News brief: Euro broadcaster ask Java to Show Me Rio

Five European broadcasters have acquired Show Me Rio, a Portuguese-produced documentary about the Brazilian city and its people. Portugal’s TVI, TV3 in Catalonian Spain, French-speaking Belgium pubcaster RTBF, France Ô and Austria’s ORF have all bought the 1x41mins doc, which comes from producer Café Pessoa. The film – which France’s Java Films sells in English, […]

MTG appoints Scandi TV boss

Modern Times Group has recruited Anders Jensen as executive VP of Scandinavian free-TV operations. Jensen will oversee all of the broadcast group’s free-to-air operations in Scandinavia with the respective country CEOs reporting to him. He will report directly to MTG President and CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann. MTG has a sizable free-to-air footprint across Scandinavia. The […]

TV3, RDF are Sitting on a Fortune

Ireland’s TV3 is coproducing its latest gameshow, Sitting on a Fortune, with Zodiak Media-owned UK prodco RDF Television. The 10x60mins series is billed as a “high-pressure, physical game show” filmed at a Dublin studio in which couple take turns to sprint to a games area and take on tough puzzles. While the contestants are away […]

DRG launches dedicated formats division

UK-based distributor DRG is launching a dedicated formats business that will tap into the resources of the new Nice Entertainment Group it now sits within. DRG Formats will be lead by DRG’s managing director, acquisitions and formats Andrea Jackson (left) and also include the newly promoted Albertina Marfil, experienced formats vendor Jennifer Harrington and a […]

Red Arrow places faith in Ireland’s Lie

Germany-based Red Arrow International has acquired rights to Irish quiz show The Lie. The show comes from Scotland’s SVT Productions, Irish broadcaster TV3 and ad agency GroupM Entertainment. The format sees two teams try to identify lies hidden within groups of statements over a number of rounds. In Ireland, it has exceeded its regular slot […]

News brief: Shopping Monsters hit the high street in Latvia

Viasat’s Latvian channel TV3 has launched a local version of Global Agency format Shopping Monsters. The show is known locally as Iepirksanas Pavelnieces (Shopping Commanders) and comes as Global also sells a second season of the format to M6 in France and Vox for a fifth season in German. Meter Television is Sweden, Shine Finland […]

FremantleMedia seals new X Factor deals

The X Factor has been renewed by several key free-to-air broadcasters and the show’s distributor, FremantleMedia, has sealed deals for four more local versions of the music competition series. New deals for The X Factor include a recommission from Seven Network for the Australian version of the show. DR1 (Denmark), TVN (Poland), Channel One (Russia) […]

TV3 learns How to Be

Swedish channel TV3 has commissioned an eight-part remake of How to Be, an Israeli celebrity interview format with a twist. The Viasat-owned channel will launch the series this Saturday (October 26), with Zodiak-owned Mastiff attached to produce. Actor Björn Kjellman is attached to present the show, in which the celebrity interview process is flipped on […]

Int’l orders, Rai recommission for volleyball toon

Italian public broadcaster Rai has ordered a second season of Spike Team, the animated series about a kids volleyball team. The second run of the show, which is from Italy’s Team Entertainment, will be on Rai 2 in a Saturday and Sunday morning slot from later this month. The second series of the show introduces […]

Irish broadcaster reaches for Gong’s Pressure Point

Irish broadcaster TV3 has commissioned a daily access primetime format from Nordic producer Gong Media. TV3 and Gong will work together on Pressure Point, representing both the first time the Irish net has taken the co-development route and Gong’s first move into the Irish market. They will also jointly own and exploit the format internationally. […]