Mola TV, SBS, TVNZ ink Keshet drama deals

Broadcasters and streamers across Asia, Australia and New Zealand have picked up a raft of scripted series following deals with distributor Keshet International. Mola TV has acquired several shows for its Indonesian OTT and pay-TV service, including the first sale for Emmay Entertainment’s Bandi Yuddh Ke (aka Prisoners Of War India). The 110 x 30-minute […]

‘Little Birds’ flies to Starzplay & more in global deals

Starz-owned streamer Starzplay is among a host of global platforms and broadcasters that have picked up UK-based Warp Films-produced drama Little Birds, following deals with distributor ITV Studios. The international streamer has picked up the six-part drama series in a multi-territory deal for Belgium, Brazil, France, Luxembourg, Spain, French-speaking Switzerland, the Netherlands and Latin America. […]

Commission round-up: Acorn TV & TVNZ order vineyard drama; Talpa’s ‘Marble Mania’ rolls into Germany; NHK reveals 8K Westside Story; ITV gets walking

Acorn TV & TVNZ reveal romcom order AMC Networks’ Acorn TV and TVNZ have joined up to co-commission a New Zealand romantic comedy. Under The Vines is being produced by Libertine Pictures and EQ Media Group, and has been created and co-written by Erin White. The six-part series stars Rebecca Gibney (Wanted) and Charles Edwards (The […]

TVNZ dives into mental health with local version of Oz ‘Man Up’ format

New Zealand broadcaster TVNZ has greenlit a local version of Movember’s Man Up format. Wellington-based Gibson Group is producing the new version of the format, titled Man Enough, which is distributed by TVF International, with the 2 x 44-minute series due to air later this month of TVNZ 1. Man Enough is being launched globally […]

Non-English drama streamer Walter Presents lands in New Zealand

Non-English language scripted streamer Walter Presents has come to New Zealand through state broadcaster TVNZ’s OnDemand service. Effective immediately, with more than 250 hours of non-English language scripted content to be added over the next six months, the programming will be made exclusively available through a dedicated Walter Presents section on the TVNZ OnDemand homepage. […]

TBI Special Report Part Two: An adapted marketplace for buyers and sellers

Streamers and broadcasters face the unenviable task of delivering fewer shows to bigger audiences with less money to spend on production and acquisition. Richard Middleton and Mark Layton explore how they are weathering this uncertain time – and the steps some are taking to keep content rolling and viewers engaged. Few sectors of the economy […]

TBI Weekly: How buyers are reacting to the Covid-19 crisis

All this week, TBI has been hearing from buyers around the world about the ramifications of Covid-19 on their acquisition strategies and scheduling conundrums. Here are five key takeaways. Buying time With production halted on most shows, broadcasters have been trying to maximise programming they have in the can – with the UK’s ITV and […]

Exclusive: How are int’l buyers working around Covid-19?

The way that we all work has changed. Most of you will be reading this while stuck at home. But the international content industry is still in operation and it is adapting in the face of the Coronavirus crisis. In this new series of interviews, TBI hears from buyers from across the world to learn […]

Factual round-up: TVF tackles Coronavirus; Reelz marks VIS UK first; Red Arrow, Blue Ant add to slate

TVF working on Coronavirus specials UK-based independent distributor TVF International is working on two investigative specials from Channel NewsAsia about the Coronavirus. Current affairs special Coronavirus: The Silent Killer (1 x 48-minutes) investigates the origins and global spread of the virus and assesses the Chinese government’s response to the outbreak. Bild in Germany, Al Jazeera […]

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