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Discovery orders Finnish adventure format from Rabbit & snags Euro format rights

Discovery in Finland has ordered an adventure reality series from Nordic producer Rabbit Films and snagged remake options for the format elsewhere in Europe. Ultimate Escape follows a host who has 24 hours, 24 clues and 24 calls to release a celebrity from a locked container at an unknown location. The 8 x 60-minute series will […]

Korea’s Studio Dragon drama trio land sales & remakes

Three Korean drama series, all produced by Seoul-based Studio Dragon, are headed to Japan, Thailand and the Philippines, with a trio of remakes and sales negotiated by parent company CJ ENM. Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV has acquired the occult series The Cursed, which premiered on South Korean network TVN last year, with the show to […]

NBC’s ‘Making It’ secures first international remake with Discovery Finland

Discovery Finland has become the first broadcaster to remake NBC series Making It, after striking a deal with NBCUniversal International Formats. The 10 x 60 minute version will air on Discovery Finland’s channel TV5 and streaming service Dplay, with Rabbit Films (Game Night, Who Wants to be a Millionaire) producing. The reality competition series will […]

Buyers line up for Tootuff

French producer and distributor Go-N has sealed a raft of deals for the new season of its animated series Tootuff. The 75x7mins show has been acquired by broadcasters including RTVE’s Clan in Spain, RTBF in Belgium, Noga in Israel, ITI in Poland and the international TV5 net. Go-N produces as well as distributes the series […]

Buyers briefing: Paul Edwards, Discovery

Name: Paul Edwards Title: VP, head of Nordic Discovery channels, Discovery Networks Northern Europe Paul Edwards oversees buying for Discovery Networks International’s thematic channel suite in northern Europe   What is unique about the Discovery Networks Nordic channels and what should buyers know in advance? Discovery Networks Northern Europe acquires content for Discovery, TLC and […]

Globo shops telenovelas into Mongolia

Brazilian media giant Globo has licensed its telenovelas Precious Pearl, Now Generation and Helena’s Shadow to TV5 in Mongolia. The trio of shows were part of Globo’s Cannes line-up this week and TV5 has taken rights for its free-TV and streaming services. Globo and TV5 started working with TV5 last year when it acquired telenovela […]

Lagardère lays out African content business

Leading French production group Lagardère Entertainment is building out the structure of its new African content business. The company, which claims it produced 1,200 programming hours in 2014, began working on a production and distribution business, Lagardère Entertainment Africa, last autumn. The Paris- and Senegal-based operation is set to take a stake in an unnamed […]

Market digests Depardieu food doc series

A culinary-themed documentary series starring French actor Gerard Depardieu launches at MIPTV next week. Internationally the show will be titled Bon Appetit: Gerard Depardieu’s Europe, and is sold by France-based distributor Balanga. The 10x52mins series is known in France as A Pleines Dents!, and comes from producer Laura Briand and Les Films d’Ici 2. Arte […]

News brief: Toon Goggles buys D360 kids show

US video-on-demand service Toon Goggles has acquired kids programming from marblmedia-owned vendor Distribution 360. The deal sees the platform acquire Youniverse, which comes from Victory Arts. Upcoming tablet VOD platform Kixi has also taken the show, while soon-to-launch TV5 channel Unis and Vidéotron in French-speaking Canada and Disney Channel in Japan have bought Atomic Betty (pictured).

Warner Bros. seals ER, Gossip Girl, Liars format deals

US drama series ER, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars will be remade in Asia after Warner Bros. cut format deals with partners in the region. A Filipino version of teen mystery drama Pretty Little Liars is in production with ABC Development Corporation making the 22-episode series for the TV5 channel. The US original is […]