1+1 claims Ukrainian special forces tried to shut it down

Ukrainian free-to-air broadcaster 1+1 says that the country’s special forces planned to close it down as part of a wider crackdown on protest and dissent amid the ongoing unrest in the country. The commercial broadcaster said in a statement that it was targeted by the authorities in a planned special operation which would have been […]

News brief: Java’s Mobile Revolution will be televised

France’s Java Films has presold a documentary about the mobile phone’s impact on history to broadcasters in the Middle East, Belgium, Portugal and Sweden. The Mobile Revolution has sold to MBC, RTL, TVI and UR ahead of its delivery in May. The doc looks at how the mobile phone has impacted every aspect of modern […]

Globosat buys eight-film Java package

Brazilian satnet has acquired an eight-title package with Paris-based documentary distributor Java Films. The deal includes on presale for the upcoming doc Global Gay and comprises Kidnapped by North Korea, GPS A Global War, Speed: In Search of Lost Time, Erebus: Operation Overdue, Mum Please Stop it: When Mothers Abuse Their Children, High Five and […]

Rising Star sold to Portugal

Portuguese commercial broadcaster TVI has become the latest broadcaster to acquire Rising Star. The Keshet International-distributed interactive talent contest has sold extensively around the world and deals have now been concluded in each of the largest TV territories in Western Europe. Bruno Santos, head of local programming at TVI said: “Rising Star is clearly one […]

News brief: Portuguese net bags banking pre-sales

Portugal’s TVI has acquired 14 titles from French distributor Java Films following MIPCOM last week. Among the package is Banking Nature, a 1x90mins/1x52mins show about the commercialisation of the natural world by the likes of Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. The show, from Via Decouvertes, has also pre-sold to Arte. Other titles included in the […]

Global nets board animal extinction doc

Eleven international broadcasters have pre-bought Gambling on Extinction, a new 1x52mins doc about illegal endangered animal trading, TBI has learned. ZDF and ARTE in Germany and France, DR in Denmark, SVT in Sweden, VRT in Belgium, TG4 in Ireland, TVP in Poland, Czech TV, TV3 Catalunya, TVI in Portugal, Yes Doku in Israel and SBS […]