Grandpas Over Flowers blooms in Italy

Hit Korean format Grandpas Over Flowers is set for an Italian remake after Rai ordered a local version. The format, which went to NBC in the US as Better Late than Never, is repped internationally by Small World IFT. It has sealed a deal with Italian pubcaster Rai and the Italian version will go out […]

HGTV set for European debut in Poland

Scripps Networks Interactive is due to roll out its home and garden-focused cable network, HGTV, to Poland in January 2017, marking the channel’s European debut. The network, which broadcasts a variety of how-to shows geared towards home improvement and gardening, will be available via Scripps-owned Polish operator TVN. The Polish version of the channel will […]

Globosat, RTVE, TVN locate Bin Laden doc

A trio of broadcasters has acquired a ZDF documentary profiling notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden. Globosat in Brazil, RTVE in Spain and TVN in Poland are the first buyers of Osama bin Laden – Up Close and Personal from ZDF’s sales arm, ZDF Enterprises. The doc uses recently releases documents to paint a picture of […]

Tellenbach out at TVN, Samples takes charge

Media veteran Markus Tellenbach is leaving his post as president and CEO of Polish media group TVN, with Scripps’ international chief Jim Samples filling the role until a permanent replacement is found. SNI said Tellenbach is stepping down without citing any reason for his departure, which comes 12 months after Scripps completed its takeover of […]

CEE nets bag All3 factual

All3Media International has closed its first deals since announcing former chief Louise Pedersen was returning to the company. The sales arm of UK production group All3Media has shopped 180 hours to broadcasters in central and eastern Europe, including a package deal with Russian pay TV network First HDTV. This agreement sees First’ Eureka and Outdoor […]

CBS cuts Good Wife format deal

There will be a South Korean version of legal drama The Good Wife after CBS struck a deal with free-to-air broadcaster TVN. The series has been on CBS in the US since 2009, with the current, seventh, season officially its last on the broadcast net. CBS Studios International distributes the series and has shopped the […]

Telemundo’s new Lord of the Skies set for take-off

Telemundo Internacional is launching a new season of its hit super series The Lord of the Skies at MIPTV. The show has been a big hit for Telemundo in its 10pm slot and helped spawn a new wave of gritty, action novelas. The sales arm of the US Hispanic net is also relocating for the […]

Jim Jam, TVN among Cloudbabies buyers

Jim Jam and TVN in Poland and ETV in South Africa have bought Cloudbabies from UK-based Hoho Rights. Polish pubcaster TVN’s deal for the preschool series is for SVOD rights. Another Hoho-sold series, Everybody Loves a Moose, has gone to Dubai-based MBC for its channels in the Middle East and North Africa. The 52x10mins Cloudbabies […]

NAPTE: Spanish pay service orders Web Therapy

Spanish digital pay TV Movistar+ has commissioned a local version of Lisa Kudrow improve comedy series Web Therapy. A 16x30mins series will launch on Telefónica-owned Movistar+’s new channel, #0, in February. FremantleMedia Spain is attached to produce. FremantleMedia International, the global arm of FremantleMedia, has signed up to distribute the show and is launching it […]

‘Liberty Global hires Mann’

Liberty Global has hired Australian TV veteran Bruce Mann to head up its content strategy, according to a report in The Australian newspaper. According to the report, Mann, who was previously CEO of the now closed-down horseracing pay TV channel TVN, will effectively be the international cable and pay TV group’s head of content. He […]