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, […]

Autentic and WDR launch new German doc distributor

Autentic, the Munich-based docs and channels group run by Beta Film and Patrick Hörl, and regional German broadcaster WDR have launched a new joint venture sales business, Autentic Distribution. The business will market and distribute the factual output of both WDR and Autentic from now on as well as from third party producers in Germany […]

International deals for That Awkward Moment comedy format

German broadcaster WDR, part of pubcaster ARD, and SBS in the Netherlands have picked up new comedy format That Awkward Moment. The comedy sketch show recreates real-life awkward moments. It was originally created by production firm Dedsit for Belgium’s Flemish commercial broadcaster VMMA, which put it out on its 2BE channel. It was a big […]

The War Report

With the 100th anniversary of the most terrible conflict in world history coming in 2014, Jesse Whittock identifies the projects and producers that will shape World War I in the minds of a new generation of TV viewers. War programming has the unique power to shock, appall and intrigue in equal measures, hence its enduring […]

MIPCOM Hot Pick: Pinocchio

Global Screen decided it had a hit on its hands with this remake of Pinocchio “as early as at script stage”, says the company’s head of TV sales, Marlene Fritz. The programme retells the story of the pine wood puppet carved by an Italian toymaker that comes to life and goes on a series of […]

International factual execs confirmed for Tokyo TV Forum

International documentary channel buyers and programme managers will convene in Tokyo next month after the Japanese producers’ association has confirmed it will host another edition of the Tokyo TV Forum. The TV pitching event was launched last year to highlight factual projects from the country. The second edition of the event will take place this […]