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Walter Presents adds Belgian drama double

Hot on the heels of its first international expansion, UK-created VOD service Walter Presents has acquired a pair of Belgian dramas. The Channel 4-backed service has bought Coppers and 13 Commandments from Canada’s Attraction Distribution, which is part of Attraction Media. Coppers, produced for VTM, follows a no-nonsense police chief, while 13 Commandments is serialised […]

Deal Monitor: 16 programming deals at a glance

In a week that began with MIPCOM recuperation and the news TV titan Time Warner was being sold to telecoms giant AT&T, telly companies have quietly been getting on with their post-market deal-making. One major deal announced Thursday saw Chinese state-owned children’s channel CCTV-14 acquiring Kate & Mim-Mim (season one) and Tree Fu Tom (s1-2), […]

Oerlemans back in Euro TV with indie investment

Reinout Oerlemans has acquired a 50% stake in new Belgian producer Lecter Media, marking his first European investment since moving to the US two years ago. The Eyeworks Group co-founder, plus regular business associates Robert van den Bogaard and Ronald van Wechem (another Eyeworks co-founder), have bought into the prodco, which aims to produce factual […]

Little Big Shots goes big

Warner Bros. has secured a raft of new deals for its Little Big Shots, format including getting a local version away with ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany. The series launched on NBC in the US, with a second season commissioned, and showcases the skills of gifted children. Warner Bros. International Television Production sells the format, and has […]

ITV plants Wishing Tree order

ITV is piloting The Wishing Tree, the feelgood format from Talpa Media, which sits within the UK broadcaster’s stable of prodcos. ITV has ordered a non-TX pilot of the show in which children hang wishes in a ‘wishing tree’, the twist being the wish is not for themselves but for a person they think deserves […]

Lat Am, Euro nets coax Wild Things

Broadcasters in Argentina and Denmark are the latest buyers of Zodiak Rights-sold entertainment format Wild Things. Telefe used the format’s dedicated hub in Argentina for its local 13x60mins remake, with Peppermind attached to produce, while Mastiff Denmark is creating an 8x60mins version for its compatriot, TV3. Other recent local adaptations include Shenzhen TV’s Chinese version, […]

First deal for feelgood Talpa format

Belgian free-to-air broadcaster VTM has become the first international buyer of The Wishing Tree, the new feel-good format from Netherlands-based Talpa. ITV-owned Talpa launched the format at MIPCOM and free-to-air broadcaster VTM is the first confirmed buyer. In the show, children hang wishes in a ‘wishing tree’, the twist being the wish is not for […]

Sony’s Pop picks up Funnymals

Sony’s recently-acquired UK digital channel Pop TV and the African feed of Comedy Central has acquired light entertainment clip show Funnymals. The show, which carves clips from German pubcaster ARD’s wildlife archive and adds comedy voiceovers, is produced by Matthieu Porte’s UK-based Can’t Stop Media and German prodco Riverside Entertainment. It originally went out on […]

News brief: Israel’s BOOM! sell to Kazahkstan

Keshet International game show BOOM! has sold to Kazakhstani net Channel Seven. Arai Production will produce a 34-episode version of the format, which launched in Spain to 15.6% audience share on Antena 3 on Tuesday (September 9). Fox in the US, TV2 in Hungary, VTM in Belgium and TF1 in France are also lining up […]