Euro broadcaters buy Outlander

A raft of international broadcasters including HBO Netherlands and Viasat have acquired US drama series Outlander. Sony Pictures Television distributes the series and has struck the sales deals, with several buyers in Latin America also buying the scripted series. The series, based on Diana Gabaldon’s second book in the Outlander series, Dragonfly in Amber, was […]

DRG sells current affairs docs for Hardcash

International distributor DRG has completed sales for a number of factual and current affairs programmes from Hardcash Productions, as the latter’s latest show launches tomorrow on BBC One. The deals include 1x60mins ITV doc Fashion Factories Undercover going to Kro TV in Belgium, TVN in Poland and Spiegel TV in Germany; and another ITV show, […]

News brief: Football doc Mata Mata finds Euro homes

Red Arrow International-sold Brazilian football doc Mata Mata has gone to platforms in Belgium and Norway. Belgium pubcaster VRT and Norwegian video platform VGTV have both bought the doc, which literally translates to ‘Kill-Kill’. This is a Brazilian term for a knockout match and a metaphor for an approach to life. Mata Mata was originally […]

Starz, BBC and Company Pictures team for abduction drama

Production has started on The Missing, a US-European coproduced drama about a man obsessed with finding his abducted son. The eight-part drama will be a copro between US premium cabler Starz, UK pubcaster the BBC and All3Media-owned prodcos Company Pictures and New Pictures. Two Brothers Pictures and Playground are also attached along with Fortis Film […]

AMC Networks completes $1bn Chellomedia purchase

AMC Networks has closed its €750 million (US$1 billion) acquisition of global channels operator and content company Chellomedia from Liberty Global. The deal is for “substantially all” of Liberty’s interests in Chello, excluding Dutch premium cable channels Film1 and Sport1. Chello Central Europe, Chello Latin America, Chello Multicanal, Chello Zone, ad sales unit Atmedia and […]

Scorpion gets Legally High with sales

UK indie distributor Scorpion TV has sold documentaries, including one about the booming legal drug industry, to broadcasters around the world. VRT in Belgium and DR in Denmark have acquired Legally High, which investigates the role consumers, drug designers and government agencies interact with legal drugs. Other deals saw Brazil’s Globosat acquiring The Search for […]

News brief: Sky Arte and VRT are drawn to Picasso doc

Italian arts and culture channel Sky Arte and Belgian free-to-air broadcaster VRT have acquired Picasso, The Legacy. The one-off doc about the famous artist was produced by French prodco Gedeon for Franco-German arts channel Arte and broadcasters SBS, ARTV, AVRO and RTBF. The show was launched internationally at the French Screenings in Biarritz in September. […]

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 […]

News brief: EBU selects new TV committee chair

The European Broadcasting Union has named Jean Philip de Tender as chairman of the EBU Television Committee. De Tender, general manager of Dutch-language channel Eén at Flemish public broadcaster VRT, has assumed the post from outgoing chair Ruurd Bierman of Dutch pubcaster NPO. The new EBU committee, which will serve until 2015 comprises de Tender, […]

PGS sells Robin Hood to raft of b’casters

PGS Entertainment has shopped its new Robin Hood animated series to a raft of broadcasters. The France-based distributor sells 52x11mins Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood, which is produced by Method Animation, DQ Entertainment, ZDF Enterprises and Fabrique D’Images. In Europe it has been bought by Spain’s RTVE and its public broadcast counterpart in Belgium VRT. […]