Nickelodeon sells toons to China

Viacom International Media Networks has sold several Nickelodeon animated series to broadcasters in China. The regional Guangdong JiaJia Cartoon Channel has bought the first season of Kung Fu Panda and the first two seasons of Fanboy and Chum Chum. Kaku Kids, which is part of Beijing TV’s channel portfolio, has also picked up the first […]

News brief: Zodiak Kids scores TV3 package deal

Zodiak Kids has sold a package deal of 125 hours to children’s programming to Spanish public broadcaster TV3 Catalunya. This comprises the new 26x26mins sixth season of Totally Spies! for kids channels Super3, plus renewals of the 1x75mins Totally Spies! The Movie and seasons one to five. TV3 has also bought 26x26mins animated series The […]

Filmax’s cancer drama being remade in Italy

Spanish producer and distributor Filmax has inked a deal with Rai for a local version of its drama series The Red Band Society. The scripted format deal paves the way for an Italian version of the series, about a group of children with cancer, to air on the Italian pubic broadcaster’s Rai1 channel. Production has […]

Murphy goes one step beyond

The new general manager of Australia-based Beyond Television tells TBI about changing international perceptions of the business and why he’s targeting UK broadcasters. Michael Murphy is best known as the founder of Ireland’s Channel 6 (since bought by TV3 and rebranded 3e) and former director of programmes at TV3. He has also, since 2004, been […]

Red Bull’s ServusTV buys Hell on Wheels

ServusTV has acquired three seasons of US Western series Hell on Wheels. The German channel is part of Red Bull Media House and has acquired the show from Endemol Worldwide Distribution. ServusTV has taken rights across German-speaking Europe and will give the show its free TV premiere in Germany. The series, which is produced by […]

News brief: Banijay’s Stars in Danger dives into Denmark

Banijay International has shopped its Stars in Danger: The High Dive series to TV3 in Denmark. The Danish free-to-air broadcaster will air a four-episode version of the series, which has proved popular in international markets. TV3 will air its version in a primetime slot in its autumn schedule. In Scandinavia, the format has already been […]

Endemol sells Happily Divorced to German Turner channel

Turner’s female-skewed German channel Glitz has acquired comedy series Happily Divorced. It has picked up the series from Endemol’s programme sales arm and it will air across German-speaking territories. Nadja Raoufi, acquisitions & dubbing manager Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, CEE & Russia at Turner Broadcasting System said: Happily Divorced has it all, the star power […]

Christie out, Coupland and Heathcote in as Eyeworks NZ bosses

Ashley Coupland and Greg Heathcote have been appointed joint managing directors of producer and distributor Eyeworks’ Kiwi division. They join as Julie Christie vacates the position of CEO of Eyeworks New Zealand. The company said that Christie will remain connected to the company, working in an unspecified “international creative” role. The producer makes shows including […]

BBC sells Bake Off to Discovery in Italy

The show tests the skills of amateur chefs in various challenges to find the country’s best home baker. It has been a big hit for the BBC in the UK on BBC Two. It is made by UK indie Love Productions, the UK indie set up by Richard McKerrow, a former commissioning editor at Channel […]

Broadcasters flock to A+E’s Duck Dynasty

Broadcasters in Europe, Asia and North America have acquired A+E Networks’ series Duck Dynasty. The Gurney Productions-produced show has been licensed to TV3 in Denmark, TV5 in Finland, Pro4 in Hungary, Veronica in the Netherlands, Kanal 9 in Sweden, TV2 in Norway, Mediacorp in Singapore, OLN in Canada, and Ztélé in French-speaking Canada. Duck Dynasty […]