‘Big Brother’ returns to Portugal after 14-year absence

Endemol Shine Group’s reality format Big Brother is returning to Portuguese screens after a 14-year absence. Broadcaster TVI has commissioned a new version of the global reality hit to be produced by Endemol Portugal. The series will be shot in an existing beachfront home, where 57 cameras and 48 microphones will continually monitor a new […]

Endemol Shine sends Stripped to Portugal

Endemol has sent prime-time social experiment Stripped to Portugal.  Portuguese terrestrial broadcaster TVI has commissioned an eight-part order of the format, to be produced by Shine Iberia. Known locally as Começar do Zero, the series finds everyday people challenged to strip themselves of everything they own to find out what they really need to be happy. Over […]

Altice in talks over TVI owner Media Capital

Cable and telecom group Altice is in ‘exploratory discussions’ with Iberian media group Prisa to take over the parent company of Portuguese national broadcaster TVI. Confirming the talks following a request by the Portuguese Securities Market Commission, the Commissão do Mercado de Valores Mobiliários, Altice said that it was discussing the potential acquisition of Prisa’s […]

B’casters check into Hotel Hell, have Nightmares

All3Media International has shopped local versions of its Kitchen Nightmares and Hotel Hell formats to European broadcasters. In Portugal, commercial broadcaster TVI has ordered Kitchen Nightmares, in which a successful restaurateur mentors less struggling restaurant owners. Shine Iberia is producing the 13-part format locally. Elsewhere in Iberia, Spanish free TV station La Sexta has greenlit […]

Ken Burns cancer series finds buyers

Four channels have taken on a PBS documentary series from filmmaker Ken Burns about cancer. PBS International has presold Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies to Globosat in Brazil, DirecTV in Latin America, YLE in Finland and TVI in Portugal. Billed as “the comprehensive story of cancer”, the doc series is based on a Pulitzer […]

Broadcasters make Journey Through an Invisible War

Four broadcasters have acquired Journey Through an Invisible War, a documentary billed as an “in-depth and eye-opening investigation into life in the West Bank”. Medi 1 TV in Morocco, TVI in Portugal, TVP2 in Poland and Al Jazeera English have all bought the doc from France’s Java Films. An 85-minute version already runs on VOD […]

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, […]

Broadcasters probe United States of Secrets

Eleven broadcasters have acquired new Frontline series United States of Secrets from PBS International. ZDF in Germany, SBS (Australia), NHK (Japan), NRK (Norway), RDI (Canada), Al Arabiya/MBC (Middle East), TVI (Portugal), TVN (Poland), SVT (Sweden), DR (Denmark) and PBS America have all bought the two-part show. The series looks into the US government’s surveillance programme, […]

Broadcasters learn Secrets of the Vatican

A trio of broadcasters has acquired PBS Frontline documentary Secrets of the Vatican. The networks – SBS from Australia, TVN from Poland and TVI from Portugal – have taken local broadcast rights from distributor PBS International. The 1x90mins doc exposes the threats and scandals such as the clergy sex abuse cases that rocked the Catholic […]