Live Longer has been picked up by a raft of international broadcasters. The one-off doc is distributed by independent distributor Orange Smarty, which has sold it into over 50 territories. International buyers of the show include TV3 in New Zealand, DR in Denmark, TVB in Hong Kong and Discovery Networks […]

Amazon buys Red Rock soap opera

Amazon has picked up US rights to Red Rock, the soap opera that plays on Ireland’s TV3. The show has launched on the Prime Instant Video streaming service in the US. Red Rock follows two feuding families – the The Kielys and the Hennessys – and life in a fictional Irish coastal town. It was launched […]

Lat Am, Euro nets coax Wild Things

Broadcasters in Argentina and Denmark are the latest buyers of Zodiak Rights-sold entertainment format Wild Things. Telefe used the format’s dedicated hub in Argentina for its local 13x60mins remake, with Peppermind attached to produce, while Mastiff Denmark is creating an 8x60mins version for its compatriot, TV3. Other recent local adaptations include Shenzhen TV’s Chinese version, […]

Formats Ireland

Ireland is emerging as a solid format creating hotspot, as its small local market forces producers to think internationally, TBI reports. Ask Irish producers what the most significant development in formats has been of recent years and the answer is almost invariably the same: RTÉ’s Format Farm. The initiative launched in 2012 in order to […]

NHK, Canal+ buy Escape From ISIS doc

NHK in Japan and France’s Canal+ are among buyers of Escape From ISIS. ZDF (Germany), TV Globo (Brazil), the ABC (Australia) SVT (Sweden), VRT (Belgium), DR (Denmark), RTL (Holland), TV3 (Spain), TV2 (Norway), YLE (Finland), TVN (Poland), LRT (Lithuania) and ERR (Estonia) have all acquired the doc. France-based distributor Java Films, which turns ten this […]

Fox gets into UK free TV

Fox International Channels is getting into UK free TV for the first time with the launch of female-skewed Your TV. FIC UK currently operates pay channels Fox, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD and Baby TV, but moves into the free-to-air space on Thursday, October 1 at 1pm. Your TV will focus on “sensational real-life […]

ITV in talks to buy UTV

UK broadcaster ITV is set to acquire UTV, the Northern Ireland broadcaster that owns the Channel 3-ITV franchise in the territory. UTV Media, the parent of UTV, confirmed reports over the weekend that suggested a deal to sell its television assets would be announced on the London Stock Market within days. “The board of UTV […]