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Endeavor Content hires WDR exec for European sales drive

Finance and sales firm Endeavor Content has hired former WDR and Red Arrow International exec Nicole Offergeld as its German-language director of TV sales. The exec joins the Killing Eve distributor as it looks to expand its European footprint. In the newly created role, which is based in Munich, she is to oversee sales of […]

BBC announces Blue Planet II

The BBC has officially unveiled its latest blue-chip natural history series, Blue Planet II, and will launch it to international buyers at its Showcase event in Liverpool this week. Sir David Attenborough will narrate the series, which was previously known as Ocean and will look at underwater environments and animals across every continent. BBC Studios’ […]

German pubcaster joins blue-chip BBC series

German pubcaster WDR will coproduce BBC natural history series Ocean. WDR is already a coproducer on BBC blue chip series Africa and Wild Atlantic. Ocean is a 7x50mins series set to deliver in 2017, which follows on from Blue Planet. It will use new filming techniques such as gryo-stabilised aerial camera system, remotely operated submarines […]

German nets salute Armoza’s Local Heroes

German pubcaster ARD has ordered a local version of the Local Heroes format, while German-language commercial rival ProSiebenSat.1 has taken the finished series. Israel-based Armoza distributes the format and struck the deals. The format follows the emergency services as they go about their daily work. It launched on VTM in Belgium as Local Heroes: Through […]

Canal+ buys Russian athletics doping doc

French pay TV service Canal+ has acquired Doping – Top Secret: the Shadowy World of Athletics, as a damning report resulting the programme yesterday rocked the sport’s foundation. DR in Denmark, YLE in Finland, NRK in Norway and NPO/Vara have also acquired the show from Germany distributor Autentic. The Shadowy World of Athletics is the […]

Broadcasters buy FIFA corruption doc

Several broadcasters have acquired football corruption doc FIFA and the Price of Football, TBI has learned. The one-off investigation, from Germany’s WDR, delves into the working practices of world football’s governing body as well as the alleged corruption scandal, which has this week engulfed the organisation. It also looks at the living conditions of workers […]

Channels crown PGS’ Little Prince

Several international channels have acquired the third season of animated series The Little Prince. Minimax in Eastern Europe, MTV in Hungary, Minika in Turkey, Noga in Israel and and Knowledge Network in Canada have all bought the series, based on the classic Antoine de Saint-Exupéry novel. The Little Prince is produced by French studio Method […]

Germany’s WDR adds two execs

German regional pubcaster WDR has hired two new execs who will work on its international business. Nicole Offergeld and Julia Jaensch (pictured) have both joined WDR mediagroup’s content division, reporting to Stefanie Fischer, the ex-ProSiebenSat.1 exec the broadcaster poached last year as it started on an international coproduction drive. Offergeld will be sales manager, international. […]

Germany’s WDR bringing Bobo to Cannes

The commercial arm of German regional pubcaster WDR will launch its first-ever coproduced animated series in Cannes. Preschool series Bobo, based on the kids book series, is being produced by WDR and German studio JEP Egenolf and France’s as Les Films de la Perrine. WDRmg has international rights and will launch the 26x7mins kids series […]

WDR poaches ProSiebenSat.1 exec

German regional pubcaster WDR has poached kids TV specialist Stefanie Fischer from ProSiebenSat.1 as part of a push into international coproductions. She became WDR mediagroup’s head of content on Ausgust 1. She will oversee international sales and broadcast distribution of WDR’s children’s brands and seek to exploit rights across platforms. She comes across from ProSiebenSat.1, […]