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Australia’s Network Ten to remake human interest format Taboo

Australian broadcaster Network Ten has commissioned distributor Lineup Industries and Sydney-based Lune Media for Taboo, a human-interest format originally created for Belgium’s VRT. In Taboo a famous comedian tests the boundaries of comedy and good taste. They perform a unique routine which in each show challenges a subject judged too taboo to laugh at. The difference […]

Netflix boards ZDF thriller Tabula Rasa

Netflix has launched ZDF Enterprises’ psychological thriller series Tabula Rasa on its platform. The 9×50 series will air globally, with the exception of Germany, the UK and France ,where Netflix has a second window for the series. Tabula Rasa is about a young woman with memory loss, who is the only key in a mysterious […]

Netflix lines up Benelux & Colombian originals

SVOD service Netflix has commissioned its first original series from Colombia and the Benelux region. In Latin America, it is working with Narcos producer Dynamo to create a currently untitled detective drama, while Undercover is a Belgian-Netherlands coproduction. The Colombia series will go into production in summer 2018, and follows a young detective and her […]

Worldwide touts drama sales ahead of Showcase

BBC Worldwide has shopped several of its drama series to buyers, including SS-GB to RTL in Germany and War and Peace to an SVOD service in Russia. SS-GB, which was a key title at Showcase last year, launched on BBC One last night in the UK. The alternative history drama has been acquired by RTL Pay, […]

BBCWW takes Bowie film global

HBO has bought David Bowie: The Last Five Years, the BBC feature doc about the iconic rock star who died last year. In the wake of the US deal, BBC Worldwide also told TBI about a raft of sales for the film across Europe and further afield, with ABC Australia, Arte and Viacom among the […]

Buyers queue up for Grizzy and the Lemmings

The first free TV sales of French CGI toon Grizzy and the Lemmings have been completed, with a raft of European broadcasters coming on board the Hari International show. Super RTL in Germany, VRT in Belgium, NPO in the Netherlands, NRK in Norway, SVT in Sweden, RUV in Iceland and Puls TV in Poland have […]

Benelux nets look fowards to This Time Next Year

Deals for hot UK format This Time Next Year don’t appear to be slowing as 2017 gets underway. RTL in Holland and VRT in Belgium have commissioned local versions of the show, which Twofour Rights sells internationally. The series was the objectively the breakout format of 2016, with a majority of executives polled in TBI’s […]

Orange Smarty claims £250k in post-MIPCOM deals

UK indie distributor Orange Smarty has sold a 50-hour package of programming to Foxtel and inked several deals for A Place in the Sun (pictured) amid a flurry of deals struck at MIPCOM and in the weeks since the market. It said the deals were worth £250,000 (US$310,000). Former Electric Sky exec Karen Young set up […]

VRT bags StudioCanal drama package

Belgium’s VRT has acquired a three-title drama package from Europe-based distributor StudioCanal. The agreement hands the Flemish-speaking public network Midnight Sun, The Five and Crossing Lines season three. Midnight Sun will begin on VRT’s network Canvas, which has played similar Scandinavian noirs since 2006, in 2017. The series was originally for Canal+ in France and […]

Founder leaves Flemish Primitives formats firm

Sue Green, the founder and managing director of The New Flemish Primitives, is today leaving the Belgium-based distributor, TBI has learned. She launched the company in 2011, but exits after five and a half years after making what she described as “not a particularly easy decision”. Her next move is not known. “It has truly […]

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