TVB & Fremantle start ‘Family Feud’ in Hong Kong

Hong Kong broadcaster TVB has acquired Fremantle’s entertainment gameshow format Family Feud for its Jade channel. The two-season order for the series will mark the first local version of the format, which will debut on 29 August, and will be hosted by actor, producer and comedian Johnson Lee. The deal continues TVB’s long-standing relationship with […]

Hong Kong’s TVB cuts 4% of workforce, streamlines unscripted arm

Hong Kong commercial broadcaster TVB has cut 150 jobs as it looks to restructure operations.  The cuts account for around 4% of the broadcaster’s workforce, and affect TVB’s unscripted production, which will be streamlined, as well as its arts department, production facilities division and the magazine TVB Weekly. In addition, one of its drama studios […]

Raft of OTT channel deals for Celestial Tiger

Celestial Tiger Entertainment has struck a raft of OTT deals for its movies, action and horror nets. The Lionsgate and Saban-backed channel operator runs a bouquet of linear nets in the region including Celestial Movies, Celestial Classic Movies,action channel Kix and horror net Thrill. In Hong Kong free-to-air broadcaster TVB has added CCM, Kix and […]

ATF: done deals as Asian market expands

As the dust settles on another Asia Television Forum, TBI runs down some of the major deals that were done in Singapore last week. Virtual reality programming was headline news at the Asia Television Forum last week. One deal saw Singapore-based VR specialist BeVRR announced Dining Stars. The eight-episode lifestyle show is the first show […]

BBCWW streams channels on TVB SVOD platform

BBC Worldwide has launched five channels on myTVSuper, the SVOD service operated by Hong Kong’s free-TV broadcaster TVB. BBC First, BBC Lifestyle, BBC Earth, CBeebies and BBC World News have all rolled out on the service. They can be live streamed, with a 14-day catch-up window for all shows on the nets. Premium drama service […]

Alex Polizzi’s Secret Italy travels the globe

Broadcasters from around the world have bought four-part series Alex Polizzi’s Secret Italy from UK-based distributor TwoFour Rights. TLN in Canada, TVB in Hong Kong, BBC Worldwide in China, TrueVisions in Thailand, The LifeStyle Channel in Australia, TVNZ in New Zealand, Nat Geo People in Italy, Fox International Channels Spain, TV2 in Denmark and FTV […]

News brief: Asian nets bag 9 Story fare

Broadcasters in Thailand and Singapore are among buyers of kids programming from Canada’s 9 Story Media Group. Thai net TV3 has bought shows including Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood (pictured), Peg + Cat and Monkey See Monkey Doo, while Singapore-based MediaCorp has licensed several shows, including Peg + Cat and Get Ace. Peg + Cat has also […]

BBC Worldwide cuts China deals

BBC Worldside has closed programming deals with Hong Kong free-TV broadcaster TVB and on-demand platform Tencent. The TVB deals means factual shows such as How to Build a Planet and Supergiant Animals will run on the network, alongside drama Sherlock, lifestyle series Michela’s Classic Italian and preschool series Show Me Show Me. The Tencent agreement […]

TVB founder and movie mogul Sir Run Run Shaw dies

Sir Run Run Shaw, the Asian entertainment mogul who launched Hong Kong’s biggest local TV channel and took Chinese movies to the world, has died aged 107. Shaw “passed away peacefully in the company of his family at 6:55 am at home”, according to a statement from TVB, which he co-founded in 1967 with older […]