Netflix & YLE order first scripted series for Endemol Shine Finland

Netflix has partnered with Finnish broadcaster YLE on a 10-part drama from Endemol Shine Finland, marking the Banijay-owned company’s first scripted commission. Dance Brothers has been created by Endemol Shine Finland’s head of scripted Max Malka and is a Finnish-language young adult dance drama. Details of the story are scant but it will be exec […]

Sweden’s SVT & UR pick a bunch of TVF’s historical shows

Sweden’s SVT and Finland’s YLE are among a raft of Nordic outfits to pick up historical series and documentaries from UK-based factual distributor TVF International. SVT has taken EBS docudramas China’s Dragon Emperor and Asia’s Ancient Civilizations from Mediacorp Productions, while Swedish educational outfit UR has acquired Iceland: Cold War Frontier and Britain On Film With […]

Disney+, ABC in Oz take trip to Studiocanal’s ‘Ridley Road’

Disney+, ABC in Australia and Nordic pubcasters including Sweden’s SVT are among buyers of Ridley Road, which debuted on the UK’s BBC last month. The 4 x 60-minute thriller, which is from Studiocanal-owned Red Production Company and sold by its parent, was commissioned for BBC One and co-produced with PBS’s Masterpiece. It will also air […]

News round-up: Studio Hamburg meets ‘My Husband’s Wife’; Espresso brews German factual sales; ‘Expedition’ S2 goes global

Studio Hamburg meets ‘My Husband’s Wife’ German distributor Studio Hamburg Enterprises has acquired international rights to Finnish drama series My Husband’s Wife. The 8 x 45-minute, which has been produced by Lucy Loves Drama for broadcaster YLE, is set to debut in January 2022. Written by Juuli Niemi and directed by his sister Inara Niemi, My […]

Buyers Profiles: Portico Media’s Jay Lin & YLE’s Tarmo Kivikallio

The latest instalment of our TBI Buyers Profiles come from Taiwan and Finland, where we hear from two leading acquisition-hungry companies about their wishlists and rights requirements. First off, we hear from Jay Lin, CEO at Portico Media, which distributes channels and programming across Taiwan, before Tarmo Kivikallio tells us what he is looking for […]

Israel’s Hop! & YLE buy from Russia’s ‘Claymotions’ prodco SMF Studio

Broadcasters and distributors in the Middle East, Europe, the Baltics and China have picked up animated children’s content produced by Russia’s SMF Studio, following a slew of deals struck at MIPCOM. Claymotions distributor Jetpack inked agreements with Israel’s Hop!, while SMF Studio has also partnered with Finnish broadcaster YLE to distribute the show in the […]

Amazon & Discovery+ score David Beckham-backed Premier League docuseries

Amazon Prime Video has acquired the upcoming BBC2 football documentary series Fever Pitch! The Rise Of The Premier League for Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The 4 x 60-minute from All3Media-backed Story Films and David Beckham’s Studio 99 is currently in production ahead of its debut later this year, with distributor All3Media International signing multiple […]

Deals round-up: Flame snags Attenborough rights; Will & Kate travel with Cineflix; ZDFE preps ‘Our Continents’ for the world

Flame to sell Attenborough’s Life In Colour globally Australia’s Flame Distribution has taken global sales rights outside of the UK to three-part natural history docuseries Life in Colour With David Attenborough. The show, from Humble Bee Films and SeaLight Pictures, uses ground-breaking technology to reveal how animals use colour, with Attenborough travelling to locations including the […]

News round-up: Global sales for Euro-thrillers; Portugal’s SIC acquires ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’ format; Finland’s YLE gets ‘Pretty & Single’ and more…

Euro-thrillers head to Netflix and others in global sales Global streamer Netflix and broadcasters around the world have picked up thrillers The Twelve and Amsterdam Vice, following a raft of sales agreements with Federation Entertainment. The 10 x 52-minute Belgian psychological thriller The Twelve was produced by Eyeworks, part of the Warner Bros group, for […]

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